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jlager
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1980 230G build

Post#1 » Mon Apr 20, 2020 9:03 am

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 :D

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:
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Two tone interior...:
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After getting it home and getting it running. Threw some new tires on as the old ones were rotted out:
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Taking it on its first proper outing in the backcountry around here:
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jlager
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Re: 1980 230G build

Post#2 » Mon Apr 20, 2020 9:04 am

Several months later, it in some ways it looks worse but it's very much in mid progress here. The green stuff you see is just epoxy primer to protect the body work I have done until I could finish it. It has had some new wheels and tires on it at this point as well.

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jlager
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Re: 1980 230G build

Post#3 » Mon Apr 20, 2020 9:08 am

I painted the G myself yesterday and I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. It's not perfect but again, this was never going to be a show vehicle. This is my first time painting a vehicle. Watched a lot of youtube videos first though :D

I think it'll look pretty good once I get all the black trim pieces and fender flares back on.

Just prior to paint:
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The result:
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It originally came with this Daimler Benz / Steyr Daimler Puch badge which is pretty worn. I really like it and I'm wondering if anyone knows where to get a replacement? I can't find one.
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mogwild
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Re: 1980 230G build

Post#4 » Mon Apr 20, 2020 9:23 am

If you PM me the VIN I can see if that's a listed accessory, not sure it will be but worht a check.
-trev

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cal_w460
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Re: 1980 230G build

Post#5 » Mon Apr 20, 2020 1:01 pm

Cool project! What a brave move to paint a whole car by yourself. I think it will turn out great.

That emblem was only fitted to the first production of w460 230G.

Its not available new anymore. You can see it in the early advertising pictures in the sales brochures.

Lets hope that you worked in a dry heated space. Especially when applying filler and sanding it, before the base coat came on. To avoid moisture accumulation is one of the reasons paint shops uses large heated ovens with dry air. :)
w460.333 1982 Colorado Beige 300 GD OM617.931

jlager
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Re: 1980 230G build

Post#6 » Mon Apr 20, 2020 1:16 pm

cal_w460 wrote:Cool project! What a brave move to paint a whole car by yourself. I think it will turn out great.

That emblem was only fitted to the first production of w460 230G.

Its not available new anymore. You can see it in the early advertising pictures in the sales brochures.

Lets hope that you worked in a dry heated space. Especially when applying filler and sanding it, before the base coat came on. To avoid moisture accumulation is one of the reasons paint shops uses large heated ovens with dry air. :)


Thank you! Bummer about the badge availability. Might have to have a sticker made up instead.

I worked in my garage, which is not heated and it is also on the west (wet) coast so moisture is a big thing here... Although it has been relatively dry and warm lately. Either way it, if it becomes a problem later, I now feel equipped to redo it relatively easily.

Again, I got this truck pretty cheap as it was a non-running rust bucket so I never had any dreams of it being immaculate again. I have enjoyed working on it a lot though and you guys have been super helpful when I've ran into (many) issues :)

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fedebarreiro113
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Re: 1980 230G build

Post#7 » Mon Apr 20, 2020 2:06 pm

That pimp mobile ceiling and door cards are hideous, the seats don't look that bad. I really like that color for a G, is it the Toyota Cement Grey or used a different one?

Federico
1979 240GD with om603 turbo and 722.3 gearbox.

jlager
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Re: 1980 230G build

Post#8 » Mon Apr 20, 2020 2:10 pm

fedebarreiro113 wrote:That pimp mobile ceiling and door cards are hideous, the seats don't look that bad. I really like that color for a G, is it the Toyota Cement Grey or used a different one?

Federico


Yeah the ceiling and door cards will go at some point. Not sure what to replace them with though. Would like to make my own if anyone has any ideas.

The paint is Tremclad (Canadian rebranded Rustoleum) Gloss Grey. I specifically chose it because it's very close to Toyota Cement Grey, nice catch! And yes I know this is not automotive grade paint and will not last as long but it cost me $50 to paint...

destriersco
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Re: 1980 230G build

Post#9 » Mon Apr 20, 2020 5:10 pm

I believe we are walking parallel paths right now.

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I'm going to fab my own door cards, and I'm considering a number of different options. Right now I'm leaning toward wood, like the Mohenic trucks. What are you considering?

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Otiswesty
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Re: 1980 230G build

Post#10 » Mon Apr 20, 2020 7:34 pm

Door cards are easy, it is the headliner that starts getting more complicated. Wood is a good solution but requires some additional skills.

If you pull off that pillow cloth, there may be a salvageable headliner underneath.

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