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Old 04-21-2018, 10:35 AM
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1984 Grasshopper
So I took a trip down memory lane and am finishing up a restoration of my first RC car, a 1984 Grasshopper. Itís all vintage and per the manual except for rere tires, paint and one metal nut where a plastic one should be (need to find an old A parts tree).

It took some time to get back to its original state as I had made lots of ill advised changes as a kid. I even used to race on the tri-oval at Model Car World in Colorado. Pics coming.
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Old 04-21-2018, 11:34 AM
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A bit more info...this car was originally an mk1 Grasshopper (note the black tie rod ends), but over several years of hard use by a teenager, most of the mk1 parts have been replaced.
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Need to add clear coat and decals and letter the tires.
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Old 04-23-2018, 07:56 AM
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Christmas of '84 , my first real RC , a Grasshopper.

Raced it on a carpet oval too, I remember using rubber bands to compress the rear suspension, so it wouldn't flip in the turns.

I ended up putting a Trinity Monster Horsepower stock motor in it, and a pair of foam tires. I raced it for a season on the indoor carpet, while the dirt track was frozen.

It cost $20 for a 6 cell 1200 mah Nicad pack and buying that second battery pack was everything to me.
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It's killer that you got to restore your first car. Are you going to run it, or display it for the memories?
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I may run it indoors a bit just to prove it works, but it will mostly be on the shelf. I don’t want to ruin the good memories. I installed the lights and driver figure this evening.

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I agree, keep it on the shelf to remember the good times you had. Now get a re-issue and beat it up like you were a kid again. The quirky design flaws make them just as, maybe more, fun than a modern buggy that goes right were you want it
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awesome build!! Gotta love the classics.
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These were the days of variety in RC. I love looking at the old cars and seeing how many different ideas there were on design.
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Love it.
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Here are some pics of the final project with tires lettered and reproduction decals. I really like how it came out!

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