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    Thread: FS - 1982 VW Rabbit Pickup 1.6L Turbo-Diesel

    1. Member vr6vdub97's Avatar
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      04-25-2011 03:52 PM #1
      *I am posting this for a friend, so please forgive any delay in responses

      1982 VW Rabbit Pickup 1.6L Turbo-Diesel
      5spd Manual 45mpg
      $10,000 obo
      Truck is located in Asheville, NC 28804.

      Two years ago this truck was almost completely restored with a handful of modifications making it a brand new truck. The modifications keep it from being original but they have made it quick on its feet and a much sturdier, more reliable vehicle. I have used it as a daily driver, including several road trips up and down the east and west coast and have had nothing more major than a turn signal switch go wrong with it since the work that was done. This particular truck could easily be a show truck if the interior was cleaned up a little bit but this one is really meant to be driven. All the work under the hood has made it a completely practical and reliable vehicle that handles amazingly and should last another 30 years with regular maintenance. This vehicle is set up to run bio-diesel although due to availability I have not run more than B20 and have used diesel fuel additive when that’s not available. I lived out of this truck for a few months and it was surprisingly comfortable with a custom bed/shelf I built out of marine grade mahogany ply-wood that secures itself in the back and fits a camping sleeping pad with room for storage underneath (included if you’re interested).

      Reason I’m selling is because a truck of this stature needs to be with someone who is much more passionate about VW’s than I. It was a fantasy that became a reality and I’ve since realized it isn’t me anymore.

      This is absolutely a one-of-a-kind truck and I haven’t seen any other truck as mechanically sound as this.

      Work:

      1.6L stock engine REBUILT with ’85 Jetta factory Turbo
      K&N High-Flow Air Filter
      Rebuilt 5-spd Manual Transmission
      New Clutch
      Kenwood Stereo CD/Radio with 1/8” aux input for MP3 player or phone
      New speaker system including moveable 6x9 speakers behind seats
      A/C unit converted to R134a and recharged (works!)
      New Front and Rear Brakes
      Front Brakes upgraded to GTI brakes
      New Front and Rear struts
      KYB rear shocks
      Upper and Lower Nuespeed Stress Bar
      Included Sway Bar (off the truck due to missing bracket)
      New Steering Rack
      New fuel hoses (viton for biodiesel)
      New fuel sender
      Fuel tank was cleaned
      Rebuilt injectors
      Rebuilt Fuel pump
      Rewired Glow plug system
      New glow plus, relay, fuse
      New front wiring harness
      New fusebox
      New instrument cluster (speedo reads 30k high)
      New Speedometer cable
      New door pins for cab light
      New Upgraded Steering column
      New ignition switch, wiper switch, turn signal switches
      New Vacuum pump
      New oil pan
      Oil Pump upgraded with TDI pump
      Updated Oil sensor system with dynamic oil pressure sensor
      Rebuilt Alternator
      Installed Alarm system
      Upgraded Headlights (H4 style—can see better than a lot of new cars)
      Rebuilt Axles
      CV joints repacked with synthetic grease
      Seats upgraded to ’88 GTI seats
      Wheels upgraded to Kosei K-1 Alloy Racing Wheels with Yokohama Tires
      New Window/door/windshield seals
      New Window regulators and guide tracks
      New Paint on truck (stock color – touch up paint included) and camper top
      Fiberglass camper top re-sealed (slight leak where it meets the body, just need to get a little weather stripping from lowes to replace)
      New Mirrors
      Upgraded GTI Steering Wheel
      Custom Glass shifter knob
      Brown Dash cover
      Rear Window opens
      Spray-on Bed liner
      Non-slip Rubber mat cut to fit the bed

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      Last edited by vr6vdub97; 04-26-2011 at 08:54 AM.
      Let's face it, if you're a grown-ass man driving a Hyundai or Kia to work, your life plan didn't work out as expected

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      04-26-2011 07:26 AM #2
      Let's face it, if you're a grown-ass man driving a Hyundai or Kia to work, your life plan didn't work out as expected

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      05-02-2011 01:24 PM #3
      TTT
      Let's face it, if you're a grown-ass man driving a Hyundai or Kia to work, your life plan didn't work out as expected

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      05-04-2011 01:59 PM #4
      Let's face it, if you're a grown-ass man driving a Hyundai or Kia to work, your life plan didn't work out as expected

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      05-28-2011 02:08 AM #5
      $10K obo?

      Wrong injection pump for a turbo, and it looks crooked too.

      Good luck.

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      06-27-2011 04:33 AM #6
      10k must be a joke...
      that's more than the original sticker price when this guy was brand new in '82...
      think its depreciated a little since then???


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      06-29-2011 09:11 PM #7
      10,000 is a wild price ahah 1,500-2,000 is wayyy more like it

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      07-14-2011 04:39 PM #8
      The weed in West Chester PA must be really strong. If that was completely restored, don't quit the day job

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      08-02-2011 11:43 AM #9
      Ill give a REALISTIC offer of 3k cash. Im serious and have cash in hand lmk.

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      08-08-2011 01:01 PM #10
      $10k for a ratty engine bay and interior? really...

      hell, my original 82 that is nice must be worth at least that then...

    11. 08-12-2011 12:34 AM #11
      still for sale?

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      08-18-2011 06:59 PM #12
      I just shook hands - at the $2500 mark - for my 1982 VW Rabbit Diesel 5M PU which has been my bud for 29 years. Almost 300k on the clock. Left side looks like dog**** after driving into a swamp when I was much younger, dumber and far more juiced than today.

      What's the consensus, I'd like to ask..........

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      08-28-2011 02:47 PM #13
      Lemme add my two cents.
      I have owned several pristine mk1 diesel rabbits/caddys.

      Most pristine mk1 diesels can be acquired for @ $2500.

      I own a pristine mk1 Jetta Coupe, with a fully built 1900 MTDI swap.
      I acquired the turbodiesel Jetta Coupe in 1994, I paid $1000.
      Did a tune up. Soon afterwards, I sold the stock td motor for $2500.

      I stored the car, sans motor, until late 1999.
      Fearing that the world was going to end; I imported an AHU front clip and installed the motor with the stock computer and electronics. I later swapped in a built Giles mtdi pump, Volvo intercooler, and race 520 injectors.

      Total cost:
      $1000 for running turbodiesel Jetta Coupe.
      $2000 for built motor with Giles pump. Motor was $4500-$2500, equals $2000.
      Coil overs, sway bars, upgrade A/C, ghetto stereo system, with big speakers, Bbs RA wheels, g60 brakes, etc = $2000.

      Total for Fast, Dependable, Mk1 Jetta Mtdi coupe, with ghetto sounds = $5000.

      My ride is complete, has the mtdi swap, has the mk3 diesel trans, clean interior, full suspension, big brakes, bbs wheels, and ghetto sounds.

      If the OPs caddy is worth $10k, my Mtdi Jetta Coupe is worth $10,500.


      Cheers.

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      08-29-2011 11:47 PM #14
      Interesting that I just ran into this thread and I think that I should share what I know.

      This truck was sold about 3 months ago. I leave in Asheville, NC and know the person that owned it, it's gone.

      Just my $0.02
      Check out some of my vortex feedback: http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthread.php?952415

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