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  • #16

    I also like these tonkas... I had a couple as a kid, but they are long gone... I’m sure I’ll find some again someday

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    • #17

      That dark green Rover uses for their off road vehicles would look great on one of these for GI Joe!

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      • #18

        This is an awesome project, looking forward to your results!
        Visit my You Tube Channel to view my repair videos https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCutloOkBc0m6l_ePONmhYrw?view_as=subscriber

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        • #19

          Wire Brush Cup on Cordlesss Drill
          follow with a Coat of Naval Jelly
          rinse Gray Prim Paint

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          • #20

            Picked up one of these, they are too cool

            TONKA BRONCO by The Skull, on Flickr
            Visit my You Tube Channel to view my repair videos https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCutloOkBc0m6l_ePONmhYrw?view_as=subscriber

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            • ATC
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              Looks like Suzuki Samurai for Joe! Cool!

              Thread revival: just scored one of these on ebay Left side decal looks like he had a collision. Right side decal looks great. I don't see any rust, and it looks like it's in great shape overall! Luggage rack on rear is cool, but not sure how I'm going to use it yet. I have no spare tire or Jack. This is a cool GI Joe peace. I'm surprised I didn't know about it sooner!
              Last edited by ATC; 09-17-2020, 10:29 PM.
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            Original plan was to paint this yellow and make it an adventure team vehicle. It is in such good shape that I don't think I will do that anymore. It's pretty cool the way it is!
            - ATC
            Last edited by ATC; 09-18-2020, 06:16 PM.

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            • #22

              Originally posted by ATC View Post

              Original plan was to paint this yellow and make it an adventure team vehicle. It is in such good shape that I don't think I will do that anymore. It's pretty cool the way it is!
              - ATC
              I agree, looks to be in great shape!

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              • #23

                This is very interesting--I didn't even know Tonka did 1/6 scale.

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                • #24

                  Originally posted by ATC View Post

                  Original plan was to paint this yellow and make it an adventure team vehicle. It is in such good shape that I don't think I will do that anymore. It's pretty cool the way it is!
                  - ATC
                  I'm glad you're going to keep it original ATC, that is a great specimen of a Tonka Bronco! It's in great shape. When I have time to dig out my Tonka's, I will get photos. The one I got the decals were only half there,
                  so I removed them. Otherwise it's in the shape I got it in, with the original paint. My plan was to use it as an adversary vehicle. It has scrapes and scratches where rust is showing, kinda like an old work truck. I thought
                  it would be good as an old vehicle used for battle, which I'm sure it has seen.

                  Daryl

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                  • #25

                    Nice that Joe has a a safe divided highway to cruise on! Big rocks though. Someone should bulldoze that! Maybe Tonka can help.

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                    • #26

                      That's a right-of-way through the cornfield. We have such things here in the Midwest... And it does make a cool GI Joe road!
                      Last edited by ATC; 09-22-2020, 03:45 AM.

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                      • #27

                        I picked up a spare tire on eBay, and used a Soldiers of the World jerry can to fill the cargo rack on the Tonka Bronco.
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                        Now it fits great!
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                        • #28

                          Very cool ATC!

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                          • #29

                            I have used Goof-Off and was impressed at how little I needed to cut thru the sticky stuff.

                            Thanks for the pics. Maybe we should have a “Virtual Tonka Rodeo” here.

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                            • #30

                              That looks really good, and I’m glad that you are keeping it original.

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