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The Gates of Horn and Ivory

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  1. Duke

    Duke Mental Oblivion

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    Restoration project

    ...that no one probably gives a shit about but me, but that's okay because it's convenient for me to do this in thread-form to keep track of progress.

    So I found some old Tonka toys that I used to play with when I was a kid, and they've been out in the weather for probably 15 years. I plan to restore two of them in my free time, one is a road scraper and one is a front-loader. I enjoy things like this so it should be a good stress reliever and hobby for a while.

    I'm starting with the scraper and I already have it completely disassembled and am starting to sandblast some of the parts. After knocking the paint off a couple pieces, I'm noticing this is going to require some metalwork and new bolts/rivets as well. Since this thing wasn't exactly made to come back apart once it was built, I had to drill out the rivets that didn't pop out on their own from being rusted all to hell. I'm surprised this thing is still in one piece, I guess "Tonka Tough" wasn't a lie. They sure don't make 'em like they used to.

    If the road scraper turns out anything like I expect it to, I'm going to give it to a friend's son ("Girl2" from my rant for those familiar).
    The front-loader I plan to do next and keep for myself or my kid if I ever have one.

    I'll be updating this soon with some pics of the process and some boring commentary on it.
     
  2. Duke

    Duke Mental Oblivion

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    Okay, here goes. The pics in this post are what it looked like when I pulled it out of the dirt basement of the old "clubhouse" I used to play in at my dad's house, mostly to show damage and for reference when putting it back together.

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    Just for reference, here's a shot of the front-loader. I think it was the first one I was given, and it's got a lot less paint, a lot more rust, a lot more rivets and missing metal that I'll have to deal with, which is why I'm saving it for last. Also if you notice the "glass" will need to be redone, and there's a tree growing through part of it that I had to cut out just to move it from where I found it.

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  3. Duke

    Duke Mental Oblivion

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    A pain in the ass to get the wheels/axles out of this thing... It had pressed end-caps that were of course rusted together. One cap I got off with spray lubricant, patience, and willpower. The others were deteriorated too much and I had to drill out one on each side to remove them.

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    Close-up of some weather related damage during disassembly...

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    Close-up of the "engine" and seats. Not quite sure what I'm gonna do with this just yet, since it's plastic.

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    Close-up of front steering assembly disconnected from scraper mount.

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  4. Duke

    Duke Mental Oblivion

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    Scraper blade after sandblasting.

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    Close-up of scraper blade to show metal deterioration. This will require either some very very careful MIG welding and grinding, or preferably some auto-body putty or fiberglass filler.

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    I had to hammer this part back into shape because apparently I bent the bejeezus out of it when I was a kid. Also, an extra hole in the metal that showed up after sandblasting.

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    Well that's it for now, hopefully I'll have another update in a day or two. I'm not sure if I'm gonna continue sandblasting the other parts first, or try my hand at fixing the damage on the scraper just to see if I still have the skillz from doing bodywork to cars a few years back.

    Edit: Okay, I went back and did a little more sandblasting. Here's the scraper mount and partially blasted cab (the dust in the room was starting to kill me). The mount didn't have much damage beyond some expected pitting from rust, the cab actually looks really good on the outside (except the front panel) but the jury is out until I blast the inside, it's pretty rusted in there.

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  5. Crazy Dave Number 23

    Crazy Dave Number 23 Methodless Madness Staff Member

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    I am impressed! Between my brother and I we probably had seven trucks, and only the last one, whatever it was, was mostly plastic. Now they are all plastic! Like every other toy... :(

    Good luck!
     
  6. Duke

    Duke Mental Oblivion

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    Yeah, the two I chose not to mess with had a bit of plastic on them and it pretty much snaps if you touch it after that long, including the tires because apparently they're much thinner... The company changed hands in 1991, that's probably the issue.

    These two are older and the only plastic is the tires and the innards of the cab. There was also a dump truck but I tried to restore it a few years back and lost most of the pieces due to general incompetence. I know the pieces are around here *somewhere* so maybe I'll get to do it one day too (found the frame which had been blasted and primed, and the tires for it yesterday).

    And thanks, I'm gonna need the luck with this thing. Well, mostly patience. lol
     
  7. Umaeril

    Umaeril -o-}}}X{{{-o- Staff Member

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    Wow, what an uber cool project! My brother had some of those. I think that is great you are restoring it. I should post some pics of my cross-stitch project. But then again...
     
  8. Duke

    Duke Mental Oblivion

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    Thanks, I got a wild hair up my ass and decided to try it. Most people don't still have stuff like that lying around. I think I'm gonna go work on it some more tonight.

    Oh, I also found the bed of the dump truck while digging around yesterday, but still no sign of the cab, front axle, or pins that hold any of it together... FML :lol

    You should make a thread for your project too :)
     
  9. Umaeril

    Umaeril -o-}}}X{{{-o- Staff Member

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    What are you going to do about your missing parts?

    I will try to scan in my cross-stich, but not sure how to work the scanner, lol. It's a new scanner/printer, I have the instructions but could not be arsed to read them, but I will figure it out.
     
  10. Duke

    Duke Mental Oblivion

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    Well if I can't find the cab I'm SOL but I can make the other parts I need...

    I never read instructions either haha
     
  11. Pokemonmaster250

    Pokemonmaster250 I don't need a map of my dreams.

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    That looks fun!

    i didn't have many cars/trucks my mom bought what she liked mostly... so i had like 5000 different tea playsets! :( My sister got all the boy toys(that sounds bad... lmao but i don't mean it like that), she had every wrestler back in the day and like 20,0000 cars....



    i wouldn't mind trying a project like this myself, but i'd probably get discouraged and end up not finishing or procrastinating and taking 10years. lol
     
  12. Duke

    Duke Mental Oblivion

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    Lol, the cars seem to add up. I still have a ton of hot wheels cars stashed away. Funny that you would mention procrastination... I haven't worked on this project since like November. I'm known for that though. At least this time I put all the parts in buckets instead of scattering them everywhere to be lost when I decide to work on it some more.
     
  13. Umaeril

    Umaeril -o-}}}X{{{-o- Staff Member

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    That's ok I have not washed my cross stitch either. However I am working steadily on my Hindi. देको, मैं हिनदू लिख रही हूँ।
     
  14. Crazy Dave Number 23

    Crazy Dave Number 23 Methodless Madness Staff Member

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    Does this have anything to do with wanting a sandwich?
     
  15. Umaeril

    Umaeril -o-}}}X{{{-o- Staff Member

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    Nope, it says I am writing in Hindi.

    Food is "khaanaa" but I am not sure they have a word for sandwich. They probably use the English word and write it:

    सानदविच

    Here is "David" in the devnagari script:
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  16. Duke

    Duke Mental Oblivion

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    Cool! Wish I could learn another language, Spanish kicked my ass and I took that for 3 years in school so that must be difficult to use a whole different alphabet. I do know a tiny bit of Latin, but that's only because I enjoyed learning it.

    But as for this project I just haven't had any motivation to go out in the cold and mess with it... Need to set up the propane heater out there.
     
  17. hiyayaywhopee

    hiyayaywhopee Huzzah?

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    Esperanto

    Esperantoooooo

    You should learn Esperantoooooooooooo
     
  18. Umaeril

    Umaeril -o-}}}X{{{-o- Staff Member

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    Oh you and your Esperanto. See the problem with Esperanto is that it has a crappy name. They should have called it something cool.
     
  19. Duke

    Duke Mental Oblivion

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    Wow it's been forever since I updated this. Not that there's been anything to update. I'm just now to the point where I'll go out there and work on things again (the cold was killing me) but the only thing I've messed with lately was an old AR-7 rifle I bought. Not really post worthy, lol. I did see the tractor though and I will have to get back on that soon.
     
  20. Umaeril

    Umaeril -o-}}}X{{{-o- Staff Member

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    And whyfor would you be getting on a tractor? *squints at you*

    Man I just put some regular old eyedrops in my eyes and what a nice feeling that is I must say, very pleasant to have undry eyes.
     

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