What year did glider kits start

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  1. Doughboy18

    Doughboy18 Light Load Member

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    Been looking for a Coronado glider kit that’s pre eld.. sometime I see older trucks like 2007 claiming to be a glider kit

    I know it’s illegal to just throw a older engine in your truck and call it a glider kit. So my question is what year did they really start building glider kits or how can I verify it’s an actual glider
     
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  3. "semi" retired

    "semi" retired Road Train Member

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    Glider kits go back to the early 70's, when motors began to outlast trucks. Glider kits were popular when trucks were hard to come by. Why bother when there's a ton of older trucks out there, some may even have a fresh rebuild.
     
  4. DougA

    DougA Road Train Member

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    At least back in the 70's I remember,I built mine in 1985. There is a code in the vin# that will indicate glider.

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    DougA Road Train Member

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    Brandt Road Train Member

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    You can tell by the VIN number. Glider truck have been around for a long time. They kinda come back when the new emissions truck come out because they were so bad. Fitzgerald was making a lot of them but their quality was not so good from what I hear. Because they rebuilt the engines themselves vs getting on from Detroit or Cummins.

    I don't think many would try going from emissions engine back to pre emissions engine in the truck. Because the wiring would be a mess. They can't just drop older engine in a truck. The truck has to be wired for the older engines
     
  7. Ridgeline

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    Some time in either the 50's or 60's, the irs made changes to how depreciation was done on equipment, this triggered expanding of trucks you could get void of a drive train.
     
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    mp4694330 Road Train Member

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    Call dealer to check VIN.
     
  9. AModelCat

    AModelCat Road Train Member

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    Pre 17 digit VIN days Kenworths ended in "G" if it was a glider IIRC.
     
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    I saw a butterfly hood Kenworth at a shop in the early 2000s. I asked the guy in the office and he told me it was a glider that was never assembled.

    Gliders really took off with the 2002 emissions engines, but they've been around for a long time.
     
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