Friday, October 30, 2015

Tommy Gate - Flatbed and Van - Railgate Series: Bi-Fold

Bi-Fold, High-Cycle Railgates

Bi-Fold, High-cycle models feature folding platforms ideal for dock loading and utilize a steel roller and leaf-chain pulley drive system which maximizes smoothness of motion, endurance, and strength. This medium-duty railgate is ideal for high-cycle applications in any environment. These lifts are built with the highest quality components and place a priority on function and safety.
Steel Rollers

Steel rollers guide the platform vertically within the rail track and are designed to withstand intensive cycling. Dual sealed, maintenance-free ball bearings ensure the rollers are long-lasting and perform consistently in all climate conditions.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

GM Arlington Assembly Plant Production Line in Action

Watch this video of  a Chevy Truck Production line and see how all the parts come together at the right place at the right time to build a truck. So quiet that you can almost hear a wrench drop!

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Introducing Team Chevy Rodeo

DALLAS – Chevy Silverado is teaming up with professional rodeo stars Tuf Cooper, Fallon Taylor, Richmond Champion, Luke Branquinho and Travis Graves, now known as Team Chevy Rodeo.

“This team is as hardworking on the ranch as they are in the arena,” said Paul Edwards, U.S. vice president, Chevrolet Marketing. “There isn’t a more authentic group to convey the message that the Silverado is the most dependable, longest-lasting pickup on the road.”

The team will be driving new 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 HD High Country pickups. Silverado HDs are engineered to make the toughest jobs easier, with integrated cruise control, powertrain grade braking and diesel exhaust braking to enhance control when towing.
The Silverado 2500 is well-suited to get these stars and their gear from rodeo to rodeo in style and comfort. With its Duramax turbodiesel engine, well-appointed interior and advanced technologies, the 2016 Silverado 2500 HD High Country offers a blend of premium accommodations and truck capability.

Team Chevy Rodeo
Tuf Cooper
Event: Tie-down Roping
Born: 1/31/1990 Childress, Texas
Career Earnings: $1,423,024
World Titles Won: 3 (2011-12, 2014)
Wrangler National Finals Rodeo Qualifications: 7 (2008-14)
Tuf Cooper is a cowboy with rodeo in his blood. The son of eight-time world champion and ProRodeo Hall of Famer Roy "Super Looper" Cooper, Tuf won his first all-around title at the age of six at an Earth, Texas High Plains Junior Rodeo Association event in 1996. After achieving a personal best of 6.6 seconds at the Snake River Stampede in 2009, Tuf Cooper would go on to win three world titles while becoming the youngest cowboy to surpass $1 million in career earnings.

Fallon Taylor
Event: Barrel Racing
Born: 7/18/1982 Tampa, Fla.
Women’s Professional Rodeo Association Career Earnings: $716,069
World Titles: 1 (2014)
Wrangler National Finals Rodeo Qualifications: 6 (1995-98, 2013-14)
Fallon Taylor made a splash in the rodeo world after qualifying for four consecutive National Finals Rodeos (1995-98) as a teenager. Though a career in acting and modeling drew her away from the sport, Taylor has always had the drive to ride — even after breaking her C2 vertebra in 2009.In 2014, Fallon and her horse Babyflo won their first world title. That kind of drive and dedication makes Fallon Taylor a perfect fit for Team Chevy Rodeo.

Richmond Champion
Event: Bareback Riding
Born: 12/16/1992 Orange County, Calif.
Career Earnings: $1,361,234
Wrangler National Finals Rodeo Qualifications: 1 (2014)
A rising star who doesn't seem like he'll ever come down, bareback rider Richmond Champion became the first man in rodeo to win $1 million in one day when he took first place at The American in 2014. Though he started as a bull rider at age 13, Champion switched to bareback riding in 2010 at the urging of his brother and hasn't looked back, with the determined rider making his way to third in the world standings in just a few short years.

Luke Branquinho
Events: Steer Wrestling
Born: 9/17/1980 Santa Maria, Calif.
Career Earnings: $2,285,732
World Titles Won: 5 (2004, 2008, 2011-12, 2014)
Wrangler National Finals Rodeo Qualifications: 13 (2001-04, 2006-14)
The most decorated member of Team Chevy Rodeo, Luke Branquinho embodies strength and resilience unlike anyone else. No matter what happens   — whether managing his type I diabetes while riding with an insulin pump, or coming back from a season-ending back injury to win his fifth world title in 2014 – this  steer wrestling champion never backs down from a challenge.

Travis Graves
Event: Team Roping (Heeling)
Born: 3/1/1984 Jay, Oklahoma
Career Earnings: $1,147,091
Wrangler National Finals Rodeo Qualifications: 6 (2008, 2010-14)
Heeler Travis Graves has been focused on winning his first world title ever since he won the International Finals Youth Rodeo heeling title in 2001. After breaking the regular-season earnings record for team roping heelers in 2010, the five-time WNFR qualifier has been steadily climbing the world standings, landing in second place in 2014.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Vehicle Maintenance to Conserve Fuel

A comprehensive vehicle maintenance strategy can help fleet managers and drivers conserve fuel. Your fleet may already rely on these practices to ensure vehicle efficiency.

Proper Tire Inflation

Properly inflated tires last longer and increase fuel economy. Every decrease in pressure by 1 pound per square inch for four tires can decrease fuel economy by 0.3%. Some fleets use nitrogen inflation, tire pressure monitoring systems, and other technologies to maintain optimum tire pressure.
Recommended Motor Oil

Fleets can improve fuel economy by 1% to 2% using the manufacturer's recommended grade of motor oil. For example, using 10W-30 motor oil in an engine designed to use 5W-30 can decrease fuel economy by 1% to 2%. Similarly, using 5W-30 in an engine designed for 5W-20 can decrease fuel economy by 1% to 1.5%.

Motor oil labeled "Energy Conserving" in the performance information contains friction-reducing additives that improve fuel economy.
Engine Tune-Ups

Tuning a neglected vehicle or fixing one that failed an emissions test can increase fuel economy by 4% based on the repair type and quality. Repairing a serious problem, such as a faulty oxygen sensor, can increase fuel economy by 40%.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Aluminum Service Bodies by Highway Products

A standard Highway Products service body comes with six external storage compartments, a drop down tail gate and a bolt on bumper. The lockable storage compartments on these service bodies protect your tools from the elements. Aluminum services bodies are half the weight of steel bodies which will increase your fuel economy. We have a wide variety of utility bodies to choose from and over 20 add-on option. We guarantee a perfect fit and all service bodies come with a Lifetime Warranty.

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Monday, October 12, 2015

GM Says 2016 Colorado, Canyon Diesels to Arrive on Time

GM officials say its diesel midsize pickups, the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, will arrive on schedule, despite reports that enhanced emissions testing would delay their appearance on showroom floors this fall.

Just days after the EPA announced plans to test more diesel vehicles in the wake of Volkswagen's diesel emissions crisis, Automotive News reported (subscription required) that the agency plans to put new diesel versions of the 2016 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon midsize pickup trucks through additional testing.

Both pickups will offer a new Duramax 2.8-liter four-cylinder diesel. Citing GM officials, Automotive News says the trucks, which are slated to hit dealerships in the fourth quarter, "could be delayed slightly by the additional testing."

GM officials told that the trucks are launching on schedule.

"The Automotive News report was based on EPA and CARB [California Air Resources Board] letters that were sent to all manufacturers on Friday [Sept. 25]," GM spokesman Pat Morrissey told Morrissey would not confirm or deny whether GM's pickups are facing more tests, but he stressed that the "key issue here is we are on track to launch the Colorado diesel this fall as scheduled."

The EPA also wouldn't say whether it plans to test the Colorado or Canyon. A spokesperson said the agency "will not comment on pending certification decisions beyond noting that we intend to apply the broader testing regime announced on Friday to all certification testing going forward."

A spokesman at CARB did not respond to a request for comment. obtained a copy of the EPA's Sept. 25 letter to automakers. It stipulates that in addition to normal emissions and gas-mileage tests, the agency may test "any vehicle at a designated location, using driving cycles and conditions that may reasonably be expected to be encountered in normal operation and use, for the purposes of investigating a potential defeat device."

"Manufacturers should expect that this additional testing may add time to the confirmatory test process," the letter continues.

A so-called "defeat device" is at the heart of the VW diesel crisis. Regulators allege that the automaker installed software to limit emissions from its four-cylinder diesel engines in certain situations.

Morrissey told on Sept. 22 that GM "does not use 'defeat devices' in our vehicles." photos by Mark Williams


Friday, October 9, 2015

Adrian Interior package for Chevy Express at the ICUEE Exhibit - 2015

 Chevy Express outfitted with an Adrian Van Interior Package - 2015 ICUEE Expo - Louisville, KY

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

VIA Motors Electrified Chevy Silverado Pickup at the ICUEE Exposition - 2015

An attendee at the ICUEE Show in Louisville listens to the pitch on the VIA Electrified Chevy Pickup 

Starting in 2014 VIA Motors expected to sell its first extended-range electric-vehicles according to President Alan Perriton.

The first units were likely Chevrolet Express cargo vans purchased from General Motors and modified by VIA at its Stockton, CA, facility. Next in line are Chevy Silverado extended-cab pickups. The Orem, UT-based company also is working longer term on an electric version of the Chevy Suburban SUV, named the Presidential.

The trucks boast a 400-hp electric motor plus GM’s 4.3L V-6 under the hood, which acts as a generator and range extender for the electric powertrain. The trucks will be marketed primarily to fleets such as telecoms, utilities and government agencies, Perriton says, and will be sold under the VIA nameplate, not Chevrolet.

The EREV trucks promise a range of 40 miles (64 km) in all-electric mode and 300 miles (483 km) more per fill up using the V-6 as a range extender. The vehicles also incorporate another gasoline-powered generator that can provide auxiliary power for worksites or emergencies.

The trucks are expected to qualify for a $7,500 federal tax credit covering electric vehicles and may qualify for a total of up to $20,000 in federal and state incentives, VIA’s website claims.

In fleet use where the vehicles operate mostly under electric power, fuel costs can be cut from $0.30 per mile to $0.06 per mile, VIA claims. The company is accepting orders now on its website with a $1,000 refundable reservation. Prices are expected to start at $79,000 before incentives. 

Perriton, a former high-ranking GM executive, says VIA has built 15 vehicles for evaluation and is undergoing emissions testing to meet federal and California certification.

Because of its modifications, including addition of 600 lbs. (272 kg) of batteries, VIA also will conduct front, quarter and side crash tests to meet National Highway Traffic Safety Administration standards, he says.

Some 30 potential fleet customers are supporting development of the VIA EREV trucks, including Verizon and Pacific Gas & Electric.

The recent bankruptcy and sale of A123 Systems, VIA’s sole supplier of lithium-ion batteries, is not expected to have an impact, Perriton says. A123’s assets were sold earlier this year to the U.S. subsidiary of China’s Wanxiang Group, after undergoing national security scrutiny, and renamed B456 Systems. It has plants in Livonia and Romulus, MI.

VIA has a joint venture with a partner in Mexico that plans to build van conversions in San Luis Potosi and convert Silverado pickups produced by GM in Silao.

The company also is looking at various U.S. assembly sites, preferably co-located near a GM assembly plant. GM makes the Silverado in Flint, MI, and Fort Wayne, IN, and the Suburban in Arlington, TX.

VIA is privately owned. Major investors include California billionaire and venture capitalist Carl Berg. Former GM vice chairman Bob Lutz sits on the company’s board.

Accommodating changes in the redesigned ’14 model-year Silverado will require only minor adjustments by VIA, Perriton says. It will continue to use GM’s 4.3L V-6 in all of its conversions to take advantage of GM’s built-in engine control module and existing emission control technology.

VIA originally considered purchasing “gliders” from GM lacking engines, drivetrains and other components but has tabled the idea, Perriton says.

VIA’s modifications include stripping 5-speed transmissions and fuel tanks from stock vehicles and installing its dual-drive motor controller, electric drive motor and electric generator as well as the battery pack.

The 24-gal. (91-L) fuel tank is replaced with a 17-gal. (64-L) tank to make room for the battery pack. A full charge with 240 volts takes three to four hours while a 110-volt charge can require 10 hours, Perriton says. 

VIA will warrant its vehicles for 36 months/36,000 miles (58,000 km) and touts the “life cycle” advantages of its EREV lineup. “Because there’s less wear on the brakes and engines and less need for oil changes, belts and filters, maybe you’d have one-third the upkeep costs,” says Perriton. “I have 13,000 miles (2,930 km) on my (EREV) Chevrolet Volt, and I have 87% oil life left.”

Because its trucks can serve as stand-alone generating units, VIA envisions their use as powering all sorts of equipment on site. When the batteries are exhausted, the V-6 kicks in.

“During blackouts you could pull a pickup to a substation and keep the electricity flowing,” he says. “Imagine what a boon that would have been during the recent devastating East Coast hurricane.”

VIA has looked at tying in with other auto makers but for now is limiting its arrangement to GM. “We’re not exclusive to GM, but we don’t want to take on too much,” says Perriton. “We want to stay on course and introduce the models we are developing.”



Saturday, October 3, 2015

Chevrolet Tahoe is Top Dog Among K-9 Units

Extra rear space, advanced climate system
keep canines cool and comfortable

DETROIT – The ability to take the heat off hard-working police dogs helps make the Chevrolet Tahoe Police Patrol Vehicle (PPV) the country’s most popular police vehicle for K-9 units.
The roomy interior and advanced climate control system are ideal for all three components of a K-9 unit: the police officer, the police dog, and the vehicle they travel in.

“Our K-9s live with our deputies and their families. They are on duty with our deputies every day - responding to calls for service, training, and creating an unbreakable bond,” said Oakland County (Mich.) Sheriff Michael J. Bouchard. “The K-9 Unit is an invaluable tool that serves our community and the Tahoe PPV is an important part of our operation.”

Because dogs are vulnerable to heat, the Tahoe PPV has more heating and cooling vents in the vehicle’s third-row area than any other police utility vehicle. In the Tahoe PPV, the seat is eliminated to make room for the K-9 unit’s kennel. This allows the industry’s only third-row upper and lower air vents to circulate cooled air into the back of the vehicle.

“Heat exhaustion is one of the top killers of police dogs,” said Michael Werges, sergeant-at-arms, North American Police Dog Association.

Unlike humans, dogs aren’t covered in skin that allows them to sweat when temperatures get too high.

The tiny pads of exposed skin on the bottom of their paws are the only way they can remove heat.
There have been a few instances this summer of police dog fatalities because of extreme heat.
“It’s imperative to police agencies that K-9 vehicles are equipped with an air conditioning system that can keep the dog’s entire body cool, from head to toe,”  said Werges.
In addition to K-9 use, state and local municipalities and the federal government use the Tahoe PPV for patrol, first response, tactical, HAZMAT and Border Patrol.

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