Candidate for a build - Marx Big Bruiser COE Tow Truck

JunkGTZ

Supporting Member
Kicking around flea markets in south Mississippi with my wife and found this. Considering the number of builds that have been done with Tonka trucks, I think this one would be a great candidate - for someone else - not me! This is the second one I've come across in the past 6 months, the other in much better shape. That's rather surprising since I haven't seen any since I was a kid circa 1967. I merely post it to put it out there. Maybe it's a "been there done that" thing and I haven't seen it yet. It's big - estimating 1/10 scale 24" or so long and about 9" or 10" wide. Those are 12' floor tiles under it.

Big Bruiser Tow Truck 1.jpg


Here's a nicer one on eBay:
Marx Big Bruiser Tow Truck.jpg


And a view of a chassis also for sale on eBay to get an idea of the workings.
Bir Bruiser Chassis.jpg


It has a wired remote and it controls everything including the winch. They were asking $32 (the remote is still attached but not shown) for the one I found today and I think $40 for the nicer one I found a few months ago. (That one was complete and only had some peeling stickers. I think it may have sold. I'm happy to put an interested party in touch with the locations to see what kind of deal you might get.)

I remember these when I was a kid as being sort of a rich kid's toy. I think my cousin (whose family had some bucks) may have had one. Fun to see them again.
 

Frizzen

Active member
That's a really cool looking ford COE truck. I knew Marx was really big into making tin toys, but didn't know they did much with plastic

I could totally see you throwing a set of dollies under a crawler, and towing it away with that rig. Maybe even go really crazy and do a rollback towtruck, or make it a 5th wheel semi with a flatbed trailer?

I've been keeping an eye out to find a similar looking (and much smaller) one that Nylint build around that time.
 
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