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What Am I for Sunday 11/14/10

Posted By Jeff Lakaszcyck Saturday, November 13, 2010 3:18 PM
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This cute little van is from Bill White. Emblems removed.



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 Posted Sunday, November 14, 2010 12:07 PM
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DODGE Chassis.  DEKALB Body by the DEKALB WAGON CO. of DeKalb Ill. 

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Sunday, November 14, 2010 12:08 PM by Don MacKenzie
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Jack Amaral gets it 1st again, and Don MacKenzie chimed in with the body builder. This is a 1939 Dodge Step and Go with a DeKalb-built delivery body. The key to identifying this truck as a Dodge is the unique disc wheels. Dodge used this solid style disc wheel and hub on their one ton models in 1939 and '40. Similar disc wheels were popular on automobiles and light trucks in the 1920's, but by the mid '30's were seldom seen.

Here is more info from Angelo Van Bogart, courtesy of Bill White:

"Dodge already offered a panel truck in its truck line, but DeKalb Wagon Co. of DeKalb, Ill., one-upped the automaker around 1940 with a milk body as slick as butter on a hot cob.

Despite the “corn country”-based body builder’s ancient-sounding name, its circa-1940 Dodge panel truck carried a sleek, modern shape that did away with separate fenders and incorporated a wrap-around windshield and rear-wheel shields.

The truck was built for briskness, as designers left corners and edges off the shape wherever they could. Speed lines down the sides enhanced its modern appearance, and a two-tone paint scheme gave the truck added glamour and ensured it would twist necks and earn a pointing figure or two. So advanced-looking was this truck, it could very well have been more easily confused for a flying saucer than a milk truck.

Little is known of the DeKalb Wagon Co. body builder, but it was recognized for its history of building bodies on Dodge truck chassis. In 1934, the company built a Step-Go milk body on a Dodge chassis, according to coachbuilt.com. That website also noted that the company was founded in 1904 as the Sycamore Wagon Works and then underwent a name change in 1912 to DeKalb Wagon Co. Perhaps realizing its name sounded as old as a Conestoga, the company became the DeKalb Commercial Body Corp. in 1941, right around the time this sleek body was built. By the early 1970s, the company had disappeared from local business listings.


While little is known of the DeKalb Commercial Body Corp., even less is understood about the truck pictured here. In fact, the truck in the accompanying photos may not be a product of the DeKalb Commerical Body Corp., and it may not even be a milk truck. The photos, along with the DeKalb Commercial Body Corp. blueprint also shown here, were discovered together by Old Cars Weekly reader John Hambrock. Presumably, both illustrations came from the same source. Other clues indicating the wild vehicle was built by the DeKalb Commercial Body Corp. come from the truck’s 1940 Illinois dealer license plate, and the fact that the company seems to have built many milk delivery trucks before and after 1940. Since other milk trucks of this era have a similarly tall body, it’s believed this truck was probably designed to accommodate a milkman dropping off fresh dairy, doorstep after doorstep.

Questions may remain as to the identity of the pictured delivery truck’s body, but the maker of its chassis is clearly Dodge. The style of this delivery’s disk wheels are found on one-ton Dodge trucks built in 1939 and after, and each wheel is with a bold “D” in its center. More obvious is the “Dodge” emblem in front of the right-side door; this emblem is found on the leading edge and above the grille of production “Job-Rated” 1939 Dodge trucks and on the sides of their hoods in 1941 and thereafter."



Thanks to Bill White for the 1st 2 photos; I found the larger photo of a 1940 model today.







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Park Olson
 Posted Monday, November 15, 2010 2:30 AM
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  Very interesting,,,,,it is unlikely this was intended for door to door delivery with swinging doors.

When Dodge was mentioned, I thought of Montpeileor (sp).


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