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Old 03-09-2012, 07:27 PM   #16
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S L O W like really S L O W

They're also really tight in the cab so if you're 6' or better it's going to be real cramped. I think one with a TDI swap would be really cool.

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Old 03-09-2012, 07:31 PM   #17
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Pop a 1.6TD or a Canadian spec 1.9TD into them and they're right zippy little haulers.
A good friend has one that he put a 1.9 td in, he says it's a riot- fast enough at around town speeds, and that's all he uses it for. Plus 45 mpg on biodiesel ($2/gallon from some friends of his).
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Old 03-10-2012, 05:35 AM   #18
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A good friend has one that he put a 1.9 td in, he says it's a riot- fast enough at around town speeds, and that's all he uses it for. Plus 45 mpg on biodiesel ($2/gallon from some friends of his).
IIRC, there are at least a couple of detailed build threads over on www.tdiclub.com on putting modern TDI powertrains in these trucks.

Another approach to building a "modern" one would be converting a late model TDI wagon to a truck with some bodywork. Hmm....
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Old 03-10-2012, 12:34 PM   #19
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No one believes me.....this is how it happens. You buy one VW, and then you suddenly decide you need more.
Truth.
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Old 03-10-2012, 02:24 PM   #20
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Slow, little tight in the cab, but they are some sweet trucks.


My dad had a gas model and it was peppy enough to keep up with the Sirocco with him driving. He said he still averaged near 40 mpg with it.
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Old 03-10-2012, 07:10 PM   #21
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I had one with a gas engine, and it was kinda handy, but cramped. I'm 5'4" tall and I got sick of not being able to recline the seat back far enough. How do normal sized people fit in a VW "truck"?

I finally got sick of working on it and got a Toyota, which ended up breaking all the time, but had a warranty. Go figure.

I had one fun thing happen - some wanker in a shiny red Camaro was tailgating me one night, even though I was going ten mph over the limit. I sped up to 15 over and he stayed glued to my bumper. I looked at my girlfriend and said hang on, we're gonna get in a wreck, and I slammed on the brakes.

The brake pedal went to the floor and uh oh...no brakes. A line had ruptured. I looked in the mirror to see a big cloud enveloping the Camaro. Turns out VW ran the brake line right alongside the muffler to make sure it corroded, so when it split it sprayed the hot muffler with brake fluid.

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Old 03-10-2012, 08:25 PM   #22
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just thinkin: hyundia could have the world by the tail if they just took the 40mpg elantra and 'vw trucked' it. so long as they keep the price under $12k.

heck i've seen ads for a jetta at $15999. how much cheaper would it be if they didn't have to put an interior in the back half? and a 2012 jetta is a lot wider than a rabbit truck.
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Old 03-11-2012, 05:01 AM   #23
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but can you put stacks on it?

Yes, a guy in my town did.
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Old 03-11-2012, 06:40 AM   #24
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Hasn't Scion had a unibody pickup concept in the works for a few years now? Has it gotten past the "drawing on a paper stage yet?



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just thinkin: hyundia could have the world by the tail if they just took the 40mpg elantra and 'vw trucked' it. so long as they keep the price under $12k.

heck i've seen ads for a jetta at $15999. how much cheaper would it be if they didn't have to put an interior in the back half? and a 2012 jetta is a lot wider than a rabbit truck.
There would be a lot of re-engineering to the back half.

What you might save in interior would be lost in the bed work.
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Old 03-11-2012, 10:05 AM   #25
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The VW trucks were rare when new; even moreso now 31 years later.

My father had 2 Dasher Diesels (same platform) a 1980 and a 1981 with factory air. He really liked them. He made tools for timing the injection pump, and some other stuff.

If you are a tinkerer, it would be a great mechanical jalopy. If you can find parts.

If you find one; the pull lever on the dash is for advancing the timing (helps with cold weather starts).

The engine is an interference engine with a toothed timing belt. The valves are adjusted using shims.

If you need pistons Mahle made/makes them to 0.040 over size.

Both of my father's cars had head gasket issues. The head bolts are a use once type.

Early models under the right conditions would suck engine oil into the combustion chamber from the rebreather thingy. The engine will rev till destruction; if not in gear with your foot on the brake. Later models had the oil breather modified to separate the oil out of the rebreather air tube thingy.

The electrics on these models are horrible too. For brighter headlights and quicker starts rewire the headlights and glow plugs with a relay to work directly from the battery. The factory wires them thru the main electrical junction for a healthy voltage drop!

He consistently got 55 mpg with either car.

Sorry for the novel.
I had a Dasher diesel. Slower than a KLR towing a GS1200, only puts out 53HP. I had to turn off the A/C going up the little hills around Omaha. The engine is not a true diesel but a re-engineered gas engine. My engine blew up two times due to design flaws. I never got under 50 MPG on mine. Top speed was 75MPH IIRC. Other than the engine the car was well made. If they offered them new I would buy one. For an older P/U get a Toyota.
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Old 03-11-2012, 10:16 AM   #26
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What kind of Yotta?
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Old 01-05-2013, 07:45 PM   #27
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topper for stuff

Hey a1fa, where did you get that big truck Topper that holds all that tall stuff? We have an '81 Rabbit pickup and would love to have a topper that tall. Do you know the brand? Do you know where we can get one like that?
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Old 01-05-2013, 08:09 PM   #28
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It's made by TAS for VW Caddy. It's NLA. The factory was destroyed in 1991. Plenty of flea market trucks have 'em in the old country. That's not my ride.
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Old 01-05-2013, 08:24 PM   #29
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I like 'em.. What's the negative of owning a 81 diesel rabbit truck? No towing duty.. light carry only... garden stuff.. maybe a motorcycle or two.

I just ran into a guy here in town that has dropped the entire drivetrain from a late model Jetta TDI into one of these. He even moved over the gage cluster and power windows and locks. It was dark and rainy, or I'd have gotten some pics of it. He had done a remarkable conversion on it and was very humble about it. Said it was for his sons to drive to college. I offered him 5k on the spot and he politely declined.
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Old 01-06-2013, 10:14 PM   #30
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just thinkin: hyundia could have the world by the tail if they just took the 40mpg elantra and 'vw trucked' it. so long as they keep the price under $12k.

heck i've seen ads for a jetta at $15999. how much cheaper would it be if they didn't have to put an interior in the back half? and a 2012 jetta is a lot wider than a rabbit truck.

Have to be built here, otherwise there's the Chicken Tax to deal with.
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