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Starting new thread for this frog restoration .. I have 2 buggies I am taking parts from to restore to put on the shelf ... this is the cleaner one 

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I have tore this one down ... I think this  buggy seen a lot of water .. many parts are rusted ... but the gearbox is in much better shape ...seems like maybe a smoker owned it chassis had yellowed .. I have this out in the sun now in Saran Wrap with hydrogen peroxide salon care product in the hopes of restoring grey colour ..

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I can't believe the shape of some of these parts after cleaning up after like 37 years ... it's impressive ... it's nice to have the original manual .. memories ..

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Still need back rear tires .. the fronts are in good shape ... rears I have are grasshopper ... 

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that chassis came back well. I wanted the Frog as a kid, but couldn't afford one. I've now got a couple to restore, so I'll be following your progress with interest and stealing a few ideas :D

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👍... 

Lots of tooth brushing ... brake cleaner on metal parts .. absolute joy restoring this so far ... got the 80s music going .. only thing that's changed is I need glasses for this  now .. lol 

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The discolored chassis did clean up a bit .. was in the sun with the salon care solution from Sally's for about 6 hrs .. I'll soak it again and put it in sun again tomorrow ... see what happens ...

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Getting into some tedious stuff now ... person might have used cement on front rims ...

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Using lacquer thinner on driver head & body .. not sure if I'll use on frog body .. see .. hearing graffiti remover is good ... 

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Did a sample spot on frog body I'm just using as runner  with lacquer thinner ...takes it off  but leaves it a bit foggy ... 

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I would definitely get a new body kit & MCI retro decals. I think the body kit of the rere is identical?

Looking good so far 

 

 

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The ReRe Frog Body kit is identical to the original except it doesn’t have the battery switch cutout in the rear window.

I also think they new body is more brittle, but that may be subjective...

Terry

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Very nice, looking forward to see the chassis after another sunbath. I have one that is much worse than yours so hopefully I can  improve it a bit.

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There's the chassis after the 2nd time in the sun for about 7hrs ... it's a bit blotchy you can see difference compared to battery door ...A81D5A65-629E-4B48-BEA6-75FDB7F90C86.thumb.jpeg.1fb4919934464fe4c5c6b31a6cdeaf11.jpeg

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I was all giddy when I got the speed controller going but the steering servo doesn't work ... looks like it's not compatible with receiver .. ugh .. now I gotta source another Hitec one ... I might just get all Futaba .. just sucks because I have a hitec transmitter 

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Nice read 🙂, I’ve been re-building a few of these chassis over the past year and built a good few variations.  Getting the gearbox nice and tight is a knack but not difficult. 

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