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Thread: Shaun's MK1 Caddy 1.8T Build

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    Shaun's MK1 Caddy 1.8T Build

    Hi all! I'm Shaun, I've been a member on here since 2009 but have been inactive for a long time as I lost all interest and ran out of money. I'm now back and still have the MK1 I bought back in 2010 (my 2nd MK1) which I now want to sort out. I'm also on my 2nd MK2 TDI van which has been played about with, but that's for another thread one day maybe.

    The truck has been sat on my driveway stripped out for around 7 years as I ran out of money and lost all interest in finishing it. I now have a large unit to work in and a better job so I'm going to get my arse into gear and do some work!

    Here is a picture of the truck back in 2010 when I bought it (off this forum after regretting selling my first one) off a bloke called Simon near Tunbridge Wells.

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    And here is a picture of how my once pretty mint Caddy currently looks, taken last weekend when I dragged it to my unit just up the road where it is now dry stored.

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    My plan is to get it nice and solid (it was a great shell before I abandoned it) and chuck a 1.8T engine in.

    I've been busy on ebay and will be collecting a roll over jig and a Seat Leon Cupra tomorrow to get things rolling.

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    The Leon is the 180BHP model with an AUQ engine
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    So I went to collect the Leon to find it was nothing like the description, vac pipes and wires had been chopped about under the bonnet and the engine had more oil outside it than inside, so of course I told them I'm not having it and caught the train home. The 'seller', a middle aged woman who evidently knows nothing bout cars, has obviously been asked to sell someones faulting heap of crap for a quick hastle free sale. Tossers, hopefully none of you end up buying it!

    Went up to the unit for the evening and had a play with the roll over jig. Started mounting it to the car, it's not too-bad a fit so far! Looking forward to getting it upside down but I think I'm going to mount the jig on wheels first before it's too late and I cant move it.
    It should be ideal to go totally upside down if needed, and it's nice and strong (50x50x3 mm box)


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    Took a cheeky pic of my dirty, slightly beaten up MK2 TDI - yes I know the intercooler is not piped in yet


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    So... whilst writing this I have won another Leon Cupra on ebay , this one is crash damaged however the ad says it's fully driveable so hopefully the engine is sound! If this one turns out to be a failure too, I may have to try and stick to my original plan of using the engine from an A4 1.8T I picked up last year for £310 on ebay:


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    Only issue is the engine is longitudinal in the Audi and transverse in the Caddy, no idea the amount of work to turn the Audi lump through 90 degrees? (Any advice welcome!)
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    Pictures look a bit like my mk2 caddy van. Looked mint to start then got part way through and lost interest.

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    There's loads with the black roof on white van look, I feel so unique haha. I bought it off my old boss who owned it from 1 year old. It's a good little van, very clean shell

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    I’d say avoid the Audi longitudinal motor as the mounts are so readily available for an AUQ / BAM / AGU etc type motor.

    Mines nearly done also - AUQ motor also..

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    Funnily enough I have a Leon Cupra R on my driveway that's coming apart. Engine was running a cool 360 before the decision to break it (financial I might add)
    The engine has covered 10K since a rebuild... fully forged.

    I'm down near in Kent either way, so if you need any bits or bobs just holla It's a good friend of mines car... He's been running round in a heavily modified ED30 MK5 Golf!
    Caddy MK2 1.9, Aired Golf MK4 1.9 TDi

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    Quote Originally Posted by andydlc View Post
    I’d say avoid the Audi longitudinal motor as the mounts are so readily available for an AUQ / BAM / AGU etc type motor.

    Mines nearly done also - AUQ motor also..
    Wasn't sure if there would be holes in the block on the Audi engine that would fit the conversion mounts (I bought a set of MK1 to 1.8T conversion mounts years ago). Most blocks I've come across seem to be pretty much the same

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    Quote Originally Posted by jwrb View Post
    Funnily enough I have a Leon Cupra R on my driveway that's coming apart. Engine was running a cool 360 before the decision to break it (financial I might add)
    The engine has covered 10K since a rebuild... fully forged.

    I'm down near in Kent either way, so if you need any bits or bobs just holla It's a good friend of mines car... He's been running round in a heavily modified ED30 MK5 Golf!
    Would be fun, but it's my first turbo conversion. I'd rather just have a standard stock car that I can use to get the initial swap done, then play games once it's in and running

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    Here's a couple of pictures of the shit heap I've bought on ebay tonight - hopefully collecting a week tomorrow

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    Emptied my unit out and gave it a hoover and painted the floor - it's so much better now!

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    Then filled it back up with crap again

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    I picked the Leon up on Thursday night too, so started stripping bits off it over the weekend. The damage was pretty friendly, still holding coolant which is good news! She said she was distracted by her mobile phone and went under the arse end of a Jeep so all the damage was nice and high up. This evening I got the Caddy up on the roll over jig too which is a bonus, looking forward to carrying on!

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    Great unit. Loads of space!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hgiblin View Post
    Great unit. Loads of space!
    Yeah man I’m happy with it! Only shitter is I’m not allowed to weld in there (not that I’m the best welder).

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    Got the engine out of the Leon on Wednesday night. Started by removing the AC compressor and power steering pump and shortening the bracket to keep it tidy. Also taken the fly-by-wire throttle body off to replace it with a cable body.

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    I've had a look at mounting the engine mount too, but I'm a bit confused with the timing belt layout. I know the mount needs to end up behind the belt, but I'm not 100% sure how to move the belt out of the way...

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    I need to find out which alternator belt can I run now I've removed the AC and PAS too?
    Also, I need to pick a gearbox and clutch/flywheel set up! Any recommendations?
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    Good to see you back on this mate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RUFFCADDY View Post
    Good to see you back on this mate.
    Yeah man! Good to be back on it! Do you have any gearboxes Joe? I’ve run out lol

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    You need to ditch the tensioner & idler bearing and replace it with a 16v tensioner spaced out 8mm

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    Cheers Al, which timing belt do I use? And by 16V, which engine you you mean? KR, ABF etc...

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    think I used a 926 aux belt and mk2 golf 16v pulley on my agu engine with standard 20v cam belt

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