Originally Posted by sunchaser
You found a gold mine of diesel V8 knowledge expertise. It is a bookshelf of information plus helps explain the demise, well beyond the DD 8.2, of the Cat 3208 designs in favor of inline 6s.
That's what I thought as well, a terrific resource of information not only on the DD8.2 but other diesel engines as well.
I learned a great deal about engine design in general from the DD8.2 article. I was aware of things such as open-deck design etc., but the article gave much greater depth and appreciation for the tremendous importance and myriad impacts of that and other design choices. It will certainly help guide me in any future buying decisions.
Care and maintenance history of an engine are obviously vital and key to determining longevity. But fundamental design has a lot to do with it as well.