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Barneys Incredibly Brilliant Hotshot 2 Restoration (not by Barney)

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Hmmmm

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One was not intending to do a resto thread for the amusement and gratification of Messers @barneys66 but he has since provided gifts, sorrow, song and apparently the dancing girls are en-route, so I have succumbed, albeit grudgingly and with little enthusiasm.

So - here's some pics of it at Abode Barney (note the very expensive cowhide rug - I dream of being able to afford a Maccy D's cheeseburger and Barney has literally the whole cow on his spare room floor.)

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Yup - woohoo - looks ok.

Next up - some pics of it finished.

Stay tooned.

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I likes pictures I do.

That hide means a lot to me - I hunted, wrestled, married, ate, wore and slept on that thing whilst backpacking through Norwich.  Tough times.

Is it finished yet JJ..?

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14 hours ago, barneys66 said:

I likes pictures I do.

That hide means a lot to me - I hunted, wrestled, married, ate, wore and slept on that thing whilst backpacking through Norwich.  Tough times.

Is it finished yet JJ..?

that explains the musty smell on the Hotshot.....

No, it isn't finished. Now stop pestering me kid!

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Right - I suppose I'd better get this done and out of the way.

:P

I've been a bit lax with the camera I'm afraid, so I'll have to paint pictures with words :unsure:

I got the Hotshot 2 stripped apart last week, put all the plastic bits in a big bucket of hot soapy water and all the metal bits in a degreaser (the electric bits went in an ice cream tub (pre-emptied - Mrs. Jon has drummed it into my head NEVER to put anything in her ice cream again....)

Some scrubbing and washing and drying later, I got dressed and fetched the bits out of their cleaning solutions and it they all looked good, rough, but good.

First job was some repair to the chassis tub. It was rather scraped and battered, so a lot of sanding to remove all the gouges and scratches was required, followed by more sanding through various grades to get it silky smooth and shiny.

I've shown it next to the unrestored bumper plate to give an idea of the condition:

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As you can see - there is plenty more to do!

I thought I'd give myself a break from polishing at this point, so grabbed the electrical bits and bobs, took them all apart and a thorough clean. The servos and their horns etc are all good and ready to go back, but some knucklehead cut the antenna so I'll have to replace that and the battery connector wires from the speed controller are looking somewhat sorry, so they will get some attention/replacement too.

I'll try and remember to take some pics tonight of all that stuff.

That's all for now!

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I really like the HS2  and Jons work is a joy to behold.

I will be watching this thread with great interest 💥

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Again, I have been lax with taking "before" pictures, but I have been making progress!

A few bits were ordered and have now been received; some screws (the ones that hold the upper chassis to the bottom,) resistor cover and resistor mounting plate. This meant I could get the electrics all built up and in the chassis. The resistor itself was well past saving so I dug around my spares and found an original Tamiya imprinted one, so that has been donated to the cause. Didn't seem right to stick a new one on it. I am however going to have to take the radio gear apart again as I made a schoolboy error and mounted the speed controller 180 deg out so the long motor wire was at the back side of the chassis. I know, I know....:rolleyes:

I've not stuck the receiver down as I need to replace the antenna as well. The battery wires will get a make over too - but it took me an age to get the connector off so I decided enough was enough at that point and moved onto the gearboxes!

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The gearboxes were very straight forward and not very exciting so I didn't take any pictures of them going together. I've left the motor out at this point as it needs a bit of work (if Mr. Barney wants to use the one it came with - need to check with his highness)

The shocks were stripped and cleaned, tidied and put back together with new seals, oil and springs, one required a new shaft as it had got bent, which I have to say I've never seen before :huh:

The lower arms were next - they needed a reasonable amount of sanding and polishing to remove their battle scars, but have come up quite nicely I'm pleased to say. Everything went together with new bearings and all original hardware that had been cleaned up where possible or replaced with NOS items. 

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Next step will be to finish off the radio gear, paint the driver and then get the roll cage on!

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