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I think I’m pretty good at catching the high-mile stories. In fact I’m actually terrible at it. All of 2016 went by and I completely missed this story of Victor Sheppard and his amazing 2007 Toyota Tundra. A Tundra he put a million freaking miles on and then got to exchange for a brand-new Toyota. I’m sure the engineers wanted access to that amazing tundra. It still had the original engine, transmission and paint job. Amazing!  According to the press release, he drove 125,000 miles a year in that Tundra. Wow, my butt is sore just thinking about all those driving hours.

Mr. Sheppard, we here at HMC salute you. You’ve done what few people could. Drive a vehicle a million miles. And for that, I’m adding you to the hall of fame. Your truck will be in nineteenth place.  I’m still trying to figure out what his final odometer reading was. If I can figure it out, I’ll just round it to the final million.

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Hello high-milers. We are back up and running for September. I’m going to try launching with a new format here and see if it makes the articles any easier to read. Let me know what you think. Here is a HMC exclusive from Wayne.

Odometer Reading: 424000

Year: 2003

Model: Toyota tundra

Wayne loves his truck.  He states that the inside is worn, it has some dents, but has been a construction workhorse for 13 years. It has pulled trailers, spray machines, materials, campers, and never complained.

Comment from Wayne: Her heart is as strong as the day I got her! I love my truck……there is none better!

There you have it folks. Another happy high-miler. The fact that we are talking Toyota is not a surprise, though a truck from Toyota. That’s pretty neat.  Wayne, let us know when you his 500,000 miles! What a beautiful truck you have.

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I love the smell of high-mile trucks in the morning. Especially trucks with over 400,000 big ones on them. Truck owner Walt Tyndall bought a 1999 Chevrolet S-10 in 1999 with less than 10,000 miles on the odometer. It was a two wheel drive with 4.6 liter V6 engine.  He knew the original owner and the truck had been driven locally(Trust is so important when buying used). He used the truck for sales and now uses it for his job as a pastor. He’s had no major repairs done to the S-10, and gets the oil changed every 5,000-6,000 miles with conventional oil and filter.  Walt tells me it’s the best vehicle he has ever owned.
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   It’s clear Walt takes excellent care of his truck and we’re waiting for the day he goes over the 500,000 mark. Thanks for sharing, Walt.

Hi everyone. I hope everyone is settling into 2016 nicely. I do apologise about the month-long absence in posting. Traveling and other priorities have kept me from the blog. But I am back and I have a new high-mile story  to tell you about.

528K Miles

Our first high-mile truck of the 2016 comes from Ahmad, and more specifically Ahmad’s father.  He owns a Toyota T100 truck and has put 520088 miles on it over the years. Ahmad’s father has always done the maintenance on time and has kept the cabin nice an clean. Sadly, Ahmad’s father is suffering from cancer, and Ahmad was hoping to put a smile on his father’s face by linking the story here.  I wish both Ahmad and his father the best, and I hope the T100 sees many more years of operations. Thanks for sharing your story with us Ahmad. I’ve posted the Odometer photo above.

 

 1998 Toyota Tacoma

Today’s HMC exclusive comes to us courtesy of Cat.  Cat shared some of photos of their 1998 Toyota Tacoma XtraCab SR5 4 Cyl. automatic with 343,250 glorious miles on it. Cat bought the Tacoma at 114,500 miles and hoped for 200,000 miles. I’d say things worked out quite well on that front.  Cat provided us with a photo of the truck hitting 300,000 miles on September 4, 2013. While crossing the I-94 into Indiana.

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     Cat tells me the truck has been all over the US and Canada. It is used mainly as a commuter vehicle, but has travelled from Acadia National Park to San Francisco, and has been used extensively for camping tripes.  Cat travelling companion is an English Springer Spaniel, and together the truck serves as a home away from home.
2015-05-17 Mathews Arm Cmp - sleeping in the truck 715 am     From a mechanical standpoint, the truck has the original engine and transmission but has not been completely free of issues. The rack & pinion steering, a/c, water pump, and radiator have all been replaced. Cat tells me a mechanic suggested replacing the truck due to a poor compression test, but that was in 2012 at 271,500 miles and nothing has come of it. In fact, Cat uses the same mechanic today, so perhaps there was an issue with the test. Who’s to say?  Cat isn’t strict about oil changes either. 3000 miles is the goal but sometimes the oil gets changed at 5000 miles using QS 5W30. Another time, the engine started pinging once and Cat’s mechanic recommend Chevron(Techron) gasoline as a fix. Sure enough, the pinging went away. The gauges are still operational, though the gas gauge acts up now and then.

   Keep up the fight to 500,000 miles. We’re cheering you all the way.  Thanks Cat.

Here’s a wonderful little story to kick of 2015. I found this one on Autoblog, and I’m giving them full credit, though I suspect the local news is the real hero here. Bob Sportel bought himself a 1957 Chevy Truck to get to his new job, and continues to drive the same truck today. He claims the vehicle has around 300,000 miles on it, but can’t be sure because the odometer hasn’t worked in years. It’s rusty and falling apart, but it gets the job done.  I thought I’d mention the story here on HMC as it’s one of those feel-good stories about a person and their prized truck. It just goes to show what you can do when you are determined to save a little money.

News sources: Autoblog.com, kare11.com

It’s funny what you can find when you aren’t even looking. I was perusing Drivetofive the other day and lo and behold, Tyson posted a blurb about a 1995 Toyota T100 that has done 1,000,000 miles of driving. Now for Tyson that might not be a big deal, and I’m just thinking he forgot to pass on this little tidbid…;), but here at HMC that is first page news. Holy cow! It’s not everyday any car goes over 500,000 miles, let alone a million.  You can find the full story here(Link is now dead.).  For those who just want the basics, Nancy Richardson is the owner of the truck and she spent her time driving 800 miles a week delivering seafood to restaurants. In what is first for high-mile owner, we have a vehicle with a nickname. She called her truck Clyde after a Clydesdale horse. Sadly, she’s retiring the truck.  I’m not getting much more on the story other than from Fox, but it seems to be all the info you really need. Well done Nancy. If you have any more to share about Clyde, feel free to drop us a line.

Update: A kind reader name KC emailed me a new link to info on the story. It appears there aren’t many left, so I will attempt to save the important info on this important high-mile story. For now here is the updated story.

 Here is some updated info in case this remains the only link left on the Internet . I have paraphrased as much as I can.

Nancy, at the time of the article was 62 and her truck was a 1995 Toyota T100. Nancy lives in Jasper. For more than 20 years, Nancy has delivered fish to high-end restaurants and country clubs in Evansville, Owensboro, Henderson, Fort Branch and Princeton. She would  log more than 1,600 miles a week.   She used to deliver fish in a 1985 minivan. That wasn’t the best solution. There was 100 miles on the Odometer from the time of purchase. After it hit a million miles, the Odometer zeroed out.

She doesn’t wash Clyde very often and she only remembers waxing the truck once. However, she is very seriously about routine maintenance. Over the years, Nancy has had Clyde’s radiator, transmission, heater blower motor, gas tank and  its fuel pump replaced. The internal engine components are all original. Its power-train consists of a four-cyclinder engine and a five-speed manual transmission. The two-wheel-drive truck cost $1 2,900 new.

Credit to Bill Powell at the Dubois County Herald for this information. 

I have to apologize about the lack of posts recently. I have been busy with my day job. But things are clearing up a bit, so let’s start things off with a little Youtube fun. I found this video about a 2002 F250 with 500,000 miles on it. This doesn’t surprise me in the least. These trucks are built tough and I’m sure the driver took amazing care of the truck.  I just need to find out some more information about the driver. When I get more info, I’ll post an update here.

1998 Tacoma

Photo: Randy Potter

This might sound like an upcoming J.K. Rowling sequel, but what we have today is another amazing HMC exclusive. This time from Florida. HMC reader Randy Potter wanted to get into the high-mile game, so he went and bought himself a 1998 Toyota Tacoma with 452000 miles already on the clock. Randy represents a unique sort of high-miler. Instead of piling on the miles from scratch, he’s inheriting a high-miler. I think it’s a bold move and one that we hardily approve of. He says the truck is in good condition and still runs like new. His mechanic says there really isn’t much work needed on it.  He plans to use it for daily commuting and weekend fun. He eventually hopes to pass it along to his daughter.  I’m hoping for great things from Randy and his Tacoma. We’ll follow their story closely here at HMC.   Keep us updated Randy.

Here’s a story from Ford’s social webpage in regards to a first responder truck that put in some serious time on the roads in Minnesota. The MDT says they haven’t had any major mechanical issues with the 2007 Ford F-250 Super Duty truck either. Sounds like a real work horse here.  It’s also a rare V10 variety from the F-250 series. I don’t usually like to dwell too much on fleet vehicles, as they are known to have multiple drivers and are owned by a division or company, but it’s nice to see what some of their vehicles are capable of when put to the test.  They retired the truck shortly after they hit the milestone. Who knows, maybe they’ll sell it to someone who can continue to add up the miles.

Note: I won’t be adding fleet vehicles to my Hall of Fame. My reason for this is that they usually have more than one driver and a division that monitors all repairs. I like seeing individual drivers in the hall of fame. If we do start to get more fleet vehicles, I might open up a fleet list. We’ll see how that goes.