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    1991 J reg Mk1 Caddy Show Truck

    I have decided to sell my much loved Caddy after wanting to buy a Porsche 944. This decision has taken me a long time to come to as I love this Caddy so much and I really don’t want to let it go, but I cannot have both.
    It took me 6 months of searching for a solid, rust free Caddy, including flying to Edinburgh and Newquay only to be disappointed by rusty ones. This Caddy came along in Nottingham and was a non-runner, but most importantly, body was solid and rust free.

    • Body
    As I said above, the body/chassis is solid. Painted in pearl white and red. Has the ‘slider’ rear window. Both front wheel arched rolled. Front chassis legs notched to make room for the driveshafts when the air ride is aired out. Badgeless painted single piece grill. New rear lights. Wheels are Renault Turbines recently refurbished finished in white, the centre caps match and have the wolfburg logo painted and lacquered in, not a sticker. Tyres are all in great condition and have lots of tread. The rear bed could do with a repaint as it has micro blisters and also slightly ‘wavey’. I made a roof rack from old skate boards and also a rack/frame for the back so you can carry a surf board.

    • Powertrain
    Engine and gearbox are from a Mk3 Golf TD and is the AAZ engine code. Engine has good torque and power. The mileage is unknown unfortunately, and because of this, when I fitted the engine I replaced the water pimp, oil pump, timing belt, thermostat, glow plugs, clutch, engine oil and filter, gearbox oil, new header tank, new coolant, modified the exhaust down pipe. With this rebuild I stripped all the ancillaries, sand blasted them and painted them, including the gearbox.

    • Suspension
    Originally I built the truck with coil overs and a flipped rear axle, but 2 years ago I fitted air ride to it. I used Airlift Performance 3P management which includes the compressor, manifold, tank, controller and wiring harness. The front has the Airlift Performance Mk1 Golf struts. The rear is much more special being a bespoke set up using a clever Watts Link, this is much better and more consistent in its movement than a Panhard Rod set up. I worked together with Jonathan from Intermotiv to make this system work. It is a ‘bolt on’ item so the truck can be converted back to static easily. All of the parts were painted to show quality before being fitted under the truck. I mounted the Tank, Compressor and Manifold underneath the truck so as to keep the look of the bed clean and empty. This management system also connects to your phone via Bluetooth for system software updates and also to control the air ride from outside the truck. New front wishbones were fitted. All the suspension bushes are all polyurethane for ease of movement. A new steering rack was fitted and secured in place by polyurethane mounts. Front hubs were stripped sand blasted and painted then rebuilt with new wheel bearings. The rear wheel bearings are also new.

    • Brakes
    Fronts are the 280mm Mk3 Golf GTi ones. The discs are new as are the pads which are fitted into refurbished calipers. The rear had new brake shoes, cylinders and hand brake cables.
    The master cylinder has been replaced with a 22mm one fitted t a 9’ servo, the brake pedal mechanism was refurbished too. All the brake lines were fabricated out of copper hose to all 4 corners.

    • Interior
    Front seats are from a Scirocco, the dash is a standard mk1 golf with no cracks or peeling. The instrument cluster is from a Mk3 golf TD made to fit the mk1 dash, so has a working rev counter. The door cards are bespoke and covered in Alcantara. There is a mk1 centre console and the gear nob is the golf ball style one. There is no stereo fitted to my caddy as I didn’t want speakers cluttering the door cards. The Airlift V2 controller is mounted where a head unit would normally go, and is removable.

    I made some short videos of when i fitted the air ride to the Caddy which you can find in some of my previous posts. I am genuinely sad to see this go, but my want for a new project is too tempting.

    Looking for offers over £9000, or PX/swap for a very decent Porsche 944.

    Text or call for more info 07772840606

    For reasons unknown to me i cannot upload photo's onto this post. But if you wanted to see lots of photo's go onto my Instagram account @Russell_Croucher or check out my previous posts.

    Thanks

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    That looks excellent - good luck with the sale

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    Looks absolute mint. Just watched your YouTube vids the rear end setup looks spot on. I've been searching for a bolt on kit but the one I found seems to hang to low down for my liken. I see yours was bolt on could I purchase the same setup or did you make it your self. Also what's like on air when driving is it bouncy at all or just smooth as fuck. I seen this mk2 caddy van with air and it looked like it was bouncing down the rd

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    Quote Originally Posted by richiebear View Post
    Looks absolute mint. Just watched your YouTube vids the rear end setup looks spot on. I've been searching for a bolt on kit but the one I found seems to hang to low down for my liken. I see yours was bolt on could I purchase the same setup or did you make it your self. Also what's like on air when driving is it bouncy at all or just smooth as fuck. I seen this mk2 caddy van with air and it looked like it was bouncing down the rd
    Hi richiebear
    The rear set up was a collaboration between myself and an air ride specialist at a company called Intermitiv. He wants to offer it as a kit he can post around the world, which he will do but he's just 'crossing the T's and dotting the I's' at the moment. Contact him at Intermotiv.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by mickw View Post
    That looks excellent - good luck with the sale
    Thank you sir

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    Nice one mate just sent them a message. Caddy looks mint love the skateboards as I was a skateboarder for a canny few years until I fucked my knee. Good look with the sale . Mind you'll be devastated once it does go

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    Quote Originally Posted by richiebear View Post
    Nice one mate just sent them a message. Caddy looks mint love the skateboards as I was a skateboarder for a canny few years until I fucked my knee. Good look with the sale . Mind you'll be devastated once it does go
    I will absolutely be devastated, so much of my time and blood has gone into this. But, onwards and upwards, I need a new project

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    Fair play. Am not even finished my caddy sport or even had it on the road yet but am already wanting something else and making it rwd. Devil makes work for ideal hands

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