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    Lucille VR6 build thread

    Hi Caddy members.

    I purchased a MK1 after years of wanting one.
    The plan was to buy a run down MK1 and a VR6 donor but a VR6 ODB1 converted caddy came up for sale with some problems so I bought it to save some work.



    Called her Lucille, if anyone can guess the 2 reasons then well done you.

    1st thing I done was change the oil pressure switch which solved the warning light and buzzer over 2k.
    Then I put in a new MAF and that solved the idle problem.

    Had no indicators and chased wiring, couldn't see a problem. In the end I realised that if i positioned the hazzard switch in the middle, the indicators worked (although wrong sides)
    Bought a 2nd hand switch and still same problem. So thats either a faulty switch too or I have further wiring problems.

    Also clutch doesn't feel right at all.

    I am renting a workshop and want to do all the work myself.


    Welded this up






    Started to strip caddy








    Having 5 stud wheels with not much options I decided to attempt to widen the arches and get a start on the body work.
    More dings than a chinese phonebook!








    Had a friend help me take the engine out and fuel tank off.
    Found out why clutch felt wrong, master cylinder buggered.




    Now I am at stage to put on rollover and wondering if I can get it on with wheels etc attached.

    Started a thread regarding my wheel dilemma and have been given some great advice on changing running gear, so thats going to be a challenge in itself.

    Well, thats it so far, so much to do but hope will be worth it in the end and have to sell my T4 to fund this project

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    The rollover jig should hold it with running gear on, but I'd strip it asap

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    Quote Originally Posted by notenoughtime View Post
    The rollover jig should hold it with running gear on, but I'd strip it asap
    Cheers.

    When you say strip it.. more than I already have?
    Not much left. Rolling shell

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    He is talking rear axle, springs, front struts etc all add up

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    Cheers.
    With doors, wings, bed and everything else off. Should be ok if my welding is any good lol

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    you really need to strip the shell completely otherwise it will be bottom heavy and wont rotate nicely

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    Quote Originally Posted by Al View Post
    you really need to strip the shell completely otherwise it will be bottom heavy and wont rotate nicely
    Guess it means putting on axle stands or getting up on jig and then removing everything else.
    Its a first for me but sure I will work it out.

    Any tips?

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    Bought this black Alfa seat, Plan is to put in caddy and make an electronic parking brake from a linear actuator



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    So why's it called Lucille?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mickw View Post
    So why's it called Lucille?
    Yes I aint worked it out either Mick must be an age thing

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    reference to the walking dead?

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    Well I got - you picked a fine time to leave me Lucille (Kenny Rogers), someone's guitar (BB King??), Lucille Ball, Lucille Hewitt (Coronation Street long, long ago), Little Richard (please come back where you belong) and that's me lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thenamesdaryl View Post
    reference to the walking dead?
    That's 2nd reason, well done. Negans Bat
    And the 1st is BB Kings Guitar.

    Not an age thing.
    Although my T4 is called Vera and my 2007 Caddy is called Lynne

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    are all caddys missing beds these days? they all seem to have them cut out!

    Looks a good project - interested to watch it progress

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    Well that's solved that then - I don't even know what the Walking Dead is/are so I was never gonna get that bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 13 View Post
    are all caddys missing beds these days? they all seem to have them cut out!

    Looks a good project - interested to watch it progress
    Mine had chequer plate bolted in!
    Removed that crap straight away.

    Now what to replace it with before Oak goes on top.
    Sheet steel I guess, A new bed is way too expensive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mickw View Post
    Well that's solved that then - I don't even know what the Walking Dead is/are so I was never gonna get that bit.
    Ahh you're missing out on TV gold. Check it out

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    Quote Originally Posted by crazydiamond View Post
    Bought this black Alfa seat, Plan is to put in caddy and make an electronic parking brake from a linear actuator


    Hi,
    Really like the look of that seat, what Alfa did it come from? Please keep us updated on your progress with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom90 View Post
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    Hi,
    Really like the look of that seat, what Alfa did it come from? Please keep us updated on your progress with it.
    It's from an Alfa Romeo 147 Ducati
    Still has threads coming out where new.

    Will require a base making etc, Will see how I get on as measurments are pretty spot on

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    Quote Originally Posted by crazydiamond View Post
    It's from an Alfa Romeo 147 Ducati

    Will require a base making etc,
    Okay thanks. Is that the seat belt for the middle attached too the seat? Also are they a 60/40 that tilt forward? I'll be interested to know how well this goes and how much work is required.

    Quote Originally Posted by crazydiamond View Post
    Will see how I get on as measurments are pretty spot on
    That's an ideal start I guess.

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