The cab wheel wells were flared

Dating tonka dump trucks

The headlights were separate plated steel pieces that pushed into the grille. Later trucks may have subtle changes made to wheels and tires and may possibly have a year stamped on the bottom plate of the vehicle. The center of the front bumper is smooth.

New for was the introduction

New for was the introduction of whitewall tires. The plated steel bumper and grille were separate pieces with the grille now held in place by four smooth, clear plastic headlights. Tires and wheel covers remained as noted on the models.

The plated steel bumper

From to the present, small changes with the wheel and tire assemblies and appearances have been made to the Tonka trucks which can make identification easier. Except for the Hi-Way series and the Allied Van Lines semi, all other trucks sported the familiar bright finish bumper.

This series stood alone until when Tonka developed and marketed the Mini Tonka series. Tires and wheel covers remained as noted on the through models. The pocket for an accessory trailer was retained. The sidewalls were left black.