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Factory Bakkies

Pete460332

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There seems to always be confusion about genuine factory Gwagen bakkies. My understanding is that the true factory pickups only came in LWB and in 230GE , 300GD and 290GD versions prior to the year 2000. Production qty are 56, 12 and 128 respectively. Several thousand open convertibles were made in SWB and LWB . The dozens of bakkies in RSA I suspect are either dealer converted convertibles or converted by third parties. Some pictures of genuine factory made bakkies attached. I keen to hear if someone else has some knowledge of the Bakkie history especially as to how they pertain to South Africa. See also
 

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Chris B

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When I was at school around 1980 (or later?) my father had as a demo vehicle, a 300GD pickup. As I remembered it, LWB with the rear of the cab made of fibreglass. My father worked as manager at Van der Merwe se Garage in Brits which was a MB dealer.
 

Rolf Redecker

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That is how my Double cab was delivered, being a truck (4300kg GVM) the top speed was limited to 90 km/h! 17,5" wheels, many things had to be "improved" to make it usable for my application.
Surely the Australians have done their home work, most likely reduced the GVM and set the speed limit, 16" wheels are on.
 

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That is how my Double cab was delivered, being a truck (4300kg GVM) the top speed was limited to 90 km/h! 17,5" wheels, many things had to be "improved" to make it usable for my application.
Surely the Australians have done their home work, most likely reduced the GVM and set the speed limit, 16" wheels are on.
Do you have the normal brakes ? No vacuum or exhaust brakes ? Speed rating on tyres ?
 

Rolf Redecker

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Yes Peter, normal brakes, wide drums at the back and wider track that come with the heavy duty axles. The heavy duty axles also use wheel nuts, not studs.The original tyres were a M-speed rating, 130km/h.
Some odd features are 24V and 12V electrics, two alternators and three batteries, operating hour counter and walk-on bonnet.