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Old 09-23-2015
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Default Cat 3208 NA Air Filter Housing

Hey everybody,
I took my new to me 1981 FC in for some service and they found a cracked air filter housing on the 3208 NA. They ordered a part but the part that they got was not the right thing. They are telling me that they can't find the part and they may have to rebuild the existing one. Any ideas on where I might be able to have them get one? I am a novice with diesels and personally don't have any idea.

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How about a pic of the housing you have and where it is cracked. Seems to me it should be able to be welded or brazed. If it is a small crack, drill a small hole at each end of the crack to keep it from cracking further and put a piece of metal tape over it for a temporary fix until you can find another one.
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The most important thing, is to make sure there are no leaks, holes, or cracks between the clean side of the filter element and the engine. After all, a lot of performance air filters are exposed on all sides, meaning not inside a filter housing, this does make them more susceptible to splashed moisture, and vermin damage, but just remember dirty air is abrasive, as long as you have clean air going into the engine, that's all that matters.
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I cut in a 2nd 4" hole for more air in my housing and brazed it in. This should not be a problem to fixed. I have brazed parts for areospace all the time.
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Thanks for the advice. I wish I had more time and experience to be able to handle some of these issues on my own. I'll plan to call them and ask them to weld it or braze it. It's a cat service dealer that offers RV service so I figured they would be as good as anybody but I do recognize that I'm a fish out of water waiting to be taken advantage of. It's obviously something that needs to be taken care of. I'll use your advice to try to limit the damage. Thanks!
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That's ok Matt, we're here to help, 20 years trucking, 3 cat engines, however this is my first RV, I thought my semi truck was complicated, but this bird has made me come to the realization that I was mistaken. Now I have my full money's worth of complicated stuff, can't wait to dig in. Remember, we like quality photos of your issues.
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Matt, back when I was swapping engines around I remember the air cleaner was $500. I had a cracked one myself that I had repaired. Now years later I'm thinking of adding the 2nd air intake as well and will be cutting/brazing it again.
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