1954 DIVCO MODEL 15 Milk Truck CHASSIS #15-01592 – VIN #AT2932242
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 end of production. A huge new plant was built on Hoover Road near Detroit to manufacture the first snub-noses which appeared in service in 1939. The doors were of the folding, semi-automatic type, and the power unit was still a 4-cylinder Continental. In 1940 the first insulated and refrigerated unit was built. But production was stopped so the plant could be used for war materials during WWII. After the war, the 1946 DIVCO were basically similar to 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. In the early postwar years production briefly reached 7000 annually, more than double the best pre-war figures. In 1954 refrigerated vans were offered as a regular production option with Hercules 6-cylinder engines.
This truck was originally purchased and operated by Arnolds Dairy in Solvang, California. I am the 2nd owner. It has a refrigerated cold box that would be plugged into an electrical outlet at night to cool the product storage area. It has the original factory automatic transmission which is quite rare.