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10-08-2005, 05:29 PM
How is everyone? I've been a member for a little while just sitting back taking it all in, and i just picked up my first Caddy last week. I drove 3 1/2 hours to get it and cost me about 500 in hotels, trailer rental and ferry trips :bh . But i think my rattle can sprayed, rust infected, Ex-deisel caddy was well worth it. i managed to get it through a trade of old wheels i had for my MK3 and a few other things just laying around, so i think i made out. So far there seems to be some really good Caddy specific info on here so i think ill stick around. ill post some pics of my "pile" tommorrow....

10-08-2005, 08:37 PM
Welcome :)

Im new here myself and seeking acceptance ;)

Darth Garry
10-08-2005, 08:53 PM
If you drive diesels, you won't have to work too hard to be accepted around here yo!!


10-08-2005, 08:56 PM
Bugger i'm petrol ;)

10-08-2005, 11:52 PM
hey boys, im also buggered as i am petrol, some dick converted my caddy to gas before i got it and hey i got free....im willing to swap back if anyone can lend some words of advise...

11-08-2005, 01:35 AM
OK I have pics....
This is what it looked like when i picked it up, these were taken with a camera phone so excuse the crap quality.
Strut towers
Heres a shot of where he had some serious body rot so the panels were cut
Here it is about 20 minutes after i got it to my job, i couldnt wait to get rid of that colour...
Heres some shots of the problem areas

I Admit i have ALOT of work to do but the point is im driving a caddy, so im happy. The Red Passat in the background will hopefuly give up its 2.0 16V lump to the caddy....

Iowa Caddy
11-08-2005, 03:06 AM
".....im willing to swap back [to diesel] if anyone can lend some words of advise..." . Batten down the hatches -- all the resident soot-heads will be chiming in shortly with more than enough advise and encouragement! ;) Myself, I say go with the 2.0 16V. At least until petrol makes it to $4.00+ -- maybe then I'll be singing a different tune.

Get rid of the colour??? I was rather liking the OD. Stealth mode -- slides right under the gendarmes visual radar.

11-08-2005, 09:08 AM
Hell! You got some work to do there. I thought my caddy sport (http://vwcaddyforum.com/showthread.php?t=4819) was bad.
Best of luck:thumbs_up
I hope your welding and panel making skills are up to scratch. At the end of the day you are a caddy owner which can only be a good thing.


12-08-2005, 02:55 AM
At least until petrol makes it to $4.00+ -- maybe then I'll be singing a different tune..
Only a matter of time. Our petrol prices have been too low for too long anyway if you ask the other side of the pond. The only reason I don't like the rise in fuel prices is that it makes it harder for me to find diesel parts cause everyone else is after them. :p

Iowa Caddy
12-08-2005, 05:55 AM
This just in! Headline in yesterday's local rag:

Work Set To Begin On Massive Biodiesel Plant


"[just broke ground]...to be built near Iowa Falls... [will be] the world's largest...to churn out 37.5 million gallons per year [from soybeans]...

"Iowa's current output is about 25 million gallons per year, but will be over 50 million when the almost-completed Wall Lake plant begins production later this year...

"The cost of biodiesel is still higher than regular diesel. In almost every area, biodiesel outperforms regular diesel. So, it's strictly a cost issue...

"The [local] 'Heart of Iowa Cooperative' is one of about 15 stations in Iowa selling biodiesel, and has seen the growing demand for alternative fuels and plans to add two more biodiesel and ethanol fueling stations by the end of the year...

" 'I think unleaded is going to be a thing of the past. Consumers are quickly catching on to the benefits of biodiesel and other renewable fuels...' "

IC here now:

A companion article about E10 use (gasoline with 10% ethanol) in Iowa rose to a record 77.6% of gasoline sales, and concluded by noting that "Iowa is the nation's top producer of ethanol, with capacity expected to exceed 1 billion gallons by the end of the year."

If I'm correctly reading the figures of usage and production, by the end of the year, the state will be producing roughly as much ethanol & biodiesel as the total amount of over-the-road consumed fuels. If in a few years we're actually a net producer, will Bush & Co declare war on us to control our exports??? Maybe we'll get a military airport and a coupla' bases out of the deal?

Thread-jack /off ;)

12-08-2005, 06:14 AM
I have Sh*tload of work to do :cry: i think ill keep flat black though i like the way she looks. I think ive pursuaded the owner of the Passat to hand over the keys when hes done with it in a few weeks, but it looks like from the above post i should really look into sparkless combustion....Any one have some tips for dropping in a Tourque happy TDI? Thats funny i noticed all those stickers that say "contains 10% ethanol" like a year ago now there on every pump im at, never knew what that meant, learn something new. I acidentally put premium in my GMC Safari today @ 2.79 a gallon I wasnt happy, especially since it wont last more than a day that thing is a pig. Seriously is the TDI a cost effective/do-able swap? And oh yea more pics.....

notice anything weird? beside the nasty rust?

Rust everywhere!!!!




Iowa Caddy
12-08-2005, 06:36 AM
"Seriously is the TDI a cost effective/do-able swap? -- maybe this will make you smile:




12-08-2005, 04:54 PM
I can't spot the wierd thing, what is it dude??

I see there is lots of rust, and apparently none on the underside of the actual bed, is that it?!

12-08-2005, 05:18 PM
The compensator bar, shouldnt it be right next to the exsaust with a spring hangin' off of it? i climbed under there cause i wanted to see about flippin my axle.

12-08-2005, 10:15 PM
I was lucky too bro, I didn't have one on mine.

Some years didn't have them in this country.
The caddy god has blessed you my child. Rejoice!!

12-08-2005, 11:13 PM
So thats normal, cool. Thanks..

Darth Garry
13-08-2005, 05:04 PM
Um, what's a compensator?

Oh yeah, as much rust as you have, it'll never compare to the rust of the Sportruck! Oh yeah, buy yourself a gallon of POR-15 and go to town!