About Fitzgerald

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Fitzgerald Glider Kits is North America’s largest and most trusted Glider Kit assembler.

Fitzgerald Glider Kits specializes in installing the remanufactured main components (engine, transmission and/or rear ends) from a donor truck that was either wrecked or unsafe for the road, into a new cab and chassis built by the OEM. We offer Peterbilt, Kenworth, Freightliner and Western Star Glider Kits with pre-emission Detroit, Cummins and Caterpillar engine options. This process creates a reliable, more fuel efficient truck that requires less maintenance, yields less downtime and has the safety features and amenities owners have come to expect in trucks on the road today.

Fitzgerald Glider Kits also offers one of the best Nationwide Warranties for their kits and has over 1,000 approved service shops and over 150 Preferred Service Centers across the US.

The company is based in central Tennessee and produces more than 3,500 trucks per year. They offer various models of the Peterbilt, Kenworth, Freightliner, and Western Star brands.


Fitzgerald Glider Kits was founded in 1989, by Tommy Fitzgerald Sr. and his Brother, Ricky Fitzgerald. The two Brothers drove OTR for more than a decade before opening up their own service facility and assembling their first Glider Kit.

Out of that one bay facility located in Pall Mall, TN, they were tasked by a local owner operator with taking crucial components out from their wrecked truck (engine, transmission and/or rears) and transferring them into a new cab and chassis. The owner op had no other choice as he was unable to afford a new truck at the time. The job was a success and they were able to get back on the road in a truck without the financial burden of having to purchase a new truck.

Tommy and Ricky knew there was a need in the industry for a quality built Glider Kit that was reliable and a solid economical option for smaller companies and fleets. They took the knowledge they learned on the road and the skills in the shop and over the years continued to improve these Gliders. Their goal was to assemble a truck that was easy to service, capable of getting better fuel mileage and very reliable.

Almost 30 years later, you can still find the two of them around our facilities looking for innovative and economical ways to improve our Glider Kits. The company is still privately held with with the two founders, Robert Fitzgerald, Tommy Fitzgerald Jr and longtime family friend & associate, Nick Bresaw as partners. Their hard work, commitment and perseverance has paid off and they have been able to build Fitzgerald Glider Kits into industry leader status, offering premiere highway and vocational Glider Kits.

Fitzgerald Glider Kits knows that a truck needs to operate up to and beyond its “useful life”. A well assembled Glider gives small businesses, fleets and owner operators the ability to minimize downtime, decrease overall fuel consumption and provide the driver today’s amenities and key safety features. Click here to read more about the benefits of owning a Glider Kit.

We stand behind our work and are proud to offer one of the industry’s best Nationwide Warranty Programs. Our in-house Warranty Department works with shops all over the country to make sure all trucks in the shop for routine maintenance or warranty work, are back on the road quickly and running optimally.  Click here to read more about our Fitzgerald Warranty and Preferred Service Centers.









With over 25 years experience, we build trucks that are easy to service, capable of getting better fuel mileage and extremely reliable. We enjoy our work and have a relentless work ethic that has ultimately created what Fitzgerald Glider Kits is today.

We have a vast Preferred Service Network across the US. We currently have over 1000 service shops across the US that can service our gliders should something go wrong.

The cost of a glider from Fitzgerald is significantly less than that of a new truck, up to 25% less. With our engine configurations you can also get significantly better fuel mileage which can really add up at the end of the month.