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One for Jumbo - RFW 01 Jul 2020 18:29 #212081

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Don’t see them RFW’s come up often...

www.pickles.com.au/trucks/item/-/details...-RFW--EWP/1060026003

The cracked chassis should keep the price down to a ‘collectable’ price..:)
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One for Jumbo - RFW 01 Jul 2020 21:43 #212092

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What a 'cracker'.
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One for Jumbo - RFW 02 Jul 2020 05:52 #212096

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I see it has a six cylinder engine. I wonder what? ...a Cat 3208 perhaps ?
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One for Jumbo - RFW 02 Jul 2020 07:22 #212098

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Jack, I've always thought the 3208 Cat was an 8. All the ones I've operated have been. Could be wrong though, it's been know to happen.

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One for Jumbo - RFW 02 Jul 2020 07:37 #212099

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wee-allis wrote: Jack, I've always thought the 3208 Cat was an 8. All the ones I've operated have been. Could be wrong though, it's been know to happen.


Yep. Brain snap...:pinch: I were thinking at the time of suitable lower Hp power plants that might suite the RFW and were thinking of the 3208 in me Loowy and the 6cyl Detroit in me Titan.....:huh:
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One for Jumbo - RFW 02 Jul 2020 09:37 #212106

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Worked on lots of Cat 3204s,and Cat also turned out a V6 3206,but cancelled production for poor sales .

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One for Jumbo - RFW 02 Jul 2020 10:22 #212109

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Apologies for getting off track re original topic, happens quite often here, but at least get to learn a few things!

John.K. Just having a look at the specs for those 3204 engines, been around for a while, I must have been confusing them with the alloy OHC 4 banger turbo engines they fitted to the 613 scrapers early in the piece.
Some even earlier 613's (cable driven) came out with a N/A 6 cylinder with a 5 speed manual, then the alloy OHC turbo 4's with power shift (even some of them retained the cable operation), but would be going back in the sixties I reckon.
Don't know just why, but the alloy OHC 4 banger had a bad name for reliability, and this in a period when Cats name and legend were built on this trait. I guess they had made the odd lemon as well as any other manufacturer,
That V8 scraper engine that had at one time been tried out as a truck engine in the Atkinson used to run around Melbourne comes to mind

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One for Jumbo - RFW 02 Jul 2020 16:12 #212116

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if anyone wants info about Cats pre 1982 or so ,I have one of the dealer data books listing motors and details of models from about 1936 on.
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One for Jumbo - RFW 02 Jul 2020 19:14 #212127

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Getting a bit back on track, RFW had a bit of an affinity with Detroits, so it may have a 6V in it.

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One for Jumbo - RFW 19 Jul 2020 18:08 #212708

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Dave_64 wrote: Apologies for getting off track re original topic, happens quite often here, but at least get to learn a few things!

John.K. Just having a look at the specs for those 3204 engines, been around for a while, I must have been confusing them with the alloy OHC 4 banger turbo engines they fitted to the 613 scrapers early in the piece.
Some even earlier 613's (cable driven) came out with a N/A 6 cylinder with a 5 speed manual, then the alloy OHC turbo 4's with power shift (even some of them retained the cable operation), but would be going back in the sixties I reckon.
Don't know just why, but the alloy OHC 4 banger had a bad name for reliability, and this in a period when Cats name and legend were built on this trait. I guess they had made the odd lemon as well as any other manufacturer,
That V8 scraper engine that had at one time been tried out as a truck engine in the Atkinson used to run around Melbourne comes to mind


The scraper with the 4 banger (D340T) was a 619, the little 613 used the 3208.
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