In an earlier life, it was a milk delivery truck for Highland Park Dairy.
Rick Prather of Goddard said he first saw it sitting in a field west of Wichita.
He said he bought the 1962 Divco — Detroit Industrial Vehicle Co. — as a parts vehicle for another milk truck he owned.
“I have a thing for these old delivery trucks,” he said Friday night at the Automobilia Moonlight Car Show and Street Party.
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“I’ve been working on it about four years, and this is its first outing. It’s got 30 miles on it. I made it from Goddard to here.”
Prather’s milk truck was one of hundreds of vehicles that lined 15 city blocks in downtown Wichita in one of the area’s biggest car shows.
Prather said the truck originally had a four-cylinder engine with a top speed of 35 mph. He replaced it with a 350-cubic-inch Chevy engine.
Bob Binter, who had two custom cars of his own in the show, was impressed with the “tango tango” paint job.
“I think it’s kind of cool,” he said. “It’s different. You don’t usually see them fixed up like that. It stands out.”
Around the corner, Jerry White of Wichita was displaying a 1926 Model T Ford, which carried a lot more rust than paint.
Unlike most cars at the show, White’s “rat rod” was a mish-mash of parts gathered from everywhere.
“It’s anything you can throw together,” he said. “The door knobs came from my grandmother’s house in St. Louis, Okla. We got the seats out of a boat. The mirrors don’t match.”
He used a yellow Tulsa World mailbox for a hood scoop.
“You could walk around that car 10 times and not see everything,” he said.
White said he and his father have taken on more traditional restoration jobs.
“We’ve built nice, shiny cars and trucks before,” he said. “This is a new venture.”
Had the show given an award for the biggest wheels, it would have gone to Daniel Leonard of Wichita and his 1979 Monte Carlo.
“It’s got 30-inch wheels and pineapple candy paint,” he said.
He described the car as a “donk” — a type of Hi-Riser that’s popular in south Florida.
“You’ve got your muscle cars and your classic cars and your low riders,” Leonard said.
“It’s not going to appeal to everybody, and that’s the way it is. I wanted to make a statement.”