For fleets and owner-operators wanting to make old trucks new again, Kenworth is offering glider kits for the T660, T800 (split fender configuration), and W900L models. All sleeper sizes are available. The gliders are designed to be mated with customer-supplied EPA 2004 engines and matching transmissions, and the gliders can be spec'd from Kenworth to best meet the fleet or driver application.
Kenworth glider models feature the latest amenities and updates in each of the three models. The truck model year of the glider will be determined by the donor chassis, as long as two of the three major powertrain components (engine, transmission, and drive axle) are used from the donor chassis.
“There are several other engine-related components — such as electrical harnesses, power steering pumps, batteries, and air cleaners — that customers need to supply themselves or purchase from Paccar Parts through their local Kenworth dealerships, but for the truck itself, it's a very complete package,” said Alan Fennimore, Kenworth vocational marketing manager.
“We're offering the gliders as both rolling and non-rolling models (customer supplies driveline, axles, suspensions, wheels, tires and other rolling equipment), and no FET (federal excise tax) is included from Kenworth,” said Fennimore. “Depending upon the project's final cost, and if the host parts came from a useable truck, the 12% FET on new trucks may not be applicable.”
Generally, FET will apply when a glider kit is used to repair a decommissioned (wrecked) vehicle, or change its intended service (for example, tractor to a full truck), or where the restoration cost exceeds 75% of the value.