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Old 11-02-2022, 09:02 PM
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Working on an Associated TC3 this evening. Was going to install an esc, motor, rx.
Actually had the motor installed. Realized the way I had it the sensor port was covered. Pulled it back out. Looked at it closer and noticed that the motor lead connectors looked loose. I take the end off to see if I can see any problems. Realize it's dirty as heck so I pull the rotor out and spray it down with electrical cleaner. Put it back together; never figured out why it felt loose. Figure what the heck, lets see if it works anyhow. Start to reassemble and I lose a tiny nut. Either on the floor or table. Spend a good 15 looking for it. Another 15 looking for a replacement. Find one finally. Realize the other nut is pretty chewed up, wish I had the one I lost so I could replace the chewed up one. Look on floor some more, no deal. Decide maybe this car wasn't meant to move today. Clean up a little, find an odd piece of broken plastic. Realize the esc that's attached to the motor in question has a broken case. Great.
Change direction, had an rx crap out the other day, my kid said it got wet. Thought I'd apply some conformal coating to the Rx I was going to put in the TC3. That goes ok.
Clean up some more, look for the nut again. Find a grub screw for a pinion. On the floor. Unreal, hadn't even known I lost a grub screw. Earlier when I was picking out a pinion of course there were 3 or 4 without grub screws, lol. Then I found the nut. Woo hoo.
Go back to the Rx, coat the opposite side. Notice the case is cracked and I think that I'll grab the case from the Rx that crapped out and switch them. So I do that and notice the tiny screws from the original are just a little nicer than the ones from the better case. Go to get them off the original case and drop one. Just shoot me. Of course I can't find it. Not an issue, I have spares due to the crapped out Rx. But seriously, just shoot me.
Old 11-04-2022, 04:03 PM
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sounds like you need to get yourself a good size and strong bar magnet. makes finding hardware you drop on the floor easy-er
Old 11-04-2022, 04:09 PM
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Originally Posted by suburban_hooligan View Post
sounds like you need to get yourself a good size and strong bar magnet. makes finding hardware you drop on the floor easy-er
Somewhere deep in the garage I have one of those magnets on a stick that roofers use - I was tempted to go get it. Probably should have.
Or I could have used the rotor while I had it out.
Who knows what I'd find.
Old 11-04-2022, 04:28 PM
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Probably just as well that I didn't get it running - the wheels dont match match front to back, lol
Old 11-04-2022, 04:52 PM
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I was mistaken, the wheels on the TC3 do match



Its the wheels on the TC4 that don't match



Old 11-04-2022, 05:44 PM
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you're making me want to build my TC4 into a VTA car.... ...which is actually why i bought it. ...just before HPI hit the fan and wheels/tires were hard to find.
Old 11-04-2022, 06:22 PM
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you're making me want to build my TC4 into a VTA car.... ...which is actually why i bought it. ...just before HPI hit the fan and wheels/tires were hard to find.
Do it!
I briefly entertained the idea of VTA racing. I just have too much shtuff going on, I can't commit to racing on Sundays which is game day in the soccer leagues I coach in.
BUT, I really like the VTA look, so that part stuck. Sadly I have way too many 25.5 motors sitting around. Although now that I think about it, maybe that's what I should stick in the TC3. Then my niece could drive it.
Old 11-04-2022, 07:30 PM
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i wasn't going to race VTA i just wanted to build one to drive and fart around with. ended up with a Protoform PFM-10 body and an 8.5 motor. handles good but it's to fast to drive anywhere but large empty parking lots. and that's just kinda boring.
i was thinking of slowing it down a bit (i think i have a 13.5 motor laying around) and put a truck body on it and make a sport truck that i could drive in the street in front of my house.. but i can't find the body i want (more HPI problems) so iv also been kicking around the idea of keeping the 8.5 motor but using a VTA body, wheels/tires and having something that's probably lively to drive.
iv also entertained the thought of making it a drift car, but i think id get bored with that
Old 11-04-2022, 08:16 PM
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Getting tangential here but I have been looking for a truck body that fits touring cars. Vaterra had a truck body that fits. I have an old HPI rs4 rally that I think a truck body would look cool on
Old 11-05-2022, 12:54 PM
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im looking specifically for the Venom T-10 body
https://www.hpiracing.com/en/part/17500

or the Silverado is a second option
https://www.hpiracing.com/en/part/7401
Old 11-05-2022, 02:14 PM
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Those are pretty cool. Might have seen a couple like that while looking for this, or something like this


couldn't tell you where, you know how you get so focused looking for something in particular
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My first choice would be like a Ford Ranger, not the brand new one, or a Tacoma, or even an S-10. It's a body I remember seeing once in a rally tc setup. Should have bought one then.
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not sure how well it would fit a modern TC (i think its more for a wide pan car) but Bolink (now RJ Speed) made a GMC Syclone body back in the 90's. was on the hunt for one of those back in the late 90's but never found one.
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@suburban_hooligan thought of you when I saw this VW truck shell
https://www.aliexpress.us/item/32568...andl_shipto=US
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While cleaning up for Thanksgiving I found my wee tiny missing screw.
And a couple tiny washers, and a second tiny screw that I don't know what it goes to.
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@suburban_hooligan thought of you when I saw this VW truck shell
https://www.aliexpress.us/item/32568...andl_shipto=US
that's pretty cool. not quite what im looking for. but cool.
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Originally Posted by kistner View Post
Working on an Associated TC3 this evening. Was going to install an esc, motor, rx.
Actually had the motor installed. Realized the way I had it the sensor port was covered. Pulled it back out. Looked at it closer and noticed that the motor lead connectors looked loose. I take the end off to see if I can see any problems. Realize it's dirty as heck so I pull the rotor out and spray it down with electrical cleaner. Put it back together; never figured out why it felt loose. Figure what the heck, lets see if it works anyhow. Start to reassemble and I lose a tiny nut. Either on the floor or table. Spend a good 15 looking for it. Another 15 looking for a replacement. Find one finally. Realize the other nut is pretty chewed up, wish I had the one I lost so I could replace the chewed up one. Look on floor some more, no deal. Decide maybe this car wasn't meant to move today. Clean up a little, find an odd piece of broken plastic. Realize the esc that's attached to the motor in question has a broken case. Great.
Change direction, had an rx crap out the other day, my kid said it got wet. Thought I'd apply some conformal coating to the Rx I was going to put in the TC3. That goes ok.
Clean up some more, look for the nut again. Find a grub screw for a pinion
blacktiedetailing.
On the floor. Unreal, hadn't even known I lost a grub screw. Earlier when I was picking out a pinion of course there were 3 or 4 without grub screws, lol. Then I found the nut. Woo hoo.
Go back to the Rx, coat the opposite side. Notice the case is cracked and I think that I'll grab the case from the Rx that crapped out and switch them. So I do that and notice the tiny screws from the original are just a little nicer than the ones from the better case. Go to get them off the original case and drop one. Just shoot me. Of course I can't find it. Not an issue, I have spares due to the crapped out Rx. But seriously, just shoot me
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I am also facing the same issue.
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Vaterra had a truck body that fits. I have an old HPI rs4 rally that I think a truck body would look cool on
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Vaterra had a truck body that fits. I have an old HPI rs4 rally that I think a truck body would look cool on
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that's a C10 body that was brought up earlier in this thread. it's a cool body, and you can still get them from Horizon Hobby's website (although they are pricey!)

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