I located my vintage Hotshot this weekend and am excited to get it back in running condition. I hadn’t thought about it in years, but my son got a few RC cars for Christmas and I immediately realized how inferior they were to “real” ones. That got me wondering, so I started Googling and came across the rere kits. I was shocked that Tamiya was releasing the stuff I loved in the 80s so I ordered a Hotshot rere. But that got me wondering about my old one. Turns out, it was in a box in my grandfather’s work shop. A quick inspection revealed why I abandoned it and bought my subsequent Traxxas TRX 1. The right front lower ball cup wore out enough that the ball won’t stay in and the hub keeps falling apart. The exciting part about that is the rere kit has enough spares to rebuild the front suspension I think. At any rate, after I build the new one, I’ll see what I need and order the parts to lightly restore my old one. It will also need the original heat sinks replaced, new driving lights, and a few other things. The prop shaft and front axles were in the parts box, so I guess I took those out when I was trying to fix the ball joints, but I don’t remember. I think that was about 1991. After that, I suppose I will start using it again, but maybe in a more gentle manner:-) I am glad I found this site. I had no idea there was such a vibrant community for restoring and maintaining vintage Tamiyas.