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    Dickies 89 aaz Caddy micro camper

    Thought I'd start off a bit of a build thread as I'm doing something a little different with my Caddy. First things first though, get the engine right and all gears selectable.

    Unfortunately when I picked the Caddy up it seemed to drive fine. Then very quickly I noticed 5th gear not selecting right. I started to notice that that shortcuts had been made during the aaz conversion. Some mods like an intercooler had just been squeezed in between the rad and the battery, leaving no room to properly secure either of the three.

    So its back to almost square one.
    All the engine ancillarys are being removed and refitted correctly.
    Dash out and rewired and all gear linkages and bushes replaced.

    Also the poor stickers and stensiled tailgate are also being sorted out very soon.

    Few pics of works so far and there will be plenty to cone over the next few weeks. Any advice would be accepted with open arms.

    I'll save the micro camper part of the thread for later :-)
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    Few more pics, new boost gauge in the centre console. Need egt next. Seats from a late caddy seem a good fit, might get them re upholstered.
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    New side exit fitted just sorting it where to cut it and whether to give it an upswept look. Hill billy smoke stack will now be for sale if anyone is interested make me an offer. Based between Manchester and Burnley.
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    Finished intercooler pipework and fitted the new temp gauge sensors in a nice little ally housing. Going to start removing the old vw wireing that's not required and tidying up the rest of the engine bay. Next job is to weld the seat brackets in the cab.
    Its coming along now and then when its dine a run to Cornwall and back in august and I'm confident with the engine. The micro camper back can be started.

    Anyone recomened a good value egt gauge kit??
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    Some better sized pics I hope now I've installed photo bucket on my nexus.

















    Enjoy

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    Any pictures of the stack dude? May be interested!

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    Been told its a very good bit of stainless. So should be asking £60 anyway as I said I'm open to offers. But whatever it fetches will be going straight back into the build.

    Cheers

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    Before I started this is how the smoke stack looked. The box hid the hangar and the hole in the bed.

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    Starting to move a bit quicker.
    Got total faith in the engine now, it might have well been totally rebuilt only need to fit the PP3 injectors now and a k24 turbo and I'll be cookin!!

    Few pics of the work so far.
    Split a hose since the last pics to got some more silicone.
    Need to get a washer bottle now if anyone has any suggestions. Might end up mounting this t4 one I have in the passenger foot well at this rate lol.

    Clutch bits and a few grill and door perimeter seal clips.
    The clutch has totally stopped slipping now even pushing 20psi.


    This is where the hose split after fitting the new temp sensor housing.


    Needs a bit of a steam clean now after coolant and oil went everywhere. Oh year forgot to mention the oil filter sprung a leak on the motorway, wasn't pretty lol. New one on now.


    Suggestions for mounting the washer bottle?


    Not much room left.


    A little bit of IC being shown off! Bit like a short skirt showing a garter lol.
    Thinking of removing the bumper like a slut tho ;-) any suggestions to get indicators that will mount in the holes where the bumper arms came through??


    Nice big volume IC.


    Slash cut straight through side exit now instead of the smoke stack.


    Gastly vinyl stickers removed.

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    After a quick trip down south for work I called in to see Cav on the way back. This is the result. I quite like the streamlined look although some folk aren't really in to it.

    What do we think?

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    That is beautiful, really love the colour!

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    Cheers mate. The photos flatter the paint so will be going back to bare metal to find out what's underneath the 3 colour changes its had in its life.

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    Looks good that mate! Nice work

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    Love the exhaust, hate the bumperless look.
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    Bumperless is good, don't listen to him ^^^^^ he know's nowt about style.



    Indicators? You've done it now, but how about...



    Using Ring RL015 reversing lights available from Halfords as well.
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    It's not like I didn't tell you I hated it as well Reg. thought if pushed i do prefer the way you did the indicators.
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    Bumperless can work, but only if the indicators are well hidden and no number plate lol

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    Nice paint colour but do prefer ring lights (available at motorworld too)

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    Cheers for feedback guys. I do like the other indicators. These are just led marker lights I had laying around. Stuck on as temps for the Cornwall trip this week. Cav said about a place online called 'car builders parts' I think, didn't want to leave it too late to fit them. If I'd have known halfords had them I'd have already gone that route.

    How did you secure them within the holes?

    My stack of auto jumble parts has started growing again now so the Mrs is gonna kill me lol.

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    PS not too sure how to get away without the number plate lol. Getting some pressed plates anyway. I even thought about attaching the plate to the passenger sunvisor ;-)

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