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I am looking at a truck to purchase that has a 444 Cummins in it. I have heard good and bad on the 444. Does anyone have any experience with this engine good or bad?
 

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I am looking at a truck to purchase that has a 444 Cummins in it. I have heard good and bad on the 444. Does anyone have any experience with this engine good or bad?
What is the cpl?
 

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I am looking at a truck to purchase that has a 444 Cummins in it. I have heard good and bad on the 444. Does anyone have any experience with this engine good or bad?
Run Forrest...Run!!!!

Seriously, just like all older Cummins, they are prone to leaking head gaskets. They also had step timing which also gave some trouble. I'm not a Cummins fan, but I have had customers with 444's, and ALL, not just some, had problems over the years.
 

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Run Forrest...Run!!!!

Seriously, just like all older Cummins, they are prone to leaking head gaskets. They also had step timing which also gave some trouble. I'm not a Cummins fan, but I have had customers with 444's, and ALL, not just some, had problems over the years.
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A 444 is an engine that needs a lot of tender loving care to get it to run correctly, there are a lot of pieces that make the STC operate properly, and any leaks in the system cause problems.
I use to do a lot of work on these units, and customers that ran them seemed to make money.
They are not high on my list engines I would chose but that depends on whether you can get it cheap, and find someone that works on them, cheap, or know how to do it your self.
 

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Thanks for the advice. I bought the truck and will take my chances. I have several Cummins gurus close to me if I need them. The truck is long distance from me and not sure when it will be here. I have pretty much run Cats to this point and am willing to try this Cummins. It is hard to pass up a two stick 359ExHd.
 

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You will have to relearn your shift points 444 s are 1700-2100 engines. if you can keep the step time figured they are an allright engine, :woohoo
 

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Thanks, I have heard alot of good and bad on them. This truck is very original from the factory and I just had to try it. I have run 2 stick cats and liked them very much but this will be different for sure. The truck will not be worked daily more for farm and hobby use.
 

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I am looking at a truck to purchase that has a 444 Cummins in it. I have heard good and bad on the 444. Does anyone have any experience with this engine good or bad?
The 444 is a glorified 400 big cam. they hang together as good as any of the nh series. It will run with the 425 cats. If you retro fit a decent after cooler in front of the radiator and take the guts out of the old intercooler, you gain a few more horses! Thats what it is all about.:knight:soapbox
 

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Run Forrest...Run!!!!

Seriously, just like all older Cummins, they are prone to leaking head gaskets. They also had step timing which also gave some trouble. I'm not a Cummins fan, but I have had customers with 444's, and ALL, not just some, had problems over the years.
Buy the man a cigar.

Cams and especially cam followers, and yup, STC, when you start them they sound like they are about to throw a rod coz of the stepped timing.

Yup, head gaskets too, when they start to chirp, time to do another head gasket.
 

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The 444 is a glorified 400 big cam. they hang together as good as any of the nh series. It will run with the 425 cats. If you retro fit a decent after cooler in front of the radiator and take the guts out of the old intercooler, you gain a few more horses! Thats what it is all about.:knight:soapbox
An N14 manifold from a salvage yard bolts rite on and done but as mentioned in another thread cam timing needs changed. But... the Cat part is hard to swallow. Again it's all timing, the difference between 5* (Cummins) and 10/ 14* (Cat) is hige for torq. A cranked 444 will put down 500HP, for 400K. A cranked Cat will make 50 more and 300 more ftlbs, and last a million miles ;)
 

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Your opinions and experiences are appreciated. I enjoy the knowledge and experience on the board. Dont get me wrong I like Caterpillars but this truck had a Cummins and some other things I liked and I am willing to try it. It will not be worked daily but used on the farm running farm tags and staying pretty close to home. Just another toy for me to mess with.
 

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Has anyone ever tried to advance the base timing of STC and to change the STC valve settings to switch to retarded mode at much higher PT pressures? The idea is to run advanced under cruising conditions, up to 300 hp, for fuel economy and longer lasting engine.

Why is timing change needed when changing to different type CAC?
 

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The STC is set at 45 lbs going up and 40 coming down. I have never seen anybody change the settings for any reason but somebody more than likely has different settings that work better for them in their area. Where I was and I was taught by a great Cummins guy, Lee, that was what worked the best.
 

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I am looking at a truck to purchase that has a 444 Cummins in it. I have heard good and bad on the 444. Does anyone have any experience with this engine good or bad?
Get the Cummins man
 

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I am looking at a truck to purchase that has a 444 Cummins in it. I have heard good and bad on the 444. Does anyone have any experience with this engine good or bad?
I have a 444 big cam 500 horse power engine still in the truck with 880000 miles on it will show you the odometer 89. The frame someone wants to buy so the engine will be for sale can take a video of odometer and start it up even take it down the hiway to prove the power beautiful sounding you just touch the key and rumbles to life instantly
 

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I have a 444 big cam 500 horse power engine still in the truck with 880000 miles on it will show you the odometer 89. The frame someone wants to buy so the engine will be for sale can take a video of odometer and start it up even take it down the hiway to prove the power beautiful sounding you just touch the key and rumbles to life instantly my phone number is 5634220711 I live in eastern Iowa delivery is very possible anywhere for a nogatiated fee won't be bad also have the radiator all copper we will take care of flushing it like new has new water pump all new coolant hoses two setting for engine brake does have cruise control with it
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