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felixthadog
25th September 2013, 07:14 PM
Hi all,

My father-in-law asked me to take a look at a non-working remote controlled car he bought at a garage sale. It is a Tamiya Grasshopper 2 manufactured in 1988, complete in box. It has already been assembled. I managed to get it working and it's a lot of fun! I was just wondering, what would be a reasonable amount for me to offer my father-in-law to buy it from him?

Cheers,
Matthew

ozfalcon
25th September 2013, 07:19 PM
However much he paid for it at the garage sale. Can't get spare parts for that old clunka.
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spaceballs
25th September 2013, 07:48 PM
Believe it or not Matt but these things are fetching over $150 these days. Not to sure about Grasshopper 2 but I've watched a Hotshot go for $175 not that long ago.

danny_galaga
6th October 2013, 03:05 PM
However much he paid for it at the garage sale. Can't get spare parts for that old clunka.
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http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_kw=Tamiya+Grasshopper+2

Also maybe some parts here:

http://www.tamiyaclub.com/carparts.asp?id=74

Felix, this looks to be about the most IDEAL of the older R/C cars to restore or whatever! There are other cars out there that there is a big demand for parts but almost nothing available. The Marui Big Bear for instance. Almost impossible to get tyres for. People pay 3 figures for a set, if they can find them...

ozfalcon
6th October 2013, 06:00 PM
http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_kw=Tamiya+Grasshopper+2

Also maybe some parts here:

http://www.tamiyaclub.com/carparts.asp?id=74

Felix, this looks to be about the most IDEAL of the older R/C cars to restore or whatever! There are other cars out there that there is a big demand for parts but almost nothing available. The Marui Big Bear for instance. Almost impossible to get tyres for. People pay 3 figures for a set, if they can find them...

Amazing that parts are still available. Actualy I miss remembered The Grasshopper - Was thinking of The Hornet (Earlier RC Car - And not outstanding at all).
The Grasshopper was a vast improvement (To the Hornet). But still considered inferior for racing. But as you mentioned - The Big Bear - It's not all about racing :)

And then 4wd cars like the Mugen came along - And kicked 2wd cars like my RC10 to the dust! (And hence the introduction of 2wd and 4wd divisions for racing).

But still - You shouldn't be paying any more than what was paid at the Garage sale. If my brother inlaw wanted more than what he paid for it at the Garage sale, I'd call him out on it.

Correction: Bah - It was the Frog I was thinking of (Not the Hornet). I had to refresh my memory with the Tamiya Product Line. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Tamiya_product_lines#Cars_.281.2F10_scale. 29)

Woody
6th October 2013, 06:04 PM
I used to mess about with the Tamiya's when I was younger. FWIW, the Grasshopper shares a chassis and all parts except front wheels and the body with the Subaroo Brat. Both awesome cars. But it's real hard to beat the hornet. It's damn robust and parts are a plenty. The grasshopper has a nasty weak spot on the front suspension that will not survive too many front on, single wheel impacts.

It's a bit harder to find, and so are the parts, but for outright fun, the best if the bunch IMHO was the Fox. Brilliant car.

felixthadog
6th October 2013, 07:05 PM
My Father-In-Law bought it at a Garage Sale for $5, he then sold it for $70. I had fun driving it but could not justify the price tag.

Cheers,
Matthew

danny_galaga
7th October 2013, 10:32 AM
My Father-In-Law bought it at a Garage Sale for $5, he then sold it for $70. I had fun driving it but could not justify the price tag.

Cheers,
Matthew

That's a good call. What a stingy father-in-law! You fixed it up!