Dodge Tow Truck Revival

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-A Scale-Master Project-

Dodge Tow Truck Revival

Author:       Mark D. Jones aka Scale-Master
Vehicles Needed:     Matchbox Lesney Vintage Dodge Tow Truck casting

Special Tools:     Scale-Master Decal Sheet – See bottom of the page for details

Rating:       Beginner/Novice
A friend let me at this old childhood toy that survived, barely, nearly four decades of use. It was his as a child, and after his young son nearly drove the wheels off it, at least ground them flat, we decided on an intervention to salvage this salvage truck.scaletowdsc07793

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The chassis was removed by drilling out the two rivets and the two casting parts were soaked in the carb cleaner solvent tank for a few days, the old paint was quite stubborn.

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A dental pick was used to dig out the paint left in the crevices and to remove the loose slag that was on the top of the cab just under the skin.

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Tamiya putty was used to fill in the holes.

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Since the wheels were hammered, a discarded set from a Tomica car were used as they looked similar to the Superfast wheels Matchbox had in the ’70s. The axles were cut in half and brass tubing was cut to fit between the axle loops and reamed out to accept them.

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The brass was superglued to the chassis and sprayed with Krylon gray primer. The chassis/bed was sprayed with Tamiya gloss black.

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The cab was filed and finish sanded…

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…And then primed with Krylon white primer.

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Tamiya Brilliant Orange was sprayed on the cab in three light coats.

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The chrome trim was brush painted with Testors Chrome Silver, the grille was done with Bare Metal Foil.

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Some custom decals were made and applied as well as lights and patriotic decals from Scale-Master sheet #6201.

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The cab and bed were clear coated with two part automotive urethane clear gloss.

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The clear parts were pretty rough, but surprisingly the beacon was still inside the cab and repairable…

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…the clear red was brush painted after the beacon was wet sanded with 600 then 1000 grit paper.

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The window pieces were cemented back together with superglue……

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…..and wet sanded with 400, 600 and 1000 grit paper.

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A basecoat of silver was sprayed and then a few thin coats were built up of clear blue.

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The wheels were attached by putting a small drop of superglue in the brass tubes and inserting the axle halves. It is a roller and all four wheels touch.

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The finished clear plastic parts were lightly superglued back in place and the mechanicals of the winch and the inside of the bed were airbrushed with Testors Dullcote.

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An old piece of gold chain was found in the spare parts bin, admittedly oversized, and attached to the winch and boom to replace the “eaten and chewed” plastic part.

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Here’s a few shots of the resurrected Tow truck.

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Mark D. Jones, Scale-Master

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