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

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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

      I keep an umbrella with me at all times to shield me from the tears of my haters.

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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 »

      lovin those mk3 seats

      Those are actually UK spec Scirocco seats


    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 »
      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 »

      Those are actually UK spec Scirocco seats

      they look perfecttt in the caddy... super old skool

      #bankrupt

    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!!
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      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 »
      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 »

      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 »

      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.
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      01-04-2010 04:07 AM #19
      Quote, originally posted by wantacad »

      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 »

      1.8t, 16v on carbs, or vr6?

      VRT with AWD

      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.....
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      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

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      01-04-2010 11:32 PM #23
      Quote, originally posted by caddy 2 dope »
      its about time you posted that caddy over here in the mk1 forum

      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 »

      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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      01-05-2010 03:21 AM #26
      please tell me that's not what it looks like, because it looks like your only running one circuit to the rear brakes.


      Why not? I ran a single line to the rear on my track car with a nice bias adjusetr on it and all worked fine.
      if he was going to use the little truck as a truck I would run both lines but if its just a weekend car and not going to haul anything he should be just fine with one line to the rear. You can also Tee both rear lines when they come out of the MC to one line also and be just fine.


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      01-05-2010 09:33 AM #27
      Great wrk thusfar
      nice execution of details and color choices
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      01-05-2010 11:46 AM #28
      Quote, originally posted by tobiwonkonobi »
      Great wrk thusfar
      nice execution of details and color choices

      Thanks Tobi, that actually means a lot coming from you! I was inspired by your all black motor, but there will be enough differences so I don't bite your stylee. Plus the truck won't be white.


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      01-11-2010 12:25 PM #29
      I just got a call this morning that my parts at powdercoat are done so once my 276° cam gets here from TT, the head will go back on along with the motor accessories.

      I went to the JY this weekend and pulled some motor mounts but I still need the rear mount bracket that bolts to the tranny. Anyone got an extra laying around?


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      01-11-2010 01:12 PM #30
      Quote, originally posted by livingez123 »

      Why not?

      safety.

      if anything happens to one of the front brakes and you loose pressure, both front brakes are gone and your left dragging your rear wheels trying to stop. they ran diagonal circuits from the factory for a reason. even if you loose one complete circuit, you will still have one front and one rear brake and you will have a better chance of stopping.

      i only mention this because brakes only go out at the worst possible time... like when your flying down a hill towards a busy intersection at rush hour and your light is red and there are dozens of cars stopped in front of you and you just passed the last street that you could have turned down to try and scrub off some speed. this happened to me in another car that came from the factory with its brakes hooked up like in the picture above. it now has diagonal brake circuits.

      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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      01-13-2010 12:10 PM #31
      Got all my stuff back from powdercoat! It looks great. Pictures really don't do it justice with the polished bolts!

      I'll try to get some better pics this weekend when i can roll it out in the sunshine

      Since I got the head back, I also lapped the valves since the seats on this head were a bit rough and the valves didn't come in this one. It was pretty easy and actually kind of fun. Didn't take long at all.

      Vid of lapping valves.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHZC-h8EbqY

      Just waiting to get my cam so I can button up the motor


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      01-13-2010 12:37 PM #32
      Looks like you are trying to start a fire versus lapping
      Texture and attention to detail looks great..keep at it
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      01-13-2010 12:47 PM #33
      Whoo! Looks great. Keep it movin'!

    34. 01-13-2010 12:54 PM #34
      my inspiration to get my truck in this shape!!! keep it going!

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      01-15-2010 12:13 AM #35
      Bolted on the head tonight and installed the rest of the valve train including TT HD Dual Valve Springs. Pretty easy to do. TT 276* cam should be here on Tuesday!!!!

      Its starting to look like a motor!


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