GM Pickup Homecoming in Fort Wayne, IN

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  1. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    [​IMG] Small town America showcases one of America’s strength in the form of Pickups!

    [​IMG]Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Sept. 22, 2013

    2014 Chevrolet Silverado with the 4.3L V6, the latest 6-speed AT, 3.23 final, and sporting an easy to achieve 18/24 mpgUS city/highway rating. Manufactured with pride at Fort Wayne Assembly.

    Fort Wayne, IN -- Last week GM celebrated a homecoming of sorts. Invited was a long list of “anybody with a GM pickup truck” that wants to come out and enjoy live music while interacting with fellow owners about old and new pickups alike. And they came out in droves.

    Why Fort Wayne? Possibly GMs most important manufacturing facility, Fort Wayne Assembly is located just southwest of Fort Wayne proper in Roanoke, Indiana. Opened in 1986, the plant employs approximately 4,400 and produces the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra LD and HD Extended & Regular Cabs. If you have watched our quarterly report stories, this plants product is responsible for a large percentage of the company’s global earnings!

    Since 1986, they have produced approximately 6 million pickups and have done so with a minimal environmental footprint. Fort Wayne Assembly became GM's first US assembly plant to become landfill-free in November 2011. To put this into perspective, GM's Fort Wayne assembly plant sends less to a landfill in one week than an average sized family in a day!

    In addition, it is over 20 percent powered by methane gas produced from a nearby landfill.

    The GM Pickup Homecoming in Pictures

    Orange 48 Chevrolet Thriftmaster pickup lining up for the GM Pickup Homecoming Parade in Fort Wayne, IN.

    Owner Dennis and Nancy Duggan, Fort Wayne locals, says,
    White 1955 Chevrolet Cameo with the 265 ci V8


    Originally from NV it has no PS/PB, uses leaf springs up front and rear and drums all around. Owner Jim from Peru, IN loves the hinged rear spare tire access and the fiberglass wrapped spare.

    1966 GMC Fire Truck with a 305 ci V6.

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    Still the original paint and "in field" battle scars displayed proudly. Owner Tim's favorite thing is that
    Original Brown 1958 GMC Series 100 Fleet

    That is indeed the original grille!


    This pickup had what I consider the best interior in the show. 16 year old Evan Saucier from Bloomington, IN proudly says “it’s mine” with his father standing by and nodding in agreement. The truck is literally the fourth member of the Saucier family and possibly the only actual truck of its kind on the planet.

    Father Tom found the original build sheet for the Fleet 100 and it was a bare bones truck designed to compete with Chevy trucks which were $45 cheaper at the time.

    And in the bed was a Whizzer!​

    First produced in 1939. In the early 40s with World War II underway, Whizzer Motors lobbed the US Government for the right to continue production of what was argued to be a great way for defense workers to travel to and from work.

    In 1948, Whizzer sold its first pre-assembled motorized bicycle, the "Pacemaker". Whizzer motorcycle engines would cease to be produced in 1965 and reappear in 1997 attached to Schwinn fat tire bicycles.

    An original yellow 72 GMC Suburban 1500 Super Custom with a 350 ci V8 and the 4 BBL

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    Original paint and personally redone interior. Possibly the cleanest truck at the GM Pickup Homecoming! Owner Brad Diehl from Corunna, IN says his favorite thing about this Suburban is that
    I agree. :)

    A 42 Chevrolet Pickup truck with the original 90 hp 216 ci straight 6


    The Cases, the owners, were not around to talk and to bad as this was a beauty!

    Light Blue 48 Chevrolet 3100 Thriftmaster... I think???

    Sharp looking indeed! ;)

    72 Chevrolet Cheyenne Super with the 350 ci V8

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    Owned by Kevin and Julie Kelham. And it was in really good condition for a 72!

    Red 68 Chevrolet C10 with a 350 and Edelbrock headers

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    Owner Randy and Paula Pearson from Huntington, IN said they brought it home in "baskets"!

    Paula said at first,
    Then she came around and added the following:
    Cool truck for a couple meant to own a GM truck.

    Sort of Blue 66 Chevy long bed step side body with 73 front and rear end, 82 250 ci straight 6 with a three speed AT


    Power steering was original, power brakes including discs up front. And a tilt wheel was added. While not a Show truck like those shown above, this is the most "Worked" work truck at the Truck homecoming. Steve Paske from Fort Wayne says,
    Hopped up Blue 65 Chevrolet Stepside with a 454 4 bbl

    When trucks were trucks.

    Live music by Hubie Ashcraft and the Drive.


    GM at the GM Pickup Homecoming

    Jully Burau, Chief Engineer for GM trucks.​

    A quick 5-minutes with Jully before she had to get up on stage to introduce a long line of politicos and some well deserved individuals who received checks for their charity work and scholarships for some individuals academic work.

    Like me, she really likes the performance of the new 2014 4.3L V6.
    New mounts and total drive line integration have reduced NVH from a motor that idles at an incredibly low 540 RPM at idle.

    To achieve the lightest truck of the domestics (350 or so pounds lighter than the equivalent RAM or F-Series), every part was scrutinized. Little known, the hood is aluminum.

    Regarding the really low interior noise, driving the 2014 from Wisconsin to Fort Wayne, IN proved that it us the quietest in the industry. At least anecdotally. I have not driven the Tundra however. Triple door seals and a massive lightweight insulation engineering effort at the firewall, inner fender wells and beneath the floor help in this regard.

    Truck steering... They are a little loose at no load given the wide range of loads in the bed or towing they could be subjected too. It did not sound as if there will be any variable load EPS anytime soon but as Jully continued to reiterate,
    Q: Possibility of a higher trimmed 4.3L V6?
    A: "Stay tuned."


    The GM Truck Homecoming Parade

    Past and Present GM Pickup truck customers brought 272 trucks to the event in order to participate in the GM Truck Homecoming parade. It was a lengthy drive loop that circled the entire city of Fort Wayne, IN.

    The "42 in the side view."


    While not the most fuel efficient way to circumnavigate the city, passersby were halting in their tracks and pulling out cameras to record the miles long line of GM pickups at every turn.

    The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado allowed 21 mpg during the parade while traversing the all-city loop.


    More about that 2014 Chevrolet Silverado LT and the drive to the GM Pickup Homecoming.

    The First Fill

    Initial top off at the Gurnee, IL Shell

    Initial top off took 6.234 gallons after arriving full and driving 29 miles at 28.9 mpg displayed. 4.3 gallons after first click.
    The 26 gallon tank apparently can hold around 30 gallons. That will provide some extra range ;)

    Google Map Route from Gurnee, IL to Fort Wayne, IN

    The Results

    Final top off at a Fort Wayne, IN Shell after 211 actual miles with 6.297 gallons = 33.5 mpg vs. 34.6 mpg displayed. That is excellent!​

    Some context to conclude the 2014 Silverado Truck Review.

    Overall the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado LT with the really nice 4.3L V6 has provided a darn decent 30.0 mpg (29.0 mpgUS actual) over the course of 350 miles of Interstate and 230 miles of city travel. That is pretty hot for a truck of this size.

    To maintain 40 + mpg or even 30 mpg by evoking AFM (2-cylinder deactivation), you only have a maximum of about 28 HP available. This is a lot of truck to move with that little power available. If there were 40 HP available under 4-cylinder mode, the average owner would receive much better FE.

    Will it beat the RAM 1500? With the right driver able to balance on a knife edge below 36% load in 4-cylinder mode, yes ;)

    Pups really likes the large driver/front seat passenger volume and even the sight lines for such a large vehicle.

    The 2014 Silverado heading back to its own home from mine. Shown with a neat Google camera trick.​

    Thank you GM for hosting the GM Pickup Homecoming and providing CleanMPG with a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado equipped with the 4.3L V6 and tall rear differential for us to drive to and from the event.
  2. phoebeisis

    phoebeisis Well-Known Member


    Pups is OBVIOUSLY a GM dog! As you say(she he?) appreciates the sight lines and the 30 mpg trip potential!
    Pups should be in a GM ad!

    Is the 4.3 a 30 mpg at 60 mph vehicle?
    My ancient GM-98 Suburban- is a 20-21 mpg at 60 mph vehicle-5.7 and just 255 HP-the 4.3 300 HP right?
    AMAZING how 1/2 mpg has improved in the last 15 years!
  3. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Charlie:

    I should tell GM they need to do a commercial with pups at the helm :)

    I did not measure the 60 mph FE as I only had it for four days. Just enough to drive almost 600 miles and capture all of the stuff posted above. We might be doing something with this truck in November and I will get those steady states completed then.


  4. That rear end ratio has to help a lot. My dad drove up from flordia in his 2010 2500 silverado doing above the psl and got better mpg than a can in my van. Comparing notes, we have same trans & both have v-8 but he has a lower rear end.
  5. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    Speaking of the Ft. Wayne Assembly, it is in the news for something else too...

    GM Announces $24-Million Landfill Gas Investment

    Will be first automaker in North America to generate its own electricity

    On Wednesday, GM announced a $24-million investment in electrical generation equipment that will allow the company to use more landfill gas at its Fort Wayne, Ind., and Orion, Mich., assembly plants.

    The new equipment will generate more than 14 MW of electricity from landfill gas, a renewable energy source, which will help GM avoid producing more than 89,000 metric tons of CO2 per year. That’s equivalent to the annual greenhouse gas emissions of 18,542 passenger vehicles. GM also will save a combined $10 million in energy costs each year at the facilities.

    The investment will provide powerhouse construction at each assembly plant, as well as generation equipment and machinery.

    GM has committed to increasing renewable energy consumption within GM to 125 megawatts by 2020.

    Orion Assembly has used landfill gas since 1999. Currently it helps heat a portion of an upgraded paint shop that uses half the energy per vehicle as the one it replaced. When the electric-generation project is completed, 54 percent of Orion’s energy will come from renewable landfill gas.

    Fort Wayne Assembly has used landfill gas since 2002. The investment will increase its landfill gas use four-fold, to 40 percent. Earlier this year, Fort Wayne was named a U.S. EPA Energy Star certified facility for its prudent energy management.

    The excess gas flare that normally escapes into the air is now redirected into the facility to create electricity energy for manufacturing.

    Construction on both projects has begun, and is expected to be complete and operational by May of 2014.
  6. Thanks for finding the thread.

    Do you remember what size wheels and tires this truck had?
    It's the same as my truck. 4.3 2wd, 3.23. mine came with 20's and Continental eco plus 275/55/20's. Dash is over reporting by almost 3 mpg vs actual over 1600 miles so far.
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  7. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi James:

    No idea. :( You might be able to tell by the rims?

  8. Looks like they still offer that wheel with 265/65/18s

    31.6 diameter on the 18's vs 31.9 on the 20's.

    639 revs per mile vs 632.
  9. 08EscapeHybrid

    08EscapeHybrid Moderator

    My 98 K1500 has variable rate power steering. Almost 200,000 miles and the truck runs and drives flawlessly. Only "problem" I have is there is some piston slap when started cold under 40F. That goes away in about 20 seconds. I've been very pleased with it. It is comfortable and reliable, runs and rides smooth, only real complaint is I wish it got better mileage, but considering it is an 18 year old 4wd extended cab pickup that weighs 3 tons, I guess it isn't that bad.
  10. Wow! That 36% load # in the first post is no joke.
    Loaded the truck with a bed full of 'up North' supplies, bicycles, coolers, etc AND hooked up my sail boat. 120 miles on the eway. Hooked up the Bluetooth obdii adapter and torque app. When load dropped below 36% mpgs would hold at or above 40. Load below 45% and mpgs of 30. With a bed full and a small boat.

    Forgot I had the Bluetooth obdii adapter. Definitely going to use it more
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  11. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Chevy Celebrates 100 Years of Truck Design

    One hundred years ago, Chevrolet introduced the 1918 One-Ton, setting the stage for a century of iconic trucks. To commemorate this milestone, the brand is looking back on 10 of the most iconic designs in Chevy truck history.

    While Chevrolet truck design has changed radically over the past 100 years, one thing has always been true: The truck has evolved to meet the consumers’ changing needs.

    1918 Chevrolet 1-Ton


    Here are 10 of the most iconic Chevy trucks in the past 100 years, along with a design perspective.

    1918 One-Ton: The first production truck from Chevrolet was inspired by vehicles used in GM plants to move parts from place to place. It was a rolling chassis featuring an open cab, an I4 and an open frame allowing the installation of a body that fits unique needs.

    1929 International Series LD: The 1929 was the first Chevrolet truck to feature a closed cab. Once the functional elements were defined, more comfort- and style-focused features started to become important for truck buyers. This is also the time when GM introduced color.

    1938 Half-Ton: This was the first truck designed by the new Art and Color department, now known as Design Center, by Harley Earl and his team. Earl became GM’s first design chief. This year also saw the designs of cars and trucks deviate with a lower and longer truck and a styled grille with swept fenders.

    1947 3100 Series: This vintage Chevy truck was bigger, stronger and sleeker than ever before. The five-bar horizontal grille is a departure from vertical grilles of the past. The fenders are more integrated, and the lamps are on the wide part of the vehicle instead of inboard, giving it a wider, stronger presence.

    1947 3100 Series Pickup


    1955 3124 Series Cameo Carrier: Known as the Task Force truck, the Cameo Carrier is Chevy’s first Fleetside. The bed is flush with the cab and fender, making for one complete shape from front to back. It was also Chevrolet’s first bumper-to-bumper styled truck, as styling didn’t stop at the back of the cab.

    1967 C10 Fleetside: This sleek design with a hint of wheel flare. The body has a strong shoulder that tapers toward the rear. The Chevrolet bar on the front fascia connects the headlamp center with the bowtie — a design element that is still consistent today. This time period is also when metallic paint was introduced, which highlighted the subtleties and body lines.

    1973 C30 One-Ton Dually: This third-generation C/K square-body truck was the first crew cab dually to market, and many consider it to be the first modern HD Truck. Simple, tough and purposeful.

    1988 C/K1500: The C/K1500 was the first truck design influenced by aerodynamics with new interior design including a low instrument panel, pod-like setup and even buttons that looked futuristic.

    1999 Silverado 1500 LT Z71: This was the first generation that used the Silverado nameplate.

    2007 Silverado 1500: The 2007 Silverado is simple, modern and features exaggerated wheel flares and a clean body side. This truck brought back the “tough truck” look and feel, even though it was still heavily influenced by aerodynamics.

    2017 Chevrolet Silverado

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  12. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Chevrolet’s 100 Years of Trucks and the “Truck Legends” Program

    Chevrolet is rolling out its Truck Legends program for those who have made Chevrolet Trucks some of the most iconic vehicles in America. The program recognizes the customers who own a Chevy Truck with more than 100,000 miles on the odometer or who have purchased or leased more than one new Chevy truck in their lifetime.

    1955 Chevrolet 3100 Pickup


    Qualifying customers will join an active community that has grown to more than 5,400 members since its launch in Texas in September 2016. The community will continue to grow and connect customers from all corners of the nation through their shared love for Chevy Trucks.

    100 Years of Building the Future

    The national launch of the Chevy Truck Legends program coincides with the Chevy Trucks Centennial, occurring in the 2018 model year. Chevrolet will begin the Chevy Truck Centennial celebration at the State Fair of Texas, and the festivities will culminate with a Centennial Celebration at the Texas Motor Speedway on Dec. 16, 2017.

    Membership has its benefits

    Chevrolet will periodically offer Truck Legends members once-in-a-lifetime experiences leveraging Chevrolet’s partnerships. These experiences could range from front-row seats at concerts, to attending sold-out Major League Baseball events, to getting a sneak peek at new Chevrolet models.

    For example, members are invited to join an exclusive Chevy Trucks Centennial Celebration on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 at the Texas Motor Speedway. The event will feature opportunities to experience the latest Chevrolet products, the chance to meet Chevrolet fans like Dale Earnhardt Jr. and other exclusive experiences. A limited number of Chevy truck owners are welcome to attend the event — stay tuned for more information.

    Truck Legends members will receive exclusive Truck Legends memorabilia. This includes Chevy Truck Legends branded hats, decals and, if applicable, decals celebrating milestones in mileage and number of vehicles owned. In addition, participating dealers may offer exclusive benefits to Truck Legends members.

    The event is free to attend, but space is limited. Details on how to register for the program can be found at Chevy Truck Legends.

    Membership Qualifications

    The Truck Legends program is free to join for individuals who have more than 100,000 miles on their Chevrolet truck or have purchased or leased one or more new Chevy trucks in their lifetime. Eligible vehicles include:
    • Silverado and Silverado HD (and past C/K trucks)
    • Colorado (and past S-10 trucks)
    • Tahoe
    • Suburban
    • Avalanche
    Eligible customers can sign up for the program by creating a profile at Chevy Truck Legends.
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