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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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When you overbuild cooling you lose the heat clue to excessive stress. Often proves limits and weakes links
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There has to be a point to post # 12, but frankly it escapes me.
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There has to be a point to post # 12, but frankly it escapes me.
With overbuilt cooling you only overcome a deficiency someotherplace or get to push more stress with less heat showing up. . Stress is still more than design . I watch oilpress and temps . every once in a while i look up to see the road. If my cooling was overbuilt, backing off might then just be when you see smoke
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Maybe I should start on the hookah again.
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With overbuilt cooling you only overcome a deficiency someotherplace or get to push more stress with less heat showing up. . Stress is still more than design . I watch oilpress and temps . every once in a while i look up to see the road. If my cooling was overbuilt, backing off might then just be when you see smoke
The stress I’m trying to reduce is the heat, I run in the southwest in the summer temps get up there 90s/100s the cooling system does its job as it should. The fan kicks on and off, heats then cools down. I just wanted to get the fan to go on less and I was thinking lower temps to a point are easier on the engine. My understanding is the thermostat should open enough to get the engine up to temperature and radiator should cool enough to keep it below the set temp.
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The 3208s i ran in the southwest were on tractors we turned in to dumptrucks. Not sure if it was over kill but we pulled the radiators every 24 months to have them rodded. That was about 80,000 miles of hauling out swimming pool dirt. Could be there is a flow issue.
Here is a video on rodding process. We always get told there was over 30 % blockage and always saw a difference
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3208's in Marine applications can produce up to 435HP. The only difference is the ability to cool it. Marine engines have pretty much unlimited cooling capacity. You could "turn up" a 3208 a lot if you could cool it. It's a big engine! well over 10 liter. Capable of lots of power ..... if you can cool it.

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Kiki B at what temp does your fan kick on. On the 87 up no one can give a straight answer. By
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Running in Phoenix and Vegas, my coolant temp gauge displayed around 190 and fan will kick on around 200. The gauge would frequently run up to 210 in mountains. I'm not sure how much of effect the ambient temp had on Cat, flagstaff was 80*, Phoenix 115*, Las Vegas 110* San Diego 85*; coolant temp was the same. I don't know what the actual coolant temp is/was, my gauges are original. I found the best solution is to select a lower gear before allowing the ZF to upshift mid climb and lug. Also turn the fan on manually for both cooling and maintain speed on the decline.


The only issues I ran into while in the extreme heat was the two roof top AC units, below 100 its a meat locker, over 110, it's an oven.
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