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Need to know what to do to rebuild an older nitro car and engine...im a NOOB

Old 11-04-2009, 09:14 AM
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Jacob Mobley
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Default Need to know what to do to rebuild an older nitro car and engine...im a NOOB



Hey all.

I got my hands on an older nitro car. It has everything (I will post pics so you guys can see the condition of the motor and other parts.) Heres a list of what I have. My question is what I will be needing, and how much will it cost.

-Complete Frame. (Blue, looks like a sprint car frame without the wing on top. got a little rust on the bottom, I'm not to worried.)
-A complete engine. (This is what I am mostly worried about. It turns, so it's not locked up but I will take off the top end to examine the piston.) I am going to need a good tourial on how to take apart an engine like this.
-A complete rear end. (Minus the axles and wheels/tires. I'll borrow a couple from my friend.)
-A complete front end. (Minus the wheels. (I'll post pics of both the front and rear shocks cause I honestly do not know what a good shock looks like.)
-I do have a throttle servo and a working controller. (my question is, how to I test the servo to see if it works?)
Also, how do you test run an engine like this?

I also stripped a screw trying to take off the head of my motor. So how to I get that screw out without hurting the head? And if I can hear the piston compressing when I turn the flywheel, should I even attempt a rebuild? And how to you test a servo to make sure it works.


Thanks for all the help guys/gals.

-Jacob

Old 11-04-2009, 02:37 PM
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There is too many questions in this thread to even begin to answer effectively. But, I'll take a shot at some of them.
If the engine has good compression, and turns over smoothly, I would not attempt a rebuild at this time. Get the car together and see how it works. To test the servo, simply plug it into a receiver and see if it works. It should not chatter, and should rotate smoothly. The shocks are probably good, but will most certainly need to be rebuilt. New oil and seals at the minimum.
If you have a local hobby shop, I would recomend taking it there for possible identification. That way, we may be able to help you further.
Also, chasis are generally either plastic or aluminum. neither of them rust. It might be a screw that has rusted, and stained the aluminum.
The screw on the engine head is a problem. You might be able to find a torx head bit that might fit into it, but in all likelyhood the screw is seized, at which point heat might be the only answer to free it up.
Good luck.
Old 11-04-2009, 03:01 PM
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Default RE: Need to know what to do to rebuild an older nitro car and engine...im a NOOB

Take pictures, post pictures, someone will tell you what it is.

Then, get your hands on a manual and find all the parts you need.

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