restoration 280ge cabrio too far gone?

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Me and my friend the grubenmiester (grubby) have been instructed by 3gtf to scouse this ex lhd 280ge cabrio up so will post on going pictures of restoration of this poor looking g
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I have to say, after seeing this in the flesh, its much worse than it looks!!!

Has he completed the diesel cabrio yet?

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its now starting to take shape
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Re: restoration 280ge cabrio too far gone?

Somebody tell me that this is not uneconomical madness?!  There is hope for 460 after all.

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Re: restoration 280ge cabrio too far gone?

its all for the cause......how much is a good one of these?

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Re: restoration 280ge cabrio too far gone?

Got the wheels and tyres ready,got four single leather electric c class seats ready.

just looking for the best roof option

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Re: restoration 280ge cabrio too far gone?

The 463 lights available on ebay look ok but you have to cut the panels has anyone done a 460 led light install if so any pictures would be gratful

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Re: restoration 280ge cabrio too far gone?

if your puttin them wheels on, id 463 front wings, arches and 463 rear lights, members your comments please what would you do with this  ?

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I would like metal wheel arches instead fibreglass  has anyone made a set 

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Anyone had a rear exhaust made which comes out either side of the tow bar?

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The seats

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Re: restoration 280ge cabrio too far gone?

Scouse G

I am humbled and should withdraw my first remark maybe - it is looking good!  Do you want to do my 280 GEL '83 460?  I guess I would need to rob a bank ... and I ask again - does it make economical sense?

Alan

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Re: restoration 280ge cabrio too far gone?

Alan Holford-Walker wrote:

I guess I would need to rob a bank ... and I ask again - does it make economical sense?

Alan

Depends on what you want to do with it I suppose... if it is being restored to be sold as a profit making venture, initial thoughts would be 'No Way, Jose' - if however its being built as a one, off, not many around, and I like the fact that 1) One is driving a vehicle that , if your lucky, one may see 2-3 other similar on the road in a month and 2) within the G frat. I have only ever seen maybe two of these, I would say, if money was not an issue - why not go for it?

I know if I won the lottery, a 6x6 would be on the cards... why? Because even though I tend to be one of the only G's that turn up to friends places, picking up kids, parents, etc I personally like the fact that one is in a rare car to begin, having a 'sub level' makes it even rarer!

 

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Re: restoration 280ge cabrio too far gone?

if i bought a 6x6 all my shopping would by nicked out the back of it at the traffic lights on me way home from tesco's !

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Re: restoration 280ge cabrio too far gone?

Fair play, there's a fair amount of work needed there, are those genuine replacement panels? If so can I ask where you're getting them from?

 

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local mb dealer to me, far better than the mickey mouse pattern ones, as regards pattern panels they are only in limited lines so we had to bite the bullet for original equipment

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Re: restoration 280ge cabrio too far gone?

Cheers for that, thought that might be the case but was hoping you'd found a cheaper source! Do you think the quality of the 'copies' is much different? Or is it the quality and or thickness of the metal that's the problem?

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Re: restoration 280ge cabrio too far gone?
i scoured german internet but for the extra few quid to stick with o/e, i did however use some pattern stuff on another g , pattern panels are made of thinner steel and have to be panelled to fit but comes zinc coated. o/e fit straight on
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Re: restoration 280ge cabrio too far gone?

Cheers for that, useful info as I'm still undecided which to go for and I'll need quite a few! 

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The car will be kept for use in the uk and will not be for sale  I have two cabs  thinking on black and one white or one Matt black and one gloss just to confuses people.

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wheel arches taking shape....
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More update progress on drivers side
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Photography is not your strong point is it?

 

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When u upload a photo on here it has a mind of its own on rotation you'd be okay living in oz or new zealand !
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Dont mind em i think theyre great pictures! I needed the kneck stretches :) ha ha ha.... lovely work horse thanks for posting!
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Any more pictures yet david bailey

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Cabrio is coming on slowly, gonna take rolling chassis for a good steam clean now
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So it's not ready Friday 

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3gtf wrote:

So it's not ready Friday 

 

Tish.... would have thought it would be ready by now....laugh

 

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Re: restoration 280ge cabrio too far gone?

Good to meet you at the agm today. Top guy

i think people liked my g

Best comment was all the questions. Then wait for it, there is always one

I dont think any of these  conversions are quite there just yet ????? You have used non mercedes mods.with no intercooler

If you look at mine all important parts are available over the counter and fit straight on. What do i need to proove it

Look at the other in question and its not even close on any score

Mine is silk smooth and does 122 mph and 40 mpg at 60 mph

Im out to prove nothing and i do it for fun, reliability and to be nice to drive with power and economy, if there is such a combination

Please pm me about the merc estate. The more i thought the more it might be good for me

I enjoyed meeting everyone but i had commitments and had to go

 

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Re: restoration 280ge cabrio too far gone?
Which other vehicle in question ?? Is it a real dogs dinner ? Have you any pictures,post them up. Why did this person start picking on your g sounds a bit sad, sometimes it is jealousy. Such is life..
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Re: restoration 280ge cabrio too far gone?

Oh i dont worry

Any g that benefits from other peoples hard work should be welcomed and included into the g forum. Not bad press lol. I dont care ive just done it in my spare time and its fast and economical and as the engine was made

 To have someone say i dont think your conversion is there yet??????. Whats that mean and all about

Yes i have not spent 1000s on all the correct genuine parts but i can make them and its all done by me with a great friend who did the ecu and showed me ignition and steering lock wires. Top guy

It has a crappy temporary k&n filter as im busy and have not got round to it yet and its got no intercooler. It is on my wish list but after 5400 miles i have not got round to it

Wish i had done with our ace off road trip with Kev and Adrian. Some water was deeper than it looked

All is good and we need more meets with just fun outings and bbq. Its difficult as everyone is work work work. Its a way of life

                                                              G

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Re: restoration 280ge cabrio too far gone?
Back on this now, will have tub back on by weekend, new springs and shocks front and back plus good old zinc primer and chassis black, ps the picture uploader on here has a mind of its own ! ¡ ¿ ?
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Re: restoration 280ge cabrio too far gone?

Got another one to do ..

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Do you have any pictures of the previous car once finished?

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No I was only instructed to do panelling and welding, I think this one will be a re-shell