Posts Tagged ‘Caterpillar Engines’

SKW located in Anchorage, Alaska placed a large order for Caterpillar engines.  The order was for 3406E Cat engines rated at 455 HP @ 1650 Torque to be used in Euclid Line haul trucks.  Since they were reman engines directly from Caterpillar the customer got a 2 year unlimited mileage warranty serial number specific in their name serviceable through any authorized Cat dealer.  Prior to leaving the Kustom Truck facility the Cat engines were up-fitted with all peripherals components as well as re-rated to 455 HP (a rating not available from the factory)

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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 ….

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.

Kustom™ Truck, Inc. is the first and only company to provide complete drive train and interface parts packages specifically for glider kit assemblies. There is more to building a truck than simply ordering the chassis from your dealer and sourcing an engine/trans combination. Kustom™ Truck has over 200 glider truck builds and 15 years experience to rely on for expertise to fill the holes the OEM left out.

Kustom™ Truck announces the release of drive train packages specific for glider truck chassis complete with the interface components that are not included with your purchase from the factory. The knowledge that has been gained by Kustom™ Truck in the past 15 years of building over 200 glider trucks has provided the foundation to develop a program for the do-it-yourselfer looking to build a glider truck. Kustom™ Truck can answer the questions regarding compatibility of the drive train and the desired chassis.

Currently there are only two OEM’s that build a glider truck, Peterbilt and Daimler Trucks North America. Depending on which chassis is chosen, the list of parts needed to complete the build can vary greatly. For example, starting with the engine a few common items not supplied are the starter, alternator, belt tensioner, idlers and fan hub as well as the associated bracketry. Depending on the OEM the transmission kit may be missing the shift lever components, the clutch linkage kit or the vehicle speed sensor at the back of the transmission. There is also no main driveline, carrier bearing or u-Joints supplied, not to mention the lack of batteries and cables. A Glider truck is far from complete regardless of the OEM that’s chosen, beside the obvious engine and transmission that will need to be supplied, there is an entire list of up-fit components that need to be sourced as well. Kustom™ Trucks innovative new drive train packages address the items mentioned above as well the other various items NOT supplied with the kit.

The Kustom™ Truck packages include factory re-man engines and transmissions from Caterpillar, Cummins, Detroit, Fuller, and Allison. All of the components offered in the Kustom™ Truck packages are supported through and warranties registered with the existing OEM dealer network of the engine and transmission manufactures. Once the customer receives the package from Kustom™ Truck, the engine and transmission are ready to drop into the chassis and the interface parts make for a true plug and play installation. Assembling a glider truck has never been easier. The Kustom™ Truck drive train packages are the latest innovation in the glider kit market.

Kustom Truck Inc,  an ISO 9001:2008 certified company, is the industry leader in up-fitting and building glider kits. Kustom™ Truck has over 15 years of experience and over 200 glider truck built to draw on for knowledge, expertise, and efficiency when it comes to building a quality product that exceeds the quality and workmanship of a factory truck. Kustom™ Truck can offer the best quality OEM re-man components, the correct interface & trim out parts and knowledgeable tech support available in the market today. For more information visit http://www.kustomtruck.com/ or call 888.564.8890