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Scale 1.55's Scale trucks that use 1.55" fitting tires and similar. Approx 1/10th scalers with wheels smaller than 1.9".


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Old 01-07-2017, 03:12 PM
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Default Frederik's first truck build - Hilux

I have never really built any offroad truck, closest being a midnight pumpkin kit and a TB-01 rally So this will be a first for me. I do read lots of builds here and also at SBG, so the interest built up and now with the new house we have a nice place in the woods where I see I could have quite some fun with a little turk.

Over the last few years I collected a few parts for the Escort (yes because I've been working on the Escort for years) and then changed my mind on the design many times. So I have a few parts available and thought I'd do a truck with them. Then I decided the cc01 axle was not scale enough, as were the tires and wheels I had, ended up buying more stuff here and there.

I planned to not start the build thread before completing the Escort build, but now that I have the body and ideas start coming, I can't wait to start the thread and share my plans

So now I have most of the basic stuff needed to soon start work on this. The body is Crawlnyc's at SBG, of his recent build nicely finished with weathered and slight rust, He did an awesome job, with lots of subtle details. Not so sure about the bobbed bed but I'll see if I like it enough. I have not done scale body detailing previously so having his body is a nice kick start for me, I can concentrate more on the mechanical things and chassis. He also made a drop bed for it.







I prefer the round headlights on those Hilux, so my first idea was to modify it to convert to round headlights. I first wanted to make sure I would not upset the Toyota gods so I searched 1:1 pics to see if swapping headlights was a common thing. After finding a couple pics and liking them I thought why not!






I already had some round lights of suitable size (got a dozen for the Escort!), just needed to trim the top and bottom of the lights a little bit, put some glue zots to see how it would look, me likey!








Here are some of the parts I plan to (maybe) use for this build, not quite sure if I'll go with leaf or 4 link yet. If I go leaf I don't think I'll be using the special revolver shackles as I read they cause uncontrolled suspension travel and apparently for various reasons it is better to have controlled travel.





Sooo.. the results of the round lights on the later grille is what pushed me to start the thread as I wanted to show you This will be a slow starting build though since my actual and limited hobby time, other than mocking up parts in the basement, will still go on the Escort for a while. Oh and maybe a bit on that snow plane (those that just go on snow and no actual wings!) since there is so much snow right now

Thanks for looking,

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Old 01-07-2017, 05:38 PM
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Yay! Welcome to the Beat Up Old Toyota Owner's Club! I saw this body over on SBG, the weathering looks pretty good. Is the paint just primer? If so, it should be pretty easy to work with. The panels on mine that are primer don't scratch as easily as the painted ones.

Although I do have one nitpicky complaint: The rear fenders are fiberglass and shouldn't rust. Maybe you can correct that with some sanding and airbrushing.

You've got a unique look going already with the round-headlights-in-square-grille. Looking forward to seeing where you take this! Depending on what chassis you go with it might be easier to go with leafs, since the geometry pretty much sorts itself out as long as you give the shackles room to move. If you copy the Tamiya Bruiser's geometry you'll be set.
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Old 01-07-2017, 06:14 PM
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Thanks! The rear fenders were fiberglass on the 1:1?? Cool, did not know that. The paint kooks like maybe it has a matte clear, or it is matte gray paint. Good thing is if the body gets scratched it won't show a funny color like yellow or white, it'll just stay gray

I am going to scratch build the chassis, likely based on the 1:1 and the various builds I see here. I like to engineer my own stuff so that'll be some learning and challenges ! I have not built trucks before but I've been playing with 4 link andnother suspension types since I was a kid, mixing legos and dubro ball joints with coat hanger rods for links lol! So my brain does have some suspension geometry background I'll try to put into practice!

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Old 01-07-2017, 06:19 PM
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Hey Fred.....nice truck! Can't wait to see you work you magic on this one!
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Old 01-07-2017, 06:30 PM
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Hey Preston! Long time no see buddy! Thanks for chiming in, not sure I'll be able to cram a V8 in this one! Unless I find some references of it being done on 1:1 and justify doing it hahaha I admit I did check how it would do between the hood and diff pumpkin and it looks like it would interfere a bit on compression...

Any Toyota experts know if people sometimes put V8s in those? I'd be surprised with how small and light these are..
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Old 01-07-2017, 06:42 PM
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Hey Preston! Long time no see buddy! Thanks for chiming in, not sure I'll be able to cram a V8 in this one! Unless I find some references of it being done on 1:1 and justify doing it hahaha I admit I did check how it would do between the hood and diff pumpkin and it looks like it would interfere a bit on compression...

Any Toyota experts know if people sometimes put V8s in those? I'd be surprised with how small and light these are..
Well.....not sure when it will be done or even how well it would turn out, but I might have been attempting a 22R that fits the same way the V8 does...how do you feel about cutting open your hood? Lol....but we gots to keep it quiet...don't want too many peeps to know...lol!
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Old 01-07-2017, 06:54 PM
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Haha! That sounds nice, can't wait to see what you come up with. But why the hood cutting ? Lol I am seeing roadkill subaru wrx (actually migthy car mods car) with the turbo poking up out of the hood lol!
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Old 01-07-2017, 07:07 PM
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Haha! That sounds nice, can't wait to see what you come up with. But why the hood cutting ? Lol I am seeing roadkill subaru wrx (actually migthy car mods car) with the turbo poking up out of the hood lol!
Well..you gotta build a killa engine bay for it.... Hang on...does the Subaru also have a 22R engine?
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Old 01-07-2017, 07:35 PM
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No it is just that you mentioned the hole through the hood and it is just what they did in that episode of the subaru ute, mounted the turbo outside of the hood for no apparent reason and turned it into a ute at the same time lol





Edit: being the Toyota noob that I am, when you mentioned 22R I googled it and thought it was a turbo engine lol Now I searched a bit more and I know what it is.


I would not count on too much engine bay fabrication on this build, unless it is from sheetmetal like the escort Styrene is still unknown to me, but I might get into it before I get into the details of the Hilux. Already started to somewhat research where I can find styrene

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Old 01-18-2017, 10:52 PM
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I decided narrowing the front sdi axle by 20mm on one side, I was careful in the cuts to not have a gap in the plastic, came out pretty nice:

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And a few pics of the actual width on the body, rear is a CC-01 axle, not going to use it but it is pretty much the same width so I am using it for mockups since the rear SDI axle still needs its Wraith shafts modded like I did on the escort.











Sorry for the whole bunch of pics with only minimal progress, but I'm pretty excited to have the front axle right! Was not quite sure if it would be too narrow but I think it's good. Could maybe even narrow it another 10mm if I wanted to tuck the wheels in completely, but not going to, no with those tires.

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Old 01-19-2017, 08:36 AM
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Wow Fred! That looks perfect right there! Awesome!
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Old 01-19-2017, 11:50 AM
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Thanks Preston! Still need to get one more SDI driveshaft and then start playing with chassis design and drivetrain placement. Thinking the offset pumpkin might help have a better location for the transfer case and motor to avoid interference. I am not too sure if I like bobbed beds or not. I might try to find someone who would trade a full box at some point but I don't think it matters much for now for where I am at with the build lol! Can hardly call it a build yet hahaha
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Looking good Fred.
Perfect amount of rusty's on the little beast.
Tough decision on beds no doubt.
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Old 01-19-2017, 09:43 PM
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Thanks Ron for the kind encouragements! This is pretty new to me so it won't be quick build lol
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Nice looking hilux. Just a Q: What's up with them axles?
Is it because small and thin, more scale or are they really good.
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