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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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Yup, a rotary (maybe Sanden) AC compressor. If the pully spins, that would be a good start. They are not a lot of money. It is the other 20/30 parts in the A/C system to consider. I do my own. I used to work for a automotive A/C shop back in the 90s. I moved to south Florida and always made sure even my most junky car had cold A/C. I just invested in a brand new set of electronic gauges , electronic scale and a new evacuation machine. I bought a nice vacuum pump a few years ago. My leak detector (sniffer) is an old GE unit that (IMHO) hasn't been improved on in 25 years. I got a new dye injector kit too. I also got a new federal license to buy Freon. To many shady AC shops out there. Sorry your not closer too. That alternator looks like it was rigged up to fit. As long as it works. good deal. You choose to look at your AC system shoot me a message. I will do what I can to help you DIY to the point that you wont go broke at a shop. Just have to use on to evacuate and fill one day.
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Black gunk looks like oil. That domed apparatus on the right of the 'gunk' with a wire off the top appears to be an oil pressure sender. So the 'gunked' area might be a low oil pressure switch. My bus had a similar gunked area and it was the low oil switch leaking.
Yes a small block manifold, with several connections, any or all can leak or weep, oil pressure sensor, low oil pressure, and a switch to run the hour meter and maybe an electric fuel pump.
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Seems something non standard about the belt arrangement???
Need an SP owners input.
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Here is a picture of mine from the back. I took the a/c compressor off because it didn’t work and made getting to the alternator bolts nearly impossible. Looks like yours is off and just laying in the bottom of the bay. It used to go next to the alternator. In the top left (road side) of my picture is the air compressor.
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Hi Brett,

I live in New Hampshire and am about three hours from Plainfield.

Shoot me a mail, and maybe I can be of some help.

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Post number 4 shows a not factory alternator bracket.
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I live in New Hampshire and am about three hours from Plainfield.

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Alan,
I'll be at Hampton Beach State Park for 2 weeks, End of June, through July 7th.
You around?
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Hi Brett,

Yes, I am around, and live a short distance from there. If you want, I can come by and talk with you about your Bird.

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