Okay, I'm bringing back an old thread to life. I'm doing the exact same project plus the restoration. This was my first R/C.
I have completely repaired, as best I could, the PCB in the stock controller. The antenna was pushed straight in and broke the PCB in half. I haven't powered it up yet to see if it works. I'll try to post some pics later today when the kids are down.
I would like to keep it stock. I took a photo of the PCB solder layer and I am thinking of going to black and white and making a new PCB for it if my wire-wrap trace repair doesn't work.
I may end up doing a Futaba conversion such as this one on it. The problem is, I don't want to spend another $80 on a reversible brushed ESC. Do you guys have any recommendations? FET AMP that doesn't cost an arm and leg?