Embarking on an overland journey through treacherous terrain usually requires some specialized equipment. Most folks choose Jeep Wranglers with lift kits and 35-inch tires, or Land Rovers with supplies hanging off its roof rack, but for Mark Christy and his girlfriend Nives Riddles, a bone-stock 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD was the vehicle of choice.
Now the pair did choose a 4WD version, but it wasn’t even equipped with the Z71 package or a set of meaty off-road tires – just the factory Firestone Transforce HT (highway tread) rubber and the Eaton G80 automatic locking rear differential. No winches, off-road lights, brush guards, or other specialty equipment.
The truck pulls a homemade camping trailer built from a surplus military unit. The trailer contains everything the pair needs to survive all alone in the wilderness. Each night they camp in a new location and set out in a generalized direction come morning.
How are they doing that, you ask? They sold everything they had that wasn’t welcomed on their uncharted journey. Christy left his job in the commercial movie and TV production industry while Riddles left her job doing high fashion makeup. With normal responsibilities behind them, the couple set out on their adventure.
“I start each morning by looking at Google Maps, searching for two-track routes in the general area we want to go to, pick one, and start driving,” Christy says. And the adventure will keep going just as long as they want it to. “There’s nothing we have to go back to,” he continued. “We’re just going to keep going until we don’t want to anymore.”
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Ok, so a 1980 Chevrolet Monte Carlo might not be a truck, but Freiburger and Finnegan sure treat it like one in the latest installment of RoadKill. The dastardly duo decided that each would plan the trip and buy the vehicle separately – without them knowing the others’ plans. After some failed reverse psychology, the pair ended up with this – the Monster Carlo.
General Motors has been offering an automatic locking rear differential in its Chevy and GMC trucks for more than 40 years. Today, its prevalence has grown to include every body-on-frame, rear-drive vehicle in GM’s lineup – from the Colorado WT up through the leather-lined Cadillac Escalade. And thanks to its order code, most folks know the mechanical locker as the Eaton G80. Here’s how it works.
We now have an answer to General Motors’ mysterious “Z71 Trail Boss” trademark filing back in January. Here it is – debuted at the Cleveland Auto Show of all places – an up-fitted Colorado. This bad boy has some meaty Goodyear DuraTrac all-terrain tires and… that’s about it. Yep, the “Trail Boss” is basically a $3,320 tire upgrade.
The covers have finally been pulled off the last new member of the Chevrolet truck lineup and we couldn’t be more excited. The 2015 Chevy Colorado debuted today at the LA Auto show joining the still fresh Silverado and Silverado HD.
The Colorado is based on the global truck platform, but is highly ‘Americanized’ with many key components swapped out for heavier duty items based on the new Silverado. The Colorado rides on a fully-boxed, hydroformed steel frame giving it a sturdy platform for hauling and towing. Initially the Colorado will come with two gasoline engine options with a diesel debuting the following year.
The base powerplant is a 2.5-liter four cylinder with an optional 3.6-liter V-6 engine. Both feature the latest suite of GM technology like Variable Valve Timing and Direct Injection. They share similar construction materials with aluminum blocks, forged-steel crankshafts, and oil jet-spray piston coolers. A Six-speed automatic transmission is standard across the board and features tow/haul mode and auto grade braking.
Exterior features include Chevy’s clever bumper CornerStep and bed rail hand-grabs, an EZ lift tailgate, two-tier loading capabilities within the bed, and no less than 13 tie-downs for securing payload. Available projector beam headlamps light the way while front bumper tow hooks provide a means of recovery if the going ever gets too muddy. Silverado-derived inlaid doors with triple seals keeps wind noise to a minimum while active aero grille shutters open and close to maximize aerodynamics and cooling efficiency.
Interior accoutrements are similar to the Silverado with a large, pronounced center stack with similar knobs and buttons. An available eight-inch color touch screen inhabits the prime real estate up top while multiple USB ports down low live in a specially designed front compartment for charging personal electronics. A center console-mounted gear shifter splits the front bucket seats and gives plenty of storage options big enough for hiding a tablet safely out of sight. GM’s next-generation OnStar and MyLink are also present, along with a standard rear-view backup camera.
The folks at General Motors say the new Colorado is designed for customers who want the extra capabilities a truck offers like hauling and off-road agility, but don’t need the size and expense of a full-side truck. GM is now the first manufacturer in quite a while to offer a full plethora of mid-sized, full-sized, and heavy-duty trucks. Our hats are especially off to the fact that GM revamped its entire truck lineup within a two year model cycle.
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Host Fred Williams of Motor Trend’s Dirt Every Day has been working on his Alabama Army Truck project for quite a while. Followers of the show will recall the truck’s transformation from a worn-out surplus CUCV truck to a customized off-road beast thanks to an extreme engine swap.
Host Fred Williams of Motor Trend’s Dirt Every Day has been working on his Alabama Army Truck project for quite a while. Followers of the show will recall the truck’s transformation from a worn-out surplus CUCV truck to a customized off-road beast thanks to an extreme engine swap. DED pulled out the tired, 6.2-liter, naturally aspirated V-8 diesel and threw in a supercharged, 6.2-liter LSA V-8, the same 550-plus horsepower mill found in the second-gen Cadillac CTS-V and current Camaro ZL1.
Williams and the crew now work to upgrade the braking system to handle the extra power and a new set of 40-inch tires. The brakes come courtesy of an aftermarket performance company and are designed against corrosion and heat build up. The rear brakes going on the Army Truck are actually meant to be performance front brakes on a GM three-quarter ton truck. Needless to say, this Chevy should be able to stop on a dime.
Then come the wheels and tires. Williams chose a set of Pro Comp Xtreme Terrain MT2 tires sized at 40-inches and mounted on matte black, 17-inch, Pro Comp wheels. The combo not only looks great, but will also perform well on the trail.
Of course by turning such massive rubber, the driveline must be upgraded. New driveshafts, yokes, and U-joints connect everything while an upgraded 4L80-E transmission does the gear changes and an Atlas transfer case sends power to the front solid axle.
All told, it’s a great episode of Dirt Every Day, so click, sit back, and enjoy.
The trademark filings continue for General Motors, this time with a new name and the return of an old favorite. Filed on February 9th and 12th respectively, the Silverado Big Sky and Scottsdale names seem very likely candidates for near-future trim levels or special editions in the GM truck lineup.
Have you ever been intently watching TV only to have the signal die out? That’s exactly what happened to more than 112 million people watching the 2015 Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and the Seattle Sea Hawks. Or at least that what Chevrolet tricked them to believe.
The automaker’s genius commercial aired just minutes before kickoff. It started off with what seemed like a live video feed of the stadium, only to turn into static and then into a black screen. With folks’ attention, Chevy gave a solution to the viewers’ worst nightmares by saying the new Chevy Colorado has built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi where uninterrupted video streaming could take place.
I’m sure the “unintended interruption” caught more than a handful of people off guard, resulting in a few expletives accompanied by the spilling of beverages and throwing of food. How about you? Did Chevrolet catch you by surprise with this advertisement? Let us know in the comments below.