That might be the one kato model that the guy mentioned, but i cannot be sure. Once again i regret leaving my little moleskine pocket-notebook at home...
Heh, I thought nobody would ever ask. He wanted $185. I got it for $125.
The engine ran a little, spit a puff of white smoke out one end, and then wouldn't run. I asked if he would sell it
to me as a problem child, and he agreed. I figured even if the problem was the motor, no big deal, since
it's a big open cavity in there, and motor replacement would be easy (i.e. almost any motor could be made to fit.
As it turns out, the problem was just the wiring. Those models were made in the early 1980s, with wire whose insulation
gets very brittle with time. When I opened it up, I found that the insulation had completely fallen away in places,
and the headlight wiring was shorting to the brass body. I replaced it all with nice new flexible wire, and it ran.
Then, I made some extra phosphot bronze wipers for the other wheels that were electrically "dead", and it
ran VERY well indeed. A few little paint accents, and some whatchamacallit... that white liquid window glazing stuff...
in all the windows, and that was that. (The windows are just open with no glass in them on the stock model... hence the glazing).