Mountaineer

Model
Tamiya Toyota 4×4 Pick Up Mountaineer, model number 58111, offered for sale in 1992 and available on the market until 1995
Styrene body
Bruiser 3-speed chassis

Analysis of the model to be restored
The starting point of this restoration might demoralise most people. It is a model that has been used and has undergone several modifications. However, it is equipped with most of the parts that are difficult to find such as the gearbox, the 4 leaf springs and the spar chassis with all its cross members.

Starting from the front going towards the rear, the chassis analysis reveals that

– front bumper is in very poor condition; indeed, it is one of the parts most prone to breakage in cases of frontal impact,
– front axle with the two front wheels and their hubs is missing,
– all black plastic parts are missing; servo holder, battery holder and receiver housing with service battery pack,
– missing front axle and
– rear bumper is missing.

An analysis of the rims shows that the chassis was from a Mountaineer as the rims are in one piece. The question still remains whether these have not been replaced over time, but there are no other elements to help distinguish between a Mountaineer 58111 and a Bruiser 58048.
For this restoration, several new or salvaged spare parts from various jobs and a new body set number 49457 are available.
The body is a special edition distributed in Japan at two to three exhibitions. It is the last body for the Bruiser chassis made before Tamiya changed the moulds for the Bruiser-Mountain Rider re-releases and the new Hilux Hi Lift models:

– the direction indicator lights are cut from the body and not a part to be retrofitted; LED lights are not to be installed,
– the cockpit glass is transparent,- the original sticker set is included and
– is engraved ‘1992 RC Toyota Mountain’ with the inscription ‘Made in Japan’.

Frame Restoration
Sequence of images showing the stages in which the chassis is disassembled to check each of its parts; at this stage look for broken parts, missing parts, modified parts, screws that do not unscrew…
– remove the two wheels,
– disassemble the front suspension system which includes the steering system,
– disassemble the rear axle with its leaf spring suspension and
– remove the transparent plastic plate that houses the two servos.

The servo controls are stored in a separate container pending eventual overhaul.
The parts recovered from other restorations seem sufficient to fill the gaps in the starting set:
– complete front axle,
– front bumper – lower,
– steering linkages,
– front hubs and
– half-moon plate to secure the motor to the chassis.

Added to these parts are:
– 4 new tyres and their rims, these parts are available  (in 2023) as spare part numbers 19401968 and 19000359 respectively; the original ones are in poor condition or completely missing,
– front and rear bumpers; this part is available (in 2023) as spare part no. 19000360. In many cases the front and rear bumpers can be repaired using ABS and Acetone, in which case it is impossible to recover the parts; the front bumper was badly damaged, crumbling to the touch, it was also missing many parts, and the rear bumper was completely absent. The set in question is made of white plastic and perfectly replicates the original 1980s version and

– waterproof box for servo, receiver and auxiliary batteries. This part is available (in 2023) as a composition of two sets 19335645 (upper and lower shell) and 19000314 (single battery holder and receiver compartment cover). The version currently available is the one put into production for the Mountaineer with the larger battery and motor cable hole and the initials ‘Mountaineer 58111’ stamped on the inside of the upper shell.

There is no difference between the original parts and those available as spares, which is why these new sets were ordered to match the new body.

Having all the parts intact, the construction phase of the model is relatively simple, even though the chassis is a reproduction of a real off-roader assembling the parts is quick and straightforward. Sequence of pictures showing the stages in which the chassis is assembled:

– construction of the chassis with cross members,
– assembling the electronic part,
– install the electronic part on the chassis together with the gearbox-motor unit and
– assemble the axles, the 4 wheels, the body supports together with the front – rear bumper.

The chassis is now ready to receive the body in marriage.

Body restoration
The driver is available (in 2023) as an accessory with set number ‘54416 Driver Bruiser’. The head without the safety helmet was selected for this restoration.
Insight: how to assemble driver, passenger and cockpit for models with Bruiser or 3-Speed chassis

All the parts to be coloured are new, so before applying the colour, the surface must be prepared by applying two coats of Fine Surface Primer.

The colours to be applied are:

– TS39 Mica Red for the body,
– TS82 Rubber Black for the front grille,
– X6 Orange for the side turn signals,
– X26 Clear Orange for front and rear turn signals,
– X27 Clear Red for the rear stop lights,
– X11 Chrome Silver for passenger compartment drip caps, ‘Toyota’ badge on front grille, side ‘Hilux 4WD’ badges, door handles,
– X02 White for the front position lights,
– X18 Semi Gloss Black for the windscreen and two side window seals.
– XF64 Red Brown for the seats and
– XF59 Desert Yellow Matt for the dashboard.

Apply at least two coats for each type of colour to better define the surfaces.
The cockpit and driverhouse also receive the same attention.

Assemble the body following the instructions that are included in set number 49457, the body is ready to receive stickers.

Instructions included in set number 49457.

Restored model
Images showing the finished model.

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