Whiskey Hauler

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The Whiskey Hauler

by O. Dewayne Davis, Richmond, Virginia

For years it has been sitting in an open lot alongside a cold snow melt river near the eastern slopes of the Blue Ridge Mountains about 20 miles north of Charlottesville, VA. This 1941 half-ton Model AJ Dubl Duti Chevrolet package delivery truck is surprisingly complete. All the grille, lights, chromes pieces, and dash are still there, but the body is held together by the rust termites. It would take a very dedicated Chevrolet enthusiast with some very deep pockets to bring this one back to anywhere close to what it must have looked like when it came from the factory.

One local said, “It’s been there forever, but I don’t think it ever became a plumber’s truck or a package delivery vehicle.”

“What was it used for?” I asked.

“Well, the way I heard it, it was used to haul illegal moonshine from several stills back up in the mountain hollows there,” he said, gesturing toward the other side of the river where dirt roads disappear into the trees. “I reckon she could hold 50-60 gallon jugs, maybe more,” he said.


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