Working on the restoration of a [Manta Ray (1990)][0] that I got from dear friends.

At first glance it seemed to be in good shape with only the rear diff almost blocking. Upon taking it apart it became obvious that this vehicle hasn‘t been driven a lot. A few battery packs at most I‘d guess. I guess it got stashed away after a rather high jump and a hard crash which resulted in a partly broken chassis.

Yes, I can repair it.


More progress on the Manta Ray restoration. I‘ve completely dismantled the front and cleaned all the parts. Gears looked fine but were regreased anyway. Again, replaced all the plastic and brass bushings with proper ball bearings.

I was able to work around the broken chassis standoffs with longer screws and ca-glue. Perfectly fine again. Drive train has a new propeller shaft since the old one was bent from the crash.

Everything went back together flawlessly.


Result of a successful restoration. Fully working 1990 Tamiya Manta Ray on the DF-01 chassis. The body was hand painted in original box art silver back then.

I hope I get a chance to drive it outdoors soon. Ideally on an offroad or BMX track in my city.

@MacLemon Ich mag diese liebevoll gestalteten Reparaturstories, ur super! :)

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