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Those lower arms are notoriously weak. If you want to drive it, the aluminum replacements are a good idea. I use a 1800 mAh NiMH battery which is cheap, reliable, and fits perfectly. The antennae for those old receivers is nothing but a piece of wire, so you should be able to just splice in a new length of wire.
Welcome on board.
I can't help you with much on that chassis, other than suggesting setting up eBay searches, looking for Facebook groups etc - and bending your wallet over a barrel in readiness
I do have one of those RXs (in 27mhz form) though, I believe is still as it left the factory. The antenna is 19 3/8" (490mm) from where exits the case. It's also black with a 1" section of clear (now yellowed) heatshrink at the RX end - look for 10/0.1mm hookup wire. You should be able to get at the PCB starting with the 2 screws on the underside of the case
I'll admit I'm somewhat biased against the 959 & it's brother, IMO it's small, fragile, not very capable & completely beyond my reach in terms of cost. If only it had been on a 1:8 chassis ...
I have to wonder if getting a new Lunchbox & a Midnight Pumpkin so you each have something stronger to drive might be a better use of time & money
Charger - I would definitely recommend the Imax B6 (or a similar 4-button unit), even though it needs a separate mains -> 12v power supply, it's very flexible in terms of the battery types it will charge. I would recommend Vapextech 2500, 3000 or 3200mAh NiMH 7.2v packs if you were in the UK, TBH I'm not sure what would be the equivalent quality/value brand in the US though.
Repro decals are available from mciracing.ca, vacform bodies from Team BlueGroove.
have a look on ebay
as for the radio gear i would be a newer good one in there 2.4ghz because its got fail safe
only if u are going to run it
but dont stop there if u were going to run it? yes upgrade it all
upgrade to the celica
there is a way to change the wheels hex thats if u want to change it to have a different wheels
www.ebay.com/it...SwWHZe2feN original ones here
if u buy the wheels ask for a dog bone shaft too he may have one
only run it on the flat surface dont jump it or anything cool 959 i drive my one
as for the battery get a lipo u may have to go to a hobbie shop of one because only a few will fit it
like this one u have to change to tamiya plug
go for a venom 1.0 battery converter
because its a lipo u will need a battery low volt unit put that on the battery when u use it because u cant run a lipo dead flat
when its get low volt it will then start to beep like mad so u stop the car stright away ok
i hope restore it my friend hope this heaps u
i put the links up so u know what to buy i'm not saying buy the ones i put up ok u may find it cheaper else where