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Toyota HJ40 Ute Custom Build

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Hi TC folks. 

I’ve been keen on a CR01 crawler build for some time and was planning to do a Toyota Land Cruiser 40. Inspired by my brother-in-law’s 1:1 truck I’ve decided to do a custom ute version instead. Here’s a pic of the real thing. 

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First step is to cut down the body from the 58405 Toyota Land Cruiser 40 CR01 kit to become the cab. 

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More to come!

 

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After some online research and prototyping, the method I used to join the body was as follows:

On the inside, a layer of shoe-goo, drywall tape, and a strip of polycarbonate offcut as a sandwich. The offcut was from the unused middle section of the body so fitted well and was to stop excessive localised flexing of the join. 

On the outside of the join a layer of JB-Weld epoxy. 

A dusting of white paint to better see the surface as I plan to paint from the outside.

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Eat, sleep, epoxy, sand, repeat.....

 

 

 

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A little more progress. 

I’ve opted for an SCX10 chassis - the builders kit. This gives three different wheelbases out of the box. 

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Based on various measurements of the cab, the scale is between 1:10 and 1:9. The longest wheelbase gives me 1:9.5, so that’s what I’m going with.

Proportions look pretty good, but unfortunately the rear suspension towers won’t work with the tray. Some thinking to do....

 

 

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Finished painting the cab and the chassis now has axles. Still no solution for the suspension. 

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For the cab I used off the shelf vinyl cans. Pretty cheap and gives a good flexible finish. 

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45 minutes ago, rjg1973 said:

These do look good! Thinking I may be able to fabricate something similar. 

 

 

There's a TRX4 / CMX version that looks similar too but if you can make the parts yourself, even better!

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Thanks for that link too. I’m going to try and solve the suspension conundrum this weekend. 

In the meantime, I’ve assembled and painted a killerbody tray. My original intent was to scratch build a tray, but this looks really nice and has working hinges and latches. 

 

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Cabin and tray resting on top of the chassis. Starting to take shape....

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Hoping my integrated rear suspension and tray mount solution will work....

 

 

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Sorted out the suspension and tray mounts. 

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Using CAD (cardboard aided design) cut and painted an angle section of aluminium for the suspension mounts. 

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These also have the magnets for the tray. 

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Suspension points are adjustable so I can fit smaller springs or adjust ride height. 

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Tray in position. 

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Suspension and magnetic mounts for the cab and tray all done. 

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Some front end detailing. Fly screen for the grills.

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Styrene section for the front bumper. 

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Shaped, painted and fitted with winch opening. 

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A small flurry of activity over the weekend. 

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Jack with scratch fabricated mount, modified snorkel with fly-screen filter, wipers, wiper motor, shut lines.

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Starting to take shape.

Have begun fabricating rear mudguards.

 

 

 

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youve done a really good job with the shutlines. Sometimes they can be a bit overdone but these look about right

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