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Old 01-07-2018, 01:01 PM
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Hi From Las Vegas! '90 GW

Hey everyone! New guy here so I thought I would share one of my pride & joys! I saw it sitting in a driveway rotting away in a nearby neighborhood. It had a flat right rear tire, the rear window was stuck halfway down, it was filthy, and it had cobwebs connecting the driveway to the car all over the place so I could see it hadn't moved in quite a while. I assumed it didn't run but the interior and body looked fairly decent so I decided to leave a note on it to see if the owner wanted to sell. Sure enough I got a text from them that night and went over the next day to take a harder look at it. I thought that if it didn't run I may be able to pick it up for cheap with hopes of getting it running and flipping it for a profit. When I pulled up, the rear tire was aired back up and it was sitting there running and idling smooth as silk and in to myself in my head I said, crap...the price just went up. After talking with the owner he explained that the engine was fairly recent rebuilt by the guy before him and I believed it by the way it was running and the fact that the paint on the engine seemed newer than the surrounding parts. He also explained that it had a somewhat recent exterior re-spray as well but looking at it, it wasn't a very high quality one. I didn't look too hard at the car at this point because I knew it would be more than I wanted to pay so I shook his hand and told him that I was hoping it in worse condition and that I didn't have the cash to make him a reasonable offer for what I thought it was worth. Then he asked how much I had. I told him $2,000 and he said we had a deal. I couldn't believe it so I snapped a quick photo of the VIN and went home to grab the money, run the VIN through the DMV to make sure it wasn't stolen and had a clean title and before you know it there was this GW sitting in my garage.

Once home, I looked through it a little more and created a list of things I needed to do in order to flip it for a profit. Don't get me wrong, she's far from perfect but I still got one hell of a deal. I replaced the brakes on all four corners, got new tires, rebuilt the front knuckles with all new ball joints, new axle seals, fixed the rear window (which was simply un-plugged), and did some work cleaning it up and restoring the paint as best I could. While I was waiting for the new title to show up I drove it around a bit for fun and, well, long story short I fell in love with it and the idea of flipping it for a profit quickly went off the table.

I haven't done a lot more to it since, just been enjoying it in fair weather since the A/C and heater don't work but the project continues to move on slowly. As of now I am still working on getting everything working 100% and then I will have to decide what direction I want to go with the build. I flip-flop back and forth between just keeping it stock, which I love them stock, or building it into a mild overland vehicle while maintaining that vintage 80s/early 90s flair. Time will tell!







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Old 01-08-2018, 12:33 PM
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Wow, what a bargain!
Lucky you.
As from what I read, it will be a keeper.
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Old 01-08-2018, 09:29 PM
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Wow, what a bargain!
Lucky you.
As from what I read, it will be a keeper.

Thanks! Keeper for sure.
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Old 01-12-2018, 06:13 AM
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Welcome!
You got a steal! Congratulations
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Old 01-12-2018, 08:52 AM
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You got a steal! Congratulations

Thanks! It's the best $2k I have ever spent!
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Old 01-12-2018, 06:37 PM
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GOOD DEAL

1990 GW 1991GW are the ones that are bringing big money .I have a 1990 GW I keep it all stock nice ride.
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Old 01-12-2018, 09:55 PM
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Paint looks nice in those pics. 2k is an awesome deal. Congrats.
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Old 01-12-2018, 10:09 PM
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1990 GW 1991GW are the ones that are bringing big money .I have a 1990 GW I keep it all stock nice ride.

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Old 01-12-2018, 10:12 PM
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Paint looks nice in those pics. 2k is an awesome deal. Congrats.

Thanks! It cleaned up pretty decent but it's definitely a 5-footer haha. They masked off around the wood trim and you can tell the peeled the tape off before the clear was fully dry as it's peeling in a few places along the seems of the wood. Probably just a cheap, quick re-spray. Will get it re-done eventually but it's good enough right now for that to be near the bottom of my to-do list.
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Old 01-14-2018, 08:14 PM
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2,000 for a rig that clean thats a nice find !!!!
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Old 01-16-2018, 07:40 AM
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That looks like a really solid rig for $2k! I am really impressed that the wood grain vinyl is in such sharp condition being out there in the desert. It had to have been garaged most of its life.
Congrats, and definitely hang onto it.
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Old 01-18-2018, 09:41 AM
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That looks like a really solid rig for $2k! I am really impressed that the wood grain vinyl is in such sharp condition being out there in the desert. It had to have been garaged most of its life.
Congrats, and definitely hang onto it.

Yeah me too. I know at some point it lived in Oregon and I know it lived outside for a year and a half here in Vegas with the guy I bought it from. Don't know much about it other than that unfortunately. The vinyl is cracked all over but yeah, not really faded which is awesome. The border trim is separating in a few areas though too, but it's good enough to not be a super high priority for me!
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Old 05-02-2018, 04:19 PM
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Very awesome! I love the color. Keep us posted on it! it's a sweet truck for sure.
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Old 05-02-2018, 04:35 PM
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Very awesome! I love the color. Keep us posted on it! it's a sweet truck for sure.

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