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Step 2: Taking apart

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.. 

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<p>I have 6 Tonka Trucks from the 70's that I need sanded down &amp; painted for my grandchildren. Is there anyone out here that will take on this project for me ? </p>
Thanks for this my dad left me 6 of these trucks frombwhen he was a child my son is going to be 2 soon and i think we will reatore them and pass them to him
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.
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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