Thompson Truck Centers

Thompson Truck Centers offers Freightliner and Western Star glider kits and a large inventory of used trucks.

Additionally, Thompson Truck Centers services and repairs all makes and models of medium-duty trucks, and heavy-duty trucks, including International, Kenworth, Freightliner, and others.

Thompson Truck Center’s Glider Engine vs. Competition

Competitor rebuilds? Some competitors start with a Caterpillar Platinum Overhaul Kit or an aftermarket overhaul kit, which generally contains 30 basic line items that can include a cylinder head, cylinder packs, rod and main bearings, water pump, oil pump, and perhaps injectors as major components and replacing any additional items if necessary. Generally, this type of overhaul is called an “in-frame” overhaul and not all the gears and gaskets or seals are inspected or replaced.

The Thompson process of overhauling the engine differs and consists of using a Caterpillar Platinum Overhaul Kit, which consists of 30 basic line items, PLUS an additional 217 line items including reman air compressor, turbocharger, exhaust brake tune-up, flywheel, fuel transfer pump, and engine wiring harnesses. We replace these items on every Thompson overhauled Glider engine.

We disassemble engines to the bare block, thoroughly clean and inspect, and replace every gasket and seal. All engines go to one of our three dynamometers for two hours of testing. One hour is at half horsepower load and one hour is at full load. The testing certifies the rated horsepower and torque. During dynamometer testing, we continually inspect the engine with ultraviolet light for leaks and test the exhaust brake function.

After dynamometer testing, we primer coat and finish the engine with durable factory Cat yellow paint and decals. We complete the engine overhaul by installing a new Red Dot air conditioner compressor, new Delco starter (double reduction), new alternator, remanufactured Horton fan hub, new fan, and new belts and hoses. We also label our engines with new EPA stickers to ensure your engine is EPA compliant.

After we finish the engine installation, we road test the truck for two hours which includes a complete pre-delivery inspection and a three-axle alignment.

Your Thompson glider kit engine coverage consists of four years/unlimited mileage OPT (Overhaul Protection for Truck engines) backed by Caterpillar Insurance. OPT covers injectors, turbo, water pump, and air compressor and an extensive list of parts that are inspected and/or replaced in accordance with Caterpillar’s published guidelines.

There is also a four year/unlimited mileage warranty on the Eaton reman transmission and new Eaton clutch, including towing backed by Caterpillar Insurance. If a breakdown caused by a part covered by the OPT occurs, the transmission or clutch and truck towing to the nearest Cat authorized shop is covered.

Overhaul your truck at Thompson Truck Centers today!

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