@George S posted:
Here are the two cars I built / restored. In researching the Ives 122 tank car on the Ives Society website, I learned an early version of the 122 had blank plates. So mine is modeled after that. I have the decals for the AF tank car but haven’t got them on yet. I had to use some artistic license on the 3210. Making it look exactly like the original would have cost me ten times what this did.
I removed a lot of rust from these trains. The donor Lionel 815 was in OK condition, but it only cost me $16.
There is an Ives 122 tank car in nice condition for sale on eBay. It's already out of my price range. I suspect it will close even higher with 14 bids already. A set with this car in it sold for over $2700 in a Lloyd Ralston auction a few weeks ago. I guess I will need to be content with what I have...