I have always been one to want to replicate the factory packaging for vintage toys. This is a log harder than it looks. In most cases my attempts come close, but in most cases they fall under "custom". In this case I am doing it as part of the gift. I restored this very same model of Tonka Forklift in another video which can be seen below, however the main attraction is the video showing the FULL process of making the box from scratch. I also made some scale wooden pallet for the forklift to lift.
I am also always looking for tips or suggestions on how to do it better, so if you stumble upon this post. Leave a comment on the video or this blog post and let me know if you have any tricks for replicating factory style toy packaging. I would love to hear it!
See the box making video below
Below is the video of the vintage Tonka Forklift restoration.
Makes a great gift under the Christmas Tree!
In 1968 Tonka began producing a line of toys under the label of Tiny Tonkas, ranging in size from 5 inches to 11 inches. These little toys were made out of press steel just like their larger siblings. Over the next two decades Tonka would produced many variations of these toys made out of press steel and plastic in various colors, styles and multiple iterations on the same design. In 1984 Tonka would sell off the Tiny Tonka brand to Hasbro ending the production of these little steel toys. In 1982 Tonka had begun the phase out of the snub nose toys replacing them with a more modern looking square plastic cab.
Ertl International 3088 toy tractor restoration with replica box! Below are more pictures from the restoration. Watch the entire video to see this amazing restoration. Lots of tips and tricks for your own restoration are in the video.
This model of ERTL tractor was produced up into at least the year 2000. It came in several varieties of "generic tractor" as well as was used as a model for promotional pieces for various companies. This model was even used as an incentive to ERTL employees for safety awards for 0 accidents in a certain time period. (see video)
The Harbor Freight benchtop sand blasting cabinet is one of those controversial items that comes up in forums and recommendations on the internet. Many opinions surround this item and it's perceived value. In this video I'll take a look at what you get for $119.99 (before coupons or discounts), what things you will need to get this cabinet up and running, and my overall thoughts on who should buy this particular cabinet.
No this is not a bash on this cabinet or Harbor Freight, the purpose is to give a real world perspective and some of the things to consider if you are just getting started.
I was privileged enough to have 2 of my bikes selected for display at the 2020 International Motorcycle show in Denver at the Colorado Convention Center.
If you follow me on Youtube or this website you already know all about these bikes, but for those that don't here is the low down.
The orange bike is an early 1970 Kawasaki F5 Big Horn and the green bike is a 1974 Kawasaki F9 modified into a period correct motocross racer.
My bikes were part of the IMS Vintage Garage display where at each stop of this show they have a casting call for vintage bikes near the area for the show. They also have a restoration demonstration and some other seminar type presentations. Below is some pictures from the show and a video of my experience at the show.
It was a great time and I hope to do it again sometime. I would recommend anyone that is into motorcycles to attend one of these shows if they come to your area.
Video of what its like to attend and International Motorcycle Show check out the video below!
Waiting to enter the venue
The day before the show, setting up
Jon "the junk man" helping to promote responsible riding and recreation whether it be at the track or at the trail. Your source for motorcycle how to videos and much more!