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Old 08-24-2005, 05:38 PM   #1
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Have a 1991 safari with 8.2t detroit, engine lost due to overheating. Has anyone retrofitted a cummins or cat on an oshkosh chassis before. Just hearing too many bad reports on this 2 cycle detroit and for what it's going to cost $11,500 just hoping there is a better way to go. Thanks for good advice I can get.
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Have a 1991 safari with 8.2t detroit, engine lost due to overheating. Has anyone retrofitted a cummins or cat on an oshkosh chassis before. Just hearing too many bad reports on this 2 cycle detroit and for what it's going to cost $11,500 just hoping there is a better way to go. Thanks for good advice I can get.
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Since new truck chassis buyers get a choice of engines, the engines are usually designed to be basically interchangeable. That means a different engine should still bolt up to the transmission, engine mounts are probably similar and other basics. But motorhome bodies get closely designed around a particular configuration, so it's hard to guess whether another engine will fit into a particular motorhome. You might well run into several complications in the engine swap and that each might need a $500 or $1000 solution, driving the cost well above the $11,500 for the Detroit. It's a gamble...

I would think a new (rebuilt?) Detroit would easily last as long as the remaining miles in the Safari. Despite all the innuendo, there are hundreds of thousands of Detroit 2-cycles diesels all over the world, powering all kinds of things. Newer engines are better, of course, and the Detroit Series 60 4 cycle is one of the best, but the old ones weren't all that bad.
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