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Thread: Got a Caddy on the cheap. Parts collection phase.

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    Got a Caddy on the cheap. Parts collection phase.

    Ive owned a few new mk4 and B5 Volkswagen's in the recent years.... last year I nabbed a $900 VW Cabriolet and really had fun with the mk1 chassis. Cabby is fun, but a fare weather car. Dreamed of a Caddy truck for many a years, but never looked to hard. Ended up finding a guy selling his "rotting" away project on the cheap on the local craigslist, $500. That cheap, i couldn't pass it up and was messaging the guy at like midnight as to not miss out of the chance to get a truck for cheap. That next morning I looked at the car @9am and knew I had to get it. It is a 1984 Caddy that originally had a 1.6L diesel/4speed in it. That engine was pulled out of it, and in the bed of the truck.... along with a AAZ diesel and 5-speed. Again, $500.... I couldn't say no! When I meet with him to pay, he had said he had gotten like 60 emails in the <24 hours he had it posted. Im glad I didn't wait!

    Ended up dollying the car home and started to formulate a plan. In my spare time I am a VW parts hoarder (it comes with the VW culture I guess). In my collection I have 2 spare ALH engines and 2 02J transmissions... so lets put that in there. The 1.6 and AAZ were questionable as they were sitting in the bed for a few years, and I know the ALH is in good shape. Ended up selling both motors and transmissions for $800, FREE CAR! Went a few trips to the junkyards and found some other parts and swap-able parts. Even with all the parts ive purchased from the U-Pull-It junkyards by me.... I am still Net Zero dollars spent on this project. I hope to get some work done this winter on the car.



    No major holes, but battery tray needs to be removed.

    Plans:
    ALH Diesel swap
    02J Transmission
    Hydro clutch actuator
    CE2 Electrical
    Disc rear brakes
    9" booster and 22mm master
    AC Delete/HVAC box swap (to cable controlled)
    Dashboard swap (86 Cabby black dash)
    Fix some of the rust issues

    Already yanked the blue dashboard and placed in a black cabby dashboard



    Engine and trans waiting in the back.

    Rear disc conversion that came with the truck

    Wiring from ALH and CE2 Box


    Look forward to getting some work done on this thing and enjoying it next year. I have to get in contact with Al and get some of his motor mounts....

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    you are one lucky man, goodluck with the build!

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    Dayum. That is one hell of a haul. Cant wait to see how this turns out!
    Caddy MK2 1.9 SDI (ALH swap incoming), Seat Inca 1.9 SDI, Static Polo Estate 1.9 TDI (AHU), Aired Golf MK4 1.9 PD130

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    Still collecting a few parts. Picked up upgraded brake booster and master. Got the bracket and master painted today.


    Also was at the local wrecker and found a set of mini Cooper phone dials for $140 with rubber. Same 4x100 but will have to play with hub diameter differences and offset.

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    Wow lucky boy! Keep us updated with plenty of progress

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    I think amit used to run mini rims back in the old days

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    Quote Originally Posted by 13 View Post
    I think amit used to run mini rims back in the old days
    Going to have to figure out what the secret sauce for setup to use them is, and how they look. They look like a fitting addition to a retro vehicle.

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    Little update. Winter kept me at a stand still of garage working. But I did go to the wreckers a lot and made some good scores!

    Going to abandon the cabriolet dashboard for a mk2 GTI red line dash. Also got the seats in decent shape. Still might look at going for a mk4 seat modified eventually. The mk2 seats do seem to sit high, but usable.




    Was kind of at a stand still for a minute until I figured out what motor/trans mounts I was going to use. So while Michigan decided to try and thaw out for spring, I figured I would work on some ALH engine wire harness. I was confident I could do the work of thinning down the harness.... I am also "cheap" and couldn't bring myself to purchasing a modified harness . I was just not looking forward to doing hours of internet researching and figuring out the wires to remove. I have a good TDI resource near me, so I took a trip to Matt Whitbred's shop near Gaylord, MI to tackle the ALH wiring harness. He guided me and gave a few pointers on thinning down the harness. Stupid simple once you got down to it really.




    I sat for awhile looking to what mounts to use. After some email tag, I worked with Al & Mel and got a US order made thru Retrofication to get some mounts, clutch parts, and Koni's. Was holding out to order from there for a few reasons... they had the mounts, clutch hydro parts, great price, and support someone in the community. So, thank you again Al!




    Need to do my research on the timing belt parts to work with the mount. ALH needs a larger manual tensioner (from 1.8t?) and delete a roller?

    Ive been plucking ALH motors and selling them to my local VW parts guys so for them to refurbish. So with the 5 motors I have pulled this "winter" I ended up swapping my intended ALH engine for a much nicer junkyard ALH motor.... then sold the rusted up/questionable maintenance engine back for rebuild. Got a nice looking block/turbo/11mm pump. Turning it over its got nice compression and free spinning, so I figured failed auto trans is why the car was scrapped. No surprise though. Going to order up a clutch kit for it soon so I can mate it to my transmission and drop it in the car. Going with a SMF G60/VR6 set up. Will make up another reinforced clutch fork for the hell of it too.

    Also got a set of 764 injectors for a little bump in power later
    When motor gets hung I can start looking at what radiator and intercooler I can fit upfront.

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