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Introduction (long)

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Hello there, I just recently stumbled across this website as I was restoring my RC10. I don't remember exactly when I bought it, it must have been around 1990. Within the first few months I replaced the brass bushings with a bearing kit. When I was still dating my wife I bought her an RC10T in 1995. I was so impressed with the stealth tranny that came with it that I got one for my buggy.

When I first got my buggy I used to run it on the street and in the rain, and even once in a while in the snow. Neither of the cars have ever been on a real track, but we used to take them with us when we went camping to run around the campground. We haven't gone camping in years, and the cars were just sitting on blocks in the garage.

I was looking at them a couple weeks ago, and wondered what had changed in the offroad RC world in the past 6 or 7 years. Turns out quite a lot! I thought about buying a replacement for my buggy, but decided to try and restore it instead. I have to say that I was quite suprised to find that I was now the owner of a "vintage" buggy!

On a Sunday morning I sat down and started working on the buggy. Everything was going fine until I opened the shocks. What came out was a dark gray color, and close to the consistency of water. The fronts were about 3/4 full, and the rears barely had anything in them. I looked in my spare parts box, and noticed that I had half a bottle of the original yellow shock oil from the buggy along with half a bottle of silicone oil from the truck. It was obvious that I had never opened the shocks since I built the buggy.

When taking apart the shocks I tore a couple of the o-rings, so I called a local hobby shop to see if they still sold parts for RC10's and was told that nobody does. They suggested I try the internet/ebay, which is how I found this site. I also bought 2 sets of o-rings off ebay to rebuild the buggy and truck, although when I got around to the truck I found the shocks still full. Apart from the o-rings the only other part I needed was a set screw for the pinion gear. The local shop didn't have a small enough screw, so I ended up just getting a new gear with slightly larger screw.

I've got the buggy and truck all cleaned up and ready to go, but haven't run them yet. I tried my old ni-cads in a statium truck I bought 4 or 5 years ago, and they all work - so I'm ready to run! The only problem is that now I'm not sure if I should run it or shelf it.

I'm posting this message from work, so I'll add pics of the buggy later tonight. I'd apreciate comments, and would like to know how you guys decide whether to run a car, or keep it for display?

Tom

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Post by shodog »

Welcome, you will find a lot of knowledge here and also come to realize that your pocket book is going to suffer as well. Seeing all the great rides here is going to spur you to want more.

I would say that your safe to run your cars. For me, the only ones that don't get run are my New built models

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Post by carloco8 »

Hi Paladin, welcome to the site! Nothing beats bringing out old stuff to find that its now vintage. I still run my old rc10, but I'm pretty easy on it since it was my first car and is now partially restored. Ahhhh, the memories :wink:

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OK, I took some shots tonight. The buggy's looking good, but all I've done to the truck so far is a light cleaning. The buggy's body is the original one, with my original paint job. The wing is nearly perfect because I rarely ran with it on due to it always flying off at some point.

The receiver for the truck is currently in my stadium truck, I'll be moving it over soon. I attached it with velcro so I could move it between the two trucks. The paint job was done by my wife in 1995 when I bought her the truck.

Waddya think?
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Post by Synergy »

Hi Paladin, welcome to the club, cool rides Sir 8) , I have only recently started to run an RC10 (Yesterday in fact) I put one together with left over parts (far from shelf quality) and had a lot of fun. I like Shodog wouldn't run anything that had not previously been run, I also wouldn't run anything that I couldn't get parts for.
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welcome the the board!!!

super nice rigs dude.

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