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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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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.