When asked why he restored the 1947 Ford Nesbitt’s soda truck after using it for more than a decade to haul water on his Giltner farm, Jerry Preissler laughs about the decision.
“Just a brain fart,” he said. “I decided it would be nice to go back to what the truck was. There’s Coca-Cola trucks, there’s 7 Up trucks, there’s Budweiser trucks. Nesbitt’s something different.”
Preissler’s soda truck was one of more than 250 vehicles on display Sunday at Brickyard Park for the fifth annual Melon Roast car show, organized by the Hastings Melon Roasters Car Club. It is painted orange to match its original appearance with signs advertising the company’s orange soda that was “made from real oranges.”
It was displayed at the park with several cases of empty soda bottles, which traveled from Giltner in the truck’s shelves.
The truck stood out for the Melon Roasters. Club vice president Steve Cropley, a friend of Preissler’s, has encouraged Preissler for several years to bring the truck to the show.