For about 10 years I've been looking for a Rabbit pickup. Last year, I found one about 3 hours drive away from home.
About 2 miles away from where I was supposed to meet the guy, the transmission in my GLI died: stuck in third.
So I bought the truck and drove it home.
1982 Rabbit pickup, 1.6L IDI diesel, 5speed.
Top speed: 120 kph, depending on wind direction
~80kph on some of the local hills...
The body of the truck was great, but the engine was lacking. I have a JH/ABA hybrid engine in the GLI, so I'm used to
having torque and power, I knew the engine had to go.
3 months previous, my parents purchased a 2002 GOlf TDI with a slush box. Hmmm....
Started lurking in the forums at TDIclub.com, and was quite intruigued by the performance potential of the TDIs.
Maybe I should leave the truck as a diesel...
Last summer I went to a whack of VW enthusiast gatherings (read: VW shows) Met Cam from CWS Tuning in Regina ( www.cwstuning.com), said he had a TDI engine from a 2002 Jetta, low miles (~2200 kms). Hmmmm....
For those that don't know, Cam has a fantastic 1.8T Rabbit.
So I bought the engine and picked it up on Labour Day weekend, 2002.
Poetic justic, the old truck bringing home it's new engine.
Months and tears and scraped nuckles and an empty wallet and a maxed out borrowing account later,
and it's running under it's own forced induction diesel power.
Wow, back from the dead.
Simple answer: yes.
Remove the fuel pump at the back and figure out your fuel plumbing, everything else is pretty much the same.
Project update: daily driven, recently changed the timing belt, currently at 106,000 kms on the swap, running 55mpg (Imp) on my current tank of fuel.
Been interested in doing a TDI Rabbit ever since readng your posts. I found this deal for $2000. Do you think it sounds good?
1996 Passat sedan. It was a wreck I picked up to use the engine and electronics for customer conversion, but he found a newer engine he decided to use instead. The car has 120K documneted miles, has been sitting two years since the accident. Five-speed. It was hit on the left front, unfortunately breaking the intercooler, but I have a spare in usable condition I can give you. The only other broken part is the starter. I did swap out a starter from another TDI long enough to verify the engine ran well and sounded in good. I've already removed the front bumper structure, radiator and support, so pulling it shouldn't be too difficult at all. There are still quite a few parts you can sell from the car to recoup some of the money too.
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