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Ok so I'm thinking about getting a caddy (thus the title)
What things do I need to look for or specifically look at before purchasing one? Rust comes to mind, etc. School me on MKI as I am an MKIV sheeple(don't boo please)
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Re: Maybe buying a caddy . . . (jopr175)

pass side strut tower is the place to start
the wile test driving it go to the .25 car wash and spend the whole time spraying at the strut tower form the top and the bottom to see if the passanger arae gets wet


and is it gas or diesel?
 

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Re: Maybe buying a caddy . . . (tommy-turtle)

Quote, originally posted by tommy-turtle »
pass side strut tower is the place to start....

Yup make sure the body is good. What I also look for is electrical. If the wire harness is hacked due to "Jerry rigging" or a messed up stereo set up, stay away unless you are comfy with electrical stuff.
Also along the lines of electrical, 1980's always have electrical problems due to age and design.
Other things:
-Gas tanks leak, or if it has the newer tanks the hose to the feed inside tends to degrade causing cut outs at low levels.
-If you are buying swaps Diesel to Gas, 16V etc, look for really good wiring. If not, you are asking for a real problems trying to figure out how a person got something to work.
-Tail gates - expensive if you need
In the end it all depends on what you want from it. A full blown project or a driver out of the box.
For me all I want is a nice body, the rest is all fixable.
Just remember, these are more than 20 yrs old. A turn key car is not somethink that is reasonable to expect right off the bat, unless you pay $4K for a mint example.
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Re: Maybe buying a caddy . . . (fwdvw)

it looks pretty rough and the electrical definitely looks like it's been jerry rigged. Also the bed has been coated with rhinoliner or something similar which isn't a good sign to me . . .
I'm gonna try to get some pics up in the next week or so.
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Re: Maybe buying a caddy . . . (jopr175)

If I might chime in Jo-P? Might I suggest just being honest with the seller, esp. if it is a distance away- - I ask how the truck is on long trips. Look @ the specs then ask general questions. And yes I went the route of getting something minter. And Yes the stereo is gonna be a PIDA! Some shops recommend using a smaller fuse box for stereos and extra stuff. Fortuneatly I have back up A1 crap- -LMK if you need any help?
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Re: Maybe buying a caddy . . . (schrickman)

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If I might chime in Jo-P? Might I suggest just being honest with the seller, esp. if it is a distance away- - I ask how the truck is on long trips. Look @ the specs then ask general questions. And yes I went the route of getting something minter. And Yes the stereo is gonna be a PIDA! Some shops recommend using a smaller fuse box for stereos and extra stuff. Fortuneatly I have back up A1 crap- -LMK if you need any help?
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Here's one I'm looking at Link to Autotrader Ad
and pics from that add:



Let me know opinions and such



Modified by jopr175 at 7:26 PM 8-8-2005
 

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that caddy looks great, and definetly be ware of jerry rigging on the wires, it's a night mare, my car has a quite a bit, luckily i got a wiring harness from the fire wall front, so i'm good lol
 

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thats pretty good, caddys are few and far between, a half decent one is worth alot on ebay. my uncle had a rather rough diesel caddy he sold for 1000, probably could have got more but they wanted to just get rid of it. he tried giving it to my dad, who would have given it to me, but i already had my jetta.
 

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have you seen engine bay pics? don't get too excited about the truck without seeing the towers, if they are rusted... game over. i would look for a different one at that point.

yeah I'm waiting on pics of the strut towers from the place that's selling it
 

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Re: Maybe buying a caddy . . . (jopr175)

For some reason, 81s & 82s seem to have rust under the dashboard and strut towers. I don't see it as often on 80s year models. So check those strut towers when you get a chance.
I've seen people repair the towers. I've got some rust on my 81. But living in CA, it has not become worse or spread.
The bed and the rear end/tailgate, rear lights, corners are all irreplaceable. There was two brand new tailgates in the VW Parts network listed a few months back. They listed for $500+ each!
Gas tanks are another leaky problem. Assuming the steel portion of the fuel tank is good, then plan on replacing all of the fuel tank hoses. They always leak.
Common MK1 maladies include worn sheet metal around the handbrake lever, broken door hinges, leaky windshield, noisy window seals. Most of those are easily repaired/replaceable.
 

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Re: Maybe buying a caddy . . . (lnoriel)

Quote, originally posted by lnoriel »
For some reason, 81s & 82s seem to have rust under the dashboard and strut towers. I don't see it as often on 80s year models. So check those strut towers when you get a chance.
I've seen people repair the towers. I've got some rust on my 81. But living in CA, it has not become worse or spread.
The bed and the rear end/tailgate, rear lights, corners are all irreplaceable. There was two brand new tailgates in the VW Parts network listed a few months back. They listed for $500+ each!
Gas tanks are another leaky problem. Assuming the steel portion of the fuel tank is good, then plan on replacing all of the fuel tank hoses. They always leak.
Common MK1 maladies include worn sheet metal around the handbrake lever, broken door hinges, leaky windshield, noisy window seals. Most of those are easily repaired/replaceable.

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Re: (MRVW01)

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My thought on buying ANY old car/truck is, you can buy drivetrains a helluva lot cheaper than you can buy bodywork/ paint.

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Re: Maybe buying a caddy . . . (jopr175)

don't let creative wiring get you down. There is so (relatively) wiring in them that it is easy to replace in sections of just rebuild the whole harness if you aren't a total electrical newb (and if you are you won't be for long if you buy it). Wiring, interior, engine etc can all be replaced pretty easily, it's the metal you need to be worried about, because as mentioned, it's not easy to find (if at all).
Caddys are getting rarer and rarer, if you want to put some time into it and the body is in decent shape go for it.
Make sure you get under the truck and look at the flooboards/rocker panels.
 
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