Monday, 22 October 2012

Vintage Tiny Tears Doll Plug & Neck Assembly & Head Removal for Repairs

If you're experiencing problems with your Vintage Tiny Tears Doll, this Page from a 1960s or 1970s (can't remember which decade) book on How To Run Your Own Business As a DOLL HOSPITAL, may be of some help to you...also information posted below image on Head removal.

The small writing at the top of the page reads ... "If my diaper does not wet after I have taken my bottle, look for a tiny opening just below the small of my back. Mother will pus it open wit a pin or clip"

The rest of the page is a diagram of the inner workings for the voice / feeding mechanisms ... 

This page is entitled "Tiny Tears Doll Plug & Neck Assembly"

Related info:

Removing / Replacing Tiny Tears Head with another one:

After all, it's all well and good having a diagram to show you the insides workings, or you may have another better, head to replace the old one with... but if you can't figure out how to safely remove the head, you have a problem!

Well then, it's lucky for you that I found this info too!


1) It isn't hard to do this but you may create a problem once it's done... The doll may not drink or wet again because the rubber connector will, in most cases be broken in the switch over...

So you do this at your own risk (personally I've not done this since I was about 6 years old!) But I did find some info, so here goes:-

2) Apparently a broken rubber connector isn't really a problem as you shouldn't really use this feature because this is what normally caused the bodies to deteriorate in the Rubber- Bodied Tiny Tears.

3) All you have to do is hold onto the body, close to the neck and gently pull. It sometimes helps to warm up the rubber with a hair dryer to make it more pliable, and less likely to tear...

*** Again I advise caution with the air dryer, don't hold it too close and don't use it for more than a few seconds at a time or it may melt :( ***

Personally I would try holding the head in some warm ( not hot) water for a few mins, or gently pouring it along the neck / head join.

4) Then you would have to put the new head on the body, reversing the process... It sometimes helps to rub a little mineral oil on the neck opening in the head, and on the neck (flange) of the body before trying to replace the head. This will make the head application much easier.

Adapted and re-posted from my original post in Dolls More Dolls Group, on Multiply, (11th May 2009, 11:22PM) By,