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Man builds a life-sized Tonka Mighty Wrecker

Boys will be boys

Tonka Trucks might have fallen out of favor with today’s youth, but for an older generation there’s nothing quite like the classic construction vehicles.

While most adults simply cherish their memories or collect the toys, Wisconsin native Brad Doane decided to go a step further by building a full-size model that draws inspiration from the Tonka Mighty Wrecker.

Using parts from a 1984 Chevrolet pickup, Doane set to work building a real-life Tonka truck that resembles the one his mother picked up at a charity auction. The build process took almost a year but Doane is happy with the results as he explained “When you’re driving down the road and you meet people, it’s not like they give a double take; it’s like a triple take.”


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