4 Door Hi-Lux Build on an SCX10

Builder: Mike Lohmann
Location: Long Island NY
Build: Custom Axial SCX10


When Axial released their SCX10 kit, I knew I had to have one. It has an awesome realistic C channeled frame that reminds me of the old Tamiya Bruiser frame, and had awesome 1.9 bead locks and proline flat iron tires. At the time of their kit being released, I had so many projects going on that I didn’t have the chance to pick one up. With the winter upon me here in NY, the temps have dropped and its back into the shop for a winter of pure building. I picked up a kit and started thinking what I wanted to build. Since I am huge Toyota fan, work as a tech at a dealer, and own 2 1:1 trucks (an 02 Taco on 35s, and 86 4runner soon to be SAS) I knew I wanted to build another Toyota. Only problem with building another Yota is that there are tons of them out there, so I knew I needed to build something that hasn’t been done yet. I started looking around my shop at previous and on going builds… Drop bed…been done, Half doors…been done, Missing fender…been done too. Finally the gears started turning and it hit me…a 4 door Hilux would be awesome! There are only 2 or 3 that I know of on the web so I figured why not. I have never tried any sort of 4 door build myself so I figured not only would it be cool but it would be something to challenge me to step up my game.

I grabbed 2 NIB Hilux cabs off the shelf, grabbed the masking tape and fired up the Dremel.
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I carefully cut the 2nd cab in less then half and cut the rear window section of the 1st cab .After that, I joined the 2 cabs together using .030 styrene on the side of the door areas of the cabs and the underside of the roofs as well.
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When building scale RC Crawlers I always find it best to use the least amount of body filler as possible. In the past I have found that 2 much filler tends to crack easier and the weight will actually start to add up quickly. In order to avoid the roof being full of filler I decided to skin the roof using .030 piece of plastic styrene on the top and .010 on the sides.
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After getting the roof skinned, I applied the 1st coat of filler. While the filler was curing I decided to get started on making the rear window frames. I started 1st by making the front uprights.The main frame support was .060 styrene square stock and the sub frame being .030
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I then made the top part of the frame using the same pieces of styrene for the front portion of the window frame
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Well that is it for now, please be sure to check back often for more updates on the 4 door lux.

Thanks
-Mike

6 thoughts on “4 Door Hi-Lux Build on an SCX10

  1. Wow, love to see this build. To the best of my memory there wasn’t a HiLux 4-door sold in the US, but living in San Diego I remember seeing a couple come up from Mexico now and again in the 1980′s. They basically just lopped a couple feet off the front of the standard bed and went to town!

    And I feel ya on the winter thing…I actually had to wear long pants to work this week, lol.

    -M

  2. Thanks for the feedback guys, its not done yet, progress has been slow due to weather…I can’t shoot primer and the Bondo fumes/ and sanding dust are not to good in the basement. I do have another update for this that Brad will be putting up shortly.

    ChattyMatty, You are correct, the 4 doors were not sold in the US.

  3. Love it. I have always loved the Double Cab Hilux, thats why I bought one (1:1 scale) a few years ago. Have sold it now. There’s literary 1000′s of Hilux’s here in New Zealand. I have always wished that Tamiya, or one of the other awesome manufacters would do a Double Cab Hilux body to fit the Highlift chassis. But seeing yours on here as given me the urge to see if I can do one myself. If I fail I’ll PM you and get you to build me one, lol.
    Great job, and I cant wait to see it mounted on the chassis.

    Regards’
    Del

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