When Scott Peterson pulled up to ask if we could work on a Milk Truck I was intrigued to say the least. It became a way cool project when I found out it was a mini one we were turning it into a go-cart.
In the 1920’s Scott’s grandfather was moving across the country to start a dairy farm. He rode clear across the nation in a box-car with 12 milk cows. The trip took 2 weeks and the boys had to trade milk from the cows along the way for food. They started their dairy in California but it folded during the great depression. They started the business again following World War II and made a name doing home delivery in the Divco truck.
Divco is one of the oldest utility based vehicle producers in America. From 1926 through 1986 the company produced a dozen unique models each intended for deliveries, food preparation, and other work related tasks. In the 1950’s modified mini-divco trucks were produced for parades and simpler tasks. Few still exist today but the ones that do can sell for big money.
Scott wanted the mini-truck to become a family heirloom to remind his kids and grand kids where they came from and to give them a real sense of their ancestry. It was vital that it looked period authentic. Scott wanted the truck to look just like it did during the late 50’s when the business was really booming. He wanted the old company logo on the side, redo the upholstery, and need to track down an engine to get the mini truck up and functioning.
I was really excited when Bodie Jr came to me wanting to take the reins on this project. It was a good first "ground up" build for him and Justin to take on. They did an awesome job and we were all really happy with the end result!