Ont. companies make ice truck, drive it 4 km

Ont. companies came together to build an ice truck for a Canadian Tire commercial. (Supplied)

Ont. companies came together to build an ice truck for a Canadian Tire commercial. (Supplied)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:41 PM ET

ZURICH, Ont. - Every Canadian knows the pain of getting into an ice-cold vehicle in the winter.

But a vehicle made of ice? Only in Canada.

Hensall, Ont.-based Iceculture was called in to help craft a pickup truck made mostly of ice for a commercial.

Proving the 6,800-kg vehicle wasn’t all show and no go, it made a four-kilometre drive in Huron County earlier in December.

Building a drivable pickup out of mostly ice wasn’t easy.

Workers from Bronson Line Automotive of Zurich stripped the cab and body from a 2005 GMC Silverado and fitted it with a steel frame to support the ice. Special fans were used to provide airflow and remove hot air and exhaust fumes.

“It was probably one of the biggest challenges we’ve ever done.” Iceculture president Heidi Bayley said.

The Canadian Tire commercial will air during the Winter Classic hockey game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Detroit Red Wings on New Year’s Day.


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