Archive for April, 2012

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

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One of the biggest challenges surrounding CARB Compliance is the ability to find accurate up to date information that is specific to the nature of your business.  The best place to find this information is the California Air Resources Board website, but the site is very large and can be a challenge to find specifically what you need since the site covers so many different industries.  Kustom Truck has taken the difficulty out of locating the information and below you will find direct links to various CARB pages that are associated with the EPA Compliance of the On Road regulations.

If you are not able to find the information you need in order to understand what regulations apply to you please contact Kustom Truck and a sales rep will will be able to point you in the right direction.  Please keep in mind that regulations change from time to time and what you may have researched six months ago could already be updated, check the links above prior to starting any compliance jobs.


The truck entered the Kustom Truck shop a little over 2 weeks ago as a 1988 Peterbilt 379 Extended Hood with a 3406B model Caterpillar engine that was no longer CARB compliant to run in the state of California.  After the engine conversion the Pete left with an 07 platform Cummins ISX engine complete with DPF, compliant through 2023 in California.

With the project complete there is not much left to say other than thanks for following along.  Here’s some pics of the final project before it left on it’s way back to it’s owners Galindo Construction.


Kustom Harness offers custom engine monitoring station and dash assemblies. We can help you design, engineer and build an efficient engine monitoring station to provide complete efficient control and monitoring of one or more engines from one location. This type of design is especially suited for portable power generation stations, pump stations, oil field equipment and other applications that require start up and monitoring of the engines from a common remote location. The Kustom Harness custom dash panel provide for the installation of gauges, controls, switches, lighting and other engine monitoring and control functions. Kustom Harness offers very flexible design options that include all harnessing, sensors, gauges, lighting, switches, etc all pre-wired and built to your specification to provide for a true “plug and play” installation.

Bison Oil came to Kustom Harness with the desire for an engine monitoring station capable of monitoring two (2) Detroit Series 60 Electronic Engines, one was a DDEC II and the other was a DDEC IV.  The electronic engine control panel was built for one of Bison Oil’s Well Cementing Trailers.

The build profile included a custom dash panel complete with Tachometers, Water Temp gauges and sensors, Oil Pressure, the volt meter serviced both engines since we had a common electrical charge system, all toggle switches, engine start switches and shutdown lamps, engine warning lamps, engine diagnostic switches and one set of cruise switches for the Detroit DDEC II.  The final piece of the dash panel was the use of a hand throttle for the Detroit DDEC IV.

Kustom Harness built a complete engine control harness for both the DDEC II and DDEC IV engines with a low coolant level sensor feed, fused ECM switched and un-switched power feeds as well as a diagnostics plug at the ECM.  Switched key power required a breakout feed that was 10 feet long and supplied power to a 16″ DC 12 volt fan.  The main trunk harness was to be 25 feet long and pre-wired to the dash panel.  Bison Oil also had the need for multiple Drill Rig Work Lights.  Kustom Harness supplied a main power and ground circut to run from the starter positive and negative to a bus bar at the dash panel and prewired with 4 relays.

Kustom Harness is a division of Kustom Truck