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    1980 Rabbit Truck For Sale in the UK (California Import)

    1980 Rabbit Truck FOR SALE in the UK.

    Just imported from sunny California so this truck has zero structural rust. All the rust you can see is surface which adds to its sun bleached patina. IMO I would just scotch brite it back a clear coat it for that timeless look.

    Its a 1980 so has the desirable early "Westy" front end.

    Its a Diesel with 5sp which is running and on the button. The 5 speed linkage needs sorting out.

    Its a factory "air conditioned" truck which seems complete, but would obviously need recommissioning.

    Being an early truck it had glue opening 1/4 vent windows which need re-glueing

    This was a genuine barn find and will need going through, although all the mechanical's seem to work fine apart from the gear linkage which is an easy fix

    If you are looking for a Caddy that doesnt require welding back together, and you want something more individual then this is the truck for you. If it were a keeper, I would clearcoat the patina to preserve it, slam it and then band the 13" wheels that are on it to complete the look.

    All duties paid. California Title & Nova in hand, which makes UK registration very straight forwards once MOT'd

    This time next year it will be TAX & MOT exempt.

    £5000. no offers

    Located in Hampshire

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    bet this sells in 6 minutes.....

    i am not tempted....

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    ffs i was actually dreaming about it last night

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    Quote Originally Posted by 13 View Post
    ffs i was actually dreaming about it last night
    If you drove this to a show it would get more attention than anything that is built as a show truck, without having to do hardly anything with it!

    I would just preserve what it is, lower it and a set of wheels. Job done!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Al View Post
    If you drove this to a show it would get more attention than anything that is built as a show truck, without having to do hardly anything with it!

    I would just preserve what it is, lower it and a set of wheels. Job done!
    It’d get attention alright, along the lines of ‘ what a pile of shat’

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elroy View Post
    It’d get attention alright, along the lines of ‘ what a pile of shat’
    You either understand or you dont understand!

    How much rot did you cut out or your pile of shat which is at least 10 years newer than this one??????????

    Hmm... lets remind everyone http://www.vwcaddy.com/showthread.ph...t=elroys+truck

    Those in glass houses..............................

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    Quote Originally Posted by Al View Post
    You either understand or you dont understand!

    How much rot did you cut out or your pile of shat which is at least 10 years newer than this one??????????

    Hmm... lets remind everyone http://www.vwcaddy.com/showthread.ph...t=elroys+truck


    Those in glass houses..............................

    Hmm think Elroy just had his bluff called

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    Quote Originally Posted by Al View Post
    You either understand or you dont understand!

    How much rot did you cut out or your pile of shat which is at least 10 years newer than this one??????????

    Hmm... lets remind everyone http://www.vwcaddy.com/showthread.ph...t=elroys+truck

    Those in glass houses..............................
    No, you didn’t understand my statement. I meant it looks a pile of shat, I’ve no doubt it’s rot free... it’s from the south west coast. You said it’ll get more attention than a show car........that’s not quite true.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elroy View Post
    You said it’ll get more attention than a show car........that’s not quite true.
    But it will.

    I see it at VW shows and American shows. Original patina vehicles get more attention than anything out there. People are now spending fortunes to have custom paintwork to look like the above.

    Fresh all one colour paint jobs are not in vogue at the moment

    This is a perfect example, all of the paint on this C10 is brand new patina effect

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    As is this Dutch Taskforce

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    Sun burnt classic cars like the Rabbit Truck are now getting very hard to find, so people are now forcing the effect

    I could spend a couple of weekends on that truck above to get it to a point where everyone at a show will be creaming themselves over it.

    Im not saying it makes total sense, but thats just how it is

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    Yeah, that's the look I want for my truck, shiny paint has no soul

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    What do you do to preserve it without loosing it?

    Scotchbrite then 2k clear?

    Was thinking about it for my tractor but its a bit scary ��

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    Quote Originally Posted by 13 View Post
    What do you do to preserve it without loosing it?

    Scotchbrite then 2k clear?

    Was thinking about it for my tractor but its a bit scary ��
    Yes, I would even rub some of it with 800 to exaggerate areas.

    You could use straight 2k clear, or add matting agent if you didnt want the shine that clearcoat produces. I personally like the shiney cleared look.

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    You get really good results from very little prep

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    Even with flakey rust?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 13 View Post
    Even with flakey rust?
    No, you get rid of the loose stuff.

    If you use a weak mix if citric or oxalic acid with a scotch-brite you get the rusted areas to a brown smooth surface

    Eastwood do none shiney rattle cans for this purpose, but I dont know what they are like.

    A mate of mine used to use linseed oil on his rusty trucks, but once you coat it in that stuff you will never get paint to stick to the body work ever again!
    Last edited by Al; 20-01-2019 at 07:49 PM.

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    Thanks Al.

    Does it last?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 13 View Post
    Thanks Al.

    Does it last?
    If the surface is prepped properly, the clearcoat will last as long as a paintjob, i have no idea on the eastwood stuff though

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    Thanks Al -sorry to ruin your for sale thread!

    I have 3 liters of spare 2k clear - I can see what happens

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