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    Default Early 1960’s Ford Thames Trader Recovery Vehicle – Tow Truck…

    Early 1960’s Ford Thames Trader Recovery Vehicle – Tow Truck…

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    Firstly let me say a HUGE AUSSIE THANK YOU to my friend Ralph who has inspired this build with his Tow Trucks https://www.lumberjocks.com/projects/409046
    It was through his generosity of sharing his “how I built it photos” that I found a tow truck in his collection, what looked like a matchbox toy I had when a child [which I actually found when I went searching].



    The actual matchbox toy off the internet

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    The Ford Thames Trader but upon first look I was sure, it was way too difficult to make as a play toy.



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    Well some 50 plus hours later, I’ve proved myself wrong, a scratch built toy tow truck.
    At 450mm [18”] long x 180mm [7”] wide x 215mm [8.5”] high it’s a little heavy at 11lbs.
    The winch/crane works.
    The doors open.

    The bonnet is from a laminated Merbau post,
    The cabin is a mixture of Red Gum and Spotted Gum,
    The rear of the truck is American Walnut,
    Te crane is Spotted Gum,
    The detailing is Blackheart Sassafras [front & rear bumper bars + wheel arches & fuel tanks].
    Finish is my home made Wipe On Poly 3 coats; 30% Tung Oil, 40% Satin Clear Polyurethane, 30% Turps.


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    A couple of other THANK YOU acknowledgements:
    The Dutch Wooden Button steering wheel,
    The Ducky spring loaded lock mechanism on the crane winch.
    The truck has had it’s first test run with the grandsons with the only modification required being the size of the pickup on the end of the winch rope [it’s too small for some of the other trucks/vehicles I’ve made]
    All in all a fun, challenging project which extended me in a good way….
    Cheers crowie
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    well done ... good representation of it

    regards david

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    What a fine job Handy and you have done. Lots of pick ups with this one.

    I thought it came out of the Peterbilt factory, rather than the Ford workshop.

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    you have truly excelled yourself this time x 10
    The person who never made a mistake never made anything

    Cheers
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    Thumbs up Cool truck

    I just love the truck you picked for your toy truck, you got it just right.
    We needed two wreckers around here for sure.
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    What a top job you have done Peter

    Congratulations

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    I thought I had already commented on this Peter, sorry for not doing so earlier.

    Great looking truck and the design certainly does the original justice. Great job as always

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    Thank you one and all.
    I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out as it was a good challenge that stretched me.
    Cheers, Peter

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    Great job there Crowie. A technical build that you must have had real patience to complete.
    I cut it twice and it's still to short.

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    Peter

    If I ever to decide to adopt a second father I would like it to be you. At this point I would also like to present to you my wish list........



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    Quote Originally Posted by Bushmiller View Post
    Peter

    If I ever to decide to adopt a second father I would like it to be you. At this point I would also like to present to you my wish list........



    Regards
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    Thank you Paul, My grandsons are very pleased to spend hours playing with the wooden vehicles I make.
    There's also a whole stack of over children who've received a gift or prize; yes toy making has double rewards.
    Cheers, Peter

    PS - YOUR WISH LIST???

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    A top job on this one Crowie. Even though its not the biggest you've done, I think it's the best.
    Cheers,
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    That is very nice, love the dark timbers.

    Never seen a Ford Peterbuilt before

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ubernoob View Post
    That is very nice, love the dark timbers.

    Never seen a Ford Peterbuilt before
    The Truck is a Ford...

    The "NUMBER PLATE" is personalized as "Peterbilt"...

    I'm a Peter who likes the beautiful Peterbilt trucks and anything Ford...

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