Alan was now quite enjoying himself and the 5 children were totally entranced by this new world of industry where things were actually made and the telephone didn’t ring obtrusively every two minutes, at least not on Saturdays.
Tonka was temporarily pained and inconvenienced as Alan drilled a 1 ½ diameter hole through the middle front of his body and a round headed coach bolt was passed through and welded to a small frame, carrying the front axle and the 2 now 150mm diameter rubber tyred wheels.
The children were given large welding shields to hold in front of their faces and watched the seemingly magical process of welding steel to steel. As a fixing it beat chewing gum hands down. Now Tonka had 4 new beautiful rubber tyred wheels and Alan made and fixed a rod with a T shaped end to the carrying frame to enable the front axle to be moved from side to side. This meant that Tonka could be steered so that in future the knocks and bumps that he had always previously had to suffer could be avoided. One last manifestation left Tonka feeling amazed. As the gang piled Tonka through the factory roads Sharon was allowed the first ride and laughed at her ability to steer. But alas the fact that the 2-200mm diameter rubber tyred wheels were on the back and the 2-150mm diameter wheels were swivelled at the front, meant that the smaller wheels at the front made Tonka into a drop head coupe.
He glowed with pride and thought pleasurably of the coming 6 weeks.