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Johnson & Towers marinized Detroit Diesel Engines.

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8.2L From the Detroit Diesel 8.2L 4-stroke cycle V8 “Fuel Pincher” diesel engine.

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Detroit Diesel Corporation (DDC) is an American diesel engine manufacturer headquartered in Detroit, Michigan. It is currently a subsidiary of Daimler Trucks North America, itself a wholly owned subsidiary of the German Daimler AG. The company manufactures heavy-duty engines and chassis components for the on-highway and vocational commercial truck markets. Detroit Diesel has built more than 5 million engines since 1938, more than 1 million of which are still in operation worldwide. Detroit Diesel’s product line includes engines, axles, transmissions, and the Virtual Technician. Detroit engines, transmissions, and axles can be found in several trucks manufactured by Daimler Trucks North America including Freightliner, Western Star, SelecTrucks, Freightliner Custom Chassis and Thomas Built Buses.

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Detroit Diesel 8.2

Detroit Diesel 8.2 Liter “Fuel Pincher” marine engine with turbocharger but no charged air cooling.

Detroit Diesel had been building only 2-Stroke Cycle engines such as the venerable 6-71 since General Motors created the division in 1938, However, by the late 1970’s with the raising cost of diesel fuel and the inefficiencies inherent in their 2-Stroke Cycle engines which caused them to consume more diesel fuel than their competitors’ modern 4-Stroke Cycle engines, DDC realized that for them to compete in the growing medium duty truck market, they needed a cheap, fuel efficient engine to power medium duty trucks and school buses. They developed a lightweight, slightly under-square (108mm bore x 112mm stroke) 500 cubic inch displacement, 4-Stroke Cycle V8 diesel engine called the 8.2 Liter “Fuel Pincher” which was introduced in GM trucks and buses for the 1980 model year. Other OEMs including Ford, quickly followed suit due to the 8.2s promised economy and low initial cost. Shortly thereafter, the 8.2s became available with turbochargers. Turbocharged models with the highest horsepower ratings were usually charged-air cooled with an intercooler or aftercooler. Eventually, the 8.2 was marinized by Detroit Diesel and a few third-party companies including Covington Diesel, Johnson & Towers. and Stewart & Stevenson.

Go to our Detroit Diesel 8.2L webpage for details about the engine.

Specifications of Detroit Diesel 8.2L 4-Stroke Cycle
Automotive, Industrial and Marine Engines
Features: Horizontal Crankshaft & Parent Bore Cylinders

Types of Engine Vendors: Engine design owners may produce the engines in-house as manufacturers.
^ Licensees are licensed by engine design owners to produce base engines and/or marine engines.
^ Marinizers buy base engines from the producers at wholesale, marinize them for marine service,
^ ^ and then sell them to boat builders, resellers, etc. at wholesale or to end users at retail.
^ Resellers buy marine engines at wholesale and resell them at a markup or at retail.
BASE ENGINE: Manufacturer/Vendor & Model of Base Engine followed by Specifications.
^ CYL: Cylinder Orientation & Configuration – (Dash w/no spaces) Number of Cylinders: (example: “V-8”)
^ ^ Cylinder Orientation: No Code = u… = Upright (Vertical). s… = Slanted (Inclined).
^ ^ Cylinder Configuration: V = V Pattern (eg V-8).
^ BORE & STROKE: …mm = Millimeters. …in = …” = Inches.
^ DISPLACEMENT = Swept Volume: …cc = Cubic Centimeters (cm³). …L = Liters. …ci = Cubic Inches (in³).
MODEL RATINGS: Base Engine Model, Vendor Rating Code, Duty Ratings, Power Ratings, etc.
^ A-F: Aspiration-Fueling: Intake Air uncharged or charged – Petrol or Diesel Fueling.
^ ^ Aspiration: N = Naturally Aspirated (uncharged). T = Turbocharged. TT = Twin Turbos.
^ ^ …i = Intercooled. …a = Aftercooled.
^ ^ Diesel Fueling: M = Mechanical Injection. …i = Integral Injector.
^ DR = Duty Ratings: See the Engine Duty Ratings Description at the end of the Table.
^ ^ ♦♦ = Highest Power Rating from Data Sources.
^ POWER: kW = Kilowatts. HP = Horsepower. BHP = Brake Horsepower. MHP = Metric Horsepower.
^ RPM = Power Ratings @ Revolutions Per Minute.
^ YEARS: Beginning-Ending. Trailing “–” (Dash) without an Ending Date = Still in Production/Available.
^ ^ YYYY usually = Model Year. MM/YY = actual Month/Year.
^ ^ Vendors usually market products after production ceases, often until stockpiles are exhausted.
^ DS = Data Source: Click DS Link to view DS. ♦♦♦ = Summary of Data Compiled from Multiple Sources.
^ ^ BD = …d = Directory. …w = Webpage. …c = Catalog. …b = Brochure. …s = SpecSheet.
^ ^ …o = Owner’s/Operator’s Manual. …m = Service/Repair/Technical/Workshop/Shop Manual.
^ ^ …p = Parts Catalog. …h = History. …y = Years Mfr’d History. …f = Forum.
^ ^ …1,2,3,A,B,C,etc = Source #, Version, Revision (Example: Fc1 = Ford Catalog #1).
Data: ⊗ = Data Not Available from Data Source. ¿… = …? = Data Unconfirmed/in Question.

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8.2 V-8 108mm / 4.25in 112mm / 4.41in 8.2L / 500ci
8.2N N-Mi ♦♦ 128 170 3000 1979-1991 ♦♦♦
^ (w/4A40 Inj) N-Mi CON 97 130 2800 1979-1991 ?
^ (w/4A40 Inj) N-Mi CON 97 130 2800 1979?-1991? Db1
^ (w/4A40 Inj) N-Mi 130 2800 1982-1985 Dm1
^ (w/4A53 Inj) N-Mi CON 97 130 2800 1979?-1991? Db1
^ (w/4A53 Inj) N-Mi CON 97 130 2800 1979-1991 ?
^ (4083-7100) N-Mi MIN 97 130 2800 1988? Ds2
^ N-Mi 108 145 2600 1979-1991 ?
^ (4083-7100) N-Mi CON 108 145 2800 1988? Ds2
^ (4087-7100) N-Mi 108 145 2600 1988? Ds1
^ (w/4B45 Inj) N-Mi 145 2800 1984-1985 Dm1
^ C (w/4B45 Inj) N-Mi 145 2800 1984-1985 Dm1
^ N-Mi 112 150 2800 1979-1991 ?
^ (4087-7100) N-Mi 112 150 2800 1988? Ds1
^ (w/4A53 Inj) N-Mi INT 119 160 2800 1979?-1991? Db1
^ (w/4A53 Inj) N-Mi INT 119 160 2800 1979-1991 ?
^ (Marine) N-Mi CON 119 160 2800? 1979-1991 ?
^ (w/4A53 Inj) N-Mi 160 2800 1982-1983 Dm1
^ C (w/4A53 Inj) N-Mi 160 2800 1982 Dm1
^ (w/4A53 Inj) N-Mi 165 2800 1984-1985 Dm1
^ (w/4A53 Inj) N-Mi 165 3000 1981-1983 Dm1
^ C (w/4A53 Inj) N-Mi 165 3000 1981-1983 Dm1
^ C (w/4B55 Inj) N-Mi 165 2800 1984-1985 Dm1
^ N-M 127 170 2600 1979-1991 ?
^ (4087-7100) N-Mi 127 170 2600 1988? Ds1
8.2T T-Mi ♦♦ 300 3200 1979-1991 ♦♦♦
^ (w/4A53 Inj) T-Mi 156 2600 1983 Dm1
^ (w/4A53 Inj) T-Mi 160 2600 1984 Dm1
^ (w/4A53 Inj) T-Mi CON 119 160 2800 1979?-1991? Db1
^ (w/4A53 Inj) T-Mi 160 2800 1982-1983 Dm1
^ (w/4A65 Inj) T-Mi CON 119 160 2800 1979?-1991? Db1
^ (w/4C65 Inj) T-Mi 160 2800 1983 Dm1
^ (w/4A53 Inj) T-Mi 165 2800 1984-1985 Dm1
^ (w/4J60 Inj) T-Mi 165 2600 1985 Dm1
^ C (w/4K60 Inj) T-Mi 165 2600 1985 Dm1
^ T-Mi 134 180 2800 1979?-1991 ?
^ (4087-7300) T-Mi 134 180 2800 1988? Ds1
^ (w/4H60 Inj) T-Mi 190 2800 1985 Dm1
^ (w/4A65 Inj) T-Mi INT 149 200 2800 1979?-1991? Db1
^ (w/4A65 Inj) T-Mi INT 149 200 2800 1979-1991 ?
^ (w/4E67 Inj) T-Mi 200 2800 1984-1985 Dm1
^ (Marine) T-Mi CON 149 200 2800 1979?-1991 ?
^ (w/4C65 Inj) T-Mi 205 3000 1981-1983 Dm1
^ (w/4C65 Inj) T-Mi 205 2800 1984-1985 Dm1
^ T-Mi 157 210 2800 1979?-1991 ?
^ (4087-7300) T-Mi 157 210 2800 1988? Ds1
^ (4082-8300 4A70)* T-Mi 160.4 215 3200 1983 Ds3
^ (4082-8301 4A70)* T-Mi 160.4 215 3200 1983 Ds3
^ (Calif) T-Mi 168 225 2800 1979?-1991 ?
^ (4087-7300 Calif) T-Mi 168 225 2800 1983? Ds1
^ T-Mi 172 230 2800 1979?-1991 ?
^ (4087-7300) T-Mi 172 230 2800 1988? Ds1
^ (4083-7336) T-Mi MAX 172 230 2800 1988? Ds2
^ (w/4B75 Inj) T-Mi 230 2800 1985 Dm1
^ T-Mi 250 3000? ⊗-⊗ ?
^ TI? Ti-Mi 300 3200? ⊗-⊗ ?
8.2T T-Mi 250 3000? ⊗-⊗
8.2TI? Ti-Mi 300 3200? ⊗-⊗
8.2TT? TT-Mi 300? 3200? ⊗-⊗
8.2T T-Mi 250 3000? ⊗-⊗
8.2TI? Ti-Mi 300 3200? ⊗-⊗
8.2T T-Mi 250 3000? ⊗-⊗
8.2TI? Ti-Mi 300 3200? ⊗-⊗
8.2TT? TT-Mi 300? 3200? ⊗-⊗
NOTES: All models have “Parent Bore” type cylinder blocks. Repair sleeves are NOT recommended for high load applications such as marine propulsion. Stewart & Stevenson marinized a Twin-Turbo version, with no cooler (see second picture in this article)
*Marine Rated Model.

Detroit Diesel
Engine Duty Ratings

CON = Continuous
INT = Intermittent
MIN = Minimum
MAX = Maximum
Gross = Gross Power

CON = Continuous

INT = Intermittent
MIN = Minimum
MAX = Maximum

CON = Continuous

INT = Intermittent
PC = Pleasurecraft

Covington Diesel
Engine Duty Ratings

CON = Continuous

INT = Intermittent
PC = Pleasurecraft

Johnson & Towers
Engine Duty Ratings

CON = Continuous
INT = Intermittent
PC = Pleasurecraft

Stewart & Stevenson
Engine Duty Ratings

CON = Continuous
INT = Intermittent
PC = Pleasurecraft

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DS = Data Source for Engine Specifications.

Catalogs & Brochures: ↓c/b↓
Detroit Diesel Catalog – 8.2L (Notes) Dc?
Detroit Diesel Brochure – 8.2L Advantages Db1
SpecSheets: (Specification Sheets‚ Data Sheets‚ FactSheets) ↓s↓
Detroit Diesel SpecSheet – 8.2L Automotive Engine Ds1
Detroit Diesel SpecSheet – 8.2L Industrial Engine Ds2
Detroit Diesel SpecSheet – 8.2L Marine Engine Ds3
Charts and Graphs: ↓g↓
Detroit Diesel Chart/Graph – 8.2 (Notes) Dg?
Pictures: ↓x↓
Detroit Diesel Picture (View) – 8.2 (Notes) Dx?
Press Releases: (by Date: = YYMMDD) ↓pr↓
Detroit Diesel Press Release (DATE) – 8.2 (Notes) Dpr?
Model History: ↓MH↓
Detroit Diesel Model History – 8.2 (Notes) Dh?
Serial Number Guide: (Manufacture Date Code Identification) ↓#↓
Detroit Diesel Engine Serial Number Guide #6SE266 D#1
Detroit Diesel Engine Serial # GuideDepco Power Systems Dp#1
Detroit Diesel Engine Serial Number GuideSwift Equipment Solutions S#3
Installation Instructions: ↓i↓
Detroit Diesel Installation Instructions – 8.2 (Notes) Di?
Installation Drawings with Dimensions: ↓d↓
Detroit Diesel Drawings w/Dims – 8.2T (4082-8300) Dd1
Detroit Diesel Drawings w/Dims – 8.2T (4082-8301) Dd2
Detroit Diesel Drawings w/Dims – 8.2T (4083-7366) Dd3
Detroit Diesel Drawings w/Dims – 8.2T (4087-7336) Dd4
OpManuals: (Owner's/Operator's Handbooks/Guides/Manuals) ↓o↓
Detroit Diesel OpManual – 8.2 (Notes) Do1
Parts Catalogs: (with Exploded Views & Parts Lists) ↓p↓
Detroit Diesel Parts Catalog – 8.2L #6SP152 Dp1
Parts Bulletins: (by Date: YYMMDD) ↓pb↓
Detroit Diesel Parts Bulletin – 8.2 (Notes) Dpb?
Shop Manuals: (Repair/Service/Technical/Workshop Manuals) ↓m↓
Detroit Diesel Service Manual – 8.2L #6SE421 Dm1
Wiring Diagrams: ↓w↓
Detroit Diesel Wiring Diagram – 8.2 (Notes) Dw?
Service Bulletins: (by Date: YYMMDD) ↓sb↓
Detroit Diesel Service Bulletin (DATE) – 8.2 (Notes) Dsb?
Product Recalls: ↓r↓
Detroit Diesel Recall – 8.2 (Notes) Dr
Related Documentation: ↓rd↓
Detroit Diesel ? – 8.2 (Notes) Drd?

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Forum Posts, Tech Notes & Tech Tips

Forum Posts:
Detroit 8.2L‚ Good and Bad — The Diesel Garage
Would you buy a big truck with an 8.2L Detroit Diesel — The Diesel Stop
Detroit Diesel 8.2 liter — Sam's Marine
6.5 or 8.2 — The Truck Stop
Detroit Diesel 8.2L Engines — UnifliteWorld
1994 Detroit Diesel 8.2L – The Hull Truth
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Title – + (Notes) — Creator
Tech Tips:
Title – + (Notes) — Creator

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8.2 Detroit Diesel Engines — Steve Johnson at eHow
Most Powerful Diesel Engine in the World! — Internet Archive
Beam Engine — Wikipedia
Pumpjacks — Wikipedia
Detonation — Wikipedia
Shock Wave — Wikipedia
Title – + (Notes) — Creator
Title – + (Notes) — Creator
Detroit Diesel 8.2L NA Truck Engine Test Run — YouTube
Detroit Diesel 8.2L Turbo Marine Engine Test Run — YouTube
Detroit Diesel 8.2L NA (DT8 2LEC-7510460GN) Test Run — YouTube
Detroit Diesel — DDC
Detroit Diesel — Wikipedia
Barrington Diesel Club
8.2 Detroit Diesel Fuel PincherFacebook.

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FROM Huey: "I agree with my Uncle, I too have found the articles to be very enlightening. They say that it will take about 100,000 articles to cover the full scope that they have envisioned for the website. They have over 20,000 articles so far and that's doing pretty well, but it could take several years to get the rest. I also noticed that many of the Main Topic Pages and some of the article pages are still in the rough draft stage. I guess that they will fill in as they can get volunteers to work on them. But what I can't figure out is why anyone would spend the time writing informative in depth articles just to give away free to this website for publication? What's in it for them?"

FROM Dewey: "Well Huey, to me It looks like most of the articles on this website are written by very informed people, like boating instructors, boat designers, boat builders, riggers, electricians, fitters, marine repair technicians and marine surveyors. Writing such articles helps establish them as knowledgeable professionals. After all, this website was originally created by a school for marine technicians and marine surveyors. The website is growing in content every day. They even had to move to a bigger, more powerful server because the website's traffic has been growing exponentially."

FROM Louie: "I agree with everyone above. This site is quickly becoming the ultimate reference resource about every aspect of boats and ships for everyone from the beginning recreational boater to the seasoned professional mariner. I use the topic pages on the right sidebar to browse around the website. It's like a Junior Woodchucks' Guidebook for Boaters. Their Members' Library of over 300 popular and obscure books and over 200 magazine back issues that can be viewed online is fabulous. The Academy's magazine is especially informative. On top of that, there is the "Ask-An-Expert program for members where you can get an expert's answer to any of your boat questions. And a whole years membership is only $25. What a deal! I really love being part of this "Everything About Boats" community and help provide thousands of helpful articles free to the public. I think that I'll sit down right now and write an article about my experiences boating with my uncle."

FROM Scrooge: "You rave about this website like it was the best thing since sliced bread. Well, I think it stinks. Sure, it has a lot of good information for boaters, and they're adding more every day, but it will probably never be finished. Furthermore, I don't even own a boat. And I wouldn't have a boat even if someone gave me one. Boats are a waste of money and time and energy and money! They're just a hole in the water you pour money into. If you gave me a boat, I'd sell it quicker then you could say Baggywrinkle. Then I'd lock up the cash with all my other money so I could keep my eye on it and count it every day. Bah humbug."

FROM Daisy: "I'm just so glad that Donald got the boat so we and the boys could enjoy boating — together. And of course all of the girls, April, May, and June, love to be on the water too, especially when that is where the boys are. Oh poor Scrooge, boating is more fun then you could possibly imagine."

FROM Scrooge: "After seeing how much fun you all have on the water together, I regret that I didn't have that much fun when I was young. I've had a change of heart, and I'm giving each of you a Lifetime Academy Membership."

FROM Editor: "For those of you that have stayed with us this far, many thanks. You inspire us to keep working on this labor of love. We know that we have a lot more to do. Ultimately, we hope that we can help you enjoy the wonder filled world of boating as much as we do. We are all waiting to see what you have to say about this webpage article. Submit any comments via email To⇒ Be sure to include this page's title in the subject line. Also, your corrections, updates, additions and suggestions are welcomed. Please submit them via email To⇒ Let's work together on this."