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A factory re-man Caterpillar engine allows customers with older trucks the option of new truck engine warranty rather than limited overhaul warranty coverage. The OEM re-man Cat is also the perfect choice for the exploding Glider Kit Truck market.

With the recent surge in Glider Kit Truck sales, the option for a factory re-man Caterpillar engine is very appealing. A Glider Kit Truck is the only way a customer can install a pre-emission engine in a current production chassis. Caterpillar 1999 EPA certified C-15 and C-16 Cat engines don’t require DPF or SCR integration unless the vehicle is operated in geographical areas that have mandated all trucks meet certain EPA standards. The benefit of the 1999 EPA Caterpillar OEM re-man engine is that the operator can typically count on superior fuel economy, proven performance, and better reliability as well as some less tangible benefits. Since the Glider Kit Truck is covered under new truck warranty from the respective manufacturer, it only makes sense to install an engine that has similar engine warranty.

Most customers don’t realize the advantage of a New Truck Engine Warranty compared to that of an overhaul engine warranty. All Caterpillar Factory re-man Engines qualify for a new truck engine warranty that covers the engine from flywheel to front cover. Depending on the specific CAT engine, the standard base warranty can range from 24 months to 36 months or 100,000 to unlimited miles. All Caterpillar Factory re-man engines have the option to add an ESC Plus warranty that can extend that coverage out to 60 months or 500,000 miles to include the Turbo, Water Pump and Injectors. The base warranty typically covers parts and labor as well as towing to the nearest authorized repair facility while the Cat ESC warranties cover parts and Labor.

On the other hand overhaul protection warranty (OPT warranty) is not as comprehensive as a re-man warranty. Although current OPT warranties can be extended out to 4 years in many cases eligible engines and component coverage is limited and doesn’t typically include engine parts such as sensors, harnesses, engine brakes, and ECM’s.

In addition to offering the OEM re-man engine assembly, Kustom Truck offers various engine up-fit kits (i.e. chassis installation brackets, fan hubs, ECM programming, and harnessing options) that can be specified with the purchase of the engine to insure that the customer receives an engine assembly that is ready to drop into the chassis for correct fitment as well as being electronically compatible with the chassis that the engine is installed in.

Kustom Truck also has the ability to provide the electronic interface between the engine and the chassis. Paccar Glider Kit Trucks (Peterbilt and Kenworth) typically do not provide engine control packages for current production engines with the glider kit. Kustom Truck has designed and offers an OEM engine control harness that connects the firewall connector to OEM connector on the Cat engine for any 99 – 2007 EPA Caterpillar engine with ADAM 3 or Adam 4 electronics including feeds for the a/c high pressure switch, fan solenoid, vehicle speed sensor, main power and ground to starter, clutch switch and low coolant level sensor.

About Kustom Truck

Kustom™ Truck Inc. an ISO 9001:2008 certified company and considered the industry leader in up-fitting and building glider kits. Kustom™ Truck has over 15 years of experience and over 200 gliders kits 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. Whether you are considering building a Glider Kit Truck or doing a re-power of a heavy duty truck you currently own, Kustom™ Truck offers the best quality OEM re-man components, the correct electronic interface packages, chassis specific up-fit parts packages and knowledgeable tech support that is required optimize the efficiency and quality of the engine product. For more information visit http://www.kustomtruck.com/ or call 888.564.8890

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http://www.prweb.com/releases/caterpillarengines/kustomtruck/prweb9828728.htm

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Glider Kit Trucks are the new fad in heavy duty trucking.  The image of today’s glider kit trucks has changed drastically from what the public originally perceived.  The old way of thinking was to take your wrecked truck’s drive train and implant it into a new chassis giving the glider kit trucks a bad name.  People thought of them as an inferior product that simply used old components that were near the end of their useful life and installed them in a shiny new truck.

Today that couldn’t be further from the truth!  The emission standards have gotten more and more stringent over the last 6-8 years with the inclusion of DEF, SCR, Urea tanks just to make the engine meet the current standard.  The truck drivers are guaranteed more down time as a result of engine platforms that are not proven and less fuel economy to boot.  All of this equals a higher overall operating cost but the pay for those jobs has not increased if anything it’s gone down as a result of increased competition for the loads available.

Enter the current Glider Kit Truck, the market has increased exponentially recently as a result of what’s mentioned above.  Customers want to install the pre emission factory reman motors into the current production chassis.  Currently you are able to get a Glider Kit Truck from Peterbilt, Freightliner and Western Star.  Kenworth is also making a resurgence back into the market with two models for sure, possibly three.  They are expected to enter the market the 4th quarter of 2012 or the 1st quarter of 2013.  Interestingly enough the Paccar models (Kenworth and Peterbilt) supply engine control for the current production engine’s only!  This leaves engine control up to the dealer or the customer if they are assembling the truck themselves.  Talk about a headache and hours of shop labor!

Kustom Harness has you covered, no need to worry.   The Kustom harness allows the customer or dealer to install an engine from 2000 to current production in the chassis with a complete cradle to grave wire harness that plugs into the factory pin in the firewall and the engine ECM, with all associated feeds for engine hookup (a/c high pressure switch, fan solenoid, vehicle speed sensor, main power and ground to starter, clutch switch and low coolant level sensor).  The harness is available for CAT, Cummins or Detroit (coming soon) engine models.  The price depends on the level of installation being done anywhere from a complete engine control harness at $1,750.00 and up depending on the engine being used.

The Firewall harness Pin:

The ECM Pin:

The ability to communicate on J-1939:

And finally a photo of the complete engine control harness for a current production Peterbilt Glider Kit Truck to install a 1999 – 2003 Cummins ISX or ISM that is Pre EGR:

For more information please visit http://www.kustomharness.com/ or call 541.267.6990

Kustom Harness is a division of Kustom Truck

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 ….