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Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by CROCODILE, Feb 23, 2011.


    CROCODILE LawnSite Member
    Posts: 29

    Looking for opinion on a 1985 f800. Truck has the cat 3208 diesel engine. The truck is a retired local fire company truck. It is in near perfect condition with 27,000 miles. They want about five grand for it.
    I plan on putting a flatbed on it, and mounting a 550 gallon sealcoating tank on it.

    Its in great shape with low miles.

    Its old, and I have heard some negative things about the cat 3208 engine.

    I apprecaite any feedback.
  2. Swampy

    Swampy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,435

    Being a old fire truck see if it has the heavier duty frame on it.
  3. FLCthes4:11-12

    FLCthes4:11-12 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 284

    see what kind of brake system is on it. I bought a 93 f600 dump last year with a cummins in it and had to replace a brake cylinder and parking brake cylinder on the back wheel and with the shoes just for that side the total ran near a grand. I think it is girling brakes? I would have still bought the truck just be prepared. What can be small issuses cost big on big trucks

    CLARK LAWN LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,526

    Cat 3208 is a very weak engine. it will get you there just not in any hurry.

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