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Im going to be getting my hands on a 3208 turbo charged with an Allison for close to nothing.Not sure what its going into yet but i was wandering if anyone knows how to tweak the pump?Or have any good resources for info on these?
 

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Cat 3208 & early model 3306

Tools needed-7/16" socket, a short extension or 2, and a screwdriver. If you look on the top of the pump you'll see a cover with 2 bolts that's about the same size as a Holley carb's float bowl. Fuel does come out sometimes, and does not need bleeding afterwards. Under it is a screw with a jamb nut. If you hit the accel. linkage you'll see a little pin come up. The screw stops the pin and thus, limits fuel. So adjust it as far up as you can as long as you can tolerate the black smoke. Most turbo'd 3208's can run fine with the screw all the way out(removed). And just behind that is the high rpm governor adjustment. It's labeled as 'high idle', but only go 2-3 turns at a time as to keep it under 3200 no load. Backing the screw out raises the rpm. One more adjustment is the pre-boost power. This is up in the front of the other 2 adjustments. It's round & has 3 bolts holding it & 6 holes in it. Take all 3 bolts out and you may have to smack it with something to break it loose(mosly from paint). Now tighten it like you're screwing it in tighter, that makes the power come in sooner. If you go 'til it stops, then you may see lots of smoke if you mash down on the pedal. Back it out as needed.

If you're looking for even more, get you some 435hp marine injectors for the 3208T. It'll need some more timing, and possibly a better turbo, but depends on your driving style and the driving conditions.
 

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Thats a cut and paste from the Low buck Diesel page.


All well and good. But 3208 are throw away boat anchors. The turbo engines are terrible for cracking heads. If it doesn't have the dual termostat housing. You better look at fitting up the Dual T-stat housing and ditch the single stat housing.
 

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Everyone says 3208's are throw away boat anchors cause of no sleeves. But heres a fun fact, Duramax's cummins and powerstrokes don't have sleeves either. And the light duty engines are not rated to go 500,000 miles like a 3208. Now yes when comparing it to other heavy duty truck engines its a joke. When comparing to medium duty its not bad. There not awesome but not terrible. We have a 175 hp NA one and it will start down to 0 degrees with no glow plugs or block heater. It is a higher compression though. Not sure on the actual hours but it has to be close to 10,000.
 

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Yes it is a copy paste you are correct. Nowhere did I take credit for it either.. And 3208's are fine motors. Throw away doesn't mean its junk, just thats its cheaper to find a new one if it eats itself.
 

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Everyone says 3208's are throw away boat anchors cause of no sleeves. But heres a fun fact, Duramax's cummins and powerstrokes don't have sleeves either. And the light duty engines are not rated to go 500,000 miles like a 3208. Now yes when comparing it to other heavy duty truck engines its a joke. When comparing to medium duty its not bad. There not awesome but not terrible. We have a 175 hp NA one and it will start down to 0 degrees with no glow plugs or block heater. It is a higher compression though. Not sure on the actual hours but it has to be close to 10,000.

The fact you didn't credit the low buck page any were or use quotations makes it look like you said it from your own mouth. I just know thats word for word off his page. so you are taking credit for the information by omission.


I didn'[t say they are boat anchors because they don't have sleeves. They're good for a boat anchor because they are a garbage engine. The older N/A version are slightly more reliable, but as soon as Cat turbocharged them, it was problems on top of problems.


I say that because I've worked on lots of them, I've ever owned one. I would buy and use any DT466 for a medium duty engine.
 

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my bad didn't know I needed to quote everything I've ever read or saved for future reference. The guy asked a question I posted what he was looking for. I see no fault. but to each his own.
 
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