This is the restoration of a Buddy L Texaco tanker truck that was offered by Texaco Oil Company through their Texaco gas stations in 1959. For a few gallons of gas and $3.95, a new toy could be purchased.
The first step in a restoration is to take detailed pictures of what you have to restore. This is a way of assessing your project, and also serves as a road map to putting your toy back together.
Next, I took everything that could be taken off the truck and labeled each item. In this project the items taken off were the wheels, axles and headlights. Also, I took the cab apart from the trailer, the roof off from the cab, and the lower part of the cab off from the frame. This way all the parts are ready to start the paint removal.
Now I chemically stripped the old paint off all the pieces of the truck. Most of the old paint is removed in this process.
The next step is to sandblast all of the parts. This removes any paint that is still on the truck parts after the previous step. This step also removes any surface rust that the truck has on it.
The only body work that was needed on this toy was a little (very little) filling on the roof of the cab due to a little pitting from surface rust that was remove during sandblasting. All parts are now sanded with 600 grits sandpaper, blown off and wiped down.
Now I’m ready to start refinish this tanker. I used a filling primer to prime this toy. If there is any minor unevenness on this toy this helps smooth that out. The red oxide filling primer has excellent coverage and is a good choice when you are using a red color for a finish color.
I let the primer sit overnight, then I sanded the truck once again with 600 grit sandpaper. Blew the truck off and wiped it down and it is ready for the finish color.
I chose a color as close as I could to the Texaco color. To match this color I used the bottom of the truck before I striped the paint off, as the sun and outside weather had not wore or faded this color.
On the exterior of the tanker I used tractor implement paint so this finish will last for a very long time. Appling several thin coats of paint to build the color consistency and gloss, this trucks exterior looks great.
Again, I let this toy tanker sit for a day to make sure it was completely dry. Reassembling the cab and attaching the cab to the frame and then attaching the trailer to the cab.
I wanted to use as much original parts as possible so I cleaned the tires and repainted the center of the wheels. Also, I used a wire brush to clean up the axles. After the paint was dry on the wheels I installed these parts on the truck.
The old grille was all but missing with only the headlights still on the truck, so I purchased a new grille and install it on the truck.
The last thing to be done on this Texaco Tanker truck to make it look brand new was to apply the new decals on the doors, sides of the trailer and the back of the trailer. Take a look at the pictures, as the truck looks beautiful, just like it did when it was new in 1959.