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Old 03-05-2010, 10:39 PM
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hey porsche guys, gotta two quick questions. i also have the beautiful porsche 959 from the 80,s. ive been getting it runnable from parts on ebay. well i just got the headlights and the cord from them. now i didnt have a speed controler so i bought a electronic speed controller,even back in the day i wanted one for it,lol. so the only after market part is the electronic speed controler and 2 drive shafts i needed to get it runnin, well it is now but idk where to find out building and reapiring info on it online anywhere! i need to see how these and where these headlights hook up. and the other question is to also find out how to redo/refill/ make the oil filled shocks like new. i need to figure that one out too. the springs seem to be the only thing working the oil filled dampers used to be cool and they dont work need to fill them or redo them. u guys know where i can find out where to hook up the lights and refill or fix the way the damper shocks work? u guys would be the beep! if u could hook me up some info on that , thx.
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Hi,

good to hear that another one is saved!

Your best bet ist to register at Tamiyaclub.com and download the manual for 58059 Porsche 959 Dakar Rally Winner

http://www.tamiyaclub.com/manuals.asp

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thx brother man,    ya i ended up impatiently figuring it out myself by the regular manul just to find out the tubes on the damper shocks i guess are kinda old. just need some equivalent new tubing.   they cant handle the pressure of the oil without leaking out the top,lol.   and the only way to hook up the headlights is to get the original manual speed control since it has the plug connect.   been buying parts off ebay from dankish, hes the stuff has all parts i never thought i could find.    thx so much for the link thought christian , much appreciated...till next issue,,lol.  
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What a great thread! I wanted that car so badly. I've always been a huge Porsche fan. I have a Yokomo YR4M2 Pro that I painted a body to match the cover car that was featured in Excellence Magazine back in the 90's. I painted it right after I got the issue in the mail. Now I'm trying to get it back on the road and I've got an HPI 997 GT3RS body for it to wear, still need to paint it though. I photochopped a pic of the real one in the colors that I'm going to paint it as a kind of tribute to the Gulf racing 917's that won LeMans in the early 70's, as well were the inspirational car that Steve McQueen drove in the movie LeMans (great movie if you're a car/racing guy). I've also got a real 911 hence the 911 in my Screen name. Here's a few pix.

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HI!... Another body option for you. I run their bodies on my BIGWIG. Very good quality.

http://cgi.ebay.com/TAMIYA-PORSCHE-9...item2304b3901e
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wow, thanks for pulling this up, im the middle of restoring a 959 myself so this helps emensly!
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Old 03-09-2010, 09:35 AM
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Thats what this thread was intended to do.
Please share your restoration with us and lets see some pics!

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wow, thanks for pulling this up, im the middle of restoring a 959 myself so this helps emensly!
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Old 03-09-2010, 09:52 AM
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Hmmmm.... I thought the "Holy Grail" of Tamiya hardcore fanatics was to own or restore the Sand Scorcher?
It looks like I found another r/c project to get my hands on for this year... thanks to this thread.
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Yes, you're probably right.
But Lunchboxer suggested the holy grail title and bearing in mind how much ahead its time this car was combined with extreme fragility its very collectable.

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Hmmmm.... I thought the ''Holy Grail'' of Tamiya hardcore fanatics was to own or restore the Sand Scorcher?
It looks like I found another r/c project to get my hands on for this year... thanks to this thread.
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Old 03-09-2010, 10:11 AM
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Agreed!

I've got to get myself one of these. It must be an inspiration for you to live near a racetrack where famous 24 endurance races take place. The r/c's you collect and the significance they had on r/c racing development help new commers into enjoying this hobby.

In the meantime.... This is the only Porsche r/c car I've got in my collection. This was discontinued by Tamiya since the mid 90's.
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Just to fuel your new affection:

Porsche 959 Promo video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSvfF7QDjeE

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Old 03-09-2010, 10:39 AM
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Very nice thread,have fun with the project.

I trashed 2 of them,long ago.(along with some hess trucks from the 70's)
LOTS of parts in that kit if i remember correctly.
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Old 03-15-2010, 02:07 PM
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Excellent post. I too have this amazing car. Runs great, still take it out every now and then. Lately i've been considering parting ways with it, I'm not sure though. I will definately be keeping track of your progress here, cant wait to see the finished product.
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i have mine on hold till i get my traxxas eagle and cat projects finished
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man this brings back some memories... I worked at KB Toys in 1987 and there was one of these on the shelf with some crazy price on it.. I used to drool over it. cool stuff. maybe I should pick up a 1/12th frog or lunchbox or something to revive the good old rc days.
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Finally I have also managed to get this legend in my hands. It is not in a mint condition, but I am really happy to get it. It drives great, though it shows that previous owners really used it for what it was intended.
As far as I have noticed by now, it does not have original wheels and tires (though I got also original wheels but painted in silver ), there are no lights and body is in the front quite damaged, because prevoius owner did not use the front bumper (though Igot this also ).
Now, Ihave a few questions:
1.)What should I service? How are oil shock absorbers services? Are there any online guides for this?I would like also to oil all moving parts. Is there any online guide?Video would be prefered since Iam new in this.
2.)Is the motor original?Because there is no sign on it. It should be, but how can I check?
3.) Where could Iget tires for original wheels?Are there any substitutes?
4.) How can I remove the silver paint from original wheels without damaging them?
5.)Should I check some parts that could be damaged?

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Hey mate,

welcome! Sorry for the late reply! [&:]
You have a pretty used example there, but not beyond rescue. To answer your questions:
I would take it apart completely. Thats the best way to check everything and see whats broken and whats ok.
If you're not too experienced, take pics of each step while dissasembling and put the parts and screws in seperate bags. Clean everything.
1) The first thing to do is to register at www.tamiyaclub.com and download/view the manual for the 959. So you can easily put it back together and rebuild your shocks.
If you intend to run it again, I would swap all the bushings for ball bearings while at it.
2) The motor seems to be original. There is a black sticker on the side of the motor which should read "RX540VZ Technigold". The sticker is hidden by the servo in pic 6.
3) Tires are very hard to find and very expensive. Ebay is a your best bet. As they are in an awkward 1/12 scale, there are no aftermarket tires that fit the stock wheels.
4) I use DOT4 brakefluid to remove old paint from plastic. Put the wheels in a jar and cover them completly in brakefluid. Let them soak for a day and you'll notice the paint to crumble. Now you can take the paint of using a brush or a towel. Be patient! The plastic won't take any harm using this method. The wheels should come out great. But don't use it on the lexan shell! It makes the lexan cloudy.

Have fun restoring your 959! [sm=teeth_smile.gif]

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Thx for advise.
What do you mean by bushings? I cannot find them on Ebay .
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Hehe,

bushings are the stock plastic (or bronze) bearings that come with the kit. They should always be replaced with ball bearings, as bushings wear out quickly and reduce performance and durability.
The manual shows where tho replace in which dimension.
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Ou, that are bushings. As I have checked I already have ball bearings .
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Well, I think I have decided to finally shelf my 959 for good. 2 years ago I broke a steering arm it and it sat in my shed until about 2 months ago. My father-in-law has a buddy that works in a machine shop and made one for me out of aluminum. The one and only time I ever found the origional part was on ebay. I bid up to $50 on it and still got outbid! The night Igot it back together I took it out to the street in front of our house, I was excited to show my daughter how wild this car really is! I tok a small, slow jump off of a little dirt mound and broke a piece off of the steering knuckle. Luckly that was an easy fix. Of course the next day I had to show pops since he helped me get it going again. I ran it pretty hard for him and ended up stripping some gears in the rear trans housing, so now I have a fwd 959 (kinda fun though!) I was lucky enough to find a new gear set on ebay for it a few weeks ago so I believe this will be its last repair. OK, It will get one more run after that but thats probably it. I have some great memories with this car and will hate to see it put up, but I just cant afford to fix it anymore. So here is to one last HURRAH to my 959, you have truely been a real trooper. This Porsche RALLY car was truely that, nothing less.
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We need a 1/8th scale 959 Body that'll fit the Slash 4x4!!!
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Nice story, thanks for sharing! [sm=regular_smile.gif]

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Well, I think I have decided to finally shelf my 959 for good. 2 years ago I broke a steering arm it and it sat in my shed until about 2 months ago. My father-in-law has a buddy that works in a machine shop and made one for me out of aluminum. The one and only time I ever found the origional part was on ebay. I bid up to $50 on it and still got outbid! The night Igot it back together I took it out to the street in front of our house, I was excited to show my daughter how wild this car really is! I tok a small, slow jump off of a little dirt mound and broke a piece off of the steering knuckle. Luckly that was an easy fix. Of course the next day I had to show pops since he helped me get it going again. I ran it pretty hard for him and ended up stripping some gears in the rear trans housing, so now I have a fwd 959 (kinda fun though!) I was lucky enough to find a new gear set on ebay for it a few weeks ago so I believe this will be its last repair. OK, It will get one more run after that but thats probably it. I have some great memories with this car and will hate to see it put up, but I just cant afford to fix it anymore. So here is to one last HURRAH to my 959, you have truely been a real trooper. This Porsche RALLY car was truely that, nothing less.
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I posted these pics in the Vintage Tamiya Thread, but i'll put them up here for u guys too.
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Nice pictures.
Is it possible that you scan the article on 959?

Anyway, I have already opened a little bit the chassis and oiled it. Not yet the transmition. Everything is quite logical, so should not be big deal. Though, Iwill definitely take the picture of all the steps. The biggest problem are the screws, when you have them all together .I have managed to get a practise bumper, so I am waiting for it.
While I was doing this cleaning Isaw that it is really not in original state. Some parts were replaced with unoriginal sadly .

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