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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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Well Gentlemen.
I have cleaned and applied the powder and I cannot find the leak.
So I am pulling off the intake manifold . I have got 7 bolts out . there is an 8th that is on the right hand side of the engine ( looking forward) as i undid it I assumed it was a stubby bolt that would not have too many threads on it. I cannot get it out as it is now hitting the side of the fuel pump!! what a crazy design...
What am I doing wrong??
I really thought these engines would be easier to work on.

Any help would be greatly appreciated...

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Manifold holes should be slotted on the curb side bottom. However, sounds like you might be in danger of losing something down the intake port, that would be very, very bad. Curb side forward/bottom bolt stays in place normally. Tread cautiously with the intake off, assuming you successfully get it removed. Don't have any shop rags hanging around, tape card board over the intake ports with pump removed.
Wait until you try to get that intake back on with out losing the gaskets
Ain't it great working on old engines??
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Thank you Mike.
That makes sense.
I have done it one before but I didn't remember that notch...
I will be very careful.

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