Posts Tagged ‘Cat Engine’

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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Time for the second installment of Kustom Truck converts an 88′ Pete 379 to meet CARB compliance through 2023 to run in the state of California.  In Part 1 we detailed how the truck showed up with a mechanical B model CAT engine and the tear down process.  Now it’s time to show the freshly painted Cummins ISX installed in the chassis as well as the Kustom Electronic Engine Control Harness being installed so the engine can communicate with the cab to allow electronic control of the engine instead of mechanical “rods and switching functions”.

The Cummins ISX after the first coat of paint prior to being up fitted with any peripherals

Once paint was completed it’s time to up-fit the engine with the associated peripherals, alternator, starter, ac pump, fan hub, filters, elbows, engine control harness, ect …

The transmission is ready to be installed on the back of the engine now that it’s been plumbed and yoke installed

The Cummins ISX has now been bolted in the chassis and the fun begins.  All the plumbing and electronic interface into a chassis that was originally set up for a mechanical engine will take place

The wiring in the dash needed to be cleaned up prior to the new Kustom Electronic Engine Control Harness being installed.  This particular dash took a little more work than usual since the existing wiring was in such poor condition.

In order for the engine and cab to communicate electronically rather than mechanically with levers and rods a new engine control harness was required, the addition of the Kustom Electronic Engine Control Harness was installed in order to facilitate communication.

A new set of dash panels were used on the job since the old panels were in such poor condition.  The Speedometer and Tachometer were replaced with electronic gauges so the engine could be monitored properly.

As a Kustom option the customer (Galindo Construction) opted to have the Kustom Water Manifold installed which is mounted to the frame on the passenger side.

In order to handle the increased heat rejection that the new Cummins ISX puts out a new cooling package had to be installed.  The radiator was increased from a 3 row to a 5 row core, as well as a new Charge Air Cooler and AC Condenser.  The new package increased the cooling capacity by about 40%

Now that the radiator, charge air cooler and a/c condenser has been placed in the chassis the rest of the engine plumbing will start coming together quickly.

Part 3 will be completed soon, stay tuned in for the next installment of Converting an 88′ Pete 379 to meet CARB Compliance through 2023 ….

Galindo Construction based out of Walnut Grove, California came to Kustom Truck with a dilemma.  The California Air Resources Board (CARB) recently passed regulations making pre 07′ EPA engines non compliant to run in the state of California.  Since Galindo Construction had a 88′ Peterbilt 379 they either replace the truck (which was in great mechanical working condition) or find a way to upgrade to meet current CARB compliance.  One phone call to Kustom Truck and the problem was solved; upgrade the engine to meet current CARB requirements, better yet meet CARB requirements through 2023.

The 88′ Peterbilt 379 Extended hood came to us with a 3406B model CAT Engine that met CARB compliance through January of 2012.  Behind the CAT engine sat a Fuller RTO-14613 transmission.  Galindo Construction opted for a 07′ platform Cummins ISX with a DPF Filter system rated at 475 HP @ 1650 Torque that would meet CARB compliance though 2023.  Since the old transmission was no longer within torque spec there was also a transmission upgrade in store for the old Pete, a Fuller RTLO-18918B would do the trick.

The Galindo job shows up with the 3406B model CAT engine that was no longer compliant in the state of California … time for an upgrade!

First up is to get the cooling package removed, disconnect all the hoses and lines, drain the necessary fluids and get the engine ready to be pulled

Time to get that old iron outta there and get the engine compartment cleaned up …. Notice the passenger side step box, this is where the KPI DPF interface will be installed in Part 3

Now that the engine compartment has been cleaned up, time for the project to start gong back together

The customer wanted the engine to match the paint code of the red on his truck … so the Cummins ISX was stripped to get ready for a repaint

Stay Tune for Part 2 where we will be installing the 07′ EPA Cummins ISX