Get a 1991 250 GD Wolf from these guys. About 17k USD. SHipping is about 1 to 2 k. 25 years old so no issues importing. 3 swb trucks fit in a container.
I would buy it as is and change the paint if you want. I plan to get one and keep the camo paint.
First off, the name is MASTODON. Mastodon4x4 or mastodon motor company. 2nd yes he is correct. Find a nice 460 or 461 platform to build off of. 230-240-250-280-300 doesn't matter if you're going to do a transplant. 606 is great. Newer rebuilt 603 is great. 617a is great. Hell 5.3 LS is great. 24 valve Cummins GREAT. Just find the build platform that best fits your lifestyle. Engine, paint,interior, and creature comforts are simple.
what you want is an LL wolf. its got the lift points for your helicopter.
unless you see something that really lifts your skirt, i'd go onto clubgwagon.com, the very best G site, and contact offroad-world. Guido can restore and set up the wolf before you get it shipped.
transplant an MB engine, or do a drivetrain swap? paying a shop to switch to something like and LSx engine/tranny on any truck pre obd2 usually ends up in the 15 to 20g range.For those new to g-wagons and looking for an earlier model - where's the best place to look? Like the others replying to this thread I'm more interested in an earlier model, more for its simplicity for me at least. Having looked at all of the various forums out there I'm still not sure what the cost of a transplanted engine runs, nor what a decent 280ge should cost. I'm not opposed to having a reputable shop do the major work to get things running either.
Wanting to buy a car and some one else getting a deposit down first is not due to a bad seller.I have to say that buying a vehicle in that price range based on some pics, documents provided someone you don't really know and that you haven't driven is inherently risky. I speak from experience having bought 3 G's this way. Two were grossly misrepresented ($$$$$$) and the third, purchased from a person well known across all the G forums was perfectly represented and correctly priced.
McBride has never purchased a car from MASTODON. Although he did purchase his Gcamper from my shop in Birmingham al (RMR4X4) a few years ago but that's not something I built. If anyone decides to purchase from us please feel free to fly in to Denver airport and we will pick you up and let you see our builds and our shops and meet our staff. We Currently have 11 Gwagon builds going in the shop. Thanks - TimWanting to buy a car and some one else getting a deposit down first is not due to a bad seller.
McBride's experience with the MASTADON crew is more indicative of a bad seller. Maybe he will elaborate