Tuesday, October 18, 2016

To Restore or Not to, That is the Question

Tuesday, October 18 2016
Overcast and Raining
23 Celsius 74 Fahrenheit

To Restore or Not to Restore,
That is the Question.

A reader by the name of Mr. Matt Lee has been e-mailing me, and we have been corresponding. 
He was asking several questions. One was where he might get replacement parts for his toy, and the other was whether or not to restore the toy.

It's always a question of what you want to do with the toy. If you plan to save it,then go ahead and restart it. If not, and you plan to resell the toy, then leave the toy alone - do not restore.

Mr. Matt Lee

Wyandotte pressed steel camper travel trailer.
Circa 1930's
Dimension : L x W :  11" x 5"  279 mm x 127 mm

I believe that this Wyandotte trailer is the larger trailer. There is also a smaller trailer measuring 5" (125 mm)  in length.

This trailer came together with a car.
The car was longer than the trailer.

 THe photo above shows the problem.The 2 rubber tires have either dried out, or the toy was placed near a heat source that eventually damaged the tires over time. In order to replace the 2 tires, you would have to cut the axle, replace the axle,then measure the axle, then cut it to its' proper length. You would then have to hammer the end float in order to avoid the rubber tires falling off, as the end of the unhammered axle could slip out of its' hole on the side of the trailer.le

This hammer is called a peen hammer. The rounded hammer head is used to flatten the axle. The reason for using this head is because it won;t damage the trailer body if used properly. The flat end of the hammer hear will damage the trailer side body.

I did find on ebay several of the smaller Wyandotte toys (car and trailer) for sale, as well as one in "as is" condition.

So that leaves us with the question  
to restore or not to restore - that is the question.

Thanks for dropping by,
and as always,
Have a great part of the day or night,
Wherever you may be.

Stacey Bindman

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