Thursday, July 31, 2014

12' Harbor Stakebed



Joseph is showing off a 12' Harbor-manufactured Flatbed with 40" headboard and 40" hardwood gates with stainless steel posts. The floor on this unit is 7/8" hardwood, and other floor options are available including smooth and diamond plate steel.

Monday, July 28, 2014

GM Confirms Eight-Speed Transmission for Half-Ton Pickups



After much speculation, GM confirmed it will be using a brand-new eight-speed transmission for the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 pickup trucks equipped with the 6.2-liter EcoTec3 V-8 engine (several full-size SUVs also will get the eight-speed).

The new electronic transmission, called the 8L90, will replace the previous 6L80 on select models, but it is likely to make its way (after some slight modifications) into the smaller 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V-8 as well. The only other pickup with an eight-speed transmission is the Ram 1500 that uses two different versions (the ZF 8HP45 and 8HP70, with a gear spread from 4.71:1 to 0.67:1) to accommodate Ram's three-engine lineup. There is no word about whether GM will offer a smaller, lighter-duty eight-speed to accommodate the smaller EcoTec3 V-8 and standard V-8.

GM notes that the new eight-speed will have an overall gear ratio spread of 7.0. This is likely to mean a much deeper first gear (possibly around 4.65:1) and implies that GM might be able to offer new gear sets to provide much better fuel economy while still offering strong towing numbers.

In a brief press release, GM said that the new transmission will still allow these new powertrains to adhere to Society of Automotive Engineers' J2807 towing standards, providing a segment-leading towing capacity of 12,000 pounds. GM's Toledo, Ohio, transmission plant will begin production of the new eight-speed in the fourth quarter this year and be available for 2015 models. Fuel economy estimates for the new powertrain will be released closer to the production date.

Late last year Ford and GM announced that they were working together on nine- and 10-speed transmissions (presumably for cars). At that time we caught a heavily camouflaged Ford F-150 heading out of GM's Milford Proving Grounds facility. Of course, it's possible the new F-150 could be doing something unique as well. No word whether GM or Ford will use something similar to Ram's rotary dial.

The available gear ratios for both 2014 Ram 1500 eight-speed transmissions are: 1st (4.71:1), 2nd (3.14:1), 3rd (2.10:1), 4th (1.67:1), 5th (1.29:1), 6th (1.00:1), 7th (0.84:1), 8th (0.67:1) and Reverse (3.30:1).

Available axle ratios for the 8HP45 (Pentastar 3.6-liter V-6): 3.21:1 and 3.55:1.

Available axle ratios for the 8HP70 (EcoDiesel 3.0-liter V-6 and 5.7-liter V-8 Hemi): 3.21:1, 3.55:1 and 3.92:1


From www.pickuptrucks.com by Mark Williams |

Friday, July 25, 2014

Adrian Steel Shelving Package Included in this HD2500 Cargo Van



Greg Martin shows off the HD200 Chevy Express van with an Adrian Steel shelving package which can be customized to suit almost any need. This unit also has a roof rack and many other features.

See more at http://PlatinumChevyTruck.net

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Chevrolet Trucks are Work-Ready


When you're ready to get the job done right, Chevy trucks are work-ready. Our diverse truck lineup offers outstanding performance, pulling power, payload, fuel options, innovation, safety and capability — all designed with your success in mind.

We offer diverse cab types and configurations to fit the job at hand, including standard, crew, and extended. Plus, they run on a wide range of alternative fuels, providing you with the value and versatility necessary to meet your business needs.

For more information, including locating a GM Medium Duty Authorized Service Center go to our GM Medium Duty Consumer website.



To find out more, you may call Platinum Commercial Truck at 877-221-6097.
Also find us at http:www.platinumchevytruck.net

Saturday, July 19, 2014

2015 Chevrolet and GMC Pickups, SUVs to Offer Eight-Speed Transmission





DETROIT – Chevrolet and GMC have confirmed a new eight-speed automatic transmission will be standard on 2015 Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra and GMC Yukon Denali/Yukon XL Denali models equipped with the 6.2L EcoTec3 V-8.

The GM-developed Hydra-Matic 8L90 eight-speed is approximately the same size and weight as the Hydra-Matic 6L80 six-speed automatic. Its 7.0 overall gear ratio spread is wider than GM’s six-speed automatic transmissions, providing a numerically higher first gear ratio to help drivers start off more confidently with a heavy load or when trailering. The 8L90 also enables numerically lower rear axle ratios, which reduce engine rpm on the highway.

With 420 horsepower and 460 lb.-ft. of torque, the 6.2L EcoTec3 V-8 is the most powerful engine offered in any light-duty pickup, and offers a maximum available trailer rating of 12,000 pounds, based on SAE J2807 Recommended Practices. As with other EcoTec3 engines, it seamlessly switches to four-cylinder operation under lighter loads to improve fuel economy.

Additional technical details and the EPA estimated fuel economy will be announced closer to the start of production in the fourth quarter of 2014.

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About Chevrolet
Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world’s largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.9 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.
GMC has manufactured trucks since 1902, with innovation and engineering excellence built into all GMC vehicles.  The brand is evolving to offer more fuel-efficient trucks and crossovers, including the Terrain small SUV and Acadia crossover. GMC’s highest-volume vehicle, the Sierra 1500 pickup, is the most powerful light-duty pickup on the market, and the first full-size pickup to receive the highest-possible five-star Overall Vehicle Score for safety since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration changed its New Car Assessment Program for the 2011 model year (www.SaferCar.gov). Details on all GMC models are available at http://www.gmc.com/, on Twitter at @thisisgmc or athttp://www.facebook.com/gmc.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Last Chevrolet Express 1500 Rolls Off the Line



If there has been a more versatile and functional platform in the auto industry, we've never seen it. Born at the Wentzville, Mo., production plant in 1996, the Chevrolet Express 1500 (and its twin, the GMC Savana) has been rolling off the line and into large and small businesses and households ever since. The total number produced is likely in mid-six digits, and we're likely to keep seeing these stalwart cargo and passenger haulers on the roads for decades to come.

According to our sources in the plant, the last Chevy Express 1500 rolled off the line midafternoon on July 7. GM has already announced that the Express will live on in the form of the 2500 and 3500 models, which are likely to continue to be popular with budget-conscious small-businesses and fleet buyers. There is a strong aftermarket industry ready to offer chassis modifications or interior storage for the heavier-duty platforms. However, the increased investment in new products from Ram Truck, Ford and even Nissan has made GM product planners nervous about the light-duty segment, so they've decided to leave the market for now. Of course, opening up more production capability for the coming all-new midsize pickups (the Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon) is not lost on corporate bean counters either. And if the little trucks begin to take off, that extra capacity will likely offer much stronger profits on each vehicle sold.

Here are production line workers Brent Robinson (left) and Chuck Taylor (right) holding up a celebratory banner for the vehicles they've built these many years.



Manufacturer images


From .pickuptrucks.com

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Schwarze Industries' Sweepers at NPE



This is an interview conducted with Clark Word, of the Schwarze Industries' sales team.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

GM Announces 2015-MY Fleet Incentives


General Motors has announced fleet incentives for its 2015 model-year vehicles for the Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, and GMC brands.

For its 2015 Buick models, GM is offering $2,500 for the Enclave mid-size SUV, $750 for the the Encore compact SUV, $2,000 for the LaCrosse and Regal mid-size sedans, and $1,250 for the Verano compact car.

For Cadillac, GM is offering $1,000 for the ATS compact sedan, $2,000 for the CTS mid-size sedan, $3,000 for the Escalade and Escalade ESV full-size SUVs, $2,000 for the SRX mid-size SUV, and $2,000 for the XTS full-size sedan.

For its Chevrolet cars, GM is offering $500 for the Camaro sport car; $1,250 for the Cruze non-diesel compact car; $500 for the Cruze Diesel; $1,500 for the Impala full-size sedan; $4,000 for the Impala Limited; $1,750 for the Malibu 1FL with AG1 and QCL or 1LT/2LT/3LT/1LZ/2LZ mid-size sedan; $1,250 for the Malibu 1FL without AG1 and QCL or Malibu 1LS; $500 for the Sonic compact car; and $250 for the non-EV Spark.

For its Chevrolet trucks, GM is offering $500 for the Colorado crew cab 2WD and extended cab 2WD pickups; $1,500 for the Colorado crew cab 4WD and extended cab 4WD pickups; $3,750 for the Silverado 1500 crew cab 2WD/4WD, Silverado 1500 crew cab WT 2WD/4WD, Silverado 1500 double cab 2WD/4WD, and Silverado 1500 double cab WT 2WD/4WD; $3,000 for the Silverado 1500 regular cab 2WD/4WD and Silverado 1500 regular cab WT 2WD/4WD; $3,750 for the Silverado 2500/3500 crew cab, Silverado 2500/3500 crew cab WT 2WD/4WD, Silverado 2500/3500 double cab 2WD/4WD, and Silverado 2500/3500 double cab WT 2WD/4WD; and $3,250 for the Silverado 2500/3500 regular cab 2WD/4WD and Silverado 2500/3500 regular cab WT 2WD/4WD.

For its Chevrolet vans, GM is offering $750 for the City Express 1LS/1LT compact van; $4,200 for the Express 2500 cargo van with extended wheelbase; $4,000 for the Express 2500 with regular wheelbase; $5,250 for the Express 3500 cargo van with extended wheelbase; $5,000 for the Express 3500 cargo van with regular wheelbase; and $3,500 for the Express cutaway and passenger vans.

For its Chevrolet SUVs, GM is offering $1,500 for its Captiva Sport compact SUV; $1,500 for the Equinox compact SUV; $2,000 for the Suburban and Tahoe large SUVs; $2,500 for the Traverse mid-size SUV; and $750 for the Trax compact SUV.

The GMC truck incentives include $500 for the Canyon crew cab 2WD; $1,500 for the Canyon crew cab 4WD; $500 for the Canyon extended cab with 2WD; $1,500 for the Canyon extended cab with 4WD; $3,750 for the Sierra 1500 crew cab 2WD/4WD, Sierra 1500 crew cab WT 2WD/4WD, Sierra 1500 double cab 2WD/4WD, and Sierra 1500 double cab WT 2WD/4WD; $3,000 for the Sierra 1500 regular cab 2WD/4WD and Sierra 1500 regular cab WT 2WD/4WD; $3,750 for the Sierra 2500/3500 crew cab, Sierra 2500/3500 crew cab WT 2WD/4WD, Sierra 2500/3500 double cab 2WD/4WD, and Sierra 2500/3500 double cab WT 2WD/4WD; and $3,250 for the Sierra 2500/3500 regular cab 2WD/4WD and Sierra 2500/3500 regular cab WT 2WD/4WD.

For the GMC vans, GM is offering $4,200 for the Savana 2500 cargo van with extended wheelbase; $4,000 for the Savana 2500 with regular wheelbase; $5,250 for the Savana 3500 cargo van with extended wheelbase; $5,000 for the Savana 3500 cargo van with regular wheelbase; and $3,500 for the Savana cutaway and passenger vans.

GMC SUV incentives include $2,500 for the Acadia mid-size SUV, $1,750 for the Terrain compact SUV, and $2,500 for the Yukon and Yukon XL full-size SUVs.
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Monday, July 7, 2014

CargoGlide Work


CargoGlide sliding bed products make your work easier, faster and safer. Whether you are hauling tools, equipment, supplies, or materials, hauling or storing your work resources is always better when you have a CargoGlide to help you do it. www.cargoglide.com

Friday, July 4, 2014

Chevrolet Celebrates New Independence on the ‘4G of July’



•    New campaign introduces first and only brand to bring built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi to cars, trucks and crossovers
•    Campaign includes cinema, mobile/tablet, in-flight, internet radio and events

DETROIT – Chevrolet is rolling out the largest deployment of vehicles with built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi in the market this summer and the campaign to introduce these vehicles celebrates the freedom this connection brings with a timely push around the Fourth of July.

“Bringing 4G LTE Wi-Fi to customers through Chevrolet cars, trucks and crossovers allows an entirely new level of connectivity in transportation,” said Paul Edwards, U.S. vice president, Chevrolet Marketing.

The campaign will launch this week in media where consumers naturally connect around this time of year, including cinema, radio, and a partnership with GoGo in-flight Wi-Fi that allows fliers to connect through unlimited Facebook access during flights.

Chevrolet will also participate in Philadelphia’s fireworks display and the nation’s largest free concert by providing free Internet in four Chevrolet vehicle display areas on Benjamin Franklin Parkway. It also will leverage the Guinness International Champions Cup match between Manchester United and Real Madrid on August 2 at Michigan Stadium to reinforce these messages. 

Television work will rollout between July and September with spots communicating the breadth of consumer benefits of 4G technology, and will cover multiple audiences, including Hispanic and African American.

The campaign was developed by Chevrolet with Commonwealth//McCann, Casanova Pendrill and Spike DDB.
Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world’s largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.9 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.
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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Lock N Latch Drawer Unit For Van Interiors From Adrian Steel


Adrian Steel's exclusive Lock N Latch Drawer Units feature key locking drawers and are so versatile they are included in many Adrian Steel van interior trade packages. Find out more! www.AdrianSteel.com