Not quite finished yet, still waiting on some parts to come in, some are cosmetic and some functional. Don't you love placing an order on the internet only to get an email the next morning saying EVERYTHING is backordered? At least it didn't say everything is discontinued! I have basically been scouring the internet, ebay mostly, and the lhs's in my area for old stock collecting dust. Some parts just aren't around anymore, like the narrow stock universals and parts tree A370. The saving grace has been that a lot of the hardware and wear heavy parts like diff rings are used in other kits and still readily available. Not sure on the belts so I picked up a couple sets to be on the safe side since I don't know how they'll hold up to brushless power.
Found a PRO 1 and a bunch of parts for sale here on the forum (thanks C5R01). I was going to use it as a parts car but it's in really good shape and pretty complete, so now I have two. With my original chassis I've decided to make it the flagship, restored with all the choice parts. At first I hated the HPI purple (I was going to use blue Tamiya parts) but somewhere along the line I succumbed to purple fever. One thing I missed the boat on was option parts. My PRO was box stock except for the optional belt tensioner. Almost all the purple on the car is for looks. The only parts I felt were required upgrades were the servo arm, now purple aluminum due to a faster, higher torque servo and the wheel hexes due to the BL setup.
Here are some pics of the build so far.
purple hubs, sexy.
the purple begins. I opted to go with the black machine screws on the purple washers.
getting the rear together.
don't pay attention to the ugly philips head screws, they will be gone soon.
ball bearing mod to the steering linkage done with extra boca bearings from the pro 2 steering kit. supa smoove!
new steering servo hitec something-or-other. faster
. mounted with old hardware for testing throws.
updated hardware. the hex screws kit is awesome, also in pic is pro4 ball joint with hex head. word of caution, pro4 balls are 4.3mm threaded m3. the pro hardware is 4-40 which = 4.3mm 4-40 threaded. it is slightly cross threaded here but holding tight. prepared to add purple m3 nut if needed.
Well that's where I'm at for now. I would like to get a hold of some more option parts, one way pulleys, purple motor mount and stuff, so the search continues.