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1981 Volkswagen Rabbit Caddy 1.6l Turbo Diesel 5 Speed Manual, Svo Conversion on 2040-cars

Year:1981 Mileage:246183 Color: Blue / Blue
Location:

Banks, Oregon, United States

Banks, Oregon, United States
Transmission:Manual
Body Type:Pickup Truck
Engine:1.6 liter 4 cylinder turbo diesel
Vehicle Title:Clear
Fuel Type:Diesel
For Sale By:Private Seller
VIN: 1v1kg0172bv128166 Year: 1981
Number of Cylinders: 4
Make: Volkswagen
Model: Rabbit
Trim: Caddy Pickup Truck
Cab Type (For Trucks Only): Regular Cab
Drive Type: front wheel drive
Options: Leather Seats, CD Player
Mileage: 246,183
Sub Model: caddy
Exterior Color: Blue
Warranty: Vehicle does NOT have an existing warranty
Interior Color: Blue
Number of Doors: 2
Condition: Used: A vehicle is considered used if it has been registered and issued a title. Used vehicles have had at least one previous owner. The condition of the exterior, interior and engine can vary depending on the vehicle's history. See the seller's listing for full details and description of any imperfections. ... 

 I have worked on this project for the last 6 years. It was a fun experiment but things have changed and it's time to move on. My initial reason for getting this was the prospect of using vegetable oil as a motor fuel. The VW seemed to be one of the more popular donors and was in the affordable end of diesel powered vehicles. I chose the Caddy as A. it is a pick-up handy for hauling things. B. It is not some behemoth that would get 10 MPG on a good day. C. It's front wheel drive. Good for bad weather driving . and D. It's a cool looking rig.
  While the primary reason was to create an alternative fuel vehicle, being a lifelong hot-rodder, I had to improve the basic machine. Modifications are as follows:
> 10" vented rotors w/ Audi calipers-front
> '85 GTI rear disc brakes
> '89 Jetta master cyl. for 4 wheel discs
> Sirocco K-bar frame brace
> '94 jetta trans w/ 3.67 ratio and .80 5th gear. This required the 215mm clutch conversion which doesn't slip like the old one. It's also an 11 lb flywheel instead of 13 lb for a little quicker revving.
> And , most of all, a 1992 jetta 1.6 turbo diesel engine. I put on a 2 1/2 " exhaust system as the stock one is a crime. K&N air filter. The blow-off valve has been shut so the waste-gate goes at 15 lbs. The pump which was rebuilt about 200 miles ago is adjusted for max power.
   The injectors are new.

  The basic vehicle is in pretty good shape considering it's 32 years old. The original owner opted for the undercoating so it isn't a total rust bucket. The strut towers and suspension attaching points are solid. There was some rust below the rear window but that has been repaired.
Everyone knows that rabbits leak like a sieve so this one was totally trashed when I got it. I tore everything out and repaired and replaced the bad stuff. The windshield caught a rock and I was fortunate to find a tinted replacement. A new gasket and good to go. All of the suspension has been rebuilt with new bearings, ball joints, tie rod ends and KYB struts.

 THE SVO SYSTEM :   The primary purpose of this project was experiment with the feasibility of  an alternative fuel vehicle. Using free vegetable oil sounded great mainly because of the word free. I could have made bio-diesel or just go with straight vegetable oil. Bio involves a lot of processing with dangerous chemicals and I'd have to but a lot of methanol at $7.00 a gallon. SVO just needs to be cleaned and heated and off you go-or so it seems. The problem is that there is a lot of bad and incomplete information out there and wading through it all and finally finding the best process takes an enormous amount of time, and as I have found out, money. I now have a system that while not the prettiest, does function with minimal attention. It consists of:
> a 10 gallon stainless steel oil tank with heater.
> a Racor water separating filter with heater
> A tried and true switching valve.
 I have a processing system that makes a good product that removes many of the evils that have caused me grief over the years. I will sell that for an additional $200. The filter alone was $175. I will also tell you everything I know so that you don't have to make the same mistakes that I did.

EVERY VW PART I OWN:  Over the life of this project there have been many trips to the junkyard. I have a large collection of spare  parts that I will never use again, so I'm including it in the package. Too much to list-look at the pictures.

ETC;  It has a rare bed liner that really makes it look much better than the beat-up box. It has leather seats and an upgraded dash. I installed opening wing windows that are the newer bolted type. I did a paint job. Not the best but much better than it was. The front bumper is from an earlier model. I removed those turn signals and installed driving lights. It's got 15" mags with 195-50-15 tires. I've got a set of 13" mags but they won't fit over the bigger brakes. While the odometer says 246K, I set it at 200K when I started. Most of the suspension and drive train doesn't have that much usage on it.

The bad:  It has a cracked head. I changed the proverbial  " blown head gasket" but that wasn't it. It fires right up but you can only get about a half mile before it overheats and you have to shut it down. I wish it didn't but it's a common problem. Therefore, it will have to be towed or          trailered home.

In it's hey-day, it would hold it's own. Diesel rabbits have a reputation as slugs and a lot of cars show no respect. I beat many of them when I put the pedal down. It pulls hard at 70 in 5th and I've had it over 100. On vegetable oil too. It's a great little ride that you can haul stuff in and still get good mileage.  I'm moving on to other projects so it's time for this one to go.

  Local pick up only. If you want it shipped, that's on you. I will help where I can, but that's not my forte.  Please ask questions early. I work odd days and hours and may not be able to respond to last minute queries.

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The redesigned Volkswagen Passat has been a decent seller since its debut in 2011, but sales have apparently dropped off enough that the automaker is trimming some of the employees from its Chattanooga, TN assembly plant. According to Automotive News, Volkswagen will be cutting shifts and laying off 500 contracted workers in response to slowing sales.
Currently, the plant has three teams running 10-hour shifts Monday through Saturday, but starting May 13, this will be reduced down to two teams running 10-hour shifts Monday through Thursday. This will be done to reduce dealer inventory (the article says that VW dealers, on average, have a 97-day supply of Passats) and production capacity (currently running at an annual pace of 170,000 units, which is more than the 150,000 annual units the plant was planned to produce).
This, of course, isn't saying that the Passat has been a failure since VW added 200 full-time employees to the plant in February 2012 to keep up with increased demand. The AN article says that automakers frequently overstaff plants during the launch of a new product - or in this case, a new product and a new plant - but eventually reduce the workers as things run smoother and more efficiently.

VW readying CC Shooting Brake?

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This was bound to happen. Volkswagen's relentless drive for big volume has the brand mining seemingly every niche it can find for additional sales worldwide. And with its CLS Shooting Brake, fellow countryman Mercedes-Benz has already shown that a wagon based off of a "four-door coupe" can look dead sexy and command extra dollars. So it follows that the Volkswagen CC (whose existence is all but directly attributable to the success of the original CLS sedan) will also get a load-lugging variant. That's according to the UK's Autocar, which notes that the five-door will come in the CC's next generation.
According to the report, the next CC will be available in front and all-wheel drive variants with the usual assortment of gas and diesel four-cylinders found in the Wolfsburg empire, with the possibility of a gas plug-in hybrid model, too. The rakish estate will ride atop VW's MQB architecture, a shorter variant of which is also found underneath the new Golf. The scalable chassis is set to spread like kudzu throughout the company's lineup, but the CC probably won't happen until after the launch of the next European-market Passat in 2015.
Will we get it in North America? Hard to say. Volkswagen sells the standard CC saloon here, but not in particularly large numbers, and when the company moved to a North American-specific Passat, it dumped the wagon variant. The traditional VW estate apparently continues to pick up sales momentum abroad, however, making the CC Shooting Brake a seemingly natural fit for buyers who still want the utility of a two-box form but can afford to sacrifice a bit of cargo room in the name of style.

Get ready to Camino-ize your fourth-generation VW Jetta with this kit

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Inexpensive, small pickup trucks used to be everywhere in the US, whether they were from Japanese brands like Datsun or Toyota, the truly weird Subaru Brat or even from Europe with the Volkswagen Caddy based on the Golf. These days that market has completely disappeared, but if you're willing to pick up some tools to build your own, there's a company out there bringing the Caddy back as a kit for the Jetta.
Mark Smith knows a thing about building a vehicle at home. He has over two decades in the DIY-car business as a co-founder of Local Motors and the company that became Factory Five Racing. His latest venture is Smyth Performance and already offers a mid-engine, VW-based kit called the G3F. His new product, though, started as a fluke. "I just wanted a shop truck," said Smith to Autoblog. He already had a Ford F-450 but found that he was driving around with the bed empty most of the time. The result was a pickup truck based on the fourth-generation Jetta that he dubbed the Ute.
The kit retails for $3,500 and ships in three, big boxes, and it's designed to be built and painted in a weekend. Buyers get fiberglass exterior panels, a fiberglass rear window surround, sliding rear window, an aluminum reinforced bed with a tubular steel subframe, taillights, a fully functional steel tailgate, and other parts. In the end, you get a vehicle with a six-foot bed and a payload of around 700-750 pounds. The Ute maintains all of the factory suspension, fuel tank and emissions equipment and requires just a few cuts in the body to complete. "We did a modern Caddy," admits Smith.