Summer is the time for fun and that usually means packing up your Chevy and driving somewhere – even if it’s just to the next neighborhood or the other side of town. Most activities take some planning, especially if you have children. Part of the planning should include making sure your vehicle is safe – bring it to Classic Chevrolet for a checkup if you haven’t been for maintenance recently.
Once you have your vehicle serviced or you drive off the lot in your new vehicle, you’ll need a list of summer fun things to do.
Go tent camping
Hook up the RV for a long road trip
Take a bicycle ride
Have a party just to have a party
Visit the zoo
Go to a concert in the park
Go on a city history tour
Take a boat out on a lake
Take a canoe down a river for some white water excitement
See a drive-in movie
Go to the fair
Ride a ferris wheel
Build a blanket fort
Run through sprinklers
Read a book
Have a treasure hunt with your neighbors, then eat all the hotdogs and burgers you can eat at a neighborhood cookout
Go to the beach
Make sure you plan for the activity. Making lists helps so that you don’t forget anything for the bigger activities, such as fishing, camping and a day at the beach. Whether you have a truck, an SUV or a sedan, you can fit just about everything you need in there – well, except for the sedan – if you go tent camping, it might get pretty crowded in the trunk, depending on the size of your tent.
Stop by Classic Chevy today to have your current vehicle serviced or to test drive a new model pickup, SUV, coupe or sedan.
We all get a little restless and perhaps bored on the road. Especially during a long road trip. Even if the place you are heading to is exciting, it can get dull on the drive to your destination. Classic Chevrolet suggests the following game ideas for the road. Here is a list of road excursion games that don’t involve any purchasing of tools such as paper or other accessories.
I Spy is by far the most classic road trip game. It starts out with one individual looking around and selecting an object that the others in the party have to guess. The only clue given to the other players is “I spy with my little eye something that is..” and that’s when you could insert a color, shape or anything else. The player who answers the object correctly gets to be the next one to spy.
Can you name that tune? The winner of this game is the one who guesses correctly the name of a tune, theme or song. You can hum, whistle or even sing. This could be a fun karaoke guessing game as well. Start by choosing a theme for this game like movie themes or show tunes. If you don’t feel like singing, try pressing the seek button on the radio and guess the song that’s playing on the radio. Whatever version you’re doing, you are bound to have lots of fun.
Let’s Make the Alphabet is a game that can be played as a team or even solo. By utilizing billboards, road signs, licenses plates and basically anything that can be read from outside the window. You start by looking for each letter of the alphabet beginning with the letter A. You might spot a license plate from New Hampshire. There is your first A in Hampshire. The game goes on from there until reaching the end.
Where’s that car going? This is a fun game to play with children and allows them to use their imaginations. While driving, choose an interesting car or RV and make up a story about their destination. If you spot an RV, it could be a family on a cross country camping trip or on their way to a family reunion.
These are just a few ideas to get you going. We would love to hear what else you can come up with. Enjoy your travels in your Classic Chevy.
Summer is here and that means it’s time for summer fun in the sun. Summer is a pleasant season for most, but it can mean a very unpleasant experience for your Classic Chevrolet. The heat, along with intense ultraviolet light, can be hard on everything, especially our vehicles. Everyone knows how important and vital sunscreen is since it protects our skin from harmful sun rays. But many fail to realize the sun can do just as much damage to our vehicle’s interior.
High temperatures get trapped inside our cars. On a hot day, your steering wheel can reach a scalding temperature of 159 degrees. Your seats can get as high as 160 degrees and the dashboard becomes a grueling 181 degrees. All of this can happen in a little as a few hours or even less. Did you know that the value of your car can decline as much as $1,000 to $2,000 just from interior sun damage? Let’s not waste another second. It’s time to start protecting your car’s interior and your investment.
Park in the Shade
Whenever you can, park in the shade. By far, this is one of the easiest forms of protection. You’re avoiding direct sunlight, which keeps your dashboard from drying and cracking. If you can’t park in the shade, use a windshield sun protector. This not only helps to keep your car cooler, it also prevents sun damage.
Protect Your Upholstery
There are many options for both vinyl and leather treatments that will protect the interiors surface along with blocking UV rays. Leather seats are more susceptible to drying out and cracking due to high temperatures. Make sure to apply a leather conditioner often. Another option is installing seat covers. Not only do they protect fabric and leather seats, but they will also keep them cooler. If you are able, another thing that will help is to have a tint installed on your Classic Chevy’s windows.
Crack Your Windows
Cracking your windows helps keep the inside temperatures lower and your car from turning into a giant oven. Excessively hot temperatures over time will cause interior surfaces to fade along with deteriorating. Leaving your windows cracked even an inch will create enough space to help vent the hot air out. Remember to keep these tips and advice in mind this summer.
Many summer road trippers don’t know just how impressive the Texas Hill Country can be. This 25-county region of South and Central Texas is home to some of the state’s most unique outdoor scenery, ranging from rugged mountains to jagged cliffs and refreshing swimming holes. The following five hidden gems of the Texas Hill Country will inspire you to hop in your Chevy and explore the Lone Star State more often.
Garner State Park
It doesn’t get much better than camping at picture-perfect Garner State Park. This unique, protected stretch of land in Uvalde County offers family-friendly fun on the Frio river, photogenic scenery in all seasons and plenty of places to set up camp.
Texas is home to a number of springs that offer refreshing swimming holes on unbearably hot summer days. Jacob’s Well is one of the favorites in the Texas Hill Country, because it can be enjoyed by waders, swimmers and even divers. Experienced divers love to venture into the chambers to admire the bioluminescent algae and limestone structures while swimmers enjoy the cool waters and natural surroundings.
Luckenbach, Texas, was made famous by Waylon Jennings, but the small town is well worth a visit when traveling through the Texas Hill Country. The small town is famous for its post office and dancehall, which often hosts favorite Texas country singers.
Central Texas isn’t just farmland. In fact, it’s home to some of the most picture-perfect scenery in the state, including Krause Springs. This unique system of stunning swimming holes is located roughly 45 minutes west of Austin in the town of Spicewood and is home to some of the best camping in the state. Best of all, you can escape the heat of your tent to dive into the cool waters of the springs whenever you please.
In addition to oasis-like springs, the Texas Hill Country is home to impressive rock formations, including Enchanted Rocks. This pink rock dome rises above its low surroundings to create a site that has been a favorite of travelers for thousands of years. It’s an ideal place to pull over for a hike or to take a rock climbing lesson and break up a long Texas drive.
Texas is a state overflowing with natural wonders, and it’s best explored in the comfort and convenience of your own Chevy vehicle. Start your adventure right here at Classic Chevrolet in Grapevine, Texas, where you can get the latest and greatest Chevy vehicles for unbelievably low summer prices.
While the 2017 Silverado HD isn’t available at Classic Chevrolet yet, it will be soon; and you can expect some exciting changes including a new ram air hood. When you want a truck with a steel bed that will get that work done for you without denting, cracking or getting big holes in it, and a truck that can haul all you need to haul, the 2017 Silverado HD is the answer.
The New Hood and Intake
The 2017 Chevrolet Silverado HD is expected to come with the optional 6.7-liter Duramax turbocharged diesel engine that will take advantage of a new hood and intake system to increase horsepower and torque. Currently this engine makes 397 horse power and 765 pound-feet of torque. According to KBB.com, the horsepower could increase to 425 and the torque could hit 800 pound-feet. If that is the case, then the already strong HD truck’s towing and hauling capacity will increase.
The new hood and intake system dumps cooler air into the engine; and Chevrolet has patented it because it has a way to remove moisture from the air. Cool dry air is always something engines could use more of to increase combustion. And, the more combustion you have, the more horsepower you’ll get.
How it Works
Once the hood scoop scoops up the air, it goes through an expansion chamber and then past a 180-degree turn into the intake manifold. The turn causes the velocity to change, thus “flinging” water molecules from the air with the centrifugal force of the turn. The water is then collected and drained via a valve. The drier air removes the downside of introducing ambient air into the intake manifold.
The new intake system allows air to enter the engine in two ways – through the hood and through another intake in one of the fenders. That way, if the hood intake is blocked, air can get in through the other intake in the fender. In addition to increasing the horsepower and torque production, the engine will run cooler.
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Summer is prime time for grilling and hot dogs are a time-honored classic. So classic, in fact, that you may not think that there’s any room for improvement. You’ve got your method down after all and why mess with a good thing? Simple: there’s always room for improvement.
For the sake of a better hot dog, you ought to consider trying these tips and tricks if you want to take your hot dog grilling game to the next level.
Selecting the Right Dog
All dogs are not created equal. There are good dogs and bad dogs and better dogs taste better, no matter how you cook them. When you’re at the supermarket, look for all-beef dogs: beef dogs stand up better to classic seasonings, such as garlic, onion, and mustard without being overpowered. Turkey, chicken, pork, and blends tend to not hold up as well.
There’s also the choice between skinless franks or those in natural casings. You might not be aware, but most hot dogs you find on the shelf are skinless. If you can find hot dogs that are still in their casing, however, you’re in for a nice surprise. When grilled, the casing gives the hot dog a bit of a shell, adding a satisfying texture and trapping in the juices.
Make Sure to Slash Your Hot Dogs Before Grilling
For plumper, juicier, and tastier dogs, make sure to cut slits down the length of each dog. Nothing too deep and spaced evenly do nicely. This allows the dog to expand during cooking instead of bursting, which tends to lose more juices than a pre-made cut. If you managed to find cased dogs, don’t bother slitting them like this, as the casing tends to hold up fairly well and prevent bursts.
Be Creative When Dressing Your Dogs
Sure there’s the classic hot dog with mustard and relish, but just like burgers, hot dogs allow a lot of creative license and unique interpretations. Treat that bun and dog as a blank canvas. Let different cuisines inspire you. You know what works with Tex-Mex, for example. Why not use that to create a masterpiece? Maybe some cilantro, a little bit of salsa, a slice of avocado? Or maybe your tastes run more along the lines of a steak house – grill some onions alongside your dogs and douse it with your favorite steak sauce.
Visit Classic Chevrolet this Summer
Summer isn’t summer without some memorable trips and activities. What better way to get around this summer than in a new Chevy car or truck? Classic Chevy is DFW’s best dealership for any Ford you have your eye on. Drop by and check out our inventory today.
During the 2016 Country Music Association Festival in Nashville, Chevrolet announced that Luke Bryan will team up with the auto manufacturer as a brand ambassador on several projects over the next three years. If you love Luke Bryan and Chevy, be sure to stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive a new model.
Part of the Family
Just like with many of our customers, Chevy has always been a part of Luke Bryan’s family. The family used Chevy vehicles on the farm and in work life. Bryan said, “If you were a Bryan, you drove a Chevy.”
The Farm Tour
In addition, Chevrolet will be one of the sponsors of Bryan’s Farm Tour. This is the eighth year for the Farm Tour, which is a multi-city tour where Bryan stops in rural areas and performs on farmland. Some of the ticket proceeds from the Farm Tour goes to local college scholarships through the Luke Bryan Farm Tour Scholarship. These scholarships are awarded to farming family students in the communities where the tour stops.
Country and Chevy
According to Paul Edwards, the Chevrolet U.S. vice president of marketing, the partnership between Bryan and Chevrolet is a natural fit – the auto manufacturer’s customers like country music and “Chevy has always held a special place within the genre.”
Bryan’s first album debuted in 2007; and since them, he has had 15 singles reach the No. 1 spot. He sold almost eight million albums that featured 30 million digital tracks over five studio albums. Bryan was chosen as Entertainer of the Year twice by the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music. Bryan’s latest album, “Kill the Lights” was his third album to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart.
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Summer is in full swing and the Texas temperatures are as hot as ever. That means it’s time to start thinking about staying cool everywhere you go, whether you’re at home, outdoors or even in your vehicle. These seven must-have tips to help keep your car cool this summer, whether it’s parked or in motion, are exactly what you need to beat the Texas heat.
1. Use a solar shade to keep the sun’s harmful rays from coming inside your vehicle. Not only will a solar shade keep the interior of your vehicle up to 40 degrees cooler, it will protect the interior of your vehicle from fading and deterioration.
2. Use wet beach towels to soak up the heat. Summer is all about heading to the lake, ocean and pool, and your wet towels can keep your vehicle cool while you’re out doing other things. Wet towels absorb heat while drying at the same time.
3. Keep the air moving. There are a number of solar-powered items on the market to keep the air inside your vehicle moving while you’re not in there. If you don’t have one of these items, you can crack your windows or tilt your sunroof to allow air movement inside your vehicle. Although, you’ll want to be careful not to crack them so far that rain can pour through.
4. Consider tinting your windows. Some states have laws against certain tints, but most allow you to tint your windows to some extent. Window tinting is similar to sunglasses for your vehicle. It keeps light from entering and allows your vehicle to stay cooler on hot days, whether you’re parked or cruising down the road.
5. Opt for a vehicle with a remote start system. Many Chevrolet vehicles now come equipped with remote start systems, which means you can get the air conditioning inside your vehicle blasting before you enter. If you’re not in the market for a new vehicle, a remote start system can be installed in your existing car, truck or SUV.
6. Keep coolant in your vehicle. The word “antifreeze” can be misleading, and many people don’t know that it’s essential to have antifreeze, or coolant, in their vehicles during the hottest times of year. Antifreeze has an extremely high boiling point, and it works to keep your vehicle cool on hot days.
7. Consider a newer vehicle. Our Classic Chevrolet lot is loaded with the latest and greatest Chevy vehicles in the industry. Stay cool with features as luxurious as air-conditioned seats, remote start systems, premium ventilation and more.
When you’re shopping for a new vehicle, you want the perfect one to jump out at you. The 2017 Chevy Cruze Hatchback will do just that. This all-new vehicle offers the space, efficiency, power, technology and safety features you need to feel comfortable and save money everywhere you travel.
The Space You Need
Hatchback vehicles offer the space crafters, outdoor lovers, do-it-yourselfers, families and athletes need to carry their cargo without cramping everyone in the vehicle. The 2017 Cruze Hatch offers 47.2 cubic feet of cargo space with the second row down, so you never have to worry about sacrificing space for fuel efficiency or safety.
Take the Long Way Around
You don’t have to travel from Point A to Point B as quickly as possible when you have the Chevy Cruze Hatch. This powerful vehicle’s 1.4-Liter turbo engine provides the perfect combination of performance and efficiency, so you can take the scenic route without worrying about your wallet.
Technology and Safety Combined
The 2017 Cruze Hatch can be purchased with all of Chevy’s latest and greatest technological features, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Chevrolet MyLink display system allows you to interact with all of the features of your phone while keeping your eyes on the road. The optional built-in 4G LTE WiFi also makes it easier to stay connected on the go, and with the strength to connect up to seven devices at once, you won’t hear any more complaining from the back seat.
Available rear cross traffic alert technology, lane keep assist and available forward collision alerts help prevent catastrophes before they happen, so you can get to your destination safely and on time.
While you might get a lighter truck and better gas mileage because of the lighter truck, an aluminum bed doesn’t allow you to use the truck for what it’s designed for. Since you can throw wood in the back or dump a bucket of rocks in the back – or even drop your toolbox in the bed by mistake without denting an aluminum bed, stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive a Silverado if you are looking for a truck that will take a beating.
The bed floor on the Silverado is created from roll-formed high-strength steel. Laboratory testing and 26 real-world demonstrations showed that the Silverado bed’s impact strength consistently beat out the competition’s aluminum bed. All tests were done on a 2016 Chevrolet Silverado and Ford F-150 trucks. Twelve pairs of truck beds were tested in video demonstrations; and all 24 trucks were purchased through retail dealerships. None of the trucks had bedliners.
In lab testing at GM’s Research and Development, a Dynatup 9250HV machine with a 0.7-inch wide wedge striker that weighed 17 pounds was used to test impact strength. Technicians cut out a 6.3-inch by 6.3-inch square sample from the truck beds. The samples were affixed over a 4-inch by 4-inch opening on a support fixture. The technicians dropped the striker on the raised rib of each sample.
Starting at 20 joules, the striker deformed both samples, but did not puncture them. At 30 joules, the aluminum sample showed a hairline fracture but the steel sample just showed a bit more deflection. When technicians increased the power to 40 joules, the aluminum sample punctured while the steel sample only showed more deflection.
Twenty pairs of samples were tested in this manner to ensure consistent results. The steel sample did not show damage other than dents until the power was raised to 90 joules, and then, the damage was only a pinhole.
Real World Demonstrations
From dropping 825 pounds of landscape blocks for a height of 5 feet into the bed to dropping a hand-held toolbox from the bed rails, tests showed that the aluminum bed easily punctured. Out of 12 landscape block drops, the Silverado showed only dents in the bottom of the bed while the aluminum bed suffered 4.3 holes per drop.
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