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JATO 3.3 at Mulch Mountains

Sharry and I found the best place to run the JATO – amidst mountain of mulch, right near the DMV in Winsted! Mulch is great for many reasons. First, it’s got plenty of little bumps and humps to make driving fun and challenging. If you wipe out, it’s not as abrasive on the car as pavement or stone or even dirt. Speaking of dirt, it also doesn’t get into every little nook in the car and saturate your air filter – a major plus. Cleaning was easy today.

I have a few pics to post from after the bashing and a cleanup., but unfortunately, I can’t post the videos yet because they were shot with an iPhone in a vertical orientation, and rotating them doesn’t seem to be working.

I do have a video from a few days ago right after I added the hop-up parts that I can add right away.

Vimeo is smart enough to rotate iPhone movies that were shot vertically.  Sorry for the weird orientation.  We’ll shoot it wide next time.

JATO 3.3 Ready to Rock

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of picking up a like-new Traxxas JATO 3.3. My JATO had somehow gotten rusted over the winter in my barn. Lesson learned. However, the aluminum hop-up parts I’d bought were still almost mint. They needed a buffing and I cleverly thought to throw a couple coats of clear enamel on them after they were shining again.

The results are really pleasing.

Most of the kudos go to Javier who kept it up so well and painted a nice custom body for it. The only change I made were the aluminum bumper, aluminum wheelie bar, a fuel line bumper on the heat-sink for the inevitable rollover, clear-coat enamel on the underside for a tiny bit of protection against dirt and scraping.

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