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avatar Tetsu0 9th April 2016, 15:30 PM

Got a new RC car! Kinda...

While it's not totally new, it's new to me. It's a 1988 Tamiya Grasshopper II. It's as old as I am!

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Slow Motion 240fps

My old boss gave it to me as a gift because he hadn't used it in quite some time and left the batteries in it to leak and get the controller all nasty. I cleaned it up, replaced some battery terminals, re-soldered some joints and it works great!

Here's an album of the tear down - Tear-down and a cat

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avatar DiscoStu says: 9th April 2016, 20:53 PM
Are you going to attach a camera to it?
avatar Tetsu0 says: 10th April 2016, 12:44 PM
I very well could. I have a go-pro
avatar Ghost129er says: 10th April 2016, 14:24 PM
You have absolutely no idea how happy I am to see her running again! Great job!
avatar Bruce says: 10th April 2016, 17:30 PM
Yeah, add a cam, some 2G/gprs and go scare some kids
avatar Striker says: 10th April 2016, 20:06 PM
Wait is the RC car made in 88'? That shit is old, nice to see it still works. Reminds me of a game we used to play as kids at school called "ReVolt".
avatar kamyon95 says: 10th April 2016, 20:21 PM
My feelings are same as my avatar for cat...

OMG SO ADORABLEEEEEE!!!
avatar Shepard62700FR says: 10th April 2016, 21:34 PM
Fuck me, I'm not the only one who spent his entire childhood on "Re-Volt" and seeing this just reminded me of that game ^^

Striker, I greet you, Re-Volt veteran ^^

The good old days of racing the Toyeca in the Museum or in the Supermarket, making the HDD full because of 150 generated tracks xD
avatar Tetsu0 says: 10th April 2016, 22:25 PM
Ghost, I knew you wanted an update, thats why I posted :D
I haven't strapped the gopro to it yet, but I did put a flashlight on it last night for some night riding. that was alright until i hit a curb and the zip-ties let loose
avatar Ghost129er says: 11th April 2016, 19:09 PM
Tetsu0 - Later on depending if you're keeping her or not, why not upgrade her to a Li-Po set up as well as some metal gear servo's or so? That'd be really kick ass of a thing to do! I still have my old Kyosho Mini-Z (now with a Murcielago shell instead of a Z4) and she's still amazing as when I had her when she was a kid. Had a Traxxas E-Revo - Roasted the ESC on the first day doing wheelies. >>
avatar Tetsu0 says: 11th April 2016, 19:18 PM
I was looking into the Tamiya forums and if anything I might do a rear-end rebuild and get some new suspension. The current suspension is REALLY soft. It needs new tires too; these ones are original and very bald.
avatar KB90 says: 13th April 2016, 12:00 PM
Back in the day, they used to make some good electronics. Is it made in Japan?
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