Secondhand, Second Chance

A resto mod Lesney Unimog from the 60's

Excerpt taken from my story written in 2015.

This is a story about a 1967 Lesney Unimog that was found tattered and broken, unloved or perhaps too well loved. In any case when I found this little guy nearly a year ago I scooped him up and put him in my project box knowing it had potential to live again. Fast forward a year, having some customs under my belt I pulled him out and decided it was time to bring him back to life.

For those of you not familiar with Unimogs they are a Mercedes Benz product, a multi purpose industrial utility vehicle designed shortly after WWII. Over the decades there have been multiple variations of the vehicle, many designed with specific uses in mind. They are characterized by their tall tires, excellent ground clearance, and short wheel base. The majority of Unimogs are diesel powered with a full time all wheel drive drivetrain. The 1967 Lesney model is based on the 1960s middle series designated as the 406/416 chassis.

To bring this cast back to life required that a few other casts donate their bits. From the Escort the large fog lights were repurposed as tail lights. From the Flash Rider the steelie RRs as well as the cab “glass”. From the Bronco the offroad tires and the undercarriage.

Both the shell and base were stripped and sprayed in industrial colors of semi gloss black and gray. The body got all the usual Sharpie detailing, even a small Mercedes-Benz emblem on the hood. The original green plastic windshield was cracked so the tinted Flash Rider screen was cut to size and installed. The tires were quite a bit taller then the originals so custom axle tubes were made and inserted into notches filed into the original location to lift the chassis. I detailed the rims to have contrasting hubs. The bigger modification and the one that I was most proud of was the modification of adapting the HW base to fit the Lesney base. Lots of grinding and trial fitments but it finally fit into place. The last touches were the exhaust stack and tail lights. The original spare tire under the bed was replaced with a street tire RR and I threw an offroad RR in the bed for good measure.

Join In

Comments (23)

  • Have you ever restored an old diecast? @tribe

      1 year ago
  • The back

      1 year ago
  • A Hot Wheels Ferrari 458 my friend gave me, which I restored. I still have some work on the windshield

      1 year ago
  • I forgot about this one! You did such a great job!

      1 year ago
  • Wow, that's very well done. I love the wheels/rims especially.

    And the fitting of one base over the other is genius!

      1 year ago
    • Thanks John, if I find another one I want to build one with the new offroad RRs

        1 year ago