Rusty and Burned 1950's Doepke Fire Truck Restoration

Hey everyone and welcome back to another restoration! In today's video I tackle a classic 1950's Doepke pumper. Doepke was a short lived toy company that made some amazingly detailed toys throughout the lates 40's and early 50's and this American Lafrance is no exception. Doepke licensed the toy right from American Lafrance meaning it is authentic to the real deal. It even has Goodyear tires!
This restoration was as the truck had unfortunately been badly burned in a house fire. The few plastic parts that remained were melted beyond recognition and all bright work had turned black. Fortunately with plenty of cleaning, buffing, and 3D printing I was able to bring it back to its former glory! I opted to used spray paint over powder coating for the main body as the body panels were a tight fit and could only reassemble with a thin coating. This made reassembly extra challenging as the paint was prone to chipping. Overall I have to say this is my favorite project so far!
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Special thanks to Eastwood who provided some of the products used in this video. Incredible stuff! I highly recommended it to anyone new to powder coating or metal prepping and painting.
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Eastwood Products Used:
Eastwood Original DIY Powder Coat Gun System
Pre Painting Prep:
Hotcoat Powder Coat Gloss Black
Mounting/Grinding Stones:
Other products used:
Rustoleum Red:
Rustoleum White Primer:
3D Printer Elegoo Mars:
Elegoo Mars Transparent Red Resin:
Elegoo Mars Transparent Black Resin:
UV Curing Lamp:
Buffing Compound:
Electric Oven:
Aluminum Oxide Media:
Camera Lights:
Panasonic Lumix FZ300:




  • Бак по середине надо было сделать другого цвета,а так вообще огонь!

    Алексей ПавловАлексей Павлов2 saatler önce
  • Well it was a fire truck

    MallMall14 saatler önce
  • I think the sand blaster is the most satisfying think

    tt tttt tt20 saatler önce
  • Where do you find the toys or are they brought in by customers? Do you sell the restored ones or keep in a collection?

    Tim TaylorTim Taylor4 gün önce
  • This is fantastic. Now it just needs a firestation to call home.

    T YedinakT Yedinak4 gün önce
  • anything like powder coatin or sprayin u should tack rag it first to get rid of he dust so your guaranteed top notch result !

  • Nice job but nickel plating would have finished it off.

    Alexander LykkeAlexander Lykke5 gün önce
  • I would have paid maybe 2 bucks for it before the restoration. After the restoration $25. 45 with working lights.

    Dvid PaigeDvid Paige6 gün önce
    • Dvid Paige this is like 1000 dollars

      Just The 3 Of UsJust The 3 Of Us5 gün önce
  • I can't EVEN tell you how much I love this.

    Dvid PaigeDvid Paige6 gün önce
  • It could of put out the fire itself.

    Jaxon AnconaJaxon Ancona7 gün önce
  • DASA

    mohammad azihan che semanmohammad azihan che seman14 gün önce
  • A burned firetruck. What an irony.

    PIROPIRO14 gün önce
  • Great job! I don't know if it is just me, but I cringe when a restorer brings out the spray cans... And bro, you spend so much time painting, please cover your pliers in tape.

    Kevin JohnsonKevin Johnson15 gün önce
  • I cringed every time I seen the pliers on that new paint with no tape of the Jaws 😬

    Red DaveRed Dave17 gün önce
  • อยากได้

    จงกล มุขพิมายจงกล มุขพิมาย17 gün önce
  • Hello, where did you purchased the C-clamp rivet tool from?

    Goyo EGoyo E20 gün önce
  • Beautiful restoration.

    modeler308modeler30825 gün önce
  • why didnt you try to pump the water?

    Rebecca ClarkRebecca Clark25 gün önce
  • what is the clamp thing you use to do the rivets please

    Rebecca ClarkRebecca Clark25 gün önce
  • On this project, I would have thought you were going to hang all parts and powder paint spray them then pop them into the bakeing oven Is what I thought . !

    Daniel HolmesDaniel Holmes27 gün önce
    • Not everyone has the equipment to do powder coating.

      Jeff DeWittJeff DeWitt12 saatler önce
  • beautiful job!

    Ricardo JimenezRicardo Jimenez27 gün önce
  • Mais cuidado com o uso do alicate!

    Edu _M.AEdu _M.AAylar önce
  • Beautiful!!!

    Edu _M.AEdu _M.AAylar önce
  • Excelente trabalho Ótimo vídeo

    Bira BiraBira BiraAylar önce
  • Remarkable!

    Brain GlideBrain GlideAylar önce
  • Este es de los años 50 osea que tiene 70 años y tiene un montón de óxido y desperfectos a montones. Pero el señor manitas no Le preocupa nada y lo deja todo estupendo.

    Juan Antonio Parra RuizJuan Antonio Parra RuizAylar önce
  • As. Always. Very. Sweet 👍😊. No. Thumbs. Here. Ever. So. Cool. Lee

    Lee GoldeneagleLee GoldeneagleAylar önce
  • Nicely done. The finished product is beautiful.

    Rob PRob PAylar önce
  • Awwww I wanted to see the hose work!!!! Good job tho

    Andre CollinsAndre CollinsAylar önce
  • You were kill'in it up until that hand saw part. What was that? 😒😆

    Steven KlinglerSteven KlinglerAylar önce
  • This fire truck is amazing.

    Mad MaxMad MaxAylar önce
  • Min 9:25 VW BUG

    Harvey PostHarvey PostAylar önce
  • Una pregunta, en dónde consiguen todas esas genialidades de juguetes? En hora buena pues su labor, quedan padrisimos!!!

    Josue RicoJosue RicoAylar önce
  • Wow..!!!!! Very Nice.. !!!!!.. And Awesome.. !!!!!.

    William StrikerWilliam StrikerAylar önce

    Steven DownesSteven DownesAylar önce
  • 👍👍👍👍👍💯

    ابو وليد السعوديهابو وليد السعوديهAylar önce
  • Do you ever restore old train’s?

    Beth WhittingtonBeth WhittingtonAylar önce
  • Is that an old Volkswagen in the background the blue I had a 63 V wagon I think it was a 63 anyway it was really old I loved that car Mom and dad had it painted for my Graduation 1975 $29.95 at Earl Shy Mediterranean blue, you ever redo any small cars or do they ever have any small cars like that?

    Beth WhittingtonBeth WhittingtonAylar önce
  • Excellent! I love just watching the process without constant babble or cheesy music. Great job!!

    Davis MillardDavis MillardAylar önce
  • 👏👏👏👏

    samukslip xxsamukslip xxAylar önce
  • Is this restored truck for sale?

    Carlos CelisCarlos CelisAylar önce
  • 100% better finish on all your projects than the rest of the other so called experts and their shite restorations Keep up the good work

    niall gormleyniall gormleyAylar önce
  • Lookin’ very good! I wish I restore them.

    Hotpursuit843Hotpursuit843Aylar önce
  • En qué precio me saldría un camión ya con gastos de envío en México toluca

    Julio LinasJulio LinasAylar önce
  • Beautiful, just Beautiful, This is, to me, Candy 🍬 for the eyes,, As a Hobby, when I was a kid, I used to Put Airplane models together, and then Paint them, peice by peice, also Applying the Decals at the end of the project, I thought I was very good, but, Your work is Great,. And I Thank you for sharing this Restoration of a Classy Fire Truck. 👍👍👍

    Brian PressBrian PressAylar önce
  • After all the work on getting a good paint and powder coat finish, you really need some smooth jawed pliers. At least file the teeth of the set you have.

    murphymbmurphymbAylar önce
  • Pode restaurar aquele Fusca Azul que apareceu atrás. Linda restauração 🇧🇷🇧🇷🇧🇷🇧🇷

    William Silva guedesWilliam Silva guedesAylar önce
  • That steering wheel should have been black.

    kSupremekSupremeAylar önce
  • Excellent job. Hi from Puerto Rico.🙋‍♀️👏👏👏👏👏👏💋

    Angie GarciaAngie GarciaAylar önce
  • How could the Rubber tires survive a fire?

    mjoelnir58mjoelnir582 aylar önce
  • if you watch it backwards it would look like a weathering tutorial lol, all jokes a side pretty awesome restoration

    the city of angelsthe city of angels2 aylar önce
  • que vonito en donde encuentra esos carro

    Jairo VergrlJairo Vergrl2 aylar önce
  • Do you ever auction some these restorations?

    Greg KelwayGreg Kelway2 aylar önce
  • Это чудо ! Браво, мастер !!!

    Майский ГромМайский Гром2 aylar önce
  • nice heavy duty metal toy

    marcus ciceromarcus cicero2 aylar önce
  • Seagrave made fire trucks that looked like this.

    John W 1711 StockJohn W 1711 Stock2 aylar önce
  • Una verdadera BELLEZA!!!

  • Wonder how a small pad lock got wedged in the driver's cab ?

    Daniel HolmesDaniel Holmes2 aylar önce
  • How did you come by getting original parts that were destroyed ?

    Daniel HolmesDaniel Holmes2 aylar önce
  • Over all great job bringing it back to life .

    Daniel HolmesDaniel Holmes2 aylar önce
  • The shade of red looks between a orange / red rather than a deep red for a fire truck

    Daniel HolmesDaniel Holmes2 aylar önce
  • Probably would have gotten better results if the paint was baked on .

    Daniel HolmesDaniel Holmes2 aylar önce
  • He used regular can spray paint , now I would have done it the other way Powder painted it then in a oven to bake on paint it would have looked a lot better .

    Daniel HolmesDaniel Holmes2 aylar önce
  • Will he or does he have a good sand blasting machine and will he powder paint this toy then bake on the paint ?

    Daniel HolmesDaniel Holmes2 aylar önce
  • Bet its worth $$

    Valentino ZValentino Z2 aylar önce
  • Spray paint and sanding definitely not the way to go ~ only right way is powder coating and baking it on like this guy:

    John GJohn G2 aylar önce
  • OMX, marring your pretty paint job with those piers was _killing_ me!

    Samantha EmSamantha Em2 aylar önce
  • Imprecionante 🤩

    carlos tzakuncarlos tzakun2 aylar önce
  • I think bondo would have worked for the pitting in the back of the firetruck bed. The side of the truck controls could have been painted silver. Needle nose should have taped wrapped around it to avoid scratches. Otherwise this is awesome and of course a 3D printer!

    JimmyMeetsWorldJimmyMeetsWorld2 aylar önce
  • Love these vids! Question: On these larger models are you ever tempted to put in LED's for the lights?

    JimmyMeetsWorldJimmyMeetsWorld2 aylar önce
Rusty  and Burned 1950's Doepke Fire Truck  Restoration