Tag Archives: GM

  • Detroit Autorama- Highlights, Trends, and our Favorite Rides!

    ....."but there's one other show that matches the abundance of high end classic cars and that's the Detroit Autorama show and their "Ridler Award". The "Motor City" has, and always will be synonymous with cars. While the car manufacturers may have left, this show has not and continues to grow in size."  Click Here To Read Full Post...
  • Remember the bench seat? Forget it, because it's gone next year

    1963 Chevrolet Impala Sport Sedan (Photo courtesy General Motors)

    I remember my family piling into my mom's 1963 Oldsmobile 98, with its huge bench seats covered in plastic! Both the front and back seats were benches, so you could fit up to 6 people in the car. Most cars had benches back then, with only sporty cars featuring the much cooler bucket seats.

    Now bench seats will be only a fond memory, as GM has announced that it will no longer offer the bench seat option on 2014 and later Chevrolet Impalas.

    Perhaps you didn’t even realize that any manufacturer was still putting bench seats into their passenger cars...evidently even some Impala buyers were unaware of that, since just 10% of purchasers chose the 3-passenger bench option.

    So those benches will be gone from passenger cars starting next year, but if you'd like to relive the memories of one writer who understood what the bench seats meant to teenagers, check out the Wastegate Blog here.

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  • GM announces 2014 Corvette Stingray- Better than the original?

    Automotive blogs have been buzzing this weekend after GM debuted the new 2014 Corvette Stingray at the Detroit Auto Show. This car has all the ingredients that Corvette fans have come to expect; great looks, effective aerodynamics, amazing handling, and a big engine. Designers have really outdone themselves this time with an edgy look that has hints of Italian sports car styling to it.

    2014 Corvette Stingray

    2014 Corvette Stingray

    This new model dons the iconic "Stingray" title that was first introduced in 1963. The original Stingrays have now become one of the most sought after Corvettes in the collector car and restoration world. We're a bit biased, but when we heard the Stingray name was brought back we were a bit skeptical. How much could a modern sports car have in common with the original from the 60's? After seeing the shot of the back end of the car, my tune was changed a little. It doesn't have the iconic split back window that makes them so sought after, but it does have a similar look if you squint your eyes just right. We can definitely see that GM designers had some old photos of a split window Stingray in front of them when doing their initial sketches, but it's hard to modernize an iconic classic.

    1963 Corvette Stingray

    The base model engine in the new C7 Corvettes boast the largest to ever come standard in a Corvette; a 6.2L Small Block Chevy V8 producing 450 Horsepower and 450 Torque. Corvette fans can always count on a big engine and lots of power..well sometimes. What we mean is, GM has now made cylinder deactivation standard on ALL Corvette models (including the manual transmission!). Now when you're cruising at low engine loads it will drop out 4 of the 8 cylinders. This is great for fuel economy (26-MPG highway), but bad for anyone that wants the growl of a V8 at all times. GM has even come up with a multi-valve exhaust system to tame the noise even further during four cylinder cruising. We know that MPG rules the new car market, but we didn't think it would start hitting the sports car world! I can't wait for the automotive tuning world to get ahold of the new Stingray and give owners the option to leave the exhaust open at all times and run with full power when they want!

    2014 Corvette Exhaust

    Did you miss the reveal and want to see what all the hype is about? Check out the virtual debut on the Chevrolet website here: http://www.chevrolet.com/new-2014-corvette/

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  • Corvette Turning 60 Years Old

    1953 and 2013 Corvettes

    1953

    1953. A gallon of gas was 20¢, the average cost of a new car was $1,650, Elizabeth II was crowned Queen of England...

    And the Chevrolet Corvette was born.

    When that first Corvette rolled off GM's Flint, Michigan assembly line, many thought the concept wouldn't last long—after all, it had just two seats, no roll-up windows or exterior door handles, and a fiberglass body. But, oh, what a drive...what a ride!

    Originally code-named the XP-122, the car that would become the Corvette debuted at the GM Motorama show in New York's Waldorf Astoria Hotel in January 1953. It proved to be quite popular with attendees, so Chevrolet put it into limited production. The initial run of 150 cars doubled to 300 in its first year, and the next year the Corvette moved to a GM assembly facility in St. Louis, where 3,640 Corvettes were built for the 1954 model year. Since then more than 1.5 million Corvettes have been built.

    Every edition of the Corvette over its 60 years has been a beautiful piece of automotive design and engineering, making it the father of great American sports cars. Check out this photo gallery of past Corvettes.

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  • Swap meets, the hidden fun at a car show.

    For most people when you talk about a car show they think of shiny paint, chrome bits glistening in the sun, and proud owners prepping their cars in anticipation of being judged. This is the reason you go to a "Car Show" is for the "Cars"; right? Meanwhile there is a overlooked portion of most every car event that the your average show goer forgets. This is the swap meet or auto jumble (as our British counter parts like to call them). Most every show sees trucks and trailers full of old parts brought in, sold, traded, and dug through by fellow enthusiasts. These swap meets often can be a great way to find that hard-to-find bit or bob for your project that you have been searching for. Some, like myself go to a swap meet with more of a "treasure hunter" mentality, looking for rare or obsolete collectible parts that normally would be a fortune if sold in another venue.

    Often times when unregulated (like when the wife wanders away to get lunch) we end up buying things at the swap meet we may question our thinking on later. This goes from something you already had 10 of to maybe something that is "neat" or "rare", but you have NO real need or use for. I can recall a number of times walking out of a show with piles and piles of parts, only to try and figure out how to get it all in my car! One of my most guilty of times was when I bought a vintage VW/Audi/Porsche Microfiche machine (think of that giant machine you used to blow old newspaper/magazine articles up with in the high school library) for viewing old parts diagrams. If this wasn't bad enough, I already had one I inherited from a local repair shop. But while in the moment, I couldn't turn down the "amazing" price. Next thing I knew I was lugging this thing a mile across the parking lot in 90 degree weather to my tiny little car and asking myself what the heck I was thinking!

    This past weekend our own "J.R." here at Eastwood had a similar moment and came home with a vintage GM diagnostic tool. This is one of those cases where the price offset the forethought of where to put it, or the real necessity for it. But hey, who cares when it is something this neat! Apparently this unit is from the early-mid 70's and it has all kinds of connections, from a timing light to a emissions analyzer lead! Measuring in at 4'5 in height, this is not something you can easily hide from the wife! In true swap meet fashion he even did a little "haggling" or negotiating to get the price to a comfortable spot for his wallet. If anything, this will be a cool vintage garage decoration and discussion piece, so definitely money well spent! Feel free to respond or comment with any cool treasures (or ridiculous items you regretted!) that you have turned up at the local swap meet, flea market, etc.!

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