Wisconsin man builds life-size Tonka truck - WSMV Channel 4

Wisconsin man builds life-size Tonka truck

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MENOMONIE, WI (KARE) -

To own a towing service is to covet trucks like a skinned-kneed boy.

Brad Doane's family has spent three generations playing with Freightliners, Kenworths and Chevys, but it took 66 years for the boys at Irvington Garage Towing to finally make it official and welcome to their fleet -- an actual tow toy.

Doane found a drive train in an 1984 Chevy pickup he purchased along a roadside for $700. He then spent a year cutting, bending and welding steel into a shape that mirrors the original Tonka, only at 12 times the size.

"You can't mistake what it is," smiles Doane. "'Dang, that looks like a Tonka truck.'"

It looks like a Tonka truck, because in essence it is. It's a 16-foot long, 10-foot tall, two ton life-size fabrication of a Tonka Mighty Wrecker.

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