I have been on the board for a while but wanted to start a thread to document my 1980 W460 230g LWB build. This will not be a "proper" restoration so if you're a purist, you might have issues with some of my decisions
Bought this a bit over a year ago, sitting, rusting away in someone's back yard here near Vancouver, BC. It was not running and I was told the transmission was shot so basically I knew I was just buying a rusty shell. However the frame is in amazing shape. It had been imported from Germany about 5 years ago. I got some vague history on it and I believe this G was originally orange and I believe sold to and in service for the electrical utility company in Germany (the glovebox/dashboard still has stickers with emergency numbers, utility companies and a list of radio frequencies). It has since been repainted something that resembles anthracite grey, and then repainted again a gloss black on top of that.
It appears someone had started a “conversion” to make it look like a modern G by upholstering the entire interior in two tone leather (see pics below). Not my cup of tea and will be addressed at a later point.
Long story short, it was in rough shape but I got it running well by doing an ignition tune up and replacing the fuel pump. And the “shot transmission” was just the shifter linkage arm that had fallen off and a 5 minute fix. Almost all of the rust has been fixed as well.
Some future plans are to finish up the body work, add some fender flares, paint it a non-metallic gray, something similar to the Toyota Cement Grey color.
I’m trying to do this by taking the inexpensive route of finding good deals on parts, making parts myself or adapting parts from other vehicles. This will not be a show vehicle in the end but rather something I use to go camping or exploring the back roads around here. It is also my daily driver which adds complications in working on it.
When it was purchased. Had to be towed home. It looks pretty good here but there is a ton of rust this picture doesn't show:
Two tone interior...:
After getting it home and getting it running. Threw some new tires on as the old ones were rotted out:
Taking it on its first proper outing in the backcountry around here: