Well, I got the car on a trial basis and started to go through it. It's evident that it had been run before (knackered spur gear) and probably wasn't assemble by a seasoned kit builder (lots of loose stuff & a leaking front shock). After cleaning it and addressing some glaring issues (radio gear wiring spaghetti) it seems to be ready for a test run on dry rotted tires and all .
The only problem is that I don't have a starter box. I'm in the process of calling several R/C guys that I know to see if they have one I can borrow. Stay tuned.