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We took good old FRED FLINTSTONE and his FLIVVER apart because the motor plate was severely bent from pushing down too hard to get the friction to work. The tin is very thin and care must be taken. Look at the picture of the tools used to disassemble as shown in pictures. The pliers are flat 3/8" wide and 1 1/2" long at the jaws. We filed the serrations off so as not to scratch the toy. You might also put electrical tape on the jaws. The little tool is an allen hex wrench. We ground the short end to a sharp point. You can poke it under the tabs and pull back raising the tab enough to straighten it out. Work one tab and move around . If you work them a little at a time, they don't break as much. IF YOU BREAK A TAB--save it and after you reassemble the toy, put a LIGHT drop of DURO super glue on it and replace it. You won't see it's broke if you put the same tab at the same place. Any time you use the glue, USE A VERY SMALL AMOUNT! It works great! The anvil is used to press the metal back where it belongs. We push with a piece of hard wood wrapped with tape. After the toy is apart, we clean all parts and oil the motor with sewing machine oil or some very light oil. We also wax ALL sides of the metal. We use a product called Rain Dance. First, if the toy has dirt on it we use a tooth brush wrapped with a terry cloth patch and blow off the dirt with a hair dryer on COLD. DON'T scratch the metal. If you never have restored a toy, it is very satifying to take what others would toss out and make a show piece out of it!!!
We paint toys, make new parts and other restoring projects and it dosen't take much more than what you have around the house to do it!!
GET THAT OLD TOY OUT AND GET TO WORK. Don't forget to take a picture BEFORE & AFTER !!!
If you have any questions or if you have a better way to fix a toy, PLEASE mail us and we'll put it on this page.