*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
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.
1.6L stock engine REBUILT with ’85 Jetta factory Turbo
K&N High-Flow Air Filter
Rebuilt 5-spd Manual Transmission
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 Fuel pump
Rewired Glow plug system
New glow plus, relay, fuse
New front wiring harness
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
Installed Alarm system
Upgraded Headlights (H4 style—can see better than a lot of new cars)
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)
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
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
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..........
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.
$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.
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