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Wisconsin Man Puts 1 Million Miles On His ’91 Chevy Silverado, We Are Pretty Damn Impressed

Posted in auto industry, Chevrolet, Newsworthy, Trucks by Suzanne Denbow | August 15th, 2008 | 9 Responses |

In Catawba, Wisconsin, 58-year-old Frank Oresnik’s 1991 Chevy Silverado 1500 recently clocked 1 million miles on the odometer. According to Oresnik, the ’91 Silverado has been through four radiators, three gas tanks, and five transmissions – but the engine is still an original. On Thursday night, he began a tearful send-off when he placed the faithful truck up for bid on eBay with a starting price of $30,000.

We have a tremendous amount of respect for Frank for being so faithful to his ride, and we issue him a sincere tip of the hat for such an amazing feat [especially considering it's a Chevrolet]. So it is in a purely humorous vein when we mention that unimpressed Volvo owners would like to point out that Volvo’s have been reaching the 1 million mile mark – sans multiple major repairs – before Chevy was even knee-high to a grasshopper. We support this assertion with the Swedish Speed Demon currently parked in one of our staff member’s driveway, which has never required much more than meticulous routine maintenance, and is rapidly approaching the 500,000 mile-marker.

[Contributing Source: Canoe News]

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9 Responses

  1. lawrence says:

    not just tough, it’s the heartbeat of america

  2. Guyon says:

    I was just in drivers ed 2 weeks ago, and most of the time me and my partner were driving a ’91 Ford Tempo with 938,000 on the clock.

  3. fmfm says:

    30,000 $ is not that tearful send-off!!!

  4. As the owner of a vintage Volvo myself, Irv Gordon, whose 1966 P-1800 coupe has made the Guinness Book of World Records, has always been someone I looked up to; however, Frank Oresnik is just as much to be admired, maybe even a bit more, since he kept alive a machine that so many people just would have let go to a salvage yard.

    Late models trucks are usually just workhorses, put away when that purpose seems fufilled, or a newer one catches the owner’s eye.

    From the looks of Mr. Oresnik’s truck in the photos, he also kept it looking good, too.

    If GM was smart, they hire him for some commercials, before the truck gets sold away. It’s one thing to have Bob Seeger do a song about your truck being like a rock, but quite another to have someone who actually owned one prove it.

    • Taylor Healey says:

      I would like to note that your little car has never towed a heavy load or hauled any thing heavy it doesnt no what work is so it should reach 1000000miles. Trucks cant be compared to cars trucks weigh more and for the most part work for a liveing so when a truck reaches high miles like that you gota give it more credit than a little crapy 4banger that any v8 would drag around like nothing. you weigh that car down till it weighs 4000pounds and pull a trailer around while then we will see how long it lasts. I own a 1992 chevy extended cab short box and its got 360 000km on it (I live in saskatchewan) fully loaded its just asked for regular maitnence nothing major never left me stranded or nothing and she still has alot or gidy up and go heck evin the 700r4 has never bin touched. what a tough truck Im working the pipelines making good money and people ask me so when you geting a new truck and I tell them why this ones just bin redone new paint and such and still runs very good and its very reliable and its paid for so that $900 amounth I save on payments goes into my pocket. What a truck I wouldnt give it up for a new one I got to much respect for this old chevy and the bullshit the right foot has put it through and its just screams is that all you can do. and if the motor goes ill just put another one in and keep going a new truck will get me to point a and b no beter than this one.

  5. Chip says:

    My 91 GMC is just broke in with 265,000 miles. It also has the 5.7 (350) TBI engine. It`s such a great truck that I am puting new leather interior in it now. It has custom wheels and a bunch of add
    ons but the engine is stock all the way. I also own a 97 Tahoe with the 5.7 Vortec and an 01 Tahoe with The 5.3. I have had some fuel related problems with the 97 but they have all been good trucks. The 91 will be hard to beat.

  6. Kiefer M says:

    Frank Oresnik, I respect you. I can understand the tearful send-off, and I hope whoever buys the Chevy, takes as much care for it as you did.

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  8. Darrel says:

    I have a 91 with same color interior- the engine is beast- mine was submerged completely under water (the antenna was all you could see) . so after difficult electrical issues , she was up and running again pretty quick. No where near his mileage though- 150,000.