Captainbob said:We had 3208 TA's in our 37 Topaz. One of the lifters in the fuel injection pump stuck and wrecked the cam. This was in 1998. I seem to remember that CAT wanted about $5000 for the part. My brother and I rebuilt it ourselves for about $1000 in parts, but this was not a task for the inexperienced or faint hearted. There are lots of parts inside the fuel injection pump housing. However, it was a very rewarding experience as when we reinstalled it, the motor fired right up and ran fine for the remaining years we owned that boat. Some special tools are required for the rebuild as well as retiming the 3208's as you reinstall the pump.
Unless you are wed to the local CAT dealer, I would suggest you go online and do a search for rebuilt CAT parts. I know that 2 years ago, we identified a turbo rebuilder that could supply a turbo cartridge for about $5000 when the local CAT guy wanted $10,000.
Not sure about the aftercooler cost, but it should be a lot cheaper than a fuel injection pump. No moving parts. Just a small radiator core and some gaskets.
BTW, Capt. G on the Dauntless may have some more current price knowledge. Good luck.
When I needed to raise my 3208s for pan painting/new engine isolators...I used 2- 4x8 strongbacks and some blocks and threaded rod to the lifting eyes. Then a wrench with one finger lifted those puppies without breaking a sweat or the bank!!!!!Think Big said:Frank are the motors in the boat? If so the motors will need to be lifted about a foot to clear the crank and get the pan off. If the motors are out it is easy. Give me a call if you want George Cell #732-824-1700
Oil pans are an issue. Did one 2 years ago and one last year. Motors are 1983 but from what I was told almost all the 1980's are a problem. If you need one I have a good used one that I took off I think it had been changed before I the boat. I had the motor out and order a new one before I looked.