Wednesday, February 29, 2012

CIAS'12 - Chevrolet Silverado Duramax 6.6L V8 Engine Build at the Auto S...

One of the more popular attractions on the Chevrolet show floor at the 2012 Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto is the Engine Build with Licensed Technician Conrad Italiano - this years engine build features the Duramax 6.6L V8 diesel from the Chevrolet Silverado HD trucks.

Chevrolet Silverado HD is the 2011 Motor Trend Truck of the Year.

The Duramax is a General Motors diesel engine family for light- and medium duty trucks, designed by Isuzu. The 6.6-liter Duramax is produced by DMAX, a joint venture between GM and Isuzu in Moraine, Ohio. This engine was initially installed in 2001 model year Chevy and GMC trucks and has been an option since then in pickups, vans, and medium-duty trucks. In 2006, production at Moraine was reportedly limited to approximately 200,000 engines per year.[1] On May 9, 2007, DMAX announced the production of the 1,000,000th Duramax V-8 diesel at its Moraine facility.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

1955 Chevrolet 210 Custom Sedan

Quick inspection '55 Chevy 210

Owner: Roy Brizio

Drivetrain: As a guy who endorses the "put a Ford in your Ford" motto, Roy went with the obvious choice when it came time to choose a mill; he had to put a Chevy in his Chevy. The engine started as a ZZ4 short-block and was sent to Edelbrock to have some performance enhancements. Edelbrock added its camshaft, aluminum heads, and dual-quad intake and carbs along with an MSD ignition. The dress-up goodies came from Billet Specialties (Tru Trac serpentine system), Edelbrock (finned valve covers), and Mooneyes (air cleaner). Sanderson is located right next door to Roy's shop, so the company was the easy choice for a set of headers, which is backed with a pair of Edelbrock mufflers. Roy builds his cars to drive, so a Tremec five-speed overdrive and Strange Engineering 3.70:1-geared 9-inch will make it fun and great for long hauls.

Chassis: Roy knew right away he wasn't going to mess with the old chassis and ordered a new one from Art Morrison that has been designed to bolt right in. The GT Sport chassis came with Morrison's IFS, Strange coilovers, 2-inch dropped spindles with 13-inch Wilwood disc brakes, and rack-and-pinion steering. The rear suspension consists of a Morrison four-link and coilovers locating the Wilwood disc brake-equipped 9-inch.

Wheels & Tires: The wheel-and-tire combo is the most uncharacteristic element of the '55. Roy worked with Glen at Billet Specialties to come up with the perfect modern version of a wheel he would have wanted in the '60s, and the result is a custom one-off set of billet wheels (17x8s and 18x10s) resembling '62 Corvette wheel covers. In keeping with the "modernized" traditional theme, Roy had whitewall tires (245/45R17s and 275/40R18s) custom made by Diamond Back. The sidewall is actually so narrow that they couldn't fit the traditional 3/4-inch stripe, but had to go with a 5/8-inch whitewall.

Body & Paint: The body was treated to some subtle mods once all the rust and rashes were removed. The hood ornament was removed and the hood was peaked and louvered, and a new Danchuk grille surround was filled with a custom grille and flanked with custom marker lights. The bumper was filled and brought in tighter to the sectioned front pan. The decklid was smoothed and the rear bumper narrowed, filled, and tucked in closer to the body. The custom-mixed Brizio Gold paint from DuPont really ties the whole package together.

Interior: The interior needed to carry on the smooth and simple theme. The first thing to go was the clock "hump" on the passenger side of the dash and then the heater control panel and the radio hole were filled and the glovebox was moved to the center of the dash. Custom Classic Instruments auxiliary gauges were added in an engine-turned insert above the glovebox door, and a cut-down '62 Corvette steering wheel tops the ididit tilt column to match the theme of the wheels. Sid Chavers finished the upholstery in tuck 'n' roll, giving the car a little bit of '50s flair.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Windcheater | Corvette 427 Convertible | Corvette

Introducing the most capable Corvette convertible ever created: the 2013 Corvette 427 Convertible. Join Tommy Milner as he demonstrates how the aerodynamics on the Corvette 427 Convertible help keep it glued to the road, even in a high-speed corner.

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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Hot Wheels Camaro Concept

Chevrolet and Hot Wheels® have created a life-size Hot Wheels Camaro Concept.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Ignites Inde Motorsports Ranch! - Ignition Episode 2

On this episode of Ignition, Carlos Lago lights the fuse on the new Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. Joined by pro race driver Randy Pobst and armed with miles of empty racetrack at Inde Motorsports Ranch in Willcox, AZ, we finally find out if the mythical ZL1 is worth the wait.

Ignition appears every Monday on the new Motor Trend channel.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

1957 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery Pro Street

When we met Wayne Hoover (owner of the fine vehicle you see here) on a nearly abandoned stretch of Route 66, we heard him coming long before we saw him. From the sound echoing off the canyon walls of the Cajon pass, we knew that something wicked was coming our way. The Mooneyham blower ferociously stuffed air and fuel into the small-block cylinders, while the JE pistons, Manley rods, and Callies crank compressed the mixture into its explosive state.

Judging from the echoing sounds and the whine of a blower, we knew someone had a tiger by the tail, but we couldn't see what it was. A moment later it appeared. Coming around the mountain curve we saw what was causing this minor California earthquake-a gleaming red 1957 Chevy Sedan Delivery.

We know what you're thinking. Well, at least we think we know what some of the restorer types are thinking. How could he do this to such a rare vehicle? Let us answer that question with a question: How could he not? True, there were only about 8,000 or so of these vehicles ever produced in 1957, and back then they weren't much more than a bread truck or plumber's work vehicle. In fact, Chevrolet marketed them as trucks. From Hoover's research and guestimation, he found that there are probably 1,000 or so of these particular Chevrolets that survived the crusher. One would imagine that transforming one of these into a pro-street styled machine would make it as rare as hen's teeth. Well yes, it is a rare type of '57 to see.
When Wayne Hoover started on his quest for speed, a Sedan Delivery was not in his original plans. He was looking for a mid '60s Corvette to transform into a racer-that was until he came across this. It was a true survivor car, and many of the parts that fit a Nomad of the same year also fit the Delivery. Two years later, the Delivery was transformed into the uncontrollable high-revving warrior you see here.

Jim Van Gordon of Van Gordon Racing in Upland, California, built the mill that powers this '57. He started with a new ZZ4 crate engine as the base, and stroked and poked it from there. The ZZ4 was bored .030 over and stroked to 3.750 with a Callies crank. JE pistons, Manley rods, and GM Fastburn aluminum heads handle the compression and combustion. A Van Gordon custom ground Pro Billet cam (with a 900 base circle) twists and turns while the Crane tie-bar hydraulic roller lifters pogo dance against the Crane pushrods, springs, and self aligning roller rockers.

Induction is done with a Holley 650-cfm carburetor, GM 6-71 supercharger running at 1:1, and a Monneyham 6-71 intake. Channeling the 700 horses @ 7,500 rpm into the 4.11 gears is a TH-400 transmission with a Hughes SFI Flexplate and a TCS Pro Billet 2500 stall converter, all built by Van Gordon.

When it came to setting up the braking, exhaust, and interior, E&R Street Rods in Pomona, California, took on the task. After all work was done, American Paint in Ontario, California, doused the Delivery in Porsche red.

No doubt that where ever he goes, Wayne and his Delivery will be on time-no wait, scratch that, he'll probably get there ahead of everyone else.

Article From: Super Chevy Magazine

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Introducing the 2013 Corvette 427 Convertible | Corvette 427 Convertible...

Introducing the most capable Corvette convertible ever created: the 2013 Corvette 427 Convertible. You don't have to take our word for it, though. Tommy Milner, 2011 24-Hours of Le Mans Class Winner, shows off just what it means to be the car that really has it all.

To connect with the Corvette community, visit To learn more about the 2013 Corvette 427 Convertible and other Corvette models, visit

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Highway Products Semi, Pickup & SUV Accessories

Highway Products built this headache rack for one of our creative customers. We liked it so much we thought you might like it too.

 We can build this unit as is or make a few changes to fit your liking. We don't sell the caution lights on top but we carry the sealed beam stop/turn/backup lights in stock. Pick the caution light you want and we'll build the mounts to fit from manufacturer specs.

 We've also added a few new headache racks to our web site for you to choose from as well. Take a Look.

Monday, February 20, 2012

10 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Presidents Day

The third Monday of February celebrates the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln (Feb. 12) and George Washington (Feb. 22). Most Americans refer to this day as President's Day.
Here are some interesting facts about the day and the two presidents it honors.
1) It's Not Really Presidents Day, Federally Speaking
The official name of the holiday remains Washington's Birthday. A draft of the Uniform Holidays Bill of 1968 would have renamed the holiday to Presidents' Day to honor the birthdays of both Washington and Lincoln, but this proposal failed in committee and the bill as voted on and signed into law on June 28, 1968 kept the name Washington's Birthday. (Source: Wikipedia)
2) Happy Harry Truman Day?
In 1971, President Richard Nixon proclaimed the that the third Monday of February would honor ALL past presidents of the United States of America. Since that change the day is commonly referred to as "Presidents Day".
3) Check Your Calendar
In New Mexico, state government employees are given a paid holiday on Presidents Day - the day after Thanksgiving!
4) Washington Didn't Sleep Here
George Washington is the only U.S. president who did not live in the White House; it wasn't completed until after he left office.
5) Where's the Party?
Washington did not belong to a political party; he fervently opposed them. Before the establishment of the Republican party, Lincoln was a member of the Whig party.
6) Mailing It In
George Washington is the first president to be featured on a postage stamp. Abraham Lincoln is the only president honored on a U.S. Airmail stamp.
7) Tall Tales
Abraham Lincoln was the tallest of the U.S. presidents measuring 6' 4" tall, while George Washington was 6' 2" tall.
The Lincoln Memorial is 99 feet tall and President Lincoln's statue is 19 feet tall. The Washington Memorial is 555 feet and 5 1/8 inches tall, according to the National Park Service.
8) Home Sweet Home
Although the state of Illinois is known as the "Land of Lincoln", he was born in Hardin County, Kentucky on February 12, 1809.
Lincoln began his political career in Illinois, serving as a State Assemblyman in 1834.
9) Honesty Is The Best Policy
Both men were highly esteemed for their honesty. The "I cannot tell a lie" cherry tree tale paid tribute to Washington's reputation for truth. Lincoln's nickname was "Honest Abe", for legend has it he once walked several miles to return a customer's overpayment of 6 cents when he worked at a general store.
10) Washington defeats Lincoln, 31 -17
Thirty-one counties in the United States are named for Washington while only 17 counties are named after Lincoln.

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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Procuring A Commercial Truck Is Now Easier Than Ever

Commercial trucks are the backbone of our day to day business activities. They are increasingly being employed in different fields and industries. They transport raw materials from the source to the industries, convey construction raw materials, transport refined products from factories to markets and accomplish a lot of other imperative chores.
The reliability, stability, efficiency and large hauling capacities of such commercial trucks make them a favorable alternative for demanding tasks which require heavy duty locomotives. Since the wheel was invented, folks can not seem to get enough of vans. They have become an emblem for steadfastness in the transportation commerce. In the ester years, when the vehicle was in a nascent stage, the only brand known was Daimler; but with advancement in technology, new brands came into the market.
Some of the most well known trucks in today's world are Chevrolet, GMC, Mack, Ford, International, Freightliner, Dodge Trucks etc. Among these, one name which stands out in the crowd is Chevrolet. Chevrolet Trucks are renowned for their superior quality, peak performance and dependability. Other enthralling features of Chevrolet trucks include heavy duty tires (capable of off road trucking), influential machinery, super efficient engine, large hauling capacity, etc. There are scores of folks who desire to own fleet of commercial trucks but are unable to do so due to financial constraints.
In this scenario, taking assistance of the World Wide Web is a viable option. You can easily track big commercial truck dealers on the web and place any queries you might have, with them. Acquiring trucks is a very daunting and protracted process as opposed to what many people believe. But the presence of internet somehow lessens our hassles, as you can easily compare prices of different online commercial truck dealers with the aid of a few mouse clicks. There are a plethora of web sites which permits private owners along with dealers to sell their commercial trucks online. There are also alternatives available on the World Wide Web which permits buyers to customize their truck prior to acquiring it. In such cases, the seller of the truck offer to modify or to custom tailor the truck before selling it to you. In this manner, you can actually look forward to buy a more personalized truck at a price that is almost a fraction of what new trucks cost.
With the option of customizing, you can add aftermarket accessories, performance appraising equipments and solid interiors to your truck to make it more appealing. Before plunging into the all important decision of procuring a truck, it is imperative to first double check the papers and documents of the truck to be purchased. It is also imperative to consult previous customer and hear their experience with the dealer. Always remember to negotiate the price of a truck to be sure that you are shutting off a good deal.

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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Hendrick Teammates Share Their Thoughts On Kasey Kahne

Smooth, winning, versatile are just a few words that Kasey Kahne's Hendrick Motorsports teammates used recently to describe the driver of the No. 5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Chevy Silverado HD | Ep. 5 | Passing Ability

Find out what happens when the 2011 Silverado HD goes head to head against the 2011 Ford Super Duty and 2011 Ram HD in a passing test that simulates real world situations. Each one of these tests are run and certified over 24 times by AMCI Testing, an independent testing firm engaged by Chevrolet. See why the Silverado HD was named Motor Trend's Truck of the Year.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Chevy Pickup History - Decades Of Trucks

Chevy Trucks Pictures, Images and Photos

Chevy pickup history began in 1918 when the first trucks went on sale. They were a far cry from the Chevrolet trucks of today, but they made a huge impact on the world. Man would now use motor power instead of animals for work and travel. A proud farmer or rancher standing beside his Chevy truck becomes a common sight.
William Durant and Louis Chevrolet 
The Chevy truck grew out of one man's idea to build a truck that the average citizen could afford to purchase. William Durant teamed up with Louis Chevrolet to accomplish this task. They became a forceful pair. Chevrolet was driven by his love for racecars and Durant had an issue with General Motors. He had been forced out as head of General Motors, which he had founded. His Chevrolet earnings would get him back in.
Chevy Pickup History 
The first trucks were crude compared to the streamlined versions of today. Their basic feature was a chassis cowl with a 4-cylinder motor and transmission. It was the buyer's responsibility to provide the cab. These were usually purchased from outside companies, but often the buyers would build the cab themselves. It would be several years later before the trucks were offered with, or without, a cab.
Chevy trucks revved up for a ride to the top of the market. No trucks were manufactured in the company's early years. Eventually Chevy engineers began to design the vehicles for everyday family use to meet ever-changing roles. From Saturday night dates, to family vacations with a camper on the back, the trucks became a family icon.
1980s Bring Economic Problems 
Chevy trucks had climbed upward at a steady pace from the beginning, edging out competitors. William Durant had certainly supplied the consumer with a dependable and affordable means of transportation. Then the energy crisis of the nineteen eighties hit the country. Chevrolet sales took a sharp decline. Chevrolet was faced with the challenge of making the truck more fuel-efficient. The engineers went to work and came up with a lighter version of their truck that once again drove their sales to the top.
Chevy pickup history has seen many changes from the first ones built in 1918. Today you can recline in leather seats, while enjoying air conditioning and music from your radio or DVD player. Do not be fooled by the frills. There has been a constant upgrade under the hood. Improved V8 truck engines, improved aerodynamics, along with features to keep up with the ever-important safety and environmental issues, has kept the Chevy truck at the top.
Once again, an energy crisis looms over the country. Look for Chevrolet to lead the way, as the car manufacturers endeavor to address the problem.
Old and Still Running 
The fan clubs of Chevy trucks tells a story. This vehicle has earned the unwavering loyalty of its owners. When you see these thirty and even forty year old models in the car shows and on the roads, it is a tribute to their durability.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Coach Matt Skeen On Pre-Season Pit Crew Training

Matt Skeen, assistant strength and conditioning coach for Hendrick Motorsports, says pit crew members complete a variety of customized training drills in preparation for the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup season.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Chevrolet "Projections" | Chevrolet Commercial

Chevrolet is America's top selling car brand in 2011. Thank you for welcoming us into your homes. Wait 'til you see what's next. Learn more at

Monday, February 13, 2012

1949 GMC Stepside Pickup Truck

Although Jack Tomczak says he can't claim to be an old-time hot rodder, things with wheels have been a part of his life since going to work in 1946. He was a Pontiac field rep and crewed for a NASCAR Winston West team, but after dealing with customer complaints all day, satisfying commitments to a race team and raising six kids there wasn't much time or enthusiasm for anything else. But deep down there was an unfulfilled desire, and by the time he was well into his Seventies, Jack decided he had waited long enough to scratch than nagging itch and commissioned John Nissen, of Nissen's Hot Rod Garage in Williams, California, to build the truck seen here.

This '49 GMC started life as a series FC-102 long wheelbase (125.25 inches) ½-ton pickup. But, like most trucks its age, when John found the five-window it was well used—the running gear had been stripped, the cab corners were rusted, the tops of the fenders were caved in, and what seems to be mandatory for trucks found in rural areas, there were a few bullet holes to repair.

In May 2006, John and his crew started to bring the Jimmy back to life, the original framerails were fitted with a Mustang II IFS from Total Cost Involved while in back the original torque tube-equipped rearend was replaced with a 9-inch Ford. Underhood a GM Performance Ram Jet 350 V-8 backed by a 4L60E automatic transmission, replaced the original 228-inch inline six-cylinder and manual gearbox.
One of Jack's goals for the truck was that it would be comfortable, so Sanford's Custom Auto Upholstery installed a Chevy Tahoe split bench seat after covering it, the door panels and the headliner in tan cloth. A Vintage Air heat and cool unit keeps the cab's confines cozy and the windows are now power operated.
Once the truck's sheetmetal was perfectly straight, it was time to pick a color and with everyone involved the choice was unanimous, it was then simply a matter of having paint mixed to match the cap on Budweiser beer.

Some might think that a truck this nice sees little use and is under a cover more often than not, but Jack wanted a truck to drive and that's what he does. Not long after completion in May 2007, Jack pointed the pickup east for a trip to Grand Rapids, Michigan. On that inaugural trip in the middle of Nevada the pressure began to fluctuate about the same time the driver of another truck flagged him down. Thinking the new engine was blowing out oil Jack pulled over only to find out the other driver wanted to buy his truck.
Ultimately, the erratic oil pressure was traced to a loose wire on the back of the gauge and Jack reports for the next 24,000-plus miles the truck hasn't missed a beat. He's already making plans for events to attend next year and told us, "At 78 years old I'm going to drive Ol' Red '49 until I can't anymore."

It just goes to prove when it comes to fulfilling a dream, it really is better late than never.

Article Source: Custom Classic Trucks

Sunday, February 12, 2012

ZL1 Vs. GT-R Showdown

Watch our in-depth test pitting the new Camaro ZL1 against the Nissan GT-R in an asphalt throw-down worthy of the UFC. Get more from our ZL1 vs. GT-R test at:

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Chevy Volt "Aliens #2 - Who Told" | Super Bowl XLVI Ads | Chevrolet Comm...

2012 Chevy Super Bowl Commercials: A man walks in on a curious group of intergalactic creatures checking out the advanced technology of his Chevrolet Volt. They are so intrigued they even invite their other extraterrestrial friends to join.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Chevy Volt "Aliens #1 - Come On" | Super Bowl XLVI Ads | Chevrolet Comme...

2012 Chevy Super Bowl Commercials: From the coolest car on the block to the smartest technology in the galaxy. A man walks in on a curious group of intergalactic creatures checking out the advanced technology of his Chevrolet Volt. Learn more about what they're exploring at:

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Chevy Sonic "Joy" | Super Bowl XLVI Ads | Chevrolet Commercial

2012 Chevy Super Bowl Commercials: The all-new Chevy Sonic clearly is the most fun to drive (and ride) small car. A group of talking bugs congregate on the grill of a Sonic, eagerly anticipating their daily thrill-ride. Bug adrenaline and excitement flows as the Chevy Sonic takes to the road.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Chevy Silverado "2012" | Super Bowl XLVI Ads | Chevrolet Commercial

2012 Chevy Super Bowl Commercials: A man drives his Chevy Silverado through an apocalyptic world predicted by the Mayan calendar. Unfortunately, not everyone makes it to the meeting point. Learn more about the most dependable and longest lasting full size truck on the road at:

Monday, February 6, 2012

Faces of GM - Ivy Jin

Ivy Jin handles corporate communications and media relations for GM China. Recently, she came to the U.S. to assist the social media team during the North American International Auto Show. She brought a global perspective to the assignment, and went back home with new social media ideas to establish relationships with customers online. Click the video to see portions of her two-week whirlwind assignment.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Chevy Sonic "Stunt Anthem" | Chevy Super Bowl XLVI Ads | Chevrolet Comme...

2012 Chevy Super Bowl Commercials: The all-new Chevy Sonic is up for adventure. Watch Sonic's first time skydiving, bungee jumping, kick flipping, and performing with OK GO. 100% real stunts. For behind-the-scenes content, check out

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Faces Of GM - Youth Concepts + Joe Baker

At the 2012 North American International Auto Show Chevrolet unveiled two concept cars aimed directly at young buyers. More than 9,000 people under the age of 30 years old were surveyed and their thoughts and desires were incorporated in the Code 130R and the Tru 140S concepts. Click through to see what the cars look like and what Chevrolet is aiming to achieve with these vehicles.

Friday, February 3, 2012

3000 Series Camper Shell Truck Rack

Gary shows us the Rack-it Series 3000 Truck Rack for camper shells and truck caps and the unique features of this style of rack. This is still the strong rack that Rack-it customers have come to rely on.

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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Rob Dyrdek Kick-Flips A Chevrolet Sonic

Rob Dyrdek, MTV-reality and action sports-star, successfully kick-flips the all-new 2012 Chevrolet Sonic.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Lowrider: Past, Present and Future - The Downshift Episode 1

Hop into the back seat and go for a ride with Joe Ray, custom car legend and editor in chief of Lowrider magazine, as he takes you through the culture, history and trends inthe world of Lowrider. Riding shotgun is technical editor Saul Vargas, who reveals the true global reach of the Lowrider movement.

Correction: In a rush to bring Joe's great video to you, we misspelled his last name on the title credit. It's R-A-Y! HUGE apologies to the Lowrider legend.

The Downshift appears every Tuesday on the new Motor Trend channel.

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