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.

Step 1: Finding a truck

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.........
seems like it's been a while since you were last active, just wanted to say really nice job on the instructable.
<p>They don't make Tonka trucks like they use to. My boys had 2 Tonka trucks that turned to pure rust after 30 years of being left outside. I always knew if either of my boys had children of their own I'd be trying to refurbish those old trucks. I didn't think their was much hope for getting them to a point where they were safe to play with but I thought I'd give it a try. I first filled a big plastic container I purchased from Target with vinegar. After the trucks sat a couple days in the vinegar, the rust melted off the truck like butter. I was shocked and surprised that the trucks were in great shape after all. I'm ready for primer and paint. My boys and their kids are going to be so surprised with the end result.</p>
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!
<p>this helps a bit got a stack of old trucks from my childhood wanted to restore so thanks</p>
<p>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!</p>
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.
Thank you for sharing this information on restoring Tonka trucks. My son has a truck just like this. Where can I get the <a href="http://www.99truckparts.com/?page_19=28" rel="nofollow">truck parts for it in vancouver</a>? Thank you for your help!
Very nice! I remember playing with these tough toys as a kid. Come to think of it I may still have it!!! <br>I Will have to give this a shot!
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

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