1958 Yonezawa Atom Jet Race Car Restoration #6
As of May 2012, this is now my 6th. complete customer restoration of the 1958 Yonezawa Atom Jet race car and features my reproduction fin. This car was previously restored/mishandled by two other restoration companies which will remain un-named but I was able to bring it back to it's former glory. Rebuilt the friction drive and siren, all brightwork was chrome plated per the customer's request and a ton of touch ups as it looked to have run through a barbwire fence . . . new side tab covers were made and color matched to an original piece and missing rivet detail around the tail lights was done by hand.
Yonezawa Giant Bus 23" Bumper
Early 1950's Yonezawa Giant Bus, friction drive and 23" long. Extremely rare toy came to me missing the rear bumper. Assuming the rear was the same as the front as the tab locations were identical, I fabricated the tin replacement by hand. If you need a bumper, they are available in the on-line store!
Uncle Al recreates the Yonezawa 30
Here is one of my latest projects; the recreation of the 1958 Yonezawa 30" Atom Jet car rear fin. I borrowed a friends toy and was able to make a duplicate of his fin OUT OF TIN, just like the original. I've fabricated my own press dies and am quite happy with the results. These pictures are of my very first attempt. I've made more since these shots were taken and it just gets better and better!
The Atom Jet fin will be available as of September 30th, 2010 and will be available for viewing at the Chicago Toy and Doll Show in October, 2010. It is fully colored with original script and details for $750.00 plus shipping
For an additional $500, customers can send me their Atom jets and I will custom color the primary green color to the overall hue of their toy, for a near perfect match. This price will also include a 100% cleaning, adjustment and detail.
There are NO FLASHING LIGHTS on an Atom Jet. The inside is very simple but does have a uniquely shaped cardstock siren that is very fragile that mounts forward of the friction motor. I also make replacements of these at a cost of $175.00.
These toys hold tremendous value, as recently showcased at both the Morphy and Bertoia auctions this year. I guarantee there isn't anything that comes as close as my fin to the original!