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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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John, I wish I could be there when you pass your first 18 wheeler UP HILL!
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the excitement is building!!
Mike has a shop full of young men,thats what is required to do these swaps!
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Good for you, john!
I'm jealous
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Good for you John.

A word of caution; make sure the trailer hitch is rated for the additional g-forces occuring from the added acceleration.

A larger fuel tank may be desirable to allow repositioning the FC and Wabbit trailer between widely spaced WMT Campgrounds.
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I think this thread needs to be renamed to:
The No Mercy Finns Inn engine upgrade!
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Crit,you have have the link to the exhaust system we were looking at last week?
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This is the one my coach runs:
http://www.carid.com/universal-exhau...FTEV7Aod_V4AKg
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Sounds like a neat project John. How hard is it to get the motor out?
I don't have any first hand experience doing this, but Mike has done it numerous times, I'll be there to help where needed, I'll be doing the work on the inside of the bus, as an example we will be adding a turbo style doghouse cover that Mike has for the swap.


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John, that motor mount looks like the front engine mounts on my Cat powered 1976 Kenworth. I have not tried sourcing new mounts yet but when I do I will get you some dimensions and part numbers
Thanks any kind of help like that will help, I'm just trying to get all of the parts lined up early.


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Nice upgrade. Don't forget to add the two gauges(boost and egt) with it. They are very necessary. Don't ask how I know

I had already ordered the matching turbo boost and pyrometer/egt gauges, they are already here along with a fuel pressure gauge for the diesel fuel boost pump that will also be used.
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Crit,i was thinking about the one we found on schoolbusparts.com
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That link is just wrong
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