What about Gliders? DIY or purchase a kit?

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  1. shogun

    shogun Road Train Member

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    There is a harness out there that trick the boost sensor into telling the ecm the motor is seeing 8 lbs of boost for instant response and no lag. It definitely creates the smoke effect you are looking for. You can make one yourself for a lot cheaper I am sure.
     
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  3. DougA

    DougA Road Train Member

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    I built my own glider in 1985. Bought a new,double bunk 4300 Eagle IH,from the local dealer. Was sold as a part back then through the parts dept,$27k. Lot of work,esp. because the frame was not pre drilled,ended up drilling 50 some 5/8 holes for the New Way air ride and fifth wheel. Backed the donor truck in my shop,pulled the drive train,put a baggage cart under the frame by the sleeper,unbolted the suspension and dropped it on the floor.Pulled 5th wheel,rolled the truck out of the shop. Made templates of all the frame holes,rolled new glider in over top of old suspension. Magnetic drill,drilled all my holes,raised suspension back up,bolted it in. Steamed engine and trans,they were in good shape,needed nothing,reinstalled. Actually did all this in two weeks,had a helper part time. Took another 2 weeks to trim it all out,exhaust,wiring,etc. Was a lot of work,but I was a young buck back then,cool braggin' stuff. Plus no FET back then on gliders.
    First trip to California,the CHP DOT inspected me at the old bug check in Truckee,was before the scales were built then. Only thing he could find wrong was I didn't have a "Fire Extinguisher Inside" decal on my sidebox,thought that was pretty good.
    Tan Eagle was my 77 I used as the donor,the black one was the 85 glider.
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  4. Caterpillar Cowboy

    Caterpillar Cowboy Heavy Load Member

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    I don't enjoy thinking about what my truck mechanicing life was like before I got my magnetic drill. Thankfully it came along fairly early for me!
     
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  5. DougA

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    I wouldn't have even attempted it without that. Was still the most time consuming part of the build,drilling holes through hardened steel,but was fairly easy. Just have to make sure it's safety chained on good. Did knock it off a few times,but no harm.
     
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  6. WildTxn

    WildTxn Light Load Member

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    Since I owned a manufacturing business/machine shop:
    Not as bad as one would think! Use air drill, drill correctly sized pilot holes first. Keep your drills sharpened. Only a few hours work.
     
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  7. Caterpillar Cowboy

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    Yep, my first dump truck that I bough, I had drove for a year before buying it, had almost enough room for a 36" sleeper between the cab and the dump body. First thing I did when I bought it was slide the rears forward about 2 feet. I had a pretty good safety system had my drill chained to my car engine hoist. Those special cutters that Hougen makes really go through the frame rails like a hot knife through butter.
     
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  8. shogun

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    That’s awesome. The 4370 is my favorite International conventional of all time. My dad had a 1985 International 9370 and a Transtar II.
     
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  9. DougA

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    Thanks,had a lot of seat time in my 4300's between the two of them. Big comfortable cab. Easiest truck to work on ever. That whole dash folded open in a second and lifted out of the way to get to all the wiring and plumbing. Here's a pic of my brand new 77 Eagle the first day I brought it home,with my dear mother. Second pic is out in Pasco Washington,unloading a bean harvester. Third is in Orlando,Fl at the FMC plant hauling deicer trucks.

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  10. DougA

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    My 95 9370, N-14. Last truck I owned,had it 21 years,retired with it.Same freight,just years later.
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  11. FLCRACKER

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    No you can use an engine older than 10 years. Emissions must meet engine specs for its year. Friend of mine drives a 2018 389 with a 3406e
     
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