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1957 Chevy Pickup Truck Won't Quit

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On: Thu, Jan 8, 2015 at 9:37AM | By: Gary P Garry


1957 Chevy Pickup Truck Won't Quit

Everyone is different, and motor vehicles are used for various different purposes. There are those who are looking for luxury, some have the need for speed, and, for others, utility is the most important thing.

In spite of the different strokes theme, there is probably one thing that everyone agrees on when it comes to cars and trucks: You want the thing to start when you turn the key, and you want it to get you there and back on a consistent basis.

Reliability is very important for all of us, and there was once a time when American automobile manufacturers were known for building truly reliable cars.

Over the years, the landscape changed, and many people started to embrace the idea that imports may well be more liable than American cars. This is one of the things that got the Detroit "Big Three" into trouble.

The good news is that they have been rebounding nicely since the economic debacle that engulfed the industry from 2008 through 2010. This a very big deal, if you ask me, because automotive manufacturing has always meant a lot to the American economy, and it is a big part of our evolution as a nation.

Speaking of rebounding, many people are surprised when they hear about the top-selling vehicle on the marketplace today. It must be some reliable import like the Corolla, the Camry, or the Accord, right?

In fact, the the biggest selling motor vehicle in the United States is the Ford F-Series truck. In 2014, the company sold 753,851 units, with the Chevrolet Silverado placing second with 529,755 units sold.

If you need to "get 'er done", you need a reliable truck. A story circulated recently that gives Chevy some bragging rights on that score, even if they are number two on the depth chart at the moment.

A guy from Minnesota named Bob Sportel needed a way to get around when he was 24 back in 1976. He didn't have a lot of money to spend, and he wound up shelling out $75 for a rather beat-up 1957 Chevy pickup.

The odometer didn't work when he bought it, and he never got it fixed. His best estimate is that the number should probably be around 300,000 miles, and he is still driving the truck. It still works, so he isn't looking for a new one.

You have to love this kind of thing, and it makes you want to look for an old truck of your own that fits you like your favorite pair of blue jeans.

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Stephy | 9:04AM (Mon, Feb 2, 2015)

I have always been a fan of older trucks they seem to last longer then the new trucks. A friend of mine has a 50 year old truck and it runs like a champ, he refuses to get a new one.

One a side note i really love the 50"s models that Chevrolet made.



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