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Old 08-23-2007, 10:05 PM
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Default Restore, Not Destroy! LB's Tamiya Stadium Blitzer Project!

Not a true vintage or historically significant Tamiya or anything, but thought that instead of a 'Pede, I will stick w/ a Tamiya for a basher truck.

A new one from eBay is going for $150+ (not including shipping) So when I got this for $49 shipped, I thought that's a fair deal..

It looks pretty beat, though.. LOL! But I figured that I am familiar enough w/ the Tamiya designs that I can probably restore it okay.. (and probably make it better, ha!)

Won't be pretty, but it will be a runner!
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Old 08-23-2007, 10:11 PM
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Official Tamiya webpage for the Stadium Blitzer:

http://www.tamiyausa.com/product/ite...oduct-id=58106

In the vintage market, it never commands the price like its twin brother, the Blitzer Beetle, though!

http://www.tamiyausa.com/product/ite...oduct-id=58122

Why?! No idea.. people just love the Beetle body for some reasons! (Monster Beetle, etc.)
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Old 08-23-2007, 10:15 PM
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For display, for sure, the hardshell Beetle body set is great! For bashing, though, I guess the lexan shell is more durable.. (not to mention lighter)

Wouldn't mind getting one of these, though!
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Old 08-23-2007, 10:17 PM
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The definition of "put it away wet".. the shell was full of mud.. this pic was taken after I washed it somewhat in the kitchen sink... [:@]
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Old 08-23-2007, 10:22 PM
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Sometimes, though, you get lucky... take a look.. rookie mistake turns into LB's advantage..

The protective film was never removed.. LOL!

Sure, I will lose the stickers, but they are so beat up anyway, I think I will just find some other stickers for it anyway!
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Old 08-23-2007, 10:23 PM
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Protective film removed! Actually looks quite nice, eh?! LOL!
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Old 08-23-2007, 10:25 PM
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All the mud!

I think the first step is to disassemble the whole thing!!

Clean..

Then reassemble! [:@]
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Old 08-23-2007, 10:34 PM
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Notice the left rear tire is trashed...

That's alright, time for some Pro-Line, probably... any suggestion?! I have some Road Hawg around.. but I think I want some off-road type tires.. wait.. but do I run off-road often? Hmm.. Don't know.. argh!

I can always get some more Tamiya stock tires.. but then, I think they will just wear down in no time, though... [:@]

Decision time..


But anyway, the chassis looks like it is mechanically sound..
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Old 08-23-2007, 10:36 PM
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I think the previous owner tighten things too much.. probably not too experienced w/ kit building.. (it is a lock nut, so don't go crazy, eh?!)

It should be okay, though...
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Old 08-23-2007, 10:38 PM
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Again, the shock screw is tighten too much and cracking the mount.. Hmm.. I think I might have a problem here.. I will try to put a brace between the 2.. or see if I can get some spares from Tamiya...
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Old 08-23-2007, 10:45 PM
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Anyway, probably don't have much time to work on this until next mid-September?! LOL!

Should probably get a Novak XBR 8.5 BL system for it.. (throw that MSC out for sure! )

Re-build all the shocks w/ new o-rings..

Get some new tires..

Get some Lunsford turnbuckles so I can dial in some negative camber..

Adjust some toe-out for the front tires..

Get some stickers for the body..


That's the plan!!
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Makes me want something like this....
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Old 08-23-2007, 11:06 PM
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Paint, look around the eBay.. they are around..

Got it for $50 shipped.. just need some work, but should be okay.. ha! Part of the fun, I guess!

Gonna make it better than new!
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I'd rather restore something than build, much more fun and it would actually take more time...

I'm searching around, I made a post in the lounge w/ a frog.
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Old 08-23-2007, 11:24 PM
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Maybe I should sell you this one.. as I prefer new build.. ha ha ha!

Nah, go out and find your own!! (joke)
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Pretty cool truck. Lucky that the overspray mask was still on. Body looks just like new.
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Notice the left rear tire is trashed...

That's alright, time for some Pro-Line, probably... any suggestion?! I have some Road Hawg around.. but I think I want some off-road type tires.. wait.. but do I run off-road often? Hmm.. Don't know.. argh!

I can always get some more Tamiya stock tires.. but then, I think they will just wear down in no time, though... [:@]

Decision time..


But anyway, the chassis looks like it is mechanically sound..


lugnuts are great all around tires.
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Yeah, the body looks okay.. the rear body mount holes are pretty trashed, though... maybe I need to glue on a piece of lexan there or something.. we will see!
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Made by Pro-Line? Or?

I will look that up... thanks!



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The protective film was never removed.. LOL!
That's hilarious. The previous owner never knew how much better the body could have looked with the film off.

I almost bought one of these years ago but opted for a Hawk II because it was more adjustable.

Nice find.
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Yeah, I will try to make it more adjustable by replacing the fixed length upper A-arms w/ some turnbuckles...
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If there's a beach nearby, I'd be running these on this truck.. ha!

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nice find LB, you didnt mention this in the lounge did you?, its not in your sig, or wont it fit lol
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Haven't updated the sig for awhile.. won't fit...
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lol, i wanna see lee write all his models in his sig lol
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