Man builds life-size Tonka Mighty Wrecker truck


When I was a kid, I played with realistic Tonka trucks that were actually made of pressed steel. Ads showed them being put under a Volkswagen Beetle and an elephant with no damage.

Today’s Tonka Classics re-create the look and feel of those old toys. But that isn’t enough for an obsessed Wisconsin man who’s showing his love for the brand by cruising around in his life-size Tonka truck.

Brad Doane has faithfully re-created a 1969 Tonka Mighty Wrecker tow truck, right down to the mini cab and hand-cranked winch. And he drives it around.

The 40-year-old had every Tonka truck as a kid, but his job at Irvington Garage Towing is the perfect spot for bringing a toy truck to life, so to speak.

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