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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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Default Another 3208 Turbo Problem

Hmmm, now what?? Wiggle Wiggle
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You can either braze it or weld it back together-mine is in quite a bind; last time it was off it took some serious pry bar work to get the bolts back in..
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It needs a "sleeve" welded inside.
Go to a muffler shop and see if they have a small exhaust pipe that will slip inside and then weld (braze) all three parts together at the same time.
It will last another 30 years that way.
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Good idea...
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Fill us in Bill and Randy, what is that piece?
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Its the oil fill tube for the 87-89 FC's.
It goes in over the cac and the rad so you can add oil.
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Gotcha... yea I was looking at the top two welds and the alignment did not look all that precise. I was thinking it was a coolant pipe..
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Friends, Friends, and more Friends, I am Friend Rich, Needing a welder Friend.
Randy was in Bainbridge, Steve was in Florida, a power plant certified welder, Steve a great guy hurts my head with metallurgy, heat, welding rod, penetration etc. talk.
My Michigan Buddy Al fixed me up, sent him pictures, told him the issue.
He said, " leave it on my front porch", after a phone call with a few questions. Al delivered it to my front door a few hours later. He said the Cat was wagging that long 18" tail, little did he know the dip stick tube was attached and the plumbers plug was in the add oil hole. He added a brace about 12 inches to help bridge the weight on the fill spout.
To add to the drama, when returning from a long trip and the oil needs changing, I dump the hot oil. It is still getting cold at night in Michigan.
So, our engine had no oil for a few days. This gives me heart burn, I hid the key from myself, put a note on the steering wheel, and added the black & yellow crime tape. Happy ending all is good again, will sleep good tonight.
Check out the new brace and the several year old picture for illustration, the tube is on the far right.
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Wow !!: Nice story Bill. I guess we all have problems with our birds at 32+ years now and then ! But with WOG friends we learn to combat them . What happened to your oil change? Was the funnel of oil to heavy which caused the weld to break? I have always had a difficult time with the placement of the funnel and the tube. It's not that easy in getting to the tube and pouring oil down there with the constraints .
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