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Project SportWagen: Air Suspension

posted by on 14 July 2015 in Project Golf SportWagen

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Over the years we’ve become somewhat famous (or infamous if you happen to be whoever is Editor-In-Chief of Jalopnik this week) for our community’s love affair with lowering their car.  Starting with springs and cup kits, then moving to coilovers and eventually full-blown air suspension, the Volkswagen crowd has been into the ‘stance’ scene before it had a […] More…

Project SportWagen: Wheels and Roof Rack

posted by on 7 July 2015 in Project Golf SportWagen

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Before work could get underway on our Golf Sportwagen, I needed to retrieve it from Chicago. Fast forward a few short days and I found myself entering airport security just before 5am at Baltimore-Washington International Airport (a.k.a. BWI), and soaring 30,000 feet above the roads I’d be traveling back on in just a few hours. Once safely […] More…

Project Golf SportWagen- Intro

posted by on 29 June 2015 in Project Golf SportWagen

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I’ve never really been one for SUVs and crossovers.  The current offerings aren’t the body-on-frame, go-anywhere specialty tools I remember from my youth, and what they lack in capability, they also lack in on-road performance. The current crop isn’t terribly good at handling or being efficient, which in my opinion are major components of the ideal […] More…

Project Caddy Van USA- Get in the Boat, You’re Coming with Us.

posted by on 22 June 2015 in Project Caddy Van USA

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Just where did the Caddy Van USA project come from, and how the heck did it end up in Pennsylvania? This update is going to go into that, and cover some more history behind the story. So come with us on a trip to Wolfsburg, Germany, the historic home of Volkswagen, and a quick look […] More…

Project Caddy Van USA

posted by on 3 June 2015 in Project Caddy Van USA

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Last year the Volkswagen Group built 10.2 Million vehicles.  This year, Orchid Euro will attempt to build one. Starting with a body-in-white Volkswagen Caddy van, Jamie Orr and the crew at Orchid Euro are working around the clock to build what you can’t buy in time for this season’s biggest events.  Follow along to see […] More…

Project Caddy Van USA- Introduction

posted by on 3 June 2015 in Project Caddy Van USA

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Hello and welcome to what may well be simply the most ambitious project I have ever attempted. Starting with a literally bare and brand new shell, the plan is to build a fully functioning car, which just so happens to have never been sold here in the USA. And not just simply a working car […] More…