A 'virtual garage' of antique Chevy & GMC trucks from around the World
1962 Chevy P-10 Ice Cream Truck
15 October 2007 Update
From Jeff :
Here is an updated picture of my 1962 Chevy P-10 Step Van. i have been working on this ice cream truck for about 1 1/2 years now and am finally able to drive it. I have rebuilt the engine, stripped off all paint to bare metal (I was looking at three layers of paint and ice cream decals hiding under them). Did a lot of metal work. I can't remember how many spools of welding wire I have used.
The truck had an old bell right in front. I thought it was a great item and am still thinking about putting it back on. I did buy the Nichols Electronics' ice cream music box that all the ice cream trucks are using. But not to limit myself, I am putting in a CD player and hook up my iPod so i can play anything thru the PA speaker.
Used two gallons of primer, new glass cut buy a local shop and new window seals. Added these cool new wheels, but not until after I rebuilt the brakes and new shocks.
It's been a real challenge to get this truck back on the road. Even the first picture of my truck (below) is not what it looked like. I had done some body work on it before that picture was taken. So just imagine body panels falling off, doors rusted open and hubs / brakes locked up, wiring, gauges everything was toast. I did get all the wiring straight and I rebuilt the gauges, new brakes and master cylinder, a heap of money went to the engine ($1700 to rebuild the 261). Ever heard of that saying " blood, sweat, and tears?" It's been a ride to say the least.
I really enjoy the compliments, smiles, and conversations I get from driving this ice cream truck. I still have a long way to go to be able to sell ice cream. I will keep my eye on that goal for sure.
I feel a huge accomplishment every time I pull out the driveway.
The wagon is looking great! You've done a great job and you should be very proud of your efforts -- and rightfully so! Cheers ~~ Mike "burgandybolt" Allen, Stovebolt Welcome (Panel) Wagon
13 April 2007
From Jeff :
Last year I bought a 1962 Chevy P-10 ice cream truck. I am not sure why I was so taken all of a sudden with ice cream trucks, but am really excited to be part of this Stovebolter web site. This picture shows how far I've gotten.
When I bought the truck, it was in terrible shape all over -- inside and out. I started out by examining what I had bought and decided that getting the old ice cream equipment up and running on today’s coolant would be a chore so I pulled it all out. Even the old Onan generator was totally wasted from sitting partially exposed to the elements. Turns out that the rear doors were sprung and would not shut completely.
I did get the old 235 Chevy inline six engine running, but it smoked really bad and started to leak water from everywhere. My guess is that the engine froze up, cracked and eventually rusted.
Speaking of rust… the driver side door was rusted open. After some elbow grease I got that working again too.
Then I saw it!! It was a HUGE ice cream decal hidden from the elements for years. It was a nice "Capt'n Frosty" decal. So now I know what the truck used to be.
It’s been about a year now since I bought it and I have come a long way on it. It’s been fun for me.
My Stovebolt handle is “Superpieboy” as I am a pastry chef by trade. Thanks for reading.
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