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TOPIC: Dinky 25a Wagon Restoration

Dinky 25a Wagon Restoration 1 year ago #1

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<p>Dinky 25a Wagon Restoration, these also had canopy's for some.</p>

Re: Dinky 25a Wagon Restoration 1 year ago #2

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It was a pretty sad model when I bought this truck.
Bent axles and missing tires. It had a crunched in front end and the trailer hitch was bent up.

Re: Dinky 25a Wagon Restoration 1 year ago #3

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I took it apart. Here are some photos of it in pieces .

and the damage done over the play years

Even the back of the box is bent in.

I then soaked it in the New Paint stripper, so called paint stripper, for about 2 hours. Not much came off.

Re: Dinky 25a Wagon Restoration 1 year ago #4

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I forgot the tow hitch.

Re: Dinky 25a Wagon Restoration 1 year ago #5

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After the soak and good scrub I took it out to the garage and gave it the bead blaster treatment. That helped this old model greatly.

Re: Dinky 25a Wagon Restoration 1 year ago #6

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<p>You can see above in the last picture that the fenders are straight now. So is the hitch but hard to see.</p>
Last Edit: 1 year ago by Nobleco.

Re: Dinky 25a Wagon Restoration 1 year ago #7

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Looking good so far..

How did you get the crimped axle off did you have to cut or grind the end in order to release it?
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Re: Dinky 25a Wagon Restoration 1 year ago #8

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I was not about to put the bending even at 350°F so the bumper is a bit bent back but the fenders are pretty good now.

Re: Dinky 25a Wagon Restoration 1 year ago #9

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<p>143Madness wrote:
Looking good so far.. How did you get the crimped axle off did you have to cut or grind the end in order to release it?
I use vise grips to squeeze the end into a square so it will come through the hubs. I also use it to make them look real again.  You can see them on the right end of the two axles in the first pictures.  I will show you more later.</p>
Last Edit: 1 year ago by Nobleco.
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Re: Dinky 25a Wagon Restoration 1 year ago #10

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All primed and ready for paint.

Re: Dinky 25a Wagon Restoration 1 year ago #11

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Now that the primer has dried I can paint it all. Chassis is Gloss Black and the body of the truck is SF #39 Sea Blue
Here is the chassis. Hard to see as it is black but you can see what I have straightened up and it is looking good.

Re: Dinky 25a Wagon Restoration 1 year ago #12

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The base took a second coat to cover properly.
Now for the body of the truck.

I put my decal on the underside of the body behind the first rib from the cab.

Re: Dinky 25a Wagon Restoration 1 year ago #13

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Now to assemble the truck.

The chassis looks better with a second coat of paint. The tow hitch is straight again and the grille looks the part.
Thanks for looking and all comments welcome.
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Re: Dinky 25a Wagon Restoration 1 year ago #14

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Factory
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Re: Dinky 25a Wagon Restoration 1 year ago #15

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Another nice one Jim. The chrome grill is that already chromed of did you use chrome paint for it?
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