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1982 Rabbit Pickup
Back in the day this truck and one very much like it were owned by the two proprietors of German Auto Service. They used them as daily transport as well as work related tasks. This one was at one time a diesel but was switched over to gas running dual side draft carbs. They also added rear disks and jazzed up the interior with some GTI accouterments. As you can see the truck was also repainted and a front lip of some sort was added. Sometime in the mid to late 90's the two owners decided the trucks were worn out and they both went into storage. One was stored outside in the country and was badly damaged by rust. The other truck (this one) was stored inside and fared much better.
Modifications circa 1980’s:
Vented front brakes
Rear disk brakes
Interior partially converted to lipstick red
Front lip of unknown origin
Sweet ass custom paint
Head rebuilt (new guides, seals, 3 angle valve grind) maybe 3k miles ago when I first did up the bay. It is also smoothed and shaved on the outside.
WEB-Cam grind111 cam (a pretty mild street cam) I have all the specs available
Vintage Drake Adjustable cam gear
Truhaft (sp?) valve cover
Bottom end is fresh this year, still breaking it in. New Pistons, cast rings, new bearings and seals throughout. No real performance mods but should be a good reliable bottom.
Euro GTI oil cooler
Custom catch/breather can. I’ve had some issues with the design/orientation of this thing filling up extremely fast so I added a drain back to the pan so it isn’t truly a “catch can” but more of a breather baffle
Twin Weber DCOE carbs. Running some pretty small chokes right now. Tuned with a wideband. Runs good but likely could be producing more power.
Carter electric fuel pump mounted near tank. There is also a pressure regulator back there to keep things in check
Points ignition running purely centrifugal advance
Custom plug wires
Poly front and rear mounts. Front mount shim
Custom built stainless header. It cost me around $300 in materials alone to build this thing.
2” mandrel bent through a Thrush muffler and exiting in a custom tip.
I forget the code but it’s a pretty mild gearing. No mods to it other than smoothing the outside.
Missing Linkz shift kit (slightly modified)
Custom short shift lever
Custom all around basically. Works good. Nice and low cruising height is around 35PSI with is quite comfortable. It was built on a budget so the shocks are new but nothing special (KYB). The management is fully functional but not as nice as some of the stuff out there today. Pump takes awhile to recover. All 3/8 lines. If I was keeping the truck around I’d likely get some of those ball joint extenders because when you get really low the alignment angles get really whacked and when it’s sitting on the ground the front wheels toe out and look kinda goofy. The spindles have already been reamed with tapers on both sides so flipping the tie rods is as simple as unbolting and flipping them around.
Vented fronts, I cleaned everything up on them and rebuilt the slides when I did the build but no new disks or pads. The braking could be greatly improved with some grippier pads. Rears are pretty much the same deal.
Braided stainless hoses
Stainless lines all new
Custom brake master cylinder relocation under dash
Custom chromed pedals
Old school steering wheel
Radio looks cool but does not work
Devil head shift knob
Headliner consists of stickers. Some are rare and vintage
No e-brake, cables might do it, not sure
Small chip in the windshield. Right in the line of sight but not really that annoying. Also the glass got a little pitted from all the welding so the wipers don’t work very awesome. Might be able to be improved by buffing it out.
Something loose inside the muffler. When I was tuning it I had a few bad backfires and I think it knocked something loose. It’s only noticeable at idle under certain conditions.
Turn signals don’t cancel with steering wheel. There is no finger on the wheel. Put a different wheel on it it’s fine. I just got used to cancelling it myself like a motorcycle.
Driver’s mirror slightly loose at hinge. Easy fix, they are common enough. Just never was annoyed enough with it.
Driver’s door hinges worn/sagging
The weld where I covered up the coolant outlet is slightly porous. Every once in awhile it sweats a little coolant. I mean like a drop. It has always done it and does not seem to be getting any worse.
A word about the rust: I have never had any structural related issues with the truck. Prior to me adding the reinforcements to the strut towers I was driving it without any issues. The bracing was purely a preventative measure.
Here is a huge album of pictures that go along with my build thread
I'll be adding some of the pretty pictures as soon as I get some specific from Kris on what he wants to share.
If your interested and you want to read through the build thread you will have to register
And here are some pictures that I took to try and illustrate the condition of the truck as accurately as possible
Price is $3,000 firm. There are no wheels included in the sale. I have a couple different options to choose from if you want to buy some of my wheels but the BBS RS's are not for sale. In purchasing it you take all responsibility for your own safety and the safety of others. It's a clean MI title and it's titled as a diesel which might be helpful for those with emissions testing. Will consider a trade for a Porsche 914 but that's about it.