Part 1 of 2: Kustom Truck Builds a 2012 Western Star Glider Kit Truck w/ 2000 EPA CAT C-12

Posted: March 29, 2012 in Custom Built Trucks, Glider Kit Trucks
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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 ….

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