View Full Version : reviving my childhood RC

09-01-2010, 07:40 PM
iv had this sense i was 6 or 7. it was one of my first RC cars. at the time i was obsessed with monster trucks (still am actually). the antenna broke after a few years and it never worked right after that. well i never could bring myself to throw it away. it's just to cool pitch in a trash can.
fast forward to yesterday. im digging through a box of all my RC stuff. find a free speed control and a few servo's with broken up cases. sitting on top of the box those parts were in was my camaro. it doesn't take a genius to figure out what happened next so here's the play by play

i took out the non working non hobby grade guts (and yes those are driveshafts running up to the front, this sucker is 4 wheel drive)

and dropped the LRP esc and HPI receiver into it. (kept the stock motor)

the servo i had to get creative with. i had to take the stock servo apart, grind out the inside of the case and then grind down the outside of the hobby grade servo's case until it would fit snugly into the old servo's case. then quickly fabbed up a servo horn to connect to the cars original steering set up. ugly but functional.

a few hours of quick creative thinking and some left over parts and im 7 years old again.
http://i257.photobucket.com/albums/hh201/dragnwagen/RC/th_100_0376.jpg (http://s257.photobucket.com/albums/hh201/dragnwagen/RC/?action=view&current=100_0376.mp4)
http://i257.photobucket.com/albums/hh201/dragnwagen/RC/th_100_0380.jpg (http://s257.photobucket.com/albums/hh201/dragnwagen/RC/?action=view&current=100_0380.mp4)
had more fun reviving this than i have had with a hobby grade car in years

it needs a stronger servo and a better servo horn set up and i still have to make some repairs/altercations to fix and reattach the rear shocks. eventually i'll get to it. but for now it works

09-01-2010, 11:13 PM
Hahaha! Awesome!

I remember those days. Good stuff!


09-02-2010, 02:16 PM
-You need to cut the frt. bumper off, that'll help keep obstacles from slowing your momentum. I have a Radio Shack Wild Horse, I think it's the same setup as that. Cool project:), I like to mod old RC's too. Check-out this link:

09-02-2010, 04:17 PM
the bumper comes off, it just has a couple screws holding it on. i kept it on there to keep the suspension and steering parts from taking hits. odds are if i break anything on the chassis or suspension i won't be able to replace it. that car is about 20 years old

09-02-2010, 04:54 PM
-Oh, I get it. I do like the old skool stuff, it seemed "untouchable", as a child, due to a cost of almost $100 new!!!-LOL, now, I can get most any from yardsales, etc., for around $5, if that:)

09-02-2010, 05:18 PM
yeah. up next is a tyco lamborghini countach. although it seems to be a popular car. so i might be able to find the needed parts for it. its just a matter of putting money aside so i can aford to mess with it. left over change is not something i have a lot of right now

09-04-2010, 06:56 PM
thats so cool