I am so happy I can't believe it. After nearly 20 years I own another VW pickup.
I had one of these truck roughly 20 years ago and I absolutely loved it. Unfortunately it was caught in a flood all the way past the windows. I let it dry out and it actually started right up, but when I drove it the transmission exploded. So that was the end of that truck.
Ever since I have been wanting one and the timing has never been right, (can too far away , too expensive, rusted to pieces etc)
Well that all changed yesteday, I am the new owner of a 1980 baby blue and rusy colored caddy. This car is amazingly solid. It has a great deal of surface rust which the owner cleared over for a rat rod look.
1.6l 4 speed transmission.
I can't wait to get into this thing. I drove it and it seems to run decent but the battery is bad. (I will replace it today) My plans are to get it running really well and then move on to cosmetics.
I have so many questions I do not know where to even start. My old truck I believe had a 1.8l that was converted to carberation. That thing ran like a top never had a engine problem.
What would you guys suggest doing with this truck?
I see people are swapping VR6 engines 1.8 and 2.0 turbos etc. This sounds awesome but I was thinking more about the fact that I want this truck to be driveable and reliable. What engines would you recommend for more performance but still keeping it very reliable and driveable AND without spending a fortune.
I would need to have a shop do it. I do not have the skills or the time for learn and do this myself.
What about wheels it has the stock rims hubcaps on there. What size wheels will fit well look good and not rub fenders?
Lowering???? Any recomendations here? I know I could do lowering springs in the front but what about the back? Airbags Anyone????? I have never had a air bagged car what is that experience all about?
I am only guessing the 1.6 is 60-70 HP so I think somewhere around 120-150 HP would seem amazing in such a light car.
Opinions what would you guys do if it were your car / truck?
WHat about Interior upgrades? THe interior is in OK shape baby blue seats cracked dash "custom" blanket headliner.
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