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So I came across a 81 VW Caddy on Craigslist is was a decent price so going to take a look at it. My question to vast knowledge of vortex is there anything specific that I should look at when when I go kick the tires on this on it. The ad said that it needs a brakes but it is in good shape also the transmission linkage is sloppy.













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I myself just picked up a caddy too. The usual rust spots to check, shock tower near firewall, floor pans, windshield cowl. Being a pickup, bed and under carriage. From the pics the caddy looks pretty good. Interior looks great with the dash looking to have no cracks. If its not too much $$, buy it. Caddy's are only going up as is all MK1's.

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Transmission linkage is pretty easy to fix, parts place for VW has the whole kit to redo the linkage. I just did that on a caddy. I have two caddys they are a lot of fun! Mine are both diesel, looks like that one is the gasser. Yeah, strut towers, floor pans, those are some of the rust spots. Check for halfway repairs.

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So I went ahead and bought the Caddy. Picking it up tomorrow.


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Congrats!

You're going to need strut mounts.
 

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yeah looks pretty solid

clearly the engine photo the engine is running which is a huge bonus
CIS fuel system is easy to work on if you learn how it works
a careful eye will notice the Fuel Distributor is CIS-Basic, that means you probally have a 1.6L engine

focus on cleaning it up a bit and replace the "wear items" like struts, shocks, brakes, hoses, belts. and you should be golden!

also note the rear bumper might not seem legit, but a ton of aftermarket and dealer installed parts were pretty common for the bumper on these beasts.
personal taste but i prefer the original than these aftermarket/dealer options

love to see an original unmolested vehicle in the wild
remember its only original once, so enjoy it.
 
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