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BUILDING KENWORTH GLIDER KITS JUST BECAME EASIER

 

Kenworth Glider Kit Engine Installation Harnesses now available from Kustom Truck

Kenworth Glider Kit Assembly parts kits now available from Kustom Truck

Kustom Harness is proud to introduce a line of engine control harnesses and assembly parts kits for application in Paccar glider kit trucks.  These engine control harnesses and assembly parts kits were engineered, proto-typed, and developed for installation of a PRE-EMISSION Caterpillar, Cummins, or Detroit Engine into the current production Peterbilt and Kenworth glider kit trucks.  The Kustom glider kit harnesses allow for a true plug and play electronic engine installation into the OEM chassis with no dash interface, harness modifications, or workarounds required. For applications that use a Caterpillar ADEM 2 (40 Pin), Cummins Celect +, and Detroit DDEC3/4/5 electronic engines also require a Kustom Processor Unit in addition to the engine control harness.

The development of the Kustom glider kit harnesses and Glider assembly parts kits are the result of 15 years of building gliders kit trucks, performing engine swaps between the different engine families, and engine upgrades from mechanical to electronic engines in older trucks. This experience exposed the need for an OEM quality electronic engine interface harness that would allow customers to efficiently install the engine of their choice into a glider kit while ensuring the reliability, serviceability, and quality of the glider kit truck.

All of the harnesses were designed with service and support after sale in mind, even down to the fine details such as the OEM circuit numbers on the individual wires. The result is a more efficient build, a product that is easier to support after sale through the OEM dealer network, and an overall higher quality end product out the door.

For more information on a solution and pricing for your next Peterbilt or Kenworth glider truck build and any questions regarding engine compatibility, contact Kustom Truck toll free at 888-564-8890 or 541-267-6990. Also visit our corporate websites at:

 www.kustomtruck.com

www.kustomharness.com

www.kustomtruckparts.com

For a link to the news release from Kenworth regarding the re-emergence of their glider kit truck program:

http://www.kenworth.com/news/news-releases/2012/august/kenworth-glider-kits.aspx

The Kustom Coolant Distribution Manifold is a water manifold to route all your heater hoses through one centralized location. One of the benefits of the manifold is to clean up the engine compartment by only having one main supply and one main return line that connects to the coolant ports on the engine, rather than have multiple hoses running to the engine. Another benefit of the manifold is that it utilizes shutoff valves at the manifold for each circuit that are being ran so in the event of a coolant leak, the valve can simply shut off the leaking circuit and continue to run until the hose can be replaced.

There are two versions of the manifold; either a three or five port circuit is available. The base model is a 3 circuit manifold that allows you to run up to 3 individual coolant circuits. There is also an upgraded model that allows for up to 5 circuits to be plumbed in. Should your application not require the use of all available circuits, the unused ones can simply be plugged. Some common circuits that the Kustom Coolant Distribution Manifold is used for are the Cab and Sleeper Heaters, Transmission Cooler, Fuel Tank Heater as well as the Auxiliary Power Unit (APU). The Kustom Coolant Distribution Manifold is sold as a kit that includes the manifold, shutoff valves, hose barb fittings, elbows, and plugs. The Kustom Manifold is not chassis specific meaning it can be utilized on a Freightliner, Peterbilt, Volvo, Mack, Western Star, International or Kenworth trucks and can be used on medium or heavy duty applications.

Glider Kit Trucks are the new fad in heavy duty trucking.  The image of today’s glider kit trucks has changed drastically from what the public originally perceived.  The old way of thinking was to take your wrecked truck’s drive train and implant it into a new chassis giving the glider kit trucks a bad name.  People thought of them as an inferior product that simply used old components that were near the end of their useful life and installed them in a shiny new truck.

Today that couldn’t be further from the truth!  The emission standards have gotten more and more stringent over the last 6-8 years with the inclusion of DEF, SCR, Urea tanks just to make the engine meet the current standard.  The truck drivers are guaranteed more down time as a result of engine platforms that are not proven and less fuel economy to boot.  All of this equals a higher overall operating cost but the pay for those jobs has not increased if anything it’s gone down as a result of increased competition for the loads available.

Enter the current Glider Kit Truck, the market has increased exponentially recently as a result of what’s mentioned above.  Customers want to install the pre emission factory reman motors into the current production chassis.  Currently you are able to get a Glider Kit Truck from Peterbilt, Freightliner and Western Star.  Kenworth is also making a resurgence back into the market with two models for sure, possibly three.  They are expected to enter the market the 4th quarter of 2012 or the 1st quarter of 2013.  Interestingly enough the Paccar models (Kenworth and Peterbilt) supply engine control for the current production engine’s only!  This leaves engine control up to the dealer or the customer if they are assembling the truck themselves.  Talk about a headache and hours of shop labor!

Kustom Harness has you covered, no need to worry.   The Kustom harness allows the customer or dealer to install an engine from 2000 to current production in the chassis with a complete cradle to grave wire harness that plugs into the factory pin in the firewall and the engine ECM, with all associated feeds for engine hookup (a/c high pressure switch, fan solenoid, vehicle speed sensor, main power and ground to starter, clutch switch and low coolant level sensor).  The harness is available for CAT, Cummins or Detroit (coming soon) engine models.  The price depends on the level of installation being done anywhere from a complete engine control harness at $1,750.00 and up depending on the engine being used.

The Firewall harness Pin:

The ECM Pin:

The ability to communicate on J-1939:

And finally a photo of the complete engine control harness for a current production Peterbilt Glider Kit Truck to install a 1999 – 2003 Cummins ISX or ISM that is Pre EGR:

For more information please visit http://www.kustomharness.com/ or call 541.267.6990

Kustom Harness is a division of Kustom Truck

Kustom Truck was approached by RB Crushing, a division of Petro West that operates out of the Grande Prairie, Alberta Canada region to to build a pair of twin 2012 Peterbilt glider kit trucks model 389 to serve as lowboy’s.  The one stipulation about the trucks, could RB Crushing get a new Peterbilt glider kit truck with a non EGR engine.  The current production motors require engine REGEN and is simply is not working in this region.  A REGEN requires extreme high heat to clean the DPF filter and burn the carbon buildup that accumulates, a process that is extremely challenging with the cold weather experienced in Canada.  Not a problem for Kustom Truck, this is what we do!

The Peterbilt Glider Kit Trucks were brought in from the factory as rolling gliders with 46K lb rears sitting on Peterbilt Air Track suspension, 48″ flat top sleepers and platinum level interiors.  Kustom Truck spec’d out a drive train package to include a pre emission 2002 model Caterpillar C-16 engine rated 600 HP @ 2050 torque.  In order to handle the power output the Caterpillar engine put out, a Fuller transmission model RTLO-20918B was chosen.

The day the trucks showed up as rollling Peterbilt glider kit trucks piggybacked into the lot

The twin Caterpillar C-16 engines sitting on the Kustom Truck shop floor up-fitted with the peripherals (starter, alternator, fan hub, belts, ect) waiting to be dropped into the engine compartment.  The Fuller transmission is already bolted to the flywheel housing as well.

Both Caterpillar C-16 engines are now installed in the engine compartment and the electric plumbing has begun a lot of work yet to be completed before we fire these trucks up.

The Caterpillar C-16 engine are now plumbed for electrical and all engine piping is installed as well as the hoods are back on the the Peterbilt Glider Kit Trucks.

Now it’s time for the Kustom Truck shop to start on the extra goodies that the customer has requested in order for the fit and finish to be acceptable.  Here’s the list of custom options:

  • 11″ drop visor by Roadworks
  • accessory lights to include: breathers, side skirts, under cab and sleeper all LED lights by Roadworks
  • Diamond plate half fenders, step boxes, chain hangers and a custom headache rack by ProTech
  • 7″ exhaust system with muffler inserts by Dynaflex
  • A custom water manifold and ceramic detail package by Kustom Truck
  • The ceramic detail package included the jake stand, cam cover, dipstick and oil fill tubes, turbo lines, the turbo hot and cold housings, thermostat housing, exhaust manifold and heat shield
  • Custom polished stainless charge air cooler and radiator pipes by B & H Tubes

Now that the trucks are assembled, test drives are complete and the trucks are awaiting delivery to RB Crushing, Kustom Truck leaves you with these parting shots.

After a few hurdles that Kustom Truck had to overcome, the Western Star glider kit truck model 4800 project is finally wrapped up and ready for delivery.  The C-12 Cat engine fitment went very smooth and provides plenty of power for the application.  In a feed truck application DPF and SCR have significant drawbacks, a engine REGEN takes valuable time away from what the truck is intended to do, Feed Cattle.  Having the ability through a glider chassis to install a pre 2002 EPA motor solves a major issue for dairy and cattlemen that want a truck mounted feed mixer truck.  For those that don’t understand EPA regulations, were talking an engine, turbo and exhaust.

Here are some photo’s of the completed project

A few interior pictures, with no need for a flashy interior a base model was chosen for this glider kit that will be used on the dairy

And finally some pictures of the Cat C-12 plumed into the Western Star 4800 Chassis

Thanks for following along as Kustom Truck built a current production 2012 Western Star Glider Kit Truck Model 4800 and fitted it with a 2000 EPA Caterpillar C-12 engine

Since 2003 as a result of the unreliability of the current production Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) engines in feed mixer trucks, many of the feedlots and dairymen have gone to tractor pull-behind mixer bodies instead of truck mounted mixer bodies.  Kustom Truck solved that uncertainty by offering a feed mixer truck up-fitted with pre 2002 EPA Cummins or Caterpillar engines, which do not require DPF or SCR.  The end product is a feed mixer truck with proven reliability and performance.

A customer recently contacted Kustom Truck with an inquiry to build a current production feed mixer truck with a pre-02 emission engine.  The customer selected a 2012 Western Star 4800 series rolling glider kit truck with a 20M FA, 52M RA, 52M Hendrickson HN suspension, and a 3/8 steel double steel frame.  They also decided on the CAT C-12, 430HP 99 EPA certified CAT engine, and a fuller 9LL transmission all interfaced into the chassis with new parts.  Was it possible, could Kustom Truck complete the project and have a chassis that met or exceeded factory level quality, offer comparable OEM warranties, while providing superior performance and reliability to a new factory production unit?  Follow along as we complete the project.

The 2012 Western Star rolling glider chassis has just been delivered ..

First things first, the hood and cooling package need to be removed so we can get to work.  The radiator has been sent out to be re-cored to a 8 fin per inch feedlot style core that will be easier to clean and trap less debris as a result of the environment the truck will operate in.

All glider kit trucks come with what is referred to as a Kit Box, in the kit box contains the miscellaneous parts that are supposed to be what’s needed to finish the build (minus the drive train components) … Key word here is supposed to be

A 2000 EPA CAT C-12 factory reman was the engine of choice for this build.  The engine is rated at 435 HP @ 1650 torque rating and since it’s a factory reman, it’s backed with a 2 year unlimited hours, parts, labor and towing CAT registered warranty serial number specific in the purchaser’s name.  The warranty is valid through any authorized CAT dealer in North America.

The CAT C-12 on the floor of the shop that has been up-fitted with the peripherals (starter, alternator, fan hub, ac compressor, ect) prior to be bolted in the chassis.  The RTO-16909ALL transmission has also been bolted to the back of the engine along with a new 1650 lb clutch.

The fan that you see mounted is a Flexxair Variable Pitch, in the dairy environment with radiator clogging such an issue the customer opted for a self cleaning fan that automatically reverses the blade pitch to purge the cooling system.

In the final phase of the 2012 Glider Kit Truck build we will show the engine bolted in the chassis, drive lines installed, the engine compartment plumbed, all piping installed and a finished product.  Stay tuned for Part 2 ….

Kustom Truck Offers Alternative to a Current Production Factory Truck When Considering Purchase of a New Feed Mixer Truck.

Kustom Truck is the premier feed mixer truck builder specializing in current production rolling glider chassis from Peterbilt, Western Star, and Freightliner, up-fit with pre 2002 EPA engines and choice of either automated or manual transmissions interfaced into the chassis with all new parts. The engine and transmission are factory OEM remanufactured and carry registered warranties through any authorized dealer in North America and Canada.

Since 2003, as a result of the unreliability of the current production engines in a feed mixer truck, many of the feedlots and dairyman have gone to tractor pull-behind mixers bodies instead of truck mount mixer bodies. Kustom Truck has solved this uncertainty by offering feed mixer truck up-fitted with pre 2002 EPA Cummins and Caterpillar engines, which do not require DPF or SCR. A pre 2002 engine has significantly reduced heat rejection requirements when compared to current production engines, which once again offers the end user a chassis with proven reliability and performance that used to be available in a truck mounted feed mixer truck application.

Kustom Truck has a long term established working relationship with most of the feed body manufacturers in North America (Supreme International, Roto-Mix, Lowen Welding, ect) and is capable of helping the customer provide a chassis that meets the unique requirements of the feed body manufacturers. With over 15 years of experience in building and up-fitting glider kits, Kustom Truck has developed significant knowledge to help the customer provide a truck that is spec’d properly and built for the application to insure a smooth install once the chassis is delivered to the feed body manufacturer for installation.

A typical base model feed mixer truck would include a 108 to 114 inch BBC cab, a 20K front axle, a double steel frame with FREPTO provision, 46K rear axle (7:17 ratio) on a vocational heavy duty spring suspension, a ISM Cummins 400 HP engine and a Fuller RTO-14708LL transmission. These options can be upgraded to a Caterpillar C-12 435 HP engine, an Allison HD-4560 RDS transmission, heavier rear differentials and suspension, RETPO provisions, auxiliary transmission, feed lot core radiator, and a reversing fan.

All warranties are registered serial number specific with the appropriate OEM (Freightliner, Western Star, Peterbilt, Cummins, Fuller, Caterpillar, Allison, etc.) in the purchasers name valid through any authorized dealer in North America.

Kustom Truck Inc. is a ISO 9001:2008 certified company, and considered an industry leader in up-fitting and building glider kits. Kustom Truck Inc has over 15 years of experience to rely on for knowledge, expertise, and efficiency when it comes to building a quality product that exceeds the quality and workmanship of a factory truck. To insure that you are sourcing one of the most reliable feed mixer truck available in the market place, take a look at the Kustom Truck option for your next feed mixer truck chassis. For more information visit http://www.kustomtruck.com/ or call 888.564.8890.