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Buying a vw caddy wreck

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by saabman, Mar 6, 2015.

  1. saabman

    saabman Well-Known Member

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    hi guys and gals,

    I've got a bit of an idea for a project and I need a 2.0l tdi engine and transmission from a vw caddy.

    This is still early days in consideration but I'm thinking I would need access to whole vehicle to pilfer parts from as required for duration of the project.

    Old cars are easy to buy as wrecks buy new ones seem to be a bit more tricky forme to find - where do you start?

    Does anyone have one lying around :lol:
     
  2. jtkombi

    jtkombi Active Member

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    I drive a Caddy for work and it's a great little van. I've often wonder how hard it would be to transplant all the bits onto my bay. Is that what your thinking too? Still keeps the VW heritage, new engine etc and can be serviced by my local VW dealership. Sounds good to me

    Try the links below, there's a few they're wrecking on gumtree

    http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/canl...en-caddy-1-9-automatic-van-j14777-/1069036947

    http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/campbellfield/wrecking/volkswagen-caddy-tdi-wrecking-/1057990252
     
  3. mr930

    mr930 Active Member

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    Damaged auction would be the best/cheapest option.
     
  4. cbus

    cbus Well-Known Member

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    a LOT of vehicles were written off due to hail damage in Bris a couple of months ago. don't have any contact details and expect they will be at auction in batches but maybe worth checking

    ENSURE that they are not flood affected vehicles
     
  5. saabman

    saabman Well-Known Member

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    I also have a caddy for work and love it.

    But yes I am investigating the possibility of squeezing one into the back of a kombi - I've been informed that my next kombi is to be able to travel at least 110kmh all day be quiet and air conditioned :eek:

    So I figgured this was a good place to start I can't bring myself to putting a foreign engine into a kombi.
     
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  6. Grantus

    Grantus Well-Known Member

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    Sounds like a T3, if you still want a rear engine Kombi, or T4 or T5, if that's not a concern? :p
     
  7. saabman

    saabman Well-Known Member

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    I KNEW I would get comments like that :lol:

    I'm thinking since it was my desire to buy a T3 all those years ago which got me into a kombi maybe I should be on the look out for a Caravelle - I think Narelle would be happy with that.

    Anybody want to swap a caravel for a slightly rusty 74 ;)
     
  8. splitbus

    splitbus Well-Known Member

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    Does it have to be a caddy, I bought my daughter a 2000 beetle with a 2.0l engine for $2000, I did have to replace the front bumper, guards and bonnet and was luck to get same colour, but the motor is very good, just tring to open more options for you
     

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  9. saabman

    saabman Well-Known Member

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    Theirs another option I had not done much research into suitable donor vehicles and had dismissed the beetle as I had only seen them with petrol engines.

    Thanks for that.
     
  10. splitbus

    splitbus Well-Known Member

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    Sorry I missed the Tdi bit
     
  11. syncro

    syncro Well-Known Member

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    There is also Golfs, Polos, Passats, Tiguans, Touregs, Audi A3,A4,A6, Skodas etc. All available with diesels. The best (easiest) conversion is the Golf 3 TDi as it is simpler.
     
  12. Kai

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  13. saabman

    saabman Well-Known Member

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    The biggest issue I have with the potential project is the gearbox.

    Using a standard box with a diesel is the gear ratio is way out so I either need to modify the ratios of the Kombi box or use the caddy/golf etc gearbox and work out a way to reverse the ouptut so the engine can be mounted in the back of the Kombi.

    The other issue is whether the effort/money is worth it. :confused:
     
  14. Kai

    Kai Well-Known Member

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    what about subaru diesel with subaru gearbox?
     
  15. saabman

    saabman Well-Known Member

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    Wash your mouth out Kai :lol:

    Might be an option though.
     
  16. Kai

    Kai Well-Known Member

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    nothing wrong with a suby, still a boxer.
     
  17. syncro

    syncro Well-Known Member

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    No you would have to make the output 90 deg if you use a Caddy/Golf as the engine/gearbox is east west.

    Is it worth it? Only if you like tinkering.

    I have a Subi diesel. Petrol would be better.
     
  18. Grantus

    Grantus Well-Known Member

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    All this time, effort & money for a bit of cool.o_O


    Might be cheaper to just fit some window winder handles......:rolleyes:
     
  19. saabman

    saabman Well-Known Member

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    I was contemplating mounting the engine East / west as it sits in the caddy.

    I was looking at the caddy configuration today and thinking this might be all a bit much as the engine and gearbox combination is quiet compact it would need to sit right back about where the fuel tank is.

    But then again if I moved the engine further towards the back and angled the drive shafts back it might work. I didn't have a tape measure handy today.
     
  20. saabman

    saabman Well-Known Member

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    Why do to sany the petrol would be better phill?
     

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