Sunday, June 3, 2012

A Sandblasted Kingsbury Ford Coupe

Thursday, June 7, 2012

A Sandblasted Kingsbury
Ford Coupe

    You've seen today's toy on the May 11, 2012  post. I just started to buy these fine toys. It's a Kingsbury 1937 Ford Coupe Wind-up Car. It's made of pressed steel.  If you don't remember or don;lt want to go to the May 11, 2012 post, the photo below is how the car looked "before".

 This toy measures 12" (305mm) in length.

     I decided to repaint it because it's a beautiful toy to repaint.I also want to take the wind-up mechanism from this model and transfer for to another larger 14" Kingsbury with lights. That one I want to fully restore.

The sandblasting has removed the rusted from the  front grill and lights.
However the shine has been lost. I'm simply going to spray paint the grill with a metallic paint.
I'll leave it up to the buyer to purchase a new grill if he/she wants.

   I'll probably have to purchase 2 shiny headlight inserts for the front headlights.

   The wind-up mechanism is missing a metal brake. 
As the car wind-ups now, there is no break to hold the wound up energy on the spring. You need to use your finger to hold the tension.
I'm going to have a local professional antique restorer make the brake.

    Here's a close-up photo of the wind-up mechanism

So that's it for today.
Thank's for dropping by, and have a nice day 
wherever you may be.


Anonymous said...

I just purchased this exact toy at auction. need to know date of manufacture? And the value of this item on todays market. My ford is in almost perfect condition but like yours the wind up is not working. Is there repair parts that can be purchased for this portion of the car??

toysearcher said...


Thanks for the questions.

The Kingsbury Ford was manufactured about 1939.

As far as "guesstimating" a toy price, I can't really say.
There are too many variables such as time of the year, the auctioneers, the economy, and so forth.The
best thing for you to do is check out websites like "Liveauctioneers". From there you can then go to the
many different auctioneer or auction houses (companies) sites and see the final realized prices. What you
will see are final prices that have a broad range.

For toy repairs, you can do a search on the Net for "antique toy repairs". There are a few toy repair places in the USA, one of them being Randy's Toy Shop ( I haven't done any business with Randy personally, but for his allowing me to use his fine photographs for my blog. On his website, he has a phone number and you can phone him.

I would think that any old or antique toy repair is going to be moderately expensive, since parts are in short supply or have to be made. If you plan to keep the toy, then it may be worthwhile to have the toy repaired. If you plan to re-sell it, you may not make much money after the repairs.

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