is too badly damaged, it will need to be replaced.
Recently, we posted a blog about a Chevy Silverado hitting a million miles. Soon after this went live we received a phone call from a gentleman named Frank. Frank had an amazing story to tell about his Chevy Silverado nearing 1,300,000 miles! We were honored to hear his story and repost it for everyone to read.
This is a Chevrolet Million Mile (plus) story… told by Frank.
“Frank, I think I found the truck for you! ” Jim Thornton told me over the phone. Nobody could have known the significance of those words uttered by Jim, in June of 1996. I was, (and still am) an independent seafood and steak distributor in need of a newer truck at the time. I had over a quarter million miles on my then current truck. Jim being retired could take time to search out a suitable truck for me. He located it at Scaffiddi Motors in Steven’s Point; Wi. The Service Manager had used it as his personal truck when I purchased it with 41,000 miles on the clock. The original owner bought it new and when he passed away – his widow traded it in. All of the maintenance records were included when I bought the truck. I got a loan for 3 years and at the end of 3 years I had way over 300,000 miles on the truck. Now, I hate debt, and here I had just made my last payment on a truck with way over 300,000 miles and I didn’t know anybody with that many miles on anything, ever!
So, I had to make it last. To that end, I developed a plan. First off I’m a consistent driver, easy on the gas and easy off of the gas. I’m easy while braking and warm up my engine thoroughly before starting out. I’m also very consistent with my preventive maintenance and always go to the same facility for my truck’s service. I believe all of these things are important to extracting all of the value out of my truck. My truck is powered by one of the Truly Legendary Engines of all time, the Small-Block Chevy engine. When it’s 350 engine was built at the Van Slyke Road Plant inFlint, Mi. (since torn down) it was assembled with great care and attention to detail. I drive fromMinn. through the U.P. ofMichigan, Northern Indiana,Illinois, as well as most ofWisconsin. I’ve towed a trailer for a good part of my truck’s operational life, and never give it a second thought that my Chevy might let me down.
When I finally realized that this truck was in for the long haul, I made sure to get lifetime replacement parts when things wore out. Things like exhaust systems, alternators, starters. Some have said that since parts have been replaced that the truck is no longer original, and therefore it’s no big deal. What IS a big deal is that my truck’s engine has never been overhauled! It has its, original bearings, rings, pistons, valves, guides, gaskets and seals and cam. It also has its original timing chain! This was confirmed by GM Engineers in July 2008, as well as June, 2011.
My truck still drives smoothly, idles smoothly and still turns heads. I have retained all of my records, receipts and logs. I use an engine additive with PTFE and an oil system cleaner as part of my regular maintenance protocol without fail. I drove 1400 miles in June 2011 to take part in a film project for General Motors celebrating 100 years of Chevrolet. I told the interviewer there was no way to fit my story into a 45 second commercial. I added, I have such confidence in my Chevy that I just spent over $ 1,100.00 on new tires, wheel bearings, bushings, brakes etc. on the front end because I plan on driving it and relying on it … 1,289, 882 miles, and counting!
Ah, summertime – the perfect season to exercise a high-performance sports car. There’s no better way to enjoy summer in America than driving America’s world-class sports car, the Chevrolet Corvette. Whether coupe or convertible, performance is always at the heart of this machine. For 2012, Chevrolet has increased the performance abilities of the Corvette and baked further refinement into the interior, as well.Advancements in performance and technology for the 2012 Corvette are spread across a model line that includes Corvette Coupe and Convertible, as well as Grand Sport Coupe and Grand Sport Convertible. Then there are the 505-hp Z06 and 638-hp ZR1 Corvette models, with their individually hand-built engines and stunning performance, to choose from if you’re very serious about uncompromised handling capability or looking to drive what amounts to an American supercar.For 2012, Chevrolet has added two new exterior colors to the lineup: Carlisle Blue Metallic and Carbon Flash Metallic. Both are sure to stand out on the way to the beach or heading for the mountains. Carbon Flash metallic is available exclusively with the Chevrolet Centennial Special Edition package, which is available on all 2012 Corvette models and adds a sharp-looking black color scheme underscored by unique design elements. You’ll be able to spot Centennial Special Edition Corvettes easily by looking at the badge. On the Corvette emblem itself, the traditional fleur-de-lis has been replaced with “100” for these special edition cars, and they also have special badging on the B-pillars, wheel center caps and steering wheel. Centennial Satin black wheels with red stripe outline fill out the fenders, with red brake calipers tucked behind them.Centennial Special Edition Corvettes also get Magnetic Selective Ride Control as standard. The console, seats and mats have exclusive Centennial embroidery and are upholstered with leather and sueded microfiber accents. The steering wheel, shifter and armrest are also covered in microfiber suede, a deluxe ,racing-inspired touch that complements the leather-wrapped instrument and door panels. Red contrast stitching ties it all together.All Corvette models feature redesigned seats with larger bolsters to hold you in place as you exercise the high-performance tires on your favorite winding road. You’ll be piloting your Corvette with a newly-designed steering wheel that features integrated audio controls. Those audio controls give commands to the standard audio system or the new Bose Premium Audio System with nine speakers and Bose Nd next-generation bass performance. A new technology package combines Navigation Radio, Head-up Display, premium Bose audio, Bluetooth and USB connectivity into a single package.Corvette Convertible buyers can enjoy the soundtrack provided by the 6.2-liter LS3 small block V8 (and the outstanding 26 mpg highway fuel economy it delivers) without the filtering effects of a roof. The roar of 430 hp and 424 lb/ft of torque is one of the most intoxicating summer sounds ever. The optional dual-mode exhaust system increases power to 436 hp and 428 lb/ft of torque and has a satisfying bark that turns up the volume for both Coupe and Convertible drivers. A Corvette can be your perfect summer dance partner, with your choice of a standard six-speed manual transmission – featuring launch control, to optimize your off-the-line acceleration should you find yourself at a track – or an available six-speed automatic transmission that features paddle shifters for manual control.Even the ZR1, the fastest, most powerful car General Motors has ever produced (zero-to-60 in a blistering 3.4 seconds, top speed of 205 mph) returns 21 mpg highway, and it provides you with a sophisticated and luxurious cabin in which to enjoy your off-track travels.With a chassis that’s laid out like a supercar’s – with a hydroformed steel backbone, aluminum cockpit structure and a rear-mounted transmission for optimal weight distribution – the 2012 Corvette is one of the finest handling automobiles ever designed. Two suspension choices are available for the Coupe and Convertible. The standard suspension tuning balances ride and handling precision for a surprising amount of comfort and accuracy. The optional Z16 Performance Package features stiffer springs and up-rated stabilizer bars, re-tuned shock absorbers, six-piston front and four-piston rear brake calipers with cross-drilled rotors, high-performance tires, a re-worked six-speed manual or performance axle-ratio for automatics, and extra cooling capacity. Grand Sport models have the Z16 Performance Package as standard equipment.When the question is “How did you spent your summer vacation,” there is no better answer than, “Behind the wheel of a Chevrolet Corvette.”