I want to get back into the hobby after 28 yrs and my one and only rc car was a 1984 1/10 Monogram Lightning Buggy.Β* It's been sitting in my parents house in my closet and I decided to take it out and see if it still works...well I'm glad to say it does. Β*Not bad for not running it in about 24 yrs.Β* But there are some things that neeed replaced on it.Β*Β*
Things that need fixed/replaced:
I'm missing the antenna for the receiver and the antenna for the transmitter was broke off.Β* I jimmy rigged it with some copper electrical wire to see if the car still works before going any further.
All 4 tires are dry-rotted...which is understandable.Β*The front tires (2 grooved tires) even have a flat spot on them because something was on top of the car in the front. Rear wheels are decent
but the square knobs one them are pretty worn. Β*The rims are a little different diameter...the ones in the back are a little bigger in diameter and width then the front ones....as well as the tires.
I'll probably have to replace theΒ*two - 6 cell 7.2V, 1200mAh NiCd goodyear
batteries as well.Β* After all these years, I doubt that cycling these will ever get my close to it's original capacity.Β* I know about the battery memory issue with the NiCd...having to run them to nothing and then charge them full instead of giving them partial charges...etc.
Questions - will modern day antennas work for both the buggy and my Audi
transmitter?Β* Which batteries do you suggest? Β*Should I go over into NiMH batteries?Β* Tires - any suggestions?
I'm not looking to modernize it that much....I'll be letting my 6 yr old daughter play with this one while I get my e firestorm flux or rustler VXL here soon.Β* Not looking for a collector restoration....but more of a functional cheap tires