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Old 03-17-2015, 12:55:23 PM
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We are almost finished the restoration of our 54
Have a question; below the rear door there is a round hole, in the hole is a
bolt welded to the cross member. Looking a various photos it must be factory; but what is it for.
Thank you for any info, Paul
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I will ask my dad if he remembers . He's 90 now and was a milk man from 1950- 1972 . He still has two of his old milk trucks in the yard . A 1965 ford and a 1969 GMC. If you could post a picture it would help .
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Waiting for photos,Thanks
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Hi Paul, I wonder if someone could find a operators book for one. My dad's cousins ran a dairy company for many years, The Wurth Dairy. Located in East St Louis Il. It was the result of the original family dairy farm started in the late 1880s. I remember that they had their own bottling plant and route trucks in the 40s thru the late 60s. There were several of the little Divco route trucks on hand. All went to a scrap merchant in the early 70s. We tried to get one but the cousins were afraid we mgiht end up with something we could use. We did get a regular 54 Chevrolet 6400 truck with the box bed. The poor thing was fairly rusted out but we did get it running and used it a bit on the farm. They didn't have a service shop of their own so the trucks were always in poor shape and had trouble keeping drivers. The little Divco's were hard to keep running and at that late date parts were hard to find. Maybe the bolt in question was for mounting some sort of case rack for holding bottle cases in line. The larger box trucks they used were recycled Busch beer trucks and didn't have any refrigeration units on them. They simply used block ice stacked in the box to keep the milk cool, that's also why the things rusted out so bad.
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The hole is 1 3/4" dia; the bolt has fine thread and has a hole for cotter key
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