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    Thread: The Rad Caddy Build Thread W/ New & Improved ABA 5spd Swap & Slammage!

    1. Member boraIV's Avatar
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      01-03-2010 10:16 PM #1
      Well, I've had this truck for about 3 years and I haven't had a lot of opportunity to work on it until about a year ago. I had a build thread for it but all the pics are dead so I thought I'd start fresh. I have a lot of parts collected for it and now its crunch time. The goal is to get the truck running by February and then completed for a show at the end of March. I don't have to worry about cold temps because... well, we don't have cold temps in Phoenix!
      A little background on the truck. Its a 1981 and came with a 1.7L 8v gas motor with an automatic trans. When I bought it in Sacramento, it had a bench seat from a '64 bug and already had been converted to rounds. Lets get on with the pics.
      Day one when I brought the truck home:

      After lowering and some work on the fenders:

      And now let's just you up to date:



      Dirty drum brake before:

      and after!

      Dirty nasty floor before:

      annnd after. There will be carpet... just haven't decided if I should do it before or after the truck is painted.... probably after.


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      01-03-2010 10:18 PM #2
      Old lump out:

      and its empty!

      I've pulled off all the suspension:

      I'm building a hovercraft!

      the bottom of my hovercraft (its in excellent shape and pretty clean for being 27 years old):

      and then the brake booster and wiring came out (point of no return)

      a/c, heater, blower all gone. this will be a weekend cruiser, so i don't need that crap. I also found some guitar books in there!

      these pieces are going to powder coat soon, but i need to weld some spring perches on the axle first...

      and finally, the new motor. rebuilt ABA w/ 0 miles.

      Excuse the crappy cell phone pics:
      Dirty!

      Clean!


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      01-03-2010 10:20 PM #3

      lovin those mk3 seats

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      01-03-2010 10:21 PM #4

      POR-15'd


      Powdercoated goodies

      Thanks to the guys at Volkwerks, E-klusiv and Grunion all the unused holes are welded up and ready for smoothing.



      Before:

      After:


      The guys at Grunion also notched the frame for optimized slammage

      Rear suspension is back under the truck as well as the fuel tank. I coated the rear leaf springs with Graphite Slip Plate to keep them nice and quiet. I also put in new poly bushings for the rear suspension. Axle is flipped with spring perches that were welded on by yours truly, then powdercoated. Overall drop in the rear is ~4" and load adjustable with corvette air shocks. I have some lowering plates if it still isn't low enough.


      New rear stainless steel brake lines from Apex Tuning that I assisted in developing.

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      01-03-2010 10:25 PM #5
      Starting to lay down and sand filler... this stage will take some time, patience, and a big learning curve.


      Motor all stripped and waiting to be prepped for paint. I'm thinking satin black with color matched accessories. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://is.rely.net/2-64-38734-l-yH6MqWv48NW9sxLXcSnMA.gif" BORDER="0">


      semi-clean trans that will also be satin black

      saaaaaanding


    6. 01-03-2010 10:28 PM #6
      Who makes APEX Tuning's Lines?

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      01-03-2010 10:31 PM #7

      Everything here is currently at powder coat to be black of some sort :

      The head is also there and will be coated in bright aluminum
      Valvetrain waiting to go in:

      Goodies waiting for a home:
      TT 276* cam
      TT HD Springs
      TT high flow valve guides
      Lightweight lifters
      mk4 Exhaust manifold


      Bad iPhone pic:

      Updates as of today:
      Block and Trans Painted Satin Black
      OBDI Head shaved .040"
      Eurospec lightened flywheel w/ Sachs Sport clutch installed

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      01-03-2010 10:34 PM #8
      I have no idea, i just sent them my old lines to help them out and they sent me those back. When I contacted them about returning them, they told me to hold on to them.
      Well... everyone should be up to date. I should have some more stuff to add this week.

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      01-03-2010 10:36 PM #9
      Quote, originally posted by Chrom0sexual &raquo;

      lovin those mk3 seats

      Those are actually UK spec Scirocco seats [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

    10. 01-03-2010 10:37 PM #10
      what kind of paint did you use on the trans and block?
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      01-03-2010 10:41 PM #11
      Quote, originally posted by diive4sho &raquo;
      what kind of paint did you use on the trans and block?

      Dupli-Color Engine Enamel w/ ceramic. Semi-Gloss Black. I prepped them both like a mother****er so I hope they hold up.

    12. 01-03-2010 10:53 PM #12
      Quote, originally posted by boraIV &raquo;
      Those are actually UK spec Scirocco seats [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

      they look perfecttt in the caddy... super old skool [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]
      24v VR club

    13. 01-04-2010 02:12 AM #13
      thanks!
      I did an alternator bracket and a few other engine bits in the duplicolor stuff too... they held up pretty well but none of the parts were subjected to high heat
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      01-04-2010 02:18 AM #14
      looking good.
      good job beating the typical em kay eye vee owner stereotype.
      A Rabbit is not to be wasted on the tentative or weak. Only the worthy are invited, and then only at your own risk. If you have even a modicum of hesitation, DO NOT buy one of these cars. Instead, leave it for a worthy soul who has already matriculated to the sublime ecstasy of what those in the know refer to as a "MK1"

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      01-04-2010 03:23 AM #15
      diggin it!! [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]
      Quote Originally Posted by WackyWabbitRacer View Post
      You're new here but don't be a DORK.....
      Cheers, WWR.
      Quote Originally Posted by rte7x9 View Post
      Don't swap if you can't weld or fabricate. It's not a trivial task just to bolt everything up. There's a lot of nut-scratching involved. Take your time and do it right.

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      01-04-2010 03:29 AM #16
      Quote, originally posted by Muffler Bearing &raquo;
      looking good.
      good job beating the typical em kay eye vee owner stereotype.

      Which one (in no particular order)-
      Broke?
      Haters?
      Non-creative?
      Non-motivated?
      Angry?
      Anti-Social?
      Cheapskates?
      Kings/Queens of shortcuts?

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      01-04-2010 03:58 AM #17
      Quote, originally posted by WCHLVR &raquo;
      Which one (in no particular order)-
      Broke?
      Haters?
      Non-creative?
      Non-motivated?
      Angry?
      Anti-Social?
      Cheapskates?
      Kings/Queens of shortcuts?

      was thinking more of the ones that get a stock rabbit with clean og paint and rattle can it, put cheap coils on it with a tacky headliner, then give up when it comes time for its first oil change because they don't want to get their pre-torn designer jeans dirty
      A Rabbit is not to be wasted on the tentative or weak. Only the worthy are invited, and then only at your own risk. If you have even a modicum of hesitation, DO NOT buy one of these cars. Instead, leave it for a worthy soul who has already matriculated to the sublime ecstasy of what those in the know refer to as a "MK1"

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      01-04-2010 04:02 AM #18
      Quote, originally posted by Muffler Bearing &raquo;
      was thinking more of the ones that get a stock rabbit with clean og paint and rattle can it, put cheap coils on it with a tacky headliner, then give up when it comes time for its first oil change because they don't want to get their pre-torn designer jeans dirty

      Same guys with BIG PLANS and orange painted wheels on a blue emkay.
      Quote Originally Posted by WackyWabbitRacer View Post
      You're new here but don't be a DORK.....
      Cheers, WWR.
      Quote Originally Posted by rte7x9 View Post
      Don't swap if you can't weld or fabricate. It's not a trivial task just to bolt everything up. There's a lot of nut-scratching involved. Take your time and do it right.

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      01-04-2010 04:07 AM #19
      Quote, originally posted by wantacad &raquo;
      Same guys with BIG PLANS and orange painted wheels on a blue emkay.

      1.8t, 16v on carbs, or vr6?
      A Rabbit is not to be wasted on the tentative or weak. Only the worthy are invited, and then only at your own risk. If you have even a modicum of hesitation, DO NOT buy one of these cars. Instead, leave it for a worthy soul who has already matriculated to the sublime ecstasy of what those in the know refer to as a "MK1"

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      01-04-2010 04:15 AM #20
      Quote, originally posted by Muffler Bearing &raquo;
      1.8t, 16v on carbs, or vr6?

      VRT with AWD [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]
      don't forget the plaid cloth interior from Walmart.
      Quote Originally Posted by WackyWabbitRacer View Post
      You're new here but don't be a DORK.....
      Cheers, WWR.
      Quote Originally Posted by rte7x9 View Post
      Don't swap if you can't weld or fabricate. It's not a trivial task just to bolt everything up. There's a lot of nut-scratching involved. Take your time and do it right.

    21. 01-04-2010 04:59 AM #21
      The guy who made my lines probably made the lines for Apex as well. I had the same little block you had but since my whole truck is stainless lines I cut the adapters off of it and just ran the lines how I wanted to with less slack cause my truck is slammed.
      Crappy unfinished pic of them:

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      01-04-2010 01:38 PM #22
      its about time you posted that caddy over here in the mk1 forum [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

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      01-04-2010 11:32 PM #23
      Quote, originally posted by caddy 2 dope &raquo;
      its about time you posted that caddy over here in the mk1 forum [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

      haha. I picked up my mk4 tubular exhaust manifold today. I'll take it to get ceramic coated as soon as I find some mk1 motor mounts.

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      01-05-2010 01:44 AM #24
      Quote, originally posted by midwesta &raquo;
      Crappy unfinished pic of them:

      please tell me that's not what it looks like, because it looks like your only running one circuit to the rear brakes.
      A Rabbit is not to be wasted on the tentative or weak. Only the worthy are invited, and then only at your own risk. If you have even a modicum of hesitation, DO NOT buy one of these cars. Instead, leave it for a worthy soul who has already matriculated to the sublime ecstasy of what those in the know refer to as a "MK1"

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      01-05-2010 03:09 AM #25
      nice truck keep it up!
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