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Matt Aker

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« on: October 24, 2008, 03:13:17 PM »

Especially when it's FREE TONKA TRUCKS!
 
A friend of mine from another on-line club sent me a giant care package today.  This package contained old toy trucks, and this was among them
 

 

 
He's all there minus the tailgate.  Judging by the waterline in the bed he's been outside for a while.  This guy is going to be my first full-blown Tonka restoration and I'm going to reuse as many of the original parts as possible.
 
Whaddaya think?
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« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2008, 03:27:16 PM »

Ultra One candidate.
Water line? If Miss B was a Tonka this would be it.
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« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2008, 03:29:36 PM »

  Looks like you can fix that old tonka up to new in no time Matt,
Just need some Ultra One and some good paint and Blamo Good as new.

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« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2008, 03:33:58 PM »

You get a lot of "care packages" with small metal cars in 'em?
 
That truck is pretty sweet!!!
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« Reply #4 on: October 24, 2008, 04:19:03 PM »

Hmmm.....
I'm gonna have to start paying closer attention when I'm scrounging through thrift shops.

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« Reply #5 on: October 24, 2008, 05:43:00 PM »

Hey,....isn't that the new 2009 Ford F-150?????
 
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« Reply #6 on: October 24, 2008, 08:25:53 PM »

Blammo?
 Is that how it is when P works on Mobby's car?

"Blammo, she is fixed!"

Blammo is the sound Hobby's fists are gonna make

BTW, nice score, Matt....soak it and post it here and on Ultra One's site...they need the new traffic over there.....


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« Reply #7 on: November 02, 2008, 04:46:05 PM »

blamo is what my timing chain sounded like when it went to visit Elvis...

Nice one matt... only thing i get in the mail is bills...



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« Reply #8 on: November 02, 2008, 09:10:40 PM »

Hey Bob, Blamo is the sound of progress. Hey Matt ya Hosier did that Ultra One get used on that truck yet?

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« Reply #9 on: November 03, 2008, 06:48:35 AM »

I think I had that same truck back about 1959...  collectors say
to leave the original finish alone if the value matters... if not 
- go for it.

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« Reply #10 on: November 03, 2008, 02:42:28 PM »

What you say is true Roger for most toys.  However it's interesting to me that restored Tonkas retain most of their collectible value. 
 
MoparSiss and I have strived to find well-preserved original trucks and have paid just about the same money for them as the same example that was restored to original condition.  This seems to be a Tonka-only rule in the old pressed steel toy truck market though.  Restore a Nylint or a Structo and see the difference in it's market value...
 
The Tonka generic pick-up was probably the most popular of the entire line from 1954 through 1964.  It was inexpensive to buy and had lots of potential for the young user.  This is my first generic pick-up, a 1962 No. 302.  Here's what he looked like when new:
 

 
So far I need new white walls, door decals, bumper rivets and a tail gate for mine ($35).  I'm going to polish the original windshield, grille and hub caps and hope for the best.  (Maybe I'll call him TOAB )    My plan is to not give this truck the over-restored look as the one above. 
 
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« Reply #11 on: November 03, 2008, 03:17:00 PM »

Well, here it goes...  one hubcap in U-1.  This is a test naturally.
 

 
Let's see what it looks like tomorrow morning.
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« Reply #12 on: November 05, 2008, 11:58:10 AM »

U-1 has performed it's magic once again.  Sadly the pitting is too deep to allow this old hubcap to be used on a restored truck.  Repops are about ten dollars for a set.   

 
 

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« Reply #13 on: November 06, 2008, 05:01:32 AM »

Wish I could bathe the bottom of my Desoto and Nova in that stuff! Be hard to do it upside down...



We have a late '20's or early 30s Hubley truck, belonged to my wife's
Dad since new and was well used, it is so old we've been told to leave
it alone,  but I like the look of those Tonkas all shiny and new -
didn't they come in a bunch of colors? Is there a some kind of book on
them ? I may have to get a Tonka like I had around age 8 - that was a
long time ago!



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« Reply #14 on: November 06, 2008, 05:51:45 AM »

There are a lot of great books out there.  We have several but the best references we have are on CD. 
 
These two websites are probably the best on the web.
 
http://www.tonkatoys.com/Tonka%20Museum.html
 
http://www.100megsfree3.com/lonestar/index.html
 
Siss and I have come to the determination that we need a bigger house.  (or less stuff...  George Carlin summarized our plight in one of his stand-up skits )
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