This is not really technology related and sorta car related, and I wish my car was this easy to work on. All I needed was a 2mm hex key for the body and everything else and a 1.27mm hex key for just separating the drive shafts from the motor/differentials.
To make a long story short, I was hanging out with a friend of mine and he happened to have some generic RC car laying around and we had tons of fun playing with it. I then remembered that my brother used to have some electric RC car that was a blast to play with, but then one day is disappeared. This is what my brother has:
I go find it in the garage and this is what it’s like:
I really bummed out to see that he had broke the chassis. I then decided to see how much the new part would cost. Look it up online and find these 2 awesome docs.
Parts List: http://traxxas.com/sites/default/files/7309_parts_0_0.pdf
Exploded Diagram: http://traxxas.com/sites/default/files/7309-exploded-views-110309.pdf
A new chassis only cost $15! Time to start taking this thing apart and see what else, if anything, is broken. What I did to keep all the parts in order was get a bunch of sandwich sized zip-lock bags and write on them with a sharpie with the part number. That seems to have worked very well.
Separated the rear end from the chassis:
Seems like the “rear bulkhead” or diff case as I call it also broke. Good thing that part only cost $6.
More pictures of the rear diff case after I got the wheels and suspension off of it.
You can see how one half is missing a nice chunk…
Another picture of taking the entire thing apart. This is for reference so I can see where the steering control and power control plug into.
Finally got everything off the chassis. Here is the broken part.
All the parts in bags. I did not need to take apart the front end as there was no damage to that, so I decided to leave it alone.
In total, it took me about 3 hours to carefully take everything apart while putting it in bags and labeling them.
Total cost for all the broken/missing parts:
1 x Charger, A/C overnight wall, 200 mAh (7.2 volt, NiMH) (2924) = $12.50
1 x Door, battery compartment (1)/ vents, battery compartment (1 pair) (fits right or left side) (7026) = $5.00
1 x Bulkhead, rear (left & right halves)/ 3x10MM BCS (4) (7029X) = $6.00
1 x Chassis (7022) = $15.00
Standard Rate (Standard Ground – Allow up to two weeks to receive your order.): $5.00
This was/is a fun little side project and I can’t wait to get the parts I ordered, put it all back together, and play with this thing again. It’s a little monster.