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born2farminsk
Posted 11/29/2010 18:25 (#1459875)
Subject: Removing sleeper from 379 Pete


Looking to remove the sleeper from our 379 pete. Its a 1994 model that my dad bought new when he used to longhaul. Its now used strictly as a farm truck and needs to be painted. Have no use for the sleeper so figure we might as well take it off and lose some weight. Anyone know who makes a kit to fill in the hole and relocate the airbags?
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Chad H
Posted 11/29/2010 19:01 (#1459953 - in reply to #1459875)
Subject: RE: Removing sleeper from 379 Pete


NE SD

We used these guys on our IH.        www.daycabs.com

The fit was great. No drilling required.

Another one that has become available since then is these guys:  http://customdaycab.com/

 

A local guy started the latter company several years ago.

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collegeboy
Posted 11/29/2010 19:40 (#1460043 - in reply to #1459875)
Subject: RE: Removing sleeper from 379 Pete



Slicker than a Yes album.
Also to add to Chad's remarks, check and see if it's a Unibilt or regular sleeper. 1994 was the first year for the Unibilt, but I'm not sure what was standard or not.
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born2farminsk
Posted 11/29/2010 20:06 (#1460112 - in reply to #1460043)
Subject: RE: Removing sleeper from 379 Pete


pretty sure its a unibilt but will check for sure. Thanks for the heads up. Can anyone comment on the quality ofproduct from either company?
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bellyacre
Posted 11/29/2010 20:36 (#1460211 - in reply to #1460112)
Subject: RE: Removing sleeper from 379 Pete


SWMN
Got mine from Custom Daycabs . Also got the air bag kit to install single airbag in the center rather than move brackets forward.
They will want your serial no so they can check with Peterbuilt for interior color, Unibuilt/ Ultracab
Pretty straight forward installation. Did mine last summer, wish I had done it ten years ago.
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Mike SE IL
Posted 11/29/2010 22:25 (#1460523 - in reply to #1459875)
Subject: Daycab folks are great to work with



We took the sleeper off a 90 KW T600 and put a Daycab Company ( be sure and get the URL correct: http://www.daycabs.com ) kit in it.  The guys who did the job for us were just amazed by it.  They even included the drill bit to remove the old rivets!  Here is a quote from the Peterbuilt page of the Daycab Company web site:

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PETERBILT UNIBILT

One of our most popular kits, the Unibilt XL (fiberglass composite) allows seat travel to be the same as before sleeper removal.

We offer three different kits:
    • Unibilt flat panel aluminum
    • Unibilt big window aluminum

    • Unibilt XL fiberglass composite

In the Peterbilt line Daycab offers 8 different sleeper removal conversion options. Some traditional conversion parts are aluminum. Daycab Co. has never, and will never, use sheet metal. The XL is a fiberglass composite. The XL Unit has a gray sand-able gelcoat with a class A finish. Our engineers use only Peterbilt cab structural standards. Safety is always #1 here at Daycab Co.

Ways to tell if you have a Unibilt or a Unibilt-Ultracab:

Take note of roof height above door. See photos below. Unibilts have a 50" top to bottom (inside) opening. Unibilt-Ultracabs have a 60" top to bottom (inside) opening. Also check the badge on the side of the sleeper.

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The installation looks factory. The people were great to work with.  We had a glitch, the shipping company delivered our kit to a dealer a couple hundred miles away who had ordered one.  Everything was labeled correct, the shipping company just messed up and gave him ours as well!  Daycab Company called us and told us there was a problem then shipped us a new kit FedEx and told us if the other delivery was attempted to refuse it!

I also sold my old sleeper through their web site. As you can tell, I am a fan of the Daycab Company. 

Here it is after the sleeper was removed and kit installed before painting



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efarm
Posted 11/30/2010 00:36 (#1460771 - in reply to #1459875)
Subject: Re: Removing sleeper from 379 Pete


Saskatchewan
I've dealt with Daycab Company a couple times now. I have been very impressed with their product. Interior trim and cover panels matched the original. I think they have a option for a sliding rear window if you need. Good instructions supplied with the kit too. We will deal with them again.
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Eric9870
Posted 11/30/2010 12:17 (#1461312 - in reply to #1459875)
Subject: Re: Removing sleeper from 379 Pete



Upstate New York
What does the average, say 48 inch sleeper weigh?
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tommyw-5088
Posted 11/30/2010 14:36 (#1461481 - in reply to #1461312)
Subject: Re: Removing sleeper from 379 Pete


Central Texas
I dont understand the logic in removing the sleeper ?

The wheelbase is the same ,so the turning will remain the same .

I thought a sleeper might be handy waiting in line at the elevator ?, I have driven a bunch of day cabs i hated because the seat hit the back of the cab .

We all do things because we want to ,this looks like that kind of project ?

Tommy
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Eric9870
Posted 11/30/2010 14:41 (#1461485 - in reply to #1459875)
Subject: Re: Removing sleeper from 379 Pete



Upstate New York
Less weight, more visibility, better looks.
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Mike SE IL
Posted 11/30/2010 21:44 (#1462233 - in reply to #1461481)
Subject: Re: Removing sleeper from 379 Pete



tommyw-5088 - I dont understand the logic in removing the sleeper ?
The reasons given were for a tractor.  We did it to end up with this (sorry, I forgot to take any before photos)




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