My first "real" RC vehicle was a Stadium Blitzer, back around 1992. I've been in-and-out of RC since then. I recently got my son a Duratrax Vendetta SC (his first "real" RC), and I got myself a.....1992 SB! It's fun to have my hands on this truck, but it is showing it's age. The tires are not very soft or flexible, a rear upper shock mount cracked, the steering servo moved at turtle speed....
I hope to bring the SB somewhat up to date in terms of performance, but still keep it's stock appearance. Thought it might be interesting to do a thread about this - who knows how the rig will end up!
It came with a Futaba AM Tx/Rx, a Futaba servo of the same era, and a Tekin Rebel ESC. I have the Tx/Rx for sale on eBay and I put the servo in my son's Vendetta after his broke. I added a Spektrum receiver so I can use my DX3C transmitter, and temporarily I installed the steering servo that came stock in my Axial AX10. It has great torque for a stadium truck. I plan to keep the Tekin ESC and stock motor for now, and maybe upgrade them down the line.
Short term upgrades (parts en route to my home) are Tamiya DB-01 aluminum shocks for better tuning and performance, new HPI S-compound tires, ball bearings, and a Savox standard servo.
I have two long term ideas I hope to tackle eventually: 1) I'd like to make new shock towers, made of aluminum. 2) Using either the Axial servo or the Savox servo (it has more travel), I'd like to get more steering. I am thinking of trimming away some plastic, raising the servo up 1/8" - 1/4", and using a longer horn to get more throw.
Anyhow, here are a few photos of what I'm starting with at this point:
I'm grateful and impressed that the chassis is in such nice shape, aside from the small crack in the shock tower / shock mount. There are almost no scrapes on the bottom....pretty cool.