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Set Goals. Goals we set are goals we get!... I think I have my next goal. This.

Old 05-13-2018, 01:01 PM
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Default Set Goals. Goals we set are goals we get!... I think I have my next goal. This.

It's funny. When I bought my Sea Hunt 24' I had a picture of an Ultra 232 on my wall in my office. A sort of goal picture. I ended up getting a 24'. Loved the boat.
I later put a picture of a 30' Pursuit... and ended up getting them y WC 32' EC. Love that boat too...

I can't stop thinking about this guy who rebuilds G-Wagens. These are stripped down diesel, manual trans. Guy is out of Utah.

This is the guy:
G-Mercedes.com - Home

German guy... I have no idea if there are other people doing the same thing... but I want one badly. For me, it would be the last vehicle I buy. I would keep it until I'm dead and then give to one of my kids.

If I'm nuts, tell me so.
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Old 05-13-2018, 04:40 PM
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I took a look. There are no prices, I bet they’re expensive. Ugly too. Not my cup of tea, but if you like em go for it.
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Everything in this site is marked as sold, i really liked the Ural motorcycle.
if you like it, go for it. It is only one life, do as you please and treat yourself with a new toy.
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I'm very certain that they aren't going to be cheap... They are such simple amazing machines. 100% utility... except for the AC that he adds. LOL. I'll admit, I need the AC. I have no use for power windows, locks, etc... give me diesel, manual, and simplistic.
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Pete, If the money is there make a deal on one. It is a very basic auto, utilitarian type farm use off road car. I often think of myself being alone with a basic Jeep and driving anywhere my heart suits me. Go for it, crazy you ask? Who cares, a touch of crazy is good for the soul.

They only thing I don't like about them is that the brand is expensive to upkeep unless you can do your own work or know a good wrench turner that won't take advantage of you.
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Old 05-13-2018, 05:41 PM
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My neighbor has an AMG Glandwagon. I think he paid about $1/4M for it.
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Old 05-13-2018, 06:07 PM
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If you’re into diesel swaps, check out the icon. Diesel in an old FJ with all modern upgrades. I think they’re 100k+ though.
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Originally Posted by OldPete View Post
If I'm nuts, tell me so.
I've read plenty of your posts. Yes, you are nuts 🙂. But in this case, I'm with you. Awesome vehicle. If it's in your budget, go for it. You only live once.
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Old 05-13-2018, 07:17 PM
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The G-Wagen is the bomb. I don't have that sort of money, so I mess around with Jeeps.

That said, I did the big skip from a single I/O 21' boat to a 35' single diesel downeast. If you're gonna be a bear, be a grizzly. Pick up the G-wagen.
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Going through the same thought process now. Don't need one but have to have one!
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You are nuts. Awesome vehicle. Reliability would be an issue. Makes me think of the Defender 90/110 owners in the country. They LOVE the car....when it works. Do you have a shop near you that can work on it?
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Buddy has one. He's the type that wears $100 t shirts but his checks clear and he likes the ride.

Another buddy imports and rebuilds defenders for resale.

G wagons are outpacing range rovers around here as the high end soccer mom mobile of choice, but the old ones have the cool factor for sure.

Not my cup of tea, but I say go for it.
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I really don't know anything about them so this is not a knock on the vehicle, rather it is a question about the comments on it. How can it be an awesome vehicle if you have to worry about whether or not it will be running the next time you turn the key? If it's simple it should be reliable, shouldn't it (especially if you are paying big money for it)? If it's simple, unreliable, and costs the same as a small house, then I gotta ask why?
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Not my thing, but whatever floats your boat. I'm a Jeep guy, and my distance or Sunday car is a Tahoe. I understand quirky, I really do, and it works for a 3rd car I guess (not for me, my shit has to work or it's gone). Now if they'd made the Range Rover dependable, I'd say that's the direction I'd throw disposable disposable SUV money. A close bud had one, it was an amazing vehicle until I sat on the side of the road after dialing 1-800-FINE4WD for two hours, for the owner it was when he was taking clients to dinner at the Striped Bass in Philadelphia one afternoon, stepped out of it on Walnut Street for the valet to take and heard it decide to lock its doors (creating an incredible knot in downtown Philly at 4pm)... It embarrassed him for the last time, next day he had his first of many GMC Denali's.
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Interesting comment for sure... especially on realizability. I wonder if folks actually looked at the link, etc.

These are bare bone vehicles with no electronics at all. Few vehicles are desirable to me because I have no interest in automatic transmissions and for purposes of this thread, diesel is a must.

I don’t want or need power locks or a vanity mirror either. Lol.

These low hp Mercedes diesels with mechanical pumps are phenomenal for reliability.

I would love to hear more about the “won’t start” comments. I’ve never heard the same. I had a 82 300d ... started every tine. The problem was all the garbage they put in it for the Americans. (Power everything)...

Let’s heat it. :-)
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These G-Wagens look fantastic. My wife's German, we try to make it over every year. You find some of these older ones for sale in France, and other parts of Europe for under 10K. Like you said, mechanical diesel, very reliable powerplant, and there is a bit of a cult following. I'd love to have one, and she too wants one really badly. I always keep my eyes open for one of the older, diesel ones they do pop up every so often. Here's a 2 door with the M102 engine, I think they're badass https://fortmyers.craigslist.org/col...578235384.html
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When I worked in Honduras 30+ years ago we had a couple of Toyota FJ type diesels that were exactly what you describe. LIke billy goats.

In terms of goals I always thought of some life change not some specific material objective. Examples would be get a house on the water (no specific one in mind), be able to walk away from a job (have FY money), have at least 4 trips away from home a year, move out of Atlanta etc.
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Originally Posted by joe.giuliano View Post
When I worked in Honduras 30+ years ago we had a couple of Toyota FJ type diesels that were exactly what you describe. LIke billy goats.

In terms of goals I always thought of some life change not some specific material objective. Examples would be get a house on the water (no specific one in mind), be able to walk away from a job (have FY money), have at least 4 trips away from home a year, move out of Atlanta etc.

Those are also some key goals. Not only material things... I'm always interested in people's reactions when you ask them what their long term goals are... most look at you like you're speaking another language. LOL.
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I have had a G as for a fun car for almost 20 years, currently have an AMG G63, its a bit much and the polar opposite of what you are looking at, but it is fun in a straight line and all the G's we have had are ridiculously reliable, hold their value like no other "premium" vehicle I have owned, and are "fun" in the island communities we spend our time.

You could kit one of those bare bone versions into what ever you want considering the body panels on that are the same as one being driven off the lot new today, they really are timeless. The new 2019 G does have some fundamental changes, wider/longer and total new interior but from a few feet away its very similar to one made in 1979.

If you do your research you will find a few outfits that are taking 20 y/o plus G's and doing like the link you showed, search youtube and the G class forums.
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Go buy a military surplus Humvee and see what it takes to make it street legal.
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