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This is my 1989 Traxxas Radicator that's represents a combination of two Radicators that I purchased from Ebay. The first one came in September 2020 for $173.50 USD and the second one came a few weeks later in October 2020 for $125.00 USD. I have no childhood connection to this or any other Traxxas model but first took a liking to the Radicator about 5-6 years ago when I saw a beautiful shelf queen example at the VONATs here in the northeast, USA. Their white plastic parts, low COG and high wing give the car nice lines and an aggressive stance. While Traxxas is now a main stream r/c company well-known to every enthusiast, 30+ years ago it was a small, less-known but up-and-coming company trying to compete with the giants of the day like Tamiya and Kyosho. That probably explains why I didn't know ONE childhood friend who had a Traxxas r/c vehicle BITD. The first Radicator came with the box, instruction manual and related paperwork, unpainted original body/wing, 7.2 volt NiCad battery/charger, Futaba stick radio gear, Tamiya ESC, 540 brushed motor, two extra 540 brushed motors, spare set of Falcon(?) rims/tires, a couple of small tools and some miscellaneous spare parts. The second one came with a white body/wing, period-correct Traxxas pistol grip radio, Traxxas XL-2 ESC, a 540 brushed motor, original manual and related paperwork and a few Traxxas/Radicator decals. At the time of purchase, the only thing the first one needed was a left rear shock shaft. The unfortunate news is that it arrived with a cracked front bumper and broken left rear suspension arm which likely occurred during shipping so the seller was reasonable and gave me a partial refund of $35.00 USD off the original sale price of $208.50 USD. I immediately purchased a replacement set of rear A-arms with most of that money and replaced the broken rear suspension arm. The second Radicator was in better shape overall except for the body, tires and rims so they were swapped to the first one which is now for sale on Ebay. I purchased a spare set of differential gears and repro decals from MCI so the plan is to occasionally run this with old original tires/rims and a re-released body. More to come as I make progress. Thanks for looking and hope you enjoy.6 Progress so far. 2 7 Rims/tires in very good shape. 7 This car sits just right. 6 Very clean. 5 4 Period-correct Traxxas ESC. 9 Cool box art! 6 11 5 7 4 Entry-level price BITD. 6 3 $173.50 for the first one. 5 $125.00 for the second one. 5 My Ebay auction picture. 10 Nice Radicator at the VONATS in 2014/15.
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