What does it cost to have my engine rebuilt? This is a question we are asked many times each week. So let’s look at what it costs to rebuild a 3406-E or C-15 Caterpillar, and this will be an in-chassis rebuild.
The ISX Cummins is about the same amount money and the 60 Series Detroit is just a little bit less. We start with the Caterpillar Precious Metals In-Frame Overhaul Kit which is about $11,000 depending on the engine serial number. Caterpillar has done a very good job putting this kit together, which includes 6 Reman cylinder packs, 1 Reman head, 5 Reman injectors, 1 Reman water pump, 1 Reman oil pump, 1 overhaul gasket and 203 other small parts such as gaskets, o’ rings, lock nuts, seals, and Jake Brake seals. This kit saves many hours of labor of ordering parts and having to go and get them, plus it makes it much easier for the mechanic because all of the parts are in one crate.
So here we have $11,000 in the parts kit and $4,000 in labor, which brings the in-chassis to $15,000. This gives you a basic in-chassis rebuild and there are NO special parts in this rebuild to improve the fuel mileage. You will have the same power and fuel mileage you did before the rebuild. Now let’s talk about what it takes to turn this basic rebuild into a GREAT rebuild and gain 100 or more horsepower and 1 mile per gallon in fuel savings.
Crankshaft Damper - $530.00
Mercury filled engine balancer- $225.00
Ported and Ceramic Coated Exhaust Manifold - $1650.00
High Flow Caterpillar Turbocharger - $2450.00
FASS Fuel System- $694.00
Hoses and fittings for the FASS System - $225.00
2 Quiet Performance mufflers $168.00 Ea. - $336.00
1 .003 thinner deck plate for liner protrusion - $397.00
Total for the parts to make a great engine- $6507.00
The interesting thing about these parts is they can be installed on your existing engine, and will improve the mileage by 1 mpg and lower the exhaust temperature by at least 150 degrees. The money you save in ONE year by using these parts to gain a mile per gallon is EASILY enough to pay for the parts. What they save you in the following years is money in the bank!
These performance parts will lower the emissions by 29% and will be re-used at the time of the next rebuild. Many owner-operators want to do it all at one time, however it’s much harder to come up with $21,507 as opposed to $15,000 to perform a basic rebuild. If the owner-operator purchases one part a month, the fuel savings each month will pay for the next part and once the truck obtains 1-mpg improvement the savings will pay for the entire rebuild. Managing finances is definitely something that is easier for some than others, and "stuff" happens, to be sure, but this is a recipe that we have come up with that really pays off.
Are you interested in a great used truck? A great friend of mine has a beautiful 2007 T-600 Kenworth with an 84 inch studio sleep. The truck has 649,000 miles and the engine has never been rebuilt. This truck pulls a drop deck curtain side trailer and gets 7 mpg at 65 plus mph. The stock horsepower was 530 and now is 700, the wheel base is 244”, new Michelin steer tires, Thermo King APU, ported and ceramic coated exhaust manifold, mercury filled engine balancer, new high capacity radiator, new Dura-Light charge air cooler, rosewood steering wheel, refrigerator and 2500 watt a/c power and VIT interior. Duane Pyeatt lives and trucks in California and is being forced to buy a new 2014 Kenworth to be CARB compliant. The price is $49,000 and his phone number is 707-373-0041. This truck is perfect, and ready to work for you.
And here’s another great truck for sale! Perfect 359 Pete for sale! If you ever dreamed of owning a perfect 359 Pete with a 106” ICT bunk, now is your chance. The wheel base is 302” and is powered by a twin turbo 475 Cummins producing over 700 hp. and the pistons are ceramic and Teflon coated, and 249,000 since the last rebuild. 6 “exhaust stacks and 6” Y pipe, 3:55 rears turning Peterbilt slotted wheels and balanced with Centramatic Wheel Balancers.
The transmission is an RTOO 15613 true double overdrive. The tires are Cooper straight tread and have 90% virgin rubber. The engine is cooled via our large 400 tube radiator and will not overheat. This truck has many other options and you should see it to appreciate all the work Chris Jones put into building this truck. His phone number is 301-509-9282. Chris does have the original 63” flat top bunk and the frame can be shortened back to 250”/
Written by Bruce Mallinson, Pittsburgh Power Inc., 3600 S. Noah Drive, Saxonburg, Pa. 16056. Phone 724-360-4080. Email; Bruce@Pittsburghpower.com