Well, a while back I bought a very rusty 300GD from the SE USA to use the interior, HVAC and dash for my nice 280GE open top. Once I had it stripped out, I had planned to sell or auction it off cheap. It sat gutted on the street in front of my house for 6 months. Amazing nobody complained.
I was able to get it titled as a special interest vehicle to the disgust of the DMV employees here. Ha!
Never will need registration or DEQ check to be done in Oregon again.
As I poked around and looked beneath the rotting sheet metal, it seemed the frame was actually in decent shape. I could turn the crank shaft a bit by hand as well. So I decided to rebuild it and found a single cab body from Mike Pagger at Tschiewagon in Graz Austria. He gave me a good deal, but the shipping arrangement took forever on and on. Finally, many months later it arrived. My dreams were answered as it is completely rust free and in beautiful mil surplus condition from Holland. I think almost unused.
The 300GD is taken down to the frame. Most of the body mounts look good except for the front two. One of the shock mounts needs replacing, the other has been done already. I will need to weld on two additional body mounts for the rear of the single cab body, so I have some welding work in my future already.