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MK1 Sand Scorcher restoration CL find

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Hi , I found this site while researching a MK1. Picked this up on CraigsList a few weeks ago. I had a Sand Scorcher as a kid in the early 80's which is long gone. After some research my plan to rebuild this with modern hop-ups changed. The plan is to restore it original as I can. I bought a new re-re for the modern build !

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The body looks to be free of cracks ,,,

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I ran a test in the photo section and was able to share a link using PhotoBucket ,, I'll stop here with the pictures until I'm sure Its working correctly.

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What a great project. Who doesn't love the lines of the one and only original Sand Scorcher VW body!

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Great , The pictures seemed to go through.

I disassembled and cleaned the front end. Bought some replacments for the bent pins.

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Soaked in thinner and ran through the dishwasher ,, Still needs a light wire brushing or polishing.

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First item of concern. I'm in need of a right front upper trailing arm ,,, The thin type as pictured on the left.

I have a WTB ad posted with some luck but hope to find one locally to avoid some cost.

Thanks for looking ,, Steve (USA)

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When it rains it pours. Scored this box of "parts" from a co worker.

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One looks to be a MK1 Rough Rider ,, mostly complete including the original box and broken body. It has a MK1 gear case, rear arms, and MK1 screw type front towers. Unfortunitly it has latter type thick MK2 front arms !

The second looks to be a MK2 Scorcher ,,, no motor or body but also close enough parts to build a roller.

Both these cars have been very well used and put away in pieces. I'll need to take a good look to the real condition of each.

I'm still in need of the MK1 right front upper arm ,, I might have other spare parts to trade now !

Thanks for looking , Steve (USA)

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What a great find, I don't think I know anyone but me who are into Vintage Tamiya. It doesn't come up in conversation much, I'm still in the closet, lol

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It’s been awhile ! I’m back on this ,, Completed the front end today ! Completely refurbished 

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Rear section cleaned and assembled. Next step is to choose a motor, I have 3 originals to choose from . 

 

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This is very awesome!!! I am very envious, I constantly read posts about coworkers giving people vintage RCs. That NEVER happens to me!!!

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Scorcher is looking great!  Looking forward to more updates... I'm looking for an mk1 gearbox to fix my broken one. In case your going to sell one let me know. 🙂 

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Stripped the body. Planning alternative box art paint scheme but green and red instead of yellow and red. Re-Pop orignal decals from eBay. I have the original door handles. Taillight , second license plate , new glass from a re-re coming from Hong Kong. No mirrors as of now , I can always add them latter if I find a set. I did a little more to the chassis. Getting closer ! I’ll add more pictures latter , Thanks for looking. 

Id like to see the broken case you have . I might have something ,  Possably let go of a complete disassembled chassis depending on where you live. Anything outside the cont. US is a giant hassle for shipping.

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On 4/4/2019 at 12:40 PM, IceBox said:

Stripped the body. Planning alternative box art paint scheme but green and red instead of yellow and red. Re-Pop orignal decals from eBay. I have the original door handles. Taillight , second license plate , new glass from a re-re coming from Hong Kong. No mirrors as of now , I can always add them latter if I find a set. I did a little more to the chassis. Getting closer ! I’ll add more pictures latter , Thanks for looking. 

Id like to see the broken case you have . I might have something ,  Possably let go of a complete disassembled chassis depending on where you live. Anything outside the cont. US is a giant hassle for shipping.

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I just chucked it out the other day got frustrated with it. Should have taken a pic first it  was really in bad shape...☹ it won't even line up properly too.. In the 48 states😃

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