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Pass it along: Dump truck is family heirloom
By Patrick Mccallister Deland Sun News
The year was 1932. America was struggling economically in the Great Depression. Walt Disney created animated film with the new three-color technicolor process. And in April that year, For Motor Company introduced the first V-8 engine. But, before the V-8's were put into trucks, someone in New Jersey bought a new Model B dump truck with a four-cylinder Model C engine.
Today, that truck belongs to Gerald "Gerry" DiTaranto, although his progeny might dispute that.
My (6-year-old) grandson thinks he owns its, " said DiTaranto. "My son thinks it's his truck."
DiTaranto started driving in 1953. He bought the truck in New Jersey in 1969. He's not a class automobile collector. He purchased the truck to reminisce about his own history.
"I always liked the old trucks," he said. "A 1934 Ford truck was the first vehicle I ever drove. I jumped to a '35 Chevy a year later."
Today, Jerry, Jr. has several businesses including Taranto Electric and DeLand Lighting. Jerryville 2200 North is the sight for all events including Car/Truck Shows, Food Trucks, Concerts, and the site is available to rent.