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#1 skyrydr2 ONLINE  

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Posted November 25, 2014 - 04:41 AM

Well my boy's 2nd birthday is fast approaching 12-6 and he loves racing around the house with a dump truck, so I figure its time!! Time for the old trusty Tonka machines to appear. Boy they sure don't makeem like they used too. So I found an old one out of the scrap pile and then a newer one from my nefew , the tractor pulling one, and grafted them together to make an almost new one.
Now this one is the Mighty TonkaLoader, the arms were bent, bucket was totally whipped, i has to rebuild that and re- pin the entire linkage. It took me almost the entire day getting it back in shape but it should be worth it. It should last for many more years. I replaced all the axles with new stainless units at almost every point of pivot. These are hard and polished units. So it should keep the wear down.
I wished i had taken some pics of the before parts.... Oh well the in process ones will have to do.

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Edited by skyrydr2, November 25, 2014 - 04:44 AM.

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Posted November 25, 2014 - 04:59 AM

I used to wear the wheels of my Tonka toys when I was a little one,,, thanks, nieghbor,,, I mean that literally, I'm in G Vegas to !


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Posted November 25, 2014 - 05:09 AM

He should have fun with that!


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Posted November 25, 2014 - 05:48 AM

I used to wear the wheels of my Tonka toys when I was a little one,,, thanks, nieghbor,,, I mean that literally, I'm in G Vegas to !


Really! What part of town? I'm in the south part of town. Out behind the small engine shop across from Jandris.
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Posted November 25, 2014 - 06:17 AM

Looks good! Can't beat those old Tonka toys. It amazes me to go in the toy aisle, at a store, and see what they charge for a piece of plastic!
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Posted November 25, 2014 - 07:12 AM

Those were built to last. Nice job on the refurbish but you forgot the grease fittings :wave: .


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Posted November 25, 2014 - 07:41 AM

Great job makes me wish I still had the ones I had as a kid
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Posted November 25, 2014 - 11:04 AM

Looks like he will have a blast with it and it should last for many, many years.



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Posted November 25, 2014 - 11:29 AM

Maybe you would like to scrounge up some old ones and repaint them. I hear they are collectible now.


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Posted November 25, 2014 - 05:10 PM

I have a dozen old tonkas , vintage pedal cars and various other antique toys for the grandchildren to play with when they visit. One toy that is popular for the very young such as your son is the Strider.  There are various makes on the market...



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Posted November 25, 2014 - 06:21 PM

Heath has the little Tonka dump truck I got a 4 years old. Thing take a licking and keeps on ticking. He loves it.Hearing the squeaky wheels and clattering dump bed bring back so many memories from when I was a kid. 

 

 

He also has one of the old big Tonkas. It is a brutal beast.


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Posted November 25, 2014 - 07:08 PM

Really! What part of town? I'm in the south part of town. Out behind the small engine shop across from Jandris.

On the west side, between west and parker st , near  parkers pond 



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Posted November 25, 2014 - 07:34 PM

Cool, your not related to the folks at Millers Garage are you ?

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Posted November 25, 2014 - 07:43 PM

That's going to be a good looking Tonka. Building things or bringing new life to something old has always been favorites with our kids. Something to be remembered for a long time.

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Posted November 25, 2014 - 07:52 PM

Well I found the age of these toys and they were pretty old now this unit is all together and works like a champ. I hope he likes it. I even found a place to get decals for these units,Way Cool !

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