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Old 11-09-2015, 04:02 PM   #1
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Crusader/International Diesel Engines

Looking for any information on Crusader Diesel Marine engines circa 1983.
They are 9.0ltr International (IH) V8 engines that apparently Crusader used.
Specs show 225 HP and they look to be non turbo.

I see a few threads on various truck forums but very little if any marine info.

Anybody have any experience and or general information with these?
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Old 11-09-2015, 04:05 PM   #2
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Fast Fred is the knowledge base on here for the intl diesels.
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Old 11-10-2015, 06:47 AM   #3
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MY favorite is the 6 cylinder series that rival DD for longevity.

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Old 11-10-2015, 02:00 PM   #4
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I had a Mainship friend who had one in his 1980 model II.
It was 225 HP , naturally aspirated, looked like a bus engine, painted blue.
He liked it, but it eventually blew and he replaced it with a Cummins 6BT.
It probably blew from negligence (my guess), I think it was a good basic engine.
That's all I can tell you.
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I would be concerned about sourcing the parts to marinize the engine, the coolers, manifolds and such.


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Why not call them direct, they (Crusader) is still very much in business : Crusader Engines | Premium Marine Engines

Since it is a IH V8 (according to you), it would be the same engine as the Ford Powersmoke (oops PowerStroke) and very reliable well known engine.

But, I have never owned nor known anyone with *that* marine version engine.
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I would be concerned about sourcing the parts to marinize the engine, the coolers, manifolds and such.


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Osco should provide all of those items at reasonable cost.
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Old 11-10-2015, 05:14 PM   #8
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Actually, The elbows and risers are discontinued but custom (read expensive) stainless ones can (and have been) made, The heat exchanger looks standard but the manifolds look to be a bit odd. Crusader doesn't support the engines that i can see and I am told they pre-date the engines that IH made for the Ford trucks. They are in a boat that a friend is looking at and I am just trying to gather information on them.
They sure seem rare
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