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230GE - 240GD - Now 300GD

460LeoG

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So, a few more gray hairs on, here is what Igor has been up to the last few months. Fingers crossed the accident 123's salvaged engine is ok!

Hoping for no more hiccups now, then should be running in a few days and some finishing touches for a few months further:grin:.

Have to make a mention of Snyman 4x4, the brother pair of Francois and Joubert, Oom Koos and all the staff that worked on my Igor that has gone out of their way to get it looking really very good and surpassing my expectations. (There was more rust than we thought..)
Also for their patience when waiting for me for some parts!
 

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Wow, that looks absolutely beautiful. You have a new G :eek:
Please post more pictures.
 

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Thanks guys, will post some more fashion shots after a weekend away with Igor soon.

So, 230ge, 240d, 300d, now with a 280ge gearbox. That completes the available 460 models??

GD gearbox is on the way soon but will first see how these 1st and second gear ratios work....
 
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Looks really good, you have inspired me to work on mine this weekend as well. If you don't mind me asking, what plate thickness can I use to weld in where I have to cut out the rust.
 

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Looks good Leonard! Are you still waiting for the rubbers?

It looks brand new!:-D
Busy moulding my good ones to make some replicas, I have one side good rubbers and one side bad... will post result in two weeks +_.

Franna, the plate from memory looked like 1.2mm but not 100% certain.
 
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Thanks, I saw on the internet you get rubber/plastic mixtures that you can use to make those side-railings by mixing 2 substances and placing it into a mould. Don't know the cost though. Will post the link to suppliers tonight, maybe that could help. I want to make myself new ones as well.
 
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Jip, moulding wil probably be the best / cheapest option.

I requested a price from Maizey plastics for a solid piece of nylon / plastic, in order to mill / machine a replacement set... nearly had a heart attack.

1250mm x 250mm x 50mm = 3118 South African Rands...:-o
 

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Thanks, I saw on the internet you get rubber/plastic mixtures that you can use to make those side-railings by mixing 2 substances and placing it into a mould. Don't know the cost though. Will post the link to suppliers tonight, maybe that could help. I want to make myself new ones as well.
First prize will be rubber ones but rubber is also very expensive. I am speaking to a place that specialises with these type of rubbers but it is quite a process. Was thinking of doing the metal inside with stainless or aluminium bar rather than the troublesome iron, but will have to get the quote before deciding if that is an option. What worries me a bit with diy rubber is I have no idea yet how weather/sun resistant that will be and you would need to eliminate air bubbles possibly with vacuum followed by pressure, or doing it in layers...

See what is available?? Might give it a try! I have a product that you can mould with that dissolves in water after use so you would be left with the 'Cast' rubber or whatever material was used.

Investigation continues....:smile:
 
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Had the idea a while ago that you could quite easily make it out of wood strips/planks in stead of nylon type material, a plane and a router. (cost saver) Then put some rubber between that and the body.

The one on the nose you would need to shape from a plank cut with the rounding and weatherproof or paint it with whatever, even that stuff they use for rhino lining? (just another idea although checking better options)
 
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41mm top to bottom and 27mm thick on mine. Are those reinforced? Perhaps if not you could have a double layer bonded with steel inside it?

I think the measurement will change to 42mm x 25mm fitted. The curved bit of rubber between body and rubber will expand and flatten a bit. Think the thickness was intended to protect side indicators and door handles. A two piece bonded might work there!
 
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Hey there, here is the link: http://www.amtcomposites.co.za/mc_up-rigid.html

I think these guys can tell you about the sun resistance, and maybe they can help you with ideas. If you find out prices and it looks promising, I will be glad to pitch in for the mould and buy my own rubber, than we can both maybe save a bit and I know there will be others here that are also keen.

If this do work, there are endless parts we can build ourselves without hassle.
 
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I will try and get a piece to experiment a bit, as far as I know there is no reinforcement.

The urethane rubber from the AMT site as posted by Franna looks promising...:cool:
 

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Seems like those are rigid, more plastic like?..

If those are not reinforced it may be even better. You would have ended up with metal coming out the 2ends. Worth checking if it can be bonded to another piece to gain thickness? Anyway, I am checking viability of very limited production and should know shortly.. This irritating thing called work is rather distracting!
 

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If the rubber itself is ok but the steel inner has rusted away they are salvageable by gutting ALL the old rusted steel backing out and then putting an aluminium flat bar, painted black, on the outside with countersunk screws to hold it on. Looks fine.
 

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I do like simplicity!

2 of my rubbers arent salvageable though, torn + mishapen:-(.

Old trick for removing metal is to drown it in Jik for a few days. Iron rusts out. Heating speeds up the process a bit. The more metal exposed the better. (just a thought though dont think it'l work best here. Will try it with one of the buggered ones)

Nice idea for salvageable ones! Seen ones repaired by putting new metal back inside but not perfect....