We had restored this piece years ago for a client and it turned out fantastic. So when he offered to trade it back to us for some other items I jumped at the chance and now it sits in the Retroplanet.com world headquarters.
The tank was one of the cars in an amusement park ride for kids that went round and round and is most likely from the 1950’s. It sat five children and they all had their own noise making crank machine guns. Safe to say in this politically correct world of today they are not making many kiddie tank amusement rides with guns. One amazing thing about this piece was when we went to restore it we found it 100% complete. None of the chrome accents or trim pieces or even the name tag were missing which was surprising considering all the years of use and that there is so much of it.
We changed the paint scheme when we restored it but it was a pretty straightforward restoration. Take apart, sandblast, bodywork, clean or send out accent pieces for chrome, recover the seats, paint and then put it back together.
The real time consuming part was hand painting all of the camouflage after the base color of paint was laid down but I think all that time was worth it. Hope you like it.
View the video of this restored Patton Tank Kiddie Ride
This item is not for sale. We show restored items in this blog to encourage discussion, prompt questions and further the hobby of collecting and restoration. We also enjoy sharing the photos of the many items we have restored over the years.