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Caterpillar 3208 Solutions This sub-forum is hosted by Mike Hohnstein who has been at this kind of thing for 50+ years now, guess I'm addicted. The saga has been all about progressively larger shop space since then. Honestly, never wanted to get into the CAT 3208's that were originally considered to be a throwaway engine but that's all that works in a FC in my world. Same thing with my Ford toter, that came with a NA, too much effort to hang in a 6, so been at it with the CAT V-8 for 20 years now. In reality you can get excellent life out of a CAT 3208 if it's built correctly. Post your questions about the CAT 3208 engines here and Mike will try to help you out.

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Busy day. Got the old engine out, now to change over the accessories and reverse the process. The parts are still available to mate a MD to a 3208, slick kit, bought all new parts for the fresh engine. Installed the 'old' engine dozen years back, got about 100k on it, interested in what I'll find when opened up.
Had time to fire up one more on the test stand, like I say busy day, went well.
I should interject the bus is real hard to push, 4 of us had a tussle getting it shoved back 8' to swing the engine cart out, no wonder they can be slow and hard on fuel.
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Cut off copper lines in the curb side frame rail are supply and control for the air compressor. Relocating behind the engine mount, up and over the top. Will use plastic line from the frame to the compressor. Rerouting fuel lines same way, too much junk in the RF corner of the engine room, can't get to it, pain in the back side to service. Fork truck is important in my life, makes it possible to move things around in my limited space, wish the bay was 10' longer.
Initial start on test stand with out valve covers to verify the rocker arms are getting oil. This one fired right up, like it wanted to run. Sometimes they are onry on first light up.
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Must be nice to have your talent, Mike... sigh...
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I ran plastic straight to the compressor once,i'm not sure if it was just air brake plastic or even if theres a better one for that application.
But,the plastic i used melted after a few weeks.
I replaced with braided stainless hose,made for air compressors.

I do like the plans to move all lines and wires for easy access,i'm doing the same on my 71

Thanks for the pics!
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I replaced with braided stainless hose,made for air compressors.

Yeah, I know, have the steel braid, mis-spoke.
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I replaced with braided stainless hose,made for air compressors.

Yeah, I know, have the steel braid, mis-spoke.
Love all the pictures Mike My braided compressor hose is slightly frayed... man will it bite you if you are not careful

Keep the pictures coming!
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Been @ this kind of thing for 50+ years now, guess I'm addicted. First efforts were in gravel lot with chain fall hung from a water pipe triangle gantry. The saga has been all about progressively larger shop space since then. Honestly, never wanted to get into throwaways but that's all that works in a FC in my world. Same thing with the toter, came with a NA, too much effort to hang in a 6, so be @ it with the V-8 for 20 years now. The real performance increases come from transmission/rear gear selection.
In reality you can get excellent life out of a 3208 if it's built correctly. The heads on the example going into my 'bird are reman part number from the Cat house. I believe they getting to the bottom of the barrel on parts, as the castings appear to be new, the valves, springs and hardware are all new parts. It's set to make power between 1700 to 2200 due to turbo selection. The nozzles are 435 hp level marine, pump is 300 arrangement, was able to source the new, might be a bit big, EGTs will tell the tale.
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Busy day. Got the old engine out, now to change over the accessories and reverse the process. The parts are still available to mate a MD to a 3208, slick kit, bought all new parts for the fresh engine. Installed the 'old' engine dozen years back, got about 100k on it, interested in what I'll find when opened up.
Had time to fire up one more on the test stand, like I say busy day, went well.
I should interject the bus is real hard to push, 4 of us had a tussle getting it shoved back 8' to swing the engine cart out, no wonder they can be slow and hard on fuel.
great dolly and electric Warn
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Mike, how is the engine swap going,anymore posts?
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