Restoring an Old Tonka Mighty Dump Truck is a Satisfying Walk Down Memory Lane

It seems like sometimes, a restoration can be as much of an art as it is a science.* ...

It seems like sometimes, a restoration can be as much of an art as it is a science.

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Depending on the subject, it can take different skill sets in order to create a cohesive finished product. No matter what the platform, the job is likely going to take some skill if it’s worth doing. When restoration candidates meet weather and get rusty and deteriorated, reviving them back into their former selves can prove to be a challenge.

This time, we check in with a restoration that might just bring out a little bit of nostalgia. I think that for many of us, we can remember playing with Tonka toys as kids. The Tonka name is associated with being the authority in high-grade construction vehicle oriented toys.

As kids, they would allow us to play with dump trucks and other sorts of equipment in the dirt. The metal trucks have become known for their high quality. They’ve become such a piece of pop culture that the right classic model can bring some serious dough.

Over the years, though, no matter how high-quality something is if it’s used, it’s going to be worn down. With this one, we check in with a Tonka Mighty Dump Truck restoration that we find incredibly satisfying. It’s interesting to watch as the truck is torn apart and every component is gone over and brought back to life. When all is said and done, this thing is almost as good as new. In some areas, it might even be better than new!

By following along with the video below, we get to spectate every step from media blasting to painting and everything in between. With this one, the finished product isn’t the best part of it all. Instead, we can’t help be amazed by the journey that brings us there.

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