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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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I wonder if you gave the serial number to Cat what info could they give you?
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Quick correction, after looking at my emails from the PO, it’s about 200k on the current engine, not 220K...
Also, thanks to a very informative chat with Rick, we think, based on the fact that I have not burned up any oil in 1500 miles, oil pressure is good, etc., that I may just want to continue to “drive it”...the PO kept it up to standards at Parliament, and it’s in great condition. I am really just thinkin’ about how to keep it going forever
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I'm about where you are, 200k, good oil pressure and no oil consumption. I keep my eyes open for a low mileage 3208T take out everyday. In the mean time I drive it
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Quick correction, after looking at my emails from the PO, it’s about 200k on the current engine, not 220K...
Also, thanks to a very informative chat with Rick, we think, based on the fact that I have not burned up any oil in 1500 miles, oil pressure is good, etc., that I may just want to continue to “drive it”...the PO kept it up to standards at Parliament, and it’s in great condition. I am really just thinkin’ about how to keep it going forever
Well Dave the conversation was a bit more than just "drive it". Seal up your know exhaust leaks and have your mechanic roll some new inserts and main bearings.
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Sorry Rick, that’s right—I still need to do some major work on this engine so that I can continue to “drive IT” (the current engine) with a higher level of confidence...in other words, no reman for now is the conclusion...
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This one is new, but can a 175HP 3208 be turned into a 300?

https://www.ebay.com/itm/CATERPILLAR...AAAOSwLs9bFrIX
This engine would require nozzles, fuel injection lines, injection pump stepper pumps, turbo, intake manifold, cam shaft and followers @ a minumum. Probably has two ring pistons. I'll do a serial # search tomorrow to see about history, doubt it's really a 'new' engine.
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You mean it's not just turning a set screw on the injection pump! (really am kidding)

Might be easier to turn it into a 250.

Is the dry oil residue along the head gasket a sign they are getting weak, or is that normal?

Rick mentioned exhaust leaks... would an exhaust leak shorten engine life significantly?
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Reduces boost pressure on the turbo charger.
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Mike, I just asked this question on another thread. What is the correct boost under power climbing a hill for the 3208 turbo, 300 HP? I'm at 12-13.
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For what its worth, I purchased a Reviva 3208T 2 years back. So far...so good...
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