Picture of Restoring Tonka trucks
This summer i decided to start restoring Tonka trucks, my son loves them and i enjoy quality metal toys so and making things myself so this is what i came up with.   Its my first instructable so bear with me, and i didn't have many of my pics from the process so i am using what images i have to make this instructable.   I will have a more detailed one this summer when i have a little more free time to tinker in the garage and grad school, work, wife, and child are not demanding my attention.
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Step 1: Finding a truck

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I went to a lot of garage sales and websites to find older trucks, just ask around so many people have them stashed in the corner of a garage that are not being used anymore.   I let my friends and family know what i was doing and they kept an eye out for trucks.  The older the better for me.........

Step 2: Taking apart

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The next step is to disassemble the truck, Most Tonkas are similar in design so most of this information is relevant to all trucks.  Nylint trucks are a little different so you will have to work with what you got,  and get it ready to strip.   I used a couple of vice grip pliers to get the top-hat nuts off the wheels, lock one pair on each side and twist them off, and remember to save them.  If they break just order some online.  Then use a large socket to remove the wheels from the tires by pressing them out of the tires.  Remove the cab by straightening out the tabs located under the truck and pull the cab off use a Flathead screwdriver to help if the cab is stuck, just twist it between the lip and the cab.. 
Awesome job, Buzzyman! You did a wonderful job! I'll definitely be referring back to this when I restore some 40+ year old Tonka's this spring. Thanks for sharing!
seth14455 months ago

this helps a bit got a stack of old trucks from my childhood wanted to restore so thanks

wclapie7 months ago

ok. do you use original paint? if so, where do you find it? I want to restore a 1970's blue dump truck. thanks for the example!

zfrye01 year ago
I used to have on as a kid. I had a big one that my little body could sit in and I would slide from one end of the room to the other.
joechacon983 years ago
Very nice! I remember playing with these tough toys as a kid. Come to think of it I may still have it!!!
I Will have to give this a shot!
l8nite3 years ago
You went all out ! I usually just wirebrush, tape and spray, you got really nice results, I'm sure there's some happy kids around you