Cruz Towing

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Project by ralbuck posted 03-19-2019 12:48 AM 1073 views 1 time favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The youngest great-grandson has been playing with my 19 year old tow truck. He wanted me to make him one. I had to make 2 one for his older brother also. So here is the Cruz towing Company fleet.

Made from shop scraps in a variety of woods—many unknown for species. The bumpers & hooks are oak, the rest a mix. Using the scraps and making them work, so a lot of unforeseen modifications as I went along.

Only new wood is the axles; commercial dowel, that I buy in bulk.

They sizes are about 14-15 inches long and 6-7 inches wide and tall. The cable is a very heavy multi-strand fish line. The lock for the winches was also just a hole saw slug and a small dowel attached into it.

I had made several of these tow trucks about 2000- none since until these. Two more are under construction too.

The pattern was from T & E designs again. Lots and lots of T & E in these. The paint is craft store acrylics and then a spray poly top coat. The lettering is just press on. I do wax the axles to facilitate rolling nice. The winches will wear in, no wax.

It was a guy that I worked with, who suggested the first one now over 2 decades ago.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#1 posted 03-19-2019 12:56 AM

Just don’t tow my car buddy. Nice job and the kids should love them. Love the name on the door. LOL.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#2 posted 03-19-2019 12:59 AM

This project made me smile. He is a lucky young man to have such nice tow trucks.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#3 posted 03-19-2019 01:29 AM

Great work, nothing more satisfying than toys for grandkids… Again great work.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#4 posted 03-19-2019 01:32 AM

They look really great. Nice paint. Very attractive. Bet the kids love them too.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#5 posted 03-19-2019 02:10 AM

Great project, nothing like making the Grand children something they enjoy.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#6 posted 03-19-2019 04:18 AM

Making memories with the great grand kids. Can’t get any better than that!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#7 posted 03-19-2019 06:14 AM

Lucky grandchild!

-- The garage is calling, I must go. The dog is Fred, and yes he’s well fed.

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#8 posted 03-19-2019 07:18 AM

So cute vehicles…lovely colours!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#9 posted 03-19-2019 11:36 AM

Just a nice little truck! I like it. I bet the Grand Sons like it too!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#10 posted 03-19-2019 11:56 AM

Lots of creative play time here.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#11 posted 03-19-2019 01:24 PM

Awesome! They look great, Ralbuck!

-- Pete

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#12 posted 03-19-2019 03:47 PM

these tow trucks are perfect for towing whatever GREAT JOB :<))
whats T&E designs ?

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#13 posted 03-20-2019 12:44 AM

Nice use of the scraps. Bet they will be getting plenty of use.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#14 posted 03-20-2019 07:21 AM

Love it Ralph, even more that your grandson with have many hours of fun and plau with it…
Well done sir!!

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#15 posted 03-22-2019 02:15 AM

neat truck, Ralph!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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