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Hornet / Grasshopper hybrid restoration ?

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Grabbed this local classified ad ..

Afyer checking it out looks like a grasshopper gearbox ... I thought in the ad pic rims were painted but look like they're from another buggy ... sandblaster tires 

one of the body mounts are snapped 

shocks on one side don't seem to be working the best ..

whole  back end is rickity 

Im thinking I might go grasshopper on this one 

 

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Looking at hornet manual maybe is hornet gearbox .. not sure 

Maybe just keep it a hornet .. lol 

shocks are coming up nice ... 

too much on the go .. this Tamiya stuff gets addictive ... 

 

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That's a nice find. I particularly like the Futaba radio. I have the European Robbe version of it, but you know how it is, you just want to have them all, haha.

Anyway, regarding your car, you can get a Grasshopper body for that, but to get the GH over it you'll need to modify a little the body, as the rear shock towers touch the inner sides of the GH body. You can do it easily, though.

One nice little piece you might want to consider if you're going to run the buggy is getting the AMPro Hornet axle bracket. It's a tiny piece that will make your car run better than good!

Cheers

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Thanks .. 

I probably won't run it just sit on shelf..

Think going hornet with it is better idea .. 

Just need D part and tires .. body down the road 

Grasshopper is on the list .. had one as a kid 

Stripped .. gearbox is pretty good .. not too greasy ..

Have to get rid of black rubber mat ..

could not find spring for shock for a while even using flashlight 

 

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Made the little anti tramp bracket for a grasshopper 2 chassis.  Rear axle is the same as the original grasshopper/hornet.  Pictures below showing it fitted.

 

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9 hours ago, Finny99 said:

Looks good 

Thank you 🙂, the hornet chassis version is about 6mm longer where the slot is to catch the axle. I went for a grasshopper body on the hornet chassis.  

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My grasshopper with hornet chassis.  Still needs a speed control, so haven’t run it as yet. Looks good with spiked rear tyres 🙂

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On 4/17/2020 at 9:32 AM, Toolmaker72 said:

My grasshopper with hornet chassis.  Still needs a speed control, so haven’t run it as yet. Looks good with spiked rear tyres 🙂

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Looks good 

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Rims were soaked on car dashboard for 8 hrs ... came out very nice 

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Electronics are in ... need to get TS primer and paint ...

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16 hours ago, Finny99 said:

Rims were soaked on car dashboard for 8 hrs ... came out very nice 

 

What's that they were soaked in? Hair bleech?!

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That salon care stuff from Sally's... the hydrogen peroxide in it does  the trick 

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I love the simplicity of the Grasshopper. It's not as complex as any member of the Shot family, but it sure beats all of 'em in the looks department! Good job.

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On 4/15/2020 at 9:20 AM, mongoose1983 said:

That's a nice find. I particularly like the Futaba radio. I have the European Robbe version of it, but you know how it is, you just want to have them all, haha.

 

I also have 2 of the Robbe versions of that radio. Had some trouble getting a good range on them, so i set them aside for now, and bought a cheap 2.4Ghz radio. Unfortunately i am really missing the stick-grip. I have had some small accidents getting my head around learning the new pistol grip :)

 Maybe with some help i'll be able to restore and revive the old radio's. I do have several receivers and very nice servo's to go with those.

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All vintage original except decals ... just need to paint driver and put Weber decal on

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Like most entry level R/C cars, that one has been driven hard and put away wet many times early in its life.

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