Like Odd Tinkering and Rescue & Restore before him, TRG Restoration gave a rusty Tonka truck a new lease on life. But he went one better, and once he cleaned it up and repainted it, he added a 4×4 R/C drivetrain and lifted suspension so it can be driven off-road. The metal body does it no favors in the speed department though.
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The cast iron toys of yesteryear were subject to rusting and corrosion like nothing else. But in the capable hands of Awesome Restorations, old things can look as good as new once more. Watch as they breathe new life into an old 1930s coin bank, sandblasting off the caked-on rust and giving it a shiny coat of enamel paint.
There’s something so satisfying about restoring rusty old objects. This particular item – a gigantic cigarette lighter – is definitely one of the stranger things we’ve seen brought back to life. Sit back and relax as TysyTube takes the beast apart, cleans it up, and makes it good as new. Sandblasting is magic!
After bringing a distressed, 20-year-old PSone console back to life, Odd Tinkering figured he’d need a controller to go with. Watch as he takes a nasty, yellowed old DualShock controller and miraculously makes it look good as new after a piece-by-piece disassembly, a soap scrub, and a hydrogen peroxide bath under UV light.
Off-road experts Legacy Overland started with a German Army 1990 Mercedes-Benz G250D, restoring it with a full mechanical rebuild, and modernizing it with Bilstein shocks, a military-style snorkel, LED lighting, a custom leather interior, air conditioning, and more. The custom Boxwood Green paint brings it all together.
Fully-mechanical cash registers are relics of a bygone era of shopping. But there was a time that they were so popular that they even made a version for kids to play with. Watch as Rescue & Restore takes on the challenge of tearing down and rebuilding a rusted-out Tom Thumb model that dates back to the 1950s.
Restoration Station got his hands on a beat up old push reel mower his father found, and went through painstaking efforts to remove all of the rust and detritus to make it look as good as new. He says this was one of the more difficult projects he’s worked on due to the blade assembly being a challenge to work with.
Restoration junkie MrRescue got his hands on a toy Porsche 356 model that looks like it was stomped and kicked into a pile of dirt. From the looks of the undercarriage, it doesn’t look all that ancient, but we’re still impressed with the finished car after he brought it back to its former glory with that glossy peanut M&M paint job.
Rescue & Restore does a great job taking rusty old items and making them good as new. But given just how creepy this mechanical clown bank is, maybe it was better left in the junk heap. We could totally see a horror movie starting this way, then the bank comes to life and kills anyone who attempts to take the coins inside.
When you see an old painting hanging on the wall at a museum, it often has had restoration work to preserve its original majesty. In this video from The Museum of Modern Art, conservator Diana Hartman shows us the painstaking work required to repair the fraying canvas of artist Paula Modersohn-Becker’s 1907 self portrait.
Not too long ago, we got to see a rusty old Tonka dump truck restored to its former glory. Not to be outdone by Odd Tinkering, fellow restoration expert Rescue & Restore worked his magic on a similarly distressed Tonka tow truck, and it’s just as satisfying to watch.
There are few things more satisfying than watching old, rusted out objects made good as new by talented restoration artists. In this clip from Odd Tinkering, he takes a 1970’s era Tonka toy dump truck, and gives the yellow plaything a fresh new lease on life. Scrubbing off the old paint looks like a particularly satisfying task.
Rescue & Restore found an old metal toy piano rusting away in a barn, then carefully disassembled it, satisfyingly sandblasted off the rust, powder-coated it, and cleaned and restored its mechanism – which was basically a xylophone with keys. The resulting restoration is quite impressive.
Outfitter Iron and Resin teamed up with 4×4 restorers New Legend to bring this classic 1972 International Scout II back to life, loading it up with a modern GM LS 5.3L engine, a leather and waxed canvas interior, modern roof racks, a swing-out motorcycle mount, and more.
Classic Recreations’ handbuilt GT500 Shelby Mustang packs a 427ci Ford Performance V8 and a Procharger F1-R supercharger to push out more than 800hp. It’s built on a ’67 fastback chassis, and rocks 18″ Forgeline wheels, Detroit Speed suspension, and Magnaflow exhaust.
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