I also ordered some fuel, fuel filler bottle and glow plugs on line.
1/8 scale air filters and filter sponges were out of stock so I found some standard sponges and cut out the correct shape to replace the damaged one in the old air filter (not ideal I know but better than nothing)
The parts arrived from the online order and it was time to try to start the car, I ran into a few problems.
First issue the battery in the old glow starter was dead, it had not charged up. I discovered with a little botching I could insert an AA battery into it and use that for the initial testing.
Then just as the engine sounded like it was about to start, I broke the pull starter. I tried to repair it, but with some evidence of previous “fixes” I had carried out years ago, this time it was definitely fit for the bin.
After the successful start with the cordless drill I decided to replace the broken pull starter with a drill start
I got the Fastrax Force Backplate Torque Start and I also got the Fastrax Start Shaft
I also ordered a new body shell, wheels and tires
And I decided to buy a second had Rex-X on eBay, I was looking for a doner car however the one I have purchased looks in very good nick. I will wait to see when it arrives but my old car may become the doner car if the eBay one is as good as it looks in the photos. Its a rolling chassis with servos, no engine and has a 2 speed upgrade. It cost about €145 including delivery.
Because I think the piston sleeve was replaced when the buggy was put away many years ago, my understanding is that the engine needed to be broken in again. I didn’t know much about this process but found some good information online. I had to do it the old fashioned was as I don’t have a temp gun yet.
Below is a video of part of the breaking in process.
And the second hand Rex X form eBay arrived. This one seems to be in really good nick so it looks like my old car will become the doner car 🙂
An issue I have had is the back plate on the engine has cracked in the top corner where one of the Torque Start screws goes through it meaning the Torque Start is now only held in place by the 2 bottom screws. I am still able to use the Torque Start by applying pressure with a screwdriver while starting
I have installed some of the parts from my old Rex X on to the eBay one.
Mainly the engine and tuned pipe (there is a nice tuned pipe included with the eBay one which I will try at some stage)
I had some difficulties getting the 2 speed clutch connected to the crank shaft on my engine as the crank shaft seemed to be a tiny bit too short. I managed to get it on using a temporary solution for now.
I also cut out the required pieces from the new body shell.
A few more bits to do tomorrow and it should be ready for a test drive 🙂