1936 Divco S – Ice Truck
Divco Truck Company started producing delivery trucks in 1926. The main objective of the company was to build trucks for home delivery of milk and other products while making it as simple to operate for the driver as possible. In other words to produce trucks that were able to be operated in the “Stand to Drive?position with the option of sitting to drive if the operator wished to do so. To accommodate some of their customers, the Divco Company designed and produced a few special models of the Divco delivery truck.
One special request was to produce a truck with the “Stand & Drive?capability that had a small open style body bed on the back to delivery block ice. The truck would deliver ice to homes and to the company’s milk trucks in the summer if the milk trucks needed extra ice to keep their load of milk cold. As far as we can tell there were probably three to four of this style of truck produced and this truck might be the only one of this model in existence.
This truck was found in Illinois by a friend of mine, Mark Smazik. Mark bought the truck and took it back to his shop to restore it to its original condition. Mark also did some research on this truck and found out that this truck was originally owned by a nearby dairy and he was planning on restoring it to that company’s colors and logo design.
Mark & his Dad worked on restoring this truck for about two years. During this time his Dad became ill and passed away. After his Dad passed away Mark lost interest in restoring this truck and asked me if I would be interested in buying the truck and complete the restoration.
So in August of 2015, two of my Grand-sons and I drove to Illinois to pick up the truck to bring it back to my shop. Since the truck was being restoring, it had been dismantled and pieces of the truck were all over the place. This made loading and tying down the truck for transporting more difficult. After four hours of loading and tying down the different parts of the truck, we were ready to travel back to Pennsylvania.
The truck is in my shop and will be my next restoration project. I hope to start the restoration in late 2016 or early 2017 and have it ready for taking to AACA meets in late 2017 or early 2018. Pictures of the truck’s restoration will be posted when and while the work is taking place.