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Tonka Jeep Limited Restoration and Parts in Minneapolis, MN

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Wally wrote me the other day to share information about a vintage jeep restoration and parts shop called Tonka Jeep Limited. The business has only been opened since 2012, however their service guy has more than 40 years experience working on jeeps. You can learn more about the company via the website or the Facebook page.

Tonka Jeep Limited started in 2012, following twenty-five years of being a vintage Jeep owner as a hobby. Our product and service offerings cover all Jeep and Jeep variants (Jeepster, Truck & Wagon) from 1941-1955. We’ve grown steadily, by offering hard to find original parts, NOS, as well as all reproduction parts. Along with parts, we offer complete rebuild services on all mechanical components. Restoration services are offered exclusively on both civilian and military Jeeps. Parts can be ordered through our website, or by email inquiry. Our means of contact is unique, as we don’t take phone calls, we found email contact to be faster and a more efficient way to service our clientele; our response times are usually same day, however, twenty-four hours is standard. Many have asked if we have a shop or store to come by and visit; for now no, but of course if you want to pick-up parts, we’ll gladly direct you to one of two locations, where inventory is stored.

Our website is: tonkajeepltd.com and email address for questions and ordering is; sales@tonkajeepltd.com

Here’s a photo of their promotional and work jeep, a 1943 GPW:

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The photo is of the owner, after an all day product shoot for the website; the back-drop is a hood from a 1950 6 cylinder Station Wagon in the original Jamaica Green and yes, it is in excellent condition and for sale.

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11 Comments on “Tonka Jeep Limited Restoration and Parts in Minneapolis, MN

  1. Mike Finegan

    Although I wish the Business owner well, the name “Tonka” is a registered trademark. Using the name on a business is just leaving the door open for future litigation. I may be over reacting, but big business does not take kindly to these situations.

  2. mmdeilers Post author

    Mike,

    You are correct that Tonka is a registered trademark. And, it is also good to steer clear of such well known brands. In this case it seems they do not own a Tonka related trademark for vehicle related services. Additionally, the Tonka (toy) company originated out of Minnesota, where the name Tonka is used in various forms by all sorts of companies (I just did a search to verify this). So, I *think* Wally’s in good shape on the name (in my non-lawyer opinion, which isn’t worth much).

    Hasbro has registered the following Trademarks related to Tonka:
    IC 025. US 022 039. G & S: clothing and footwear,
    IC 028. US 022. G & S: HOBBY KITS.
    IC 028. US 022. G & S: NON-RIDING TRANSPORTATION TOYS.
    IC 025. US 039. G & S: Children’s Clothing-Namely, Jeans, Pants, Shirts, Shorts, Overalls, Slacks, Suits, Vests, Blazers, Jackets, Coats, Hats, Dresses and Skirts.
    IC 028. US 022. G & S: play kits and parts sold as units for playing board, card and similar games, toy vehicles,
    IC 009. US 021 023 026 036 038. G & S: computer game programs and video game cartridges
    IC 016. US 002 005 022 023 029 037 038 050. G & S: children’s books.
    IC 009. US 021 023 026 036 038. G & S: pre-recorded video cassette tapes and DVD’s
    IC 041. US 100 101 107. G & S: Entertainment services, namely, the production and distribution of motion pictures

    And “Tonka Toys”
    IC 028. US 022. G & S: NON-RIDING TRANSPORTATION TOYS. FIRST USE: 19470100. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19470100

  3. Mike Finegan

    Dave,

    I can see you put in a lot of time & effort researching this subject, one of the few that follow through with relevant information. Thanks for keeping us informed. Mike

  4. mmdeilers Post author

    No problem Mike. I was curious about it as well. Until I started doing my research, I didn’t know the Tonka company originated in Minnesota. Once I discovered that, then the use of the origin of the name started to make more sense.

    The funny thing was, as I was searching, the thing that keep bouncing around my brain was “Tatanka” from the movie Dances with Wolves. lol.

  5. Buz

    Maybe it’s just me but I have a hard time doing business with a company that does not want phone calls and looks to keep their location secret.

  6. Jeepster

    WARNING! The website tonkajeepltd and the filth that operate it is fraudulent and have been reported for online fraud. I don’t know how its been in the past with that site.. but recently I purchased a vtg steering wheel for almost 300$ and they never shipped it, nor did they go ahead with a refund. No email replies and I had to make a case at my credit card holder. I buy stuff frequently from Ebay etc since 15 years back and I seldom run into any problems due to the feedback system, PayPal, Ebay staff etc. I sometimes buy from online stores and have not had any problems until I bumped into this looser thief. Steer clear!!

  7. GPSter

    Thanks for that heads up. He hasn’t replied to my emails either and won’t show a picture of the part he says he has. I’ll heed your warning and steer clear.

  8. Paul

    Same thing for me. Good old Wally got me for $799! Bought parts and had to return them with the promise that my refund would post on my Visa account in a couple days. 7 months and no results. My fault, I should have known not to deal with ANYONE who has no phone listed and works out of a one car garage (I later found this out). Oh yeah, if you got cheated by Wally and are in the Minneapolis area, let me know. I still have his address on my GPS and will gladly share this info upon request. You can meet this geriatric unshaven hipster in person.

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