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If you're of a certain age, perhaps you remember the familiar face of this 1985 DIVCO delivery truck pulling into your driveway every few days with a fresh milk delivery. Built in the final year of production before DIVCO went out of business, this is a wonderful throwback to a simpler era and an iconic workhorse that's pure Americana.
The look didn't change much since its debut in 1937, which might explain why DIVCO went out of business in the mid-80s. However, you can't argue that this isn't a great-looking delivery truck, with rounded corners that are a beautiful contrast to today's angular boxes that place ease of assembly over style. The rounded nose and prominent grille are instantly recognizable and this machine is no less practical or hard-working than its more ordinary competition. We don't know where this one spent its working years, but given the clean bodywork and shiny paint, someone has invested quite a bit of money to restore it. It's ready for your logo on the flanks and you'll quickly learn that taking this truck to a show brings more nostalgia with it than a fleet of Corvettes. Up close you'll note the ornate grille, the contrasting headlight pods, and simple sliding doors, and we're particularly enamored with the contrasting fenders that give it a jaunty, old-fashioned look.
The interior is, of course, pretty basic, with a lone bucket seat for the driver and every other square inch dedicated to storage. I personally remember our milkman driving while standing up and leaping out of the cab before the truck had even fully rolled to a halt in the driveway, and with the upright steering wheel and controls, it's easy to see how he could do that so easily. The seat is vinyl, the floors are diamond plate, and everything else is painted, so it's low-maintenance throughout and if you've got stuff to move, this sucker will handle it. A full set of simple analog gauges monitor the engine, and the dashboard itself is a curious combination of 1950s looks and uncomfortable '80s updates that make for strange bedfellows. Dig the high-mounted emergency brake, the big paddle-style turn signal lever, and the fan, which was probably a welcome feature on hot summer days. The cargo area is ready to go to work or play and it's thoughtfully outfitted with plenty of tie-down spots for equipment.
The number of engines that were planted in the snub nose of the DIVCO trucks ranged from Continentals to AMCs to Detroit Diesels, but the engine found here is a 300 cubic inch inline-six from Ford. Torquey and sturdy, it's a good match for the delivery van and a big improvement over the early Continentals with their 43 horsepower and 47 MPH top speed. This one is easily able to keep up with modern traffic without a fuss and the engine bay looks appropriate with Ford Blue on the engine and modern details like power brakes and 12-volt electricals. The transmission is a 4-speed manual that works well enough if you muscle it through the gears and while there's a drum brake at each corner, they're effective for the truck's performance and weight. Rigid axles fore and aft, heavy-duty leaf springs, and a super heavy-duty frame mean this truck should last forever no matter how you use it. Original wheels are painted to match the bodywork and fitted with six appropriate-looking heavy-duty truck tires.
These trucks are seeing a bit of popularity in the market today, and as one of the very last ones built, this is surely the one to own. Vintage looks, more modern performance, and a lot of great memories. Call today!
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