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An unexpected turn of events recently brought this Kyosho Vanning into my hands. I knew little about this old nitro beasts and was always fascinated by them, but never expected to ever find myself owning one. So far I've never considered getting into Nitro RC and all the extra fuss that apparently comes with it (I have no first hand experience whatsoever).
But now this rough dinosaur is here and it's growing on me by the minute, so I'll have to figure out what to do with it eventually.
I lack the knowledge to judge by myself without taking it apart, but the previous owner said I wouldn't need much more than the engine, a new spur gear shaft and some love to run again.
Shocks, diffs, fuel tank, chain, ladder frame and linkages all feel and look to be in pretty good shape rhough they've clerly had a fair amount of use.
I'd like to hear opinions on what I should do with it. Let's say I decide to go ahead and dive into the vintage nitro rabbit hole, source the parts needed, restore the buggy and learn my ropes about basic nitro operation. Once the car is up and running, would I have any hope of actually enjoying it for at least a few runs in a row without major maintenance, or would every half-an-hour run result in many hours of bench work?
I have no problem with maintenance at all in general and am used to doing it on my 1/10 buggies pretty often, though I have my limits. If I decide to have an operating Nitro car in my fleet, I'd like it to be enjoyable on a more frequent basis than the once-in-a-blue-moon use these vintage cars usually get.
If this Vanning can have a chance of becoming a relatively reliable runner I might as well take the challenge and restore it, but if it's more the type that will blow my mind for A single run and then for one or the other reason end up sitting on a shelf for another 20 years, than it might not be worth the effort for me at this time and I'll just probably end up letting it go to help finance more down to earth projects in my electric, comfort zone.
Any opinion and advice on the matter from whoever knows these cars will be deeply appreciated, thanks in advance.
A few pictures. As a plus, the car came with original manual and a good bag of spares