RC Monster Trucks Discuss rc monster trucks in this forum

About to fire up a truck that has sat for a couple years.

Reply

Old 02-06-2008, 06:34 PM
  #1  
racer12306
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Baltimore, MD
Posts: 35
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default About to fire up a truck that has sat for a couple years.

Hey, I honestly can't remember if I have ever posted here, or just browsed in the past.

I have a Duratrax Thunderquake that is now about 4 years old. I ran it for a while, broke some stuff, had some fun with it. That is until I managed to burn the pull starter about 2.5 years ago. It has been sitting ever since. I switched the exhaust to the other side so that won't happen again.

I have a new starter on order as well as a few other goodies.

I have a few questions before I attempt to fire it up...

1. The suspension seems to be sagging a bit, or maybe I'm just remembering it a little wrong, but is there a simple way to lift it back up without buying new shocks? Like using heavier shock oil or something.

2. What are the odds that I will need to retune the truck? Should I intentionally set it rich since it has been so long?

3. Is there anything that you guys would suggest I do before I fire it up for the first time in over 2 years?

Thanks
Frank
racer12306 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 02-06-2008, 06:50 PM
  #2  
nothinbetr2do
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: elkton, MD
Posts: 3,657
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default RE: About to fire up a truck that has sat for a couple years.

charge it up, check that the servos still work, make sure the glow plug still works, then fire it up. any adjustments can be made then. as for the shocks, they might just need to be rebuild
nothinbetr2do is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 02-06-2008, 06:52 PM
  #3  
nothinbetr2do
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: elkton, MD
Posts: 3,657
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default RE: About to fire up a truck that has sat for a couple years.

yey dude i just saw your from north east md, i'm in elkton. right outside of fair hill. let me know if you need more help. maybe we can meet up. i've been into nitros for a few years
nothinbetr2do is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 02-06-2008, 06:57 PM
  #4  
racer12306
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Baltimore, MD
Posts: 35
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default RE: About to fire up a truck that has sat for a couple years.

I guess I should change my location, I'm in Baltimore now. But thanks for the offer.


What would be needed to rebuild a set of shocks?
racer12306 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 02-06-2008, 07:47 PM
  #5  
nothinbetr2do
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: elkton, MD
Posts: 3,657
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default RE: About to fire up a truck that has sat for a couple years.

as long as nothings broke, just get some shock oil and new o rings. and maybe springs if yours are beat
nothinbetr2do is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 02-07-2008, 02:54 PM
  #6  
HpiDrifter420
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Spring Mount, PA
Posts: 1,051
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default RE: About to fire up a truck that has sat for a couple years.

before you fire it up make sure to lube your engine with something i started a truck that sat for 10 years and it ran for 5 mins before it seized up on me. make sure that it isnt rusted out.
HpiDrifter420 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 02-07-2008, 05:16 PM
  #7  
jombo
Senior Member
 
jombo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: trumbull, CT
Posts: 2,417
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default RE: About to fire up a truck that has sat for a couple years.

I switched the exhaust to the other side so that won't happen again.
how did you do that , mine the other side had the top brace and the reciever and batt tray. anyway if it were me throw it away like i did because after i spent 200 more to keep fixing it i finaly got a savage . since then i never broke anything again, the engine dt21 is a pain to tune and sucks in air everywhere so i would seal it up first . good luck replacing that motor because once it goes no other motor will fit because of the stubby end on the driveshaft. i would go with opt #1 if i were you and just buy a new truck.
jombo is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 02-07-2008, 05:41 PM
  #8  
racer12306
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Baltimore, MD
Posts: 35
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default RE: About to fire up a truck that has sat for a couple years.

Good call on the lubing up of the engine. I was thinking about that. I'll make sure I run some after-run oil through it first.

Buying a new truck isn't an option. I was very happy with this truck when it ran. All that has broke has been the front diff, a gear and the handle. The broken hub was my fault. The next R/C I get will probably be the RAZE, unless a better deal comes out between now and then.

I didn't have any problems moving the exhaust. I haven't actually run it yet, so I don't know how well that will do. I'll post up a picture later of what I did.

What weight shock oil would you recommend?
racer12306 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 02-07-2008, 09:27 PM
  #9  
beer=food
Banned
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: hervey bay, AUSTRALIA
Posts: 1,276
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default RE: About to fire up a truck that has sat for a couple years.

You know if its rusted out its rooteed anyways, lube, 6 million leters of lube wont save it ! LOL ! Hate to say it, dont bother, rip glow plug out stick some nitro fuel in there, pull carby air pipe off pour some down there too, pull it over slowly for a couple of turns, see if its siezed, if it aint, fire that bugger up. If theres rust in there its just not gunna last, as it gets warmed up, bits of rust debris are gunna fly off and up into the combustion cylinder, destroying piston and sleve, and the worst thing is the big end bearings, are what rust up real bad, the most, and you cant really fix them, only replace, so unless your willing to do a complete and total re-build, which is dearer than a new engine, LOL, you might as well slap some fuel in it, lots, turn it over , and if not siezed, fire it up ! And see if you can tune it. If it runs for an hour its probly gunna be ok, but if like the above post says, its blows up in five minutes, l wouldnt be suprised still, thats a long time for a nitro engine to sit, there so prone to moisture because of the fuel left in them, l dont like your odds, hope your lucky !
beer=food is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 02-07-2008, 10:25 PM
  #10  
jombo
Senior Member
 
jombo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: trumbull, CT
Posts: 2,417
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default RE: About to fire up a truck that has sat for a couple years.

if you want it to sit higher there are the spring holders with a screw holding it, just loosen the screw and push it down. that should tighten the shock and give you more of a ride height(the black spacer with the screw). i really wouldnt worry about anything else untill you turn that motor over because like i stated before if it dosent start there is no replacement . well maybe the thundertiger 27cc for the warhead it has a stub end shaft it may work, but then again its 160 bucks and a new truck is 299 for a thunder tiger st1
jombo is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 02-07-2008, 10:48 PM
  #11  
buck in rut
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: burlington, KY
Posts: 96
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default RE: About to fire up a truck that has sat for a couple years.

if you took proper care of it before you will be ok if you did not clear the feul and flush with after run oil or wd-40 i doint like your chances id get it running before i worried about anything else use 50wt oil for shocks and add a spring shim best of luck
buck in rut is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 02-07-2008, 11:01 PM
  #12  
racer12306
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Baltimore, MD
Posts: 35
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default RE: About to fire up a truck that has sat for a couple years.

I always used after-run oil. I am very familiar with methanol and what it can do to an engine when the engine isn't taken care of.

I guess I'll take the head off first before I put the time in to replacing the starter.
racer12306 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 02-07-2008, 11:11 PM
  #13  
buck in rut
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: burlington, KY
Posts: 96
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default RE: About to fire up a truck that has sat for a couple years.

if you are able to take it apart pull the head, carb, and back plate if you see any sign of rust flush it with wd-40 before you try to turn the crank that may prevent scoring of the cylinder i have have some luck with mild rust in the past
buck in rut is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 02-07-2008, 11:13 PM
  #14  
racer12306
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Baltimore, MD
Posts: 35
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default RE: About to fire up a truck that has sat for a couple years.

I can take apart damn near anything, and manage to put it back together again. These engines aren't too complicated compared to car engines.

Looks like I have some work ahead of me.
racer12306 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 02-07-2008, 11:20 PM
  #15  
buck in rut
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: burlington, KY
Posts: 96
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default RE: About to fire up a truck that has sat for a couple years.

sure do there is a video on you tube that gives pretty good step by step directions it will be different than yours but it will give a good guide sorry i dont have a line type in nitro rebuild
buck in rut is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 02-08-2008, 04:37 PM
  #16  
beer=food
Banned
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: hervey bay, AUSTRALIA
Posts: 1,276
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default RE: About to fire up a truck that has sat for a couple years.

did u start it ?
Did it run for more than 10 minutes ?
come on tell me tell me tell me ! hahaha just gotta know !
beer=food is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 02-08-2008, 06:32 PM
  #17  
racer12306
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Baltimore, MD
Posts: 35
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default RE: About to fire up a truck that has sat for a couple years.

I have to put the new starter on it before I can do that. I am going to try to pull the head today and see what it looks like.
racer12306 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 02-11-2008, 07:46 AM
  #18  
racer12306
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Baltimore, MD
Posts: 35
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default RE: About to fire up a truck that has sat for a couple years.

I took stuff apart last night. The crankcase of the engine had some oil still in it, and everything was lubed up nicely. Put the new pull starter on and it turns over like a champ.

I have some pictures of the truck that I will try to post tonight.

The goal for tonight is to run the truck.
racer12306 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 02-11-2008, 05:03 PM
  #19  
racer12306
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Baltimore, MD
Posts: 35
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default RE: About to fire up a truck that has sat for a couple years.

IT RAN, WEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

Thats right folks, it ran. I got it a little hot, like 300*, but other than that it runs great. Lots of power.

It does seem pickier than it did before, but then again its been awhile so I am probably not remembering well. It also might be because its 25* outside here.

I was able to run one full tank of fuel through it. After that my glow warmer battery was dead. I was just using the C battery style one. I am charging up my Duratrax rechargable glow warmer now.

Damage Report:
- bent rear shock tower (bent it back and its still good for now)

Things to Do:
- hose clamp the air filter to carb
- hose clamp the plastic tubing to the exhaust

I am still working on getting the pictures up. If they are not up tonight, then tomorrow is a definite.
racer12306 is offline  
Reply With Quote

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us Archive Advertising Cookie Policy Privacy Statement Terms of Service