Divco Milk Truck For Sale, Near the start of the 20th century, there have been two things that the majority Americans could count on: mail delivery from the U.S. mail , and a weekly visit from the milkman. Back before we had modern refrigeration systems, we had the milkman, who would bring fresh milk to our doorstep once we needed it. And to urge that milk to our doors required specialized transportation – the milk truck.
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Near the start of the 20th century, there have been two things that the majority Americans could count on: mail delivery from the U.S. mail , and a weekly visit from the milkman.
Back before we had modern refrigeration systems, we had the milkman, who would bring fresh milk to our doorstep once we needed it. And to urge that milk to our doors required specialized transportation – the milk truck.
Recently, there was a gathering of a number of those old milk trucks in Springfield, IL, as a part of the DIVCO Club of America’s 25th anniversary convention. consistent with a piece of writing within the State Journal-Register, the vehicles on display covered most decades, from the 1920s through 1986. The article noted that the DIV CO-produced milk truck was second longest produced vehicle within the U.S., behind only the long-lasting Volkswagen Beetle.
“They were quite a unique-looking delivery van , snub-nosed with a rounded front sort of a Volkswagen Beetle,” Ken Lego, past president of the DIVCO Club, told the paper. “A lot of dairies, bakeries, laundry companies and diaper services used them. They were a reasonably handy truck to use for deliveries to homes because you’ll get up and drive them besides sitting down.”
So, while we are all little question conversant in the milk truck, I found the history of the DIVCO company and the way the trucks actually happened quite interesting.
According to the DIVCO Club of America website, George Bacon, who was chief engineer for the Detroit Electric Vehicle Co. in 1922, developed an idea milk truck that allowed the driving force to work it from either side of the cab, from the front, or the rear of the vehicle. However, because George’s concept featured a internal-combustion engine , his employer wasn’t excited, so he and a few other investors left to make the Detroit Industrial Vehicle Co. (DIVCO).
After testing the corporate produced its first production vehicle in 1926. The DIVCO website explains the primary vehicle this way:
“This went onto the market in 1926 because the ‘Divco’, powered by a 4-cylinder Continental engine with Warner 4-speed transmission. the primary 25 Divcos were forward-control vans with a front-hinged door through which the driving force could step before the axle. Control from the running boards was also possible. But development of such a specialized ‘Multi-Stop’ vehicle was expensive. Among unexpected expenses were the planning of heavier brakes, clutch and generating systems than most vehicles of the time required. New capitol was needed, and therefore the company was reorganized in 1927 because the Divco Detroit Corporation.”
To read more about the history of DIVCO, visit the DIVCO Club of America.
The company added more models over the years, including the 1929 Model G, which featured a brief hood and van or open-sided body. a brief time later, the Model H, with a drop frame for a walk-through aisle, was added.
During Depression , the corporate suffered financially and Divco Detroit was purchased by Continental Motors and renamed Continental-Divco Corp. in 1932.
More models followed, including the 1933 Twin Coach.
Another change to the business occurred in 1936, leading to the corporate merging with Twin Coach Co. of Kent, OH, before finally ending up with the name Divco Corp. following war II.
The final, most recognizable Divco model can in 1939. Here’s how the Divco Club’s website describes that model:
“In 1937 the Divco was completely redesigned with a welded all-steel van body and a snub-nosed hood which was used with virtually no change up to the top of production. an enormous new plant was built on Hoover Road near Detroit to manufacture the primary snub-noses which appeared in commission in 1939. The doors were of the folding, semi-automatic type, and therefore the electromagnetic unit was still a 4-cylinder Continental. In 1940 the primary insulated and refrigerated unit was built. But production was stopped therefore the plant might be used for war materials during WWII. After the war, the 1946 Divcos were basically almost like pre-war, and came in two wheelbases, the 100-3/4 inch Model UM and 127 inch model ULM. GVW were 9000 and 12,000 lbs. and engines were 4- and 6-cylinder Continentals.”
Early models of the milk truck featured packed ice to stay the milk cold and it wasn’t until 1954 that refrigeration vans were offered as a daily production option. due to the longevity of the vehicles, though, many milkmen continued to pack their products on ice.