Fitzgerald gliders are assembled by first selecting the shell. Shells are typically new and include the chassis, cab, and electrical wiring. The shell is then outfitted with the customer's selection of the three driveline components — the transmission, engine, and rear axles. These parts are taken from older models and have been reconditioned. They are selected to meet the specifications of the customer.
Fitzgerald glider parts each come with their own warranty. The shell is guaranteed for one year or 100,000 miles. Depending on the transmission chosen, the warranty can run up to three years with unlimited mileage. Engines typically come equipped with a three-year or 300,000-mile warranty, but Fitzgerald offers an upgrade that brings the coverage to five years or 500,000 miles.
Choosing a Fitzgerald glider has many advantages. Since it is so customizable, the chassis can be altered to suit a customer's needs. For those with a worn-out cab or chassis that has impeccable driveline components, Fitzgerald gliders give the option of transferring those components into a new truck body. Additionally, purchasing a glider may cost anywhere from 10 to 15 percent less than purchasing a new truck with similar specifications or up to $50,000 less than a new truck with a modern, natural gas engine.