Originally Posted by Gramps
I was given a R/C in a basket. The car is a team magic g4...it has a picco red dot .12 motor ...hitec steering and throttle servos ...it has a spring tuning kit .. a starter box ...the motor has less than a half gallon through it .
I am a clueless 56 yr old guy wanting to learn how this works.
I do not have batteries for the starter box, no radio, just what I posted. No directeions. If i can't figure it out and have fun, I will sell it.
i am just looking for help with sites to read and learn, and also purchase whatever else I am missing.
Well to one gramps to another< I have quite a few years on you> you do have most of what you need to start.
Get your battery for the starter box, glow plug igniter, fuel<probably 20% or 25%> and of course radio. Before you buy a radio check to see if the receiver is in the car, and what type it is. It could be a 2.4<which has no crystals> could be an older receiver with crystals, or a synthesized receiver. To cut the cost down, take the car to a hobby shop and they can identify the receiver for you and set you up with a radio. You wont need the top of the line radio to get started. Yo can always upgrade the radio.
Once you have the correct radio, receiver, battery pack in the car, battery in the starter box, will will also need a battery charger for the starter box and battery pack in the car. You should also pick up a few RC wrenches as they will be needed to work on the car. You can get a decent small set for around $20.00<Dynamite set> and from there, the sky is the limit on how much you want to spend on tools. There will be other items needed along the way, but these will get the car started. You should also pick up a couple spare glow plugs, and a glow plug wrench, and a small bottle of after run oil. If its been a while sense the engine has been fired, you should remove the glow plug, drop 4 or 5 drops of the after run oil in the glow plug hole, and turn the engine over a few times to lube the internals.Charge the batteries, fill the tank, sit the car on the starter box< making sure the radio is on and servos are working> and see if the engine will fire.