Junkyard Find: 1974 AM General FJ-8A Ice Cream Truck

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
junkyard find 1974 am general fj 8a ice cream truck

We see quite a few AM General DJ-5 mail Jeeps in this series, but what about all the big FJ-series mail trucks built by AMC with help from its Overland-Willys-Kaiser ancestry? For that, I had to venture to Southern California. Most of those 1970s FJ-8s seem to have become more or less sketchy ice cream trucks, and it’s hard to find a creepier Junkyard Find than a dead ice cream truck.

The ice cream trucks that aren’t in the junkyard yet can also be pretty scary. Here’s the “Boogie Man Ice Cream” truck, which I spotted on San Leandro Street in East Oakland a few years back. For the full effect, you’ll need to download some authentic ice cream truck music files.

It’s hard to beat this seat for simplicity.

Just a big steel box with an engine, a seat… and ptomaine.

I’m sure this truck distributed many a stale Choco Taco in its day.

The newest Long Beach food-vendor license seems to be 2005.

Am I looking at this wrong, or is this AMC six installed backwards?

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