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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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Old 02-23-2022
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Default Exhaust Parts for 3208 Turbo

I have an old Country Coach with a 3208 Turbo 300hp. I am trying to find the short flex pipes that go from the exhaust manifolds to the turbocharger. The Cat dealer says they are not available anymore.

It seems like the Wanderlodge owners have way more of these engines than anywhere else so though I would ask.

Any help is appreciated
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Welcome,somebody will be along to help.
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How many new ones do you need? $450 American each. Clamps are $85each. Yes Cat has no soul.
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I have an old Country Coach with a 3208 Turbo 300hp. I am trying to find the short flex pipes that go from the exhaust manifolds to the turbocharger. The Cat dealer says they are not available anymore.

It seems like the Wanderlodge owners have way more of these engines than anywhere else so though I would ask.

Any help is appreciated
Thanks Brett
They probably don’t know how to find them in Cat sis. They are very much available. Mike H. can get them, I can get them.
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What transmission did they run in the country coach?
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I should first thank those that replied to my question. No question that Cat loves their parts. I had to sit down after seeing what these pipes cost. On of mine have a very small leak but I am sure it will get worse and the other side will probably follow. When I looked at them initially I thought I may make a set. I found a company that makes the bellows part in any size you want and it is stainless with an inner sleeve to help flow. I did not get a chance to look for the flanged ends to weld it all together.

To Gene's question on what transmission is in it. It is a 637 4sp.

It is like any other old coach that needs constant upkeep, but every-time I look at something newer I feel like the quality is junk. A couple years ago I fell on the original owner purchase invoice. It was $297K. I bought it about 10 years ago for $7k. It had been put in a storage area and left for over 5 years. Nothing worked on it. When I say nothing, I mean nothing. It ran and stopped. The quality of the the components back then made it possible to repair almost every-thing. Example would be the old roof air units, neither worked. I took them apart and cleaned all the nests and wire damage and repaired the main circuit board on one. Both are still on and work great. My latest project was to pull the generator unit and go through it. it was starting to run a little warm when the outside temp would get in the high 90s and up. I replaced the water pump, all hoses, thermostat, and had the radiator gone through. We found the actual cause was the slobber tube come out to close to the air inlet for radiator, so there was film on the radiator that did not let it cool well. You could not see the film and the radiator looked great. The guy at the radiator shop said he thinks it will fix it. While out I replaced the engine isolators, all the bearings on the slide out frame, painted all the metal framing, and re-sound deadened the box with modern material. I am just about to slide it all back in this weekend if the weather holds up. The next project is installing a new refrigerator. It has the original with an ice maker that had a separate small compressor for the ice make are in freezer. The compressor quit and I think it was probably time to go to a newer one that is larger capacity yet a smaller box. I ordered the new one last June and it took till December for it finally be built.

Anyway, I again appreciate the help and I hope in the future to have more time to help people on these forums. I still work and hopefully will retire some day.

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