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    1. Member BadassLilGolf's Avatar
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      12-17-2010 08:53 PM #1
      Not totally the same shaved we are all thinking though.

      Short story long. I had a beard for about 3 years, my wife hated it. There was a commercial on the super bowl about husbands doing things for their wives all so they can drive the car they want. I think it was a dodge commercial.

      When we left the super bowl party she asked if I saw the commercial. I did and she had a proposition for me. If I shaved I could get a rabbit pickup and not get rid of another car.

      The next morning I was clean shaving and two weeks later I had found a pickup.

      So 9 months later I am still shaving and finally getting around to working on the project.

      1981 Rabbit pickup. Clean diesel title, rust free, shell.

      I made a 11 hour round trip to VA by myself in the rain to get it. I brought it home and tucked it away in my in-laws barn until I could start working on it.

      The drive home March '10:




      Tucked away in the barn where it has been sitting for 9 months. Going to yank it out in the next week or two.

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      12-17-2010 09:00 PM #2
      Welcome my friend to the club. Well worth it. Hair grows back & Caddys are dieing off every week

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      12-17-2010 11:29 PM #3
      Quote Originally Posted by VWcaddy_LouEville View Post
      Welcome my friend to the club. Well worth it. Hair grows back & Caddys are dieing off every week
      As long as I own the caddy it won't be growing back. But at least she knows what to expect if I would ever get rid of it.

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      12-17-2010 11:32 PM #4
      Been doing some parts hording. These are just a few. There is other stuff in the works and will be posted later.







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      12-17-2010 11:36 PM #5
      looks like a clean truck! what cam is that?

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      12-17-2010 11:40 PM #6
      Quote Originally Posted by vento86 View Post
      looks like a clean truck! what cam is that?
      Thanks, it is. TT 276º

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      12-17-2010 11:43 PM #7
      lots of fun parts squirreled away. have fun

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      12-17-2010 11:44 PM #8
      Do you need parts for that dash ? I gots everything you need

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      12-17-2010 11:44 PM #9
      that will run like a raped ape with that cam. I've got the 270(but I'm aba) and it's pretty quick. whats the specs on the rims?

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      12-17-2010 11:58 PM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by Digital K. View Post
      lots of fun parts squirreled away. have fun
      I have some more good stuff that isn't at my house right now. Some I am excited to see myself.

      Quote Originally Posted by VWcaddy_LouEville View Post
      Do you need parts for that dash ? I gots everything you need
      I have everything for the dash. It is just stripped so it can join the seats at the upholstery shop.

      Quote Originally Posted by vento86 View Post
      that will run like a raped ape with that cam. I've got the 270(but I'm aba) and it's pretty quick. whats the specs on the rims?
      The cam is going in an aba. It will also have R1 carbs on it. The wheels are 15x6.5. I still haven't figured out what make, but a friend is working on center caps for me.

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      12-18-2010 12:17 AM #11
      Before & after pics ?
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      12-18-2010 12:26 AM #12
      Jeez.

      I guess since it is relevant to the story.

      Before

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      12-18-2010 01:54 AM #14
      Looks like a solid truck. Ill be watching this.


      In all seriousness though. That was a pretty stellar beard.

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      12-18-2010 07:22 AM #15
      In for progress!!! Here's to you for someone finally getting something out of a woman on a compromise!!!!!

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      12-18-2010 09:19 AM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by airplanewrencher View Post
      Looks like a solid truck. Ill be watching this.


      In all seriousness though. That was a pretty stellar beard.
      I always kept it fairly groomed. Didn't seem to matter though.

      Quote Originally Posted by 82whiteboy View Post
      In for progress!!! Here's to you for someone finally getting something out of a woman on a compromise!!!!!
      She still feels she got the better end of the deal. Works for me.

      Going to pick up some more parts this morning. Will post some updates later.

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      12-18-2010 12:21 PM #17
      seeing some of your past stuff..this should be a nifty truck
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      12-18-2010 04:01 PM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by tobiwonkonobi View Post
      seeing some of your past stuff..this should be a nifty truck
      Thanks. I never actually finished the complete package on any of my past projects though. I hope to make this the whole package.

      Picked up the motor and tranny this morning. Need to get it on the stand and start disassembling/cleaning/rebuilding.


      2Y

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      12-18-2010 04:51 PM #19
      woah! that motor needs to be pressure washed!

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      12-18-2010 05:23 PM #20
      Quote Originally Posted by vento86 View Post
      woah! that motor needs to be pressure washed!
      It does and it will.

    21. 12-18-2010 05:29 PM #21
      Nice man! Just started my caddy build too!

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      12-18-2010 05:41 PM #22
      Quote Originally Posted by Deathloc View Post
      Nice man! Just started my caddy build too!
      I saw that. I will be keeping an eye on yours as well.

    23. 12-18-2010 09:15 PM #23
      looks great!!

      is the plan to keep it N/A ABA 8v, or are you thinking maybe a ABA/16v head, boosted?

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      12-18-2010 09:43 PM #24
      Quote Originally Posted by 35i 2000 View Post
      looks great!!

      is the plan to keep it N/A ABA 8v, or are you thinking maybe a ABA/16v head, boosted?
      ABA on r1 Carbs.

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      12-19-2010 11:49 AM #25
      Today's thoughts. Do I just clean up the motor, replace basic gaskets, and run it? Or do I do a rebuild since the motor is not in the car?

      It is supposed to have about 100k on it. It was removed from a cabby that got a VR swap. That is all I really know about it.

      ABAs are cheap and plentiful, but putting it in and taking it out of a freshly painted bay could suck.

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      12-19-2010 11:59 AM #26
      I love the array of questions in here...people dont read before asking.
      I would tear down and do a full rebuild.All the machining and internal work is very cheap on one of these.Do it once,do it right
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      12-19-2010 12:17 PM #27
      Quote Originally Posted by tobiwonkonobi View Post
      I love the array of questions in here...people dont read before asking.
      I would tear down and do a full rebuild.All the machining and internal work is very cheap on one of these.Do it once,do it right
      That is my thought. The only thing that worries me is the last motor I did a full rebuild on turned into thousands of dollars. That is money that could be put into other areas. I am not looking to skimp, but all within reason.

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      12-19-2010 12:48 PM #28
      well, how familiar are you with the people the that purchased the aba from? if they are friends/acquaintances that can be trusted, and you are sure this motor had no issues prior to it being pulled, id clean it up and jam it in the car. with carbs, if u have any head issues once you get the car together, it will be a piece of cake to tear the thing down without having to remove the whole motor, and as far as the block goes, rod/main bearings can be done in the car as well....

      if you arent sure of the PO's reliability, and question his/her integrity, id probably tear it down and clean it up while its out.

      good luck with the build though, i have a similar motor in mind for my rabbit. its already a aba/jh on cis, but my dellorto 40's should actually be showing up on my doorstep tomorrow. i may end up switching to the crossflow head, but i havent made up my mind on that one yet or not

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      12-19-2010 01:44 PM #29
      Quote Originally Posted by superslowGTI86 View Post
      well, how familiar are you with the people the that purchased the aba from? if they are friends/acquaintances that can be trusted, and you are sure this motor had no issues prior to it being pulled, id clean it up and jam it in the car. with carbs, if u have any head issues once you get the car together, it will be a piece of cake to tear the thing down without having to remove the whole motor, and as far as the block goes, rod/main bearings can be done in the car as well....

      if you arent sure of the PO's reliability, and question his/her integrity, id probably tear it down and clean it up while its out.

      good luck with the build though, i have a similar motor in mind for my rabbit. its already a aba/jh on cis, but my dellorto 40's should actually be showing up on my doorstep tomorrow. i may end up switching to the crossflow head, but i havent made up my mind on that one yet or not

      I purchased it from a friend, but the issue is he isn't super familiar with the motor. A customer brought a cabby into his shop for a vr swap. So this is the motor that was pulled. If I have to base it on what the rest of the car looks like I would do a rebuild. I just wish I could do a compression test on the engine stand. That would probably answer my question.

      I am not too worried about the head. I will be replacing the cam, lifters, valve seals anyway. It won't be a big deal to replace a couple extra parts.

      The bottom end is what I am worried about. Mainly deciding if I need to bore and replace piston rings.

      I guess I will pull the head and go from there. I am sure it will turn into another snowballing rebuild.

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      01-04-2011 05:13 PM #30
      Got the motor stripped most of the way down today. It was/is very cruddy. The inside doesn't look horrible though. It had clean oil, decent plugs, and not a ton of carbon build up.

      Sorry for the phone pictures, I didn't feel like running in for my camera.





      On my way to pick up my new manifold. Post pictures in a few.

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      01-04-2011 05:21 PM #31
      Good luck with the build! Looks like you're off to a good start.

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      01-04-2011 06:46 PM #32
      Just picked up the manifold. I think it looks pretty good. Also a shot of the carbs.



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      01-04-2011 07:28 PM #33
      where'd you get the manifold??? Looks great!

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      01-04-2011 07:31 PM #34
      Quote Originally Posted by funpig View Post
      where'd you get the manifold??? Looks great!
      A friend of mines shop did it. They don't normally do VW stuff, but their fab guy did this for me.

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      01-06-2011 10:28 AM #35
      I think I have decided to just clean up and replace gaskets in the bottom end. Supposedly it is low mileage and aba's are pretty bulletproof. I will be rebuilding the head though.

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