About Thelma

A 1959 Chevy Olson Kurbside Grumman Step Van


I found this lime green beauty in Dayton, Ohio through a series of fortunate events. The previous owners had plans to add her to their food truck fleet as a mobile bar. Their dream of expanding into a brick and mortar location came true thus needing to re-home their adorable Kurbside. Not only was I thrilled for them in their new venture, but thrilled for me too – she became mine!

what’s a kurbside?

The Olson Kurbside Grumman step vans were typically used as delivery or transport vehicles much like the UPS, USPS and FedEx step vans of today. Unfortunately, the history for this one, beyond the previous owners, is all but lost so tracing it back to its original use is likely lost forever. (I’ll keep trying though!)

Click here for some more history on them.


Army veteran, Benny Leach of Long Gone Fabrication in Dayton, Ohio spent the better part of 2017 turning her back into road worthy condition. His hard work involved fixing, replacing, rebuilding all the goodies needed to get her in good shape to become a mobile bar (now ice cream truck)!


My wonderful and talented grandmother loved ice cream until her very last day. In fact, it was her very last meal before leaving us suddenly in December 2008. We could only dream of having an exit like hers after a long and wonderful life full of love and joy.

Her name was Thelma Joy.