Archive for June, 2014

photo 2 (1)I got an email recently from Ann, who wanted to share the story of a truck her late father-in-law used to drive.  Fred was a World War II vet who recently passed away at the age of 93. He owned a 2002 Chevy Avalanche and he drove it everywhere. Long trips from Maryland to Georgia were nothing for him. Ann said they were like a short Sunday drive for him.  In fact, he made that same trip just two days before he passed away.  Despite knowing about his long drives, Ann was still shocked when she checked the odometer: the truck had 703, 605 miles on it. Which is an incredible amount of mileage for any vehicle.

Ann gave me a little background about her father-in-law.  He saw  some of the worst fighting during the war. He had two ships shot out from under him and survived. He became so sick of eating fruit and fish from his tour on Pacific Islands he never ate them again.photo 1

Ann told also told me about Fred’s relationship to his truck. He had surgery on his knee when he was 89 and wasn’t allow to drive during the rehabilitation period. He used to sit in his truck, and when Ann pressed him about why, he said he just felt at home there. He also used to make long trips out to visit family in the truck and never thought twice about it. Making time for family was always on his mind.

Apparently, other than oil changes, Fred never made did any other routine maintenance on the vehicle. It still has its original engine, spark plugs and wires. Ann and her husband are currently in the process of getting the truck inspected and clear for emissions. It will be a $3000 re-haul and they don’t know how long the engine will last, but they say it’s an emotional journey for them, and they want to try to keep the truck going as long as possible.  They once tried to put it up for sale, but the form wouldn’t let them enter the mileage. It kept telling them to put in a valid odometer reading.  With so much history in this truck it makes sense to keep it going.  To keep his spirit alive with the truck. Whatever they decide, I am very happy to hear this story from Ann. I wish you and your husband the best.

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There has been a bit of a lull in the world of high-mile cars, but no worries. We are ever vigilant here at HMC. While the story is a few weeks old now, I was able to dig up an article about a cow inseminator bovine reproduction specialist and his 2003 Chevrolet S-10. Larry Hansen is on Oil Change number 167 and the engine has never been touched. That isn’t to say there hasn’t been work done on the truck. It’s just engine that is still pristine. Larry is also a sports official and drives on average 1500 miles a week to meet his various commitments. The man old keeps insane records on his service work. He has eight or some diaries that detail the entire service history of the truck.  Check out the story more details.

Larry plans to keep the truck for now and continue driving it until he can get something newer. I feel he’ll continue to have amazing luck with his truck.  Good luck, Larry, you’ve won our hearts.

It was only a matter of time before Volvo would be in the news again with a high-mile car. This time it’s with something a little more modern.

Simon Marshall, from Sandhurst, Berkshire bought a 2004 Volvo V70 D5 SE a few years back with 170,000 miles on it. He then drove it to almost 600,000 miles in six years (575, 574 miles to be accurate.)  He paid £5,500 for the vehicle and says he only spent £3000 in maintaining it. That seems like a bit of a stretch, if you think about all the oil and rubber that car would need to survive that long.  As for major repairs, he paid £800 for a used gear box a while back.

He is a chauffeur and uses the car for trips across Europe. That would explain why he is driving well over a 100,000 miles a year.  He says he wants to take the car to a million miles, and if this holds out, he is probably going to do it. We’ll be waiting for that day. Well done, Simon.

Update: Simon was gracious enough to let us know that the regular maintenance on his car was not included in the £3000 sum the article spoke about. That was including non-regular repairs like the gear box. Simon keeps his oil and rubber up to date and keeps spectacular records on everything. The first service was at 5000 miles and every service since has been at 12,000 miles, as per owners manual.  It’s no surprise his car is where it is today. Simon, welcome to the high-mile hall of fame!

 

I can’t believe I haven’t seen this article until now. Apparently, Corvette owner Steve Stone has been nursing a 1963 black corvette since he originally purchased it, with the help of his father. How has he been babying this ‘vette? Well he put a cool 511,000 miles on it, and has driven it practically everywhere in North America. The article has a couple of photos of the engine, and it looks pristine. This man knows how to take care of his car.  Read the article for the full story.

Of course, don’t let the shine fool you. This vehicle has had its frame replaced and is now on its fourth engine. It’s been reupholstered twice  Still, to keep it going is nothing short of a miracle.  He has all sorts of tips on how to keep your vehicle maintained. He claims to spend around a thousand a year keeping his car in shape, but I have a feeling it’s going to be a wee more than than, especially considering the paint job, and tailpipes that seems look brand new. Well done Steve. You go in the hall of fame.