MW Restorations has made a name for itself rebuilding old toy vehicles and recently got its hands on a 1975 Tonka pickup truck in pretty rough shape. MW took to YouTube to document the painstaking process required to completely restore it, which is far more elaborate than anything we expected to see.
How do you date a Tonka dump truck?
Look at the Tonka logo. From 1947 to 1977, changes were made to the logo every few years which makes it an easy identifier for early-edition Tonka trucks. Identify the colors of the logo. If the Tonka logo shows a blue sea and seagulls, it was likely to be manufactured between 1947 and 1957.
Are rusty Tonka trucks worth anything?
These trucks sell for as much as $1,000. Mint-condition boxes will enhance the value of a truck by 20 to 50 percent. Most Tonka trucks in good condition from the late 40s through the early 60s can be purchased for between $100 and $300.
In short, yes! That old wrought iron fence or steel gutter may look terrible, but with the right preparation and primer, most rusty metal surfaces can be restored to almost new. The first step is to clean off loose rust and flaking paint and then apply a rust-inhibitive primer. Once done, you can paint over rust.
1982 In 1982, Tonka Toys left Mound due to production needs.
Do Tonka trucks have lead paint?
Over the years, some of the same questions continue to be asked about the paint used on Mighty Tonka trucks. Does it contain lead? Tonka literature states that the paint Tonka used is non toxic.
Can Coke clean rust?
Get rid of rust: If you have any rust stains or tools covered in rust, Coca-Cola will eat away at the rust for you. Leave the rusty object submerged in Coke for an hour or overnight and then scrub off the rust. Wet the grout with Coke and let the area sit for a few minutes before wiping with a clean cloth.
Does vinegar clean rust?
You can use white vinegar for effective rust removal. Simply soak the rusty metal object in white vinegar for a couple of hours and then just wipe to remove the rust. If the object is too large, simply pour white vinegar evenly over the surface of the object and give it some time to settle.
Is tonka bean toxic?
Humans would need to eat an unreasonably bovine amount of tonka bean to fall ill. At least 30 entire tonka beans (250 servings, or 1 gram of coumarin total) would need to be eaten to approach levels reported as toxic—about the same volume at which nutmeg and other everyday spices are toxic.