Posted 5 years ago
As a follow-up to my Structo "West Coast Style" Toy Truck Overhaul, I have posted a couple pictures of how it finally came out. The truck was once a conversion from a single axle dump truck to a dual axle semi tractor pulling a similar vintage Structo trailer. In this project, I have returned it to this custom version. There were numerous upgrades to the tractor and trailer both. Most can be seen in the pictures but some cannot. The trailer was converted from a "grain" trailer to one that hauls fruit and vegetables to market. Upgrades to the trailer include a steel payload frame and rip-stop tarp to protect the fresh produce from the elements. The rip-stop tarp was hand fitted and sewn just for this application. The trailer also received a custom metal "gate" using a Structo part so that the produce could not roll away while in transit.
The cab received a pair of polished "saddle" tanks for long hauls, a pair of polished exhaust stacks, a new larger solid aluminum bumper w/grill, a two-tone paint job and Structo decaling. Both vehicle sections also received an upgrade to Structo cast metal wheels and Structo rubber tires.
In addition, a fictitious company logo was created to match the truck, "Apple Crate Cartage, Walla, Walla, WA"
The truck now resides in a private Structo Collection in TN.