Novice - Restoring a mistreated GS Racing Sonic 1/8 RTR
I'm a college student living in Atlanta, Georgia, who bought a GS Racing Sonic 1/8 scale racer around 8 years ago. I was (and still am) too inexperienced to deal with it, and ended up probably messing up the break-in, assembling a steering and/or throttle servo incorrectly, and probably just not taking good care of it in general. I honestly cannot remember, as this was nearly a decade ago.
I'd like to give it another go now that I am a bit older (and hopefully more intelligent), but I am still very much a novice when it comes to servicing these vehicles.
I still have the remote control I bought for it (it even still powers on after all these years), the starter, the glow starter & battery (surely have to replace that), the glow plug (must be replaced I'm sure), some after-run oil and silicon oil for the filter.
I was wondering a few things:
1) Is this car even salvagable? If the engine may have been not broken in properly (I remember breaking it in, I just may have not done it 100% correctly), is it permanently useless, requiring me to buy another one? Even if it is not broken, wouldn't there be a lot of gunky residue inside of it from years of being relegated to the basement? Is there something I can use to get this gunk out?
2) If it is salvagable, is it worth the money to fix, and are there parts available for it? I have no spare parts for it right now, and some things on it are certainly broken, but nothing major as far as I recall.
3) Most importantly, is there a local store in or around Atlanta that specializes in RC cars that you guys would recommend? I would like to take it to them and have them look over it to give me some sort of estimate on what I need to do to get it back in shape, and if it even makes sense to try.
Thanks for any replies!