The Hybrid Optima Mid Project

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The Hybrid Optima Mid Project

Post by Kyosho Fan » Sun Apr 26, 2009 2:25 am

Two weeks on a rebuild and my Hybrid Mid just ran its maiden run; its first run in over 15 years!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCeGNdJsiU0

Feel free to read all about it at:
http://hybridmid.blogspot.com

And the best part... not a single trip to the hobby shop!

This is what you call a basket case:

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Rebuilt car on the scales weighing in under the ROAR required minimum weight. This is configured for stock class 4WD w/ a 6-cell NiCD pack.

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Unique Kyosho dual chaindrive ball differential:

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This is how the car has been stored for nearly 15 years. The rebuild has restored and even improved on what was already a nice race car.

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Read more about this unique project at my Hybrid Mid blogspot.

[note: this is cross posted although it was recommended I post this here as well]

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Re: The Hybrid Optima Mid Project

Post by dirt oval rc » Sun Apr 26, 2009 6:34 am

Very nice car the mystery car you talk of is most likely an AYK pro radiant or boost the shocks are I'm sure of it . I have a pro radiant and its a two chain four wheel drive buggy. I love the concept of this car there's not another one like it and that is very cool thanks for the post. :D :D
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Re: The Hybrid Optima Mid Project

Post by dirt oval rc » Sun Apr 26, 2009 8:13 am

Defiantly a PRO Radiant that's a pro body you have on it and the pro or the boost were the only radiants with orange arms like you said in your blog :mrgreen:
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Re: The Hybrid Optima Mid Project

Post by Kyosho Fan » Sun Apr 26, 2009 4:30 pm

True, *our Radiants had the one way front axles and mid engine. The only thing that wasn't there was the bottom plate/battery tray.

*A race partner and I bought 3 Radiants. One was for spare parts. My Radiant was "borrowed" and ended up at a pawn shop, imagine that! Now I am curious if it is still there 15-someodd years later.

The Radiant definitely inspired the Hybrid Mid. Those two 7T chain cogs came from those cars. I also liked the double o-rings on the shocks. One of those shocks stayed leak-free for all these years... pretty impressive!

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Re: The Hybrid Optima Mid Project

Post by SMOKE-DOG » Wed Apr 29, 2009 8:59 pm

Nice looking project. That thing is sweet. Like how you did the chain shields. Gives me an idea for my Spider TF2 buggy conversion.

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Re: The Hybrid Optima Mid Project

Post by optimaforever » Tue Jun 30, 2009 3:33 pm

Hope you don't mind if I posted your work on Optimahouse? :wink:

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