The K24A2 Powered 1981 Volkswagen Rabbit Caddy Pickup, Not Sold.

This past week a completely wicked looking, Volkswagen Rabbit pickup truck passed through the hands of eBay. The bidding was intense as it inched its way up to $15,100, but sadly, the reserve was never met. With a buy it now price of $25k, I’m not that surprised that the seller didn’t accept 10K less.

At first glance, it seems to be a super clean, hoodless, stanced, VW pickup, and it is. However, it also has a fully functioning 2005 Acura TSX engine and an RSX transmission. It’s also got a mod list than could wear out the scroll button on your mouse. From eBay:

Modifications:

Motor:
- 2005 K25A2 TSX Motor
- 2005 K20A2 RSX Transmission
- RBC Intake Manifold
- Hybrid Racing 70mm Throttle Body
- Custom Throttle Cable Bracket
- Custom Mil Spec Harness Plate on Firewall
- Custom Cold Air Intake With Vibrant Filter
- Hondata Intake Manifold Gasket
- Hybrid Racing Fuel Rail
- Hybrid Racing Temp Sensor Adapter
- K Tuned Idler Pulley
- Bolt Boys Engine Dress Up Kit
- Kokenda Customs Airbrushed Valve Cover (also have a valve cover powdercoat color matched to the truck)
- Type S Oil Cooler
- Type S Water Pump
- Custom AN-16 Radiator Hoses and Fittings
- Custom Upper and Lower Coolant Outlets
- All-In Fabrication Header
- Custom 3″ Exhaust using Vibrant Stainless Steel
- Custom Axles
- Hybrid Racing Motor Mounts from a civic
- Buddy Club Short Shifter
- Mugen Oil Cap
- Mugen Radiator Cap
- Custom Griffin Radiator
- Slim Fan
- Custom Radiator Overflow
- Custom Oil Catch Can
- Seen It! Coil Pack Cover
- Chase Bays Mil Spec Engine Harness
- Hondata KPRO ECU
- Custom Fuel Pump / FPR Mount
- Walbro 255 Fuel Pump
- Aeromotive Trick Flow FPR
- Custom 10gal Aluminum Fuel Cell
- Autometer Fuel Sending Unit
- Custom Fuel Fill and Cap
- Custom Battery Cutoff with Small Racing Battery under passenger seat.

Interior:
- Buddy Club Racing Seats
- Custom Seat Rails
- Custom Gauge Cluster
- Custom Gauge Holder in Glovebox
- STACK Classic Tachometer
- STACK Oil Pressure Gauge
- STACK Coolant Temp Gauge
- STACK Fuel Pressure Gauge
- STACK Fuel Level Gauge
- CD Player with two speakers behind seats
- Nardi Wood Steering Wheel with Gold Spokes
- Nardi VW Horn Button
- NRG Quick Release
- Custom Steering Wheel Hub
- ARC Shift Knob
- Sticker Bombed Roof
- Wood Gauge Bezel

Suspension/Brakes:
- Custom Stainless Braided Lines
- Wilwood Brake Master Cylinder
- Wilwood Clutch Master Cylinder
- Wilwood Floor Mount Pedal Holders with Custom Pedals
- Custom Stainless Steel Gas Pedal
- Wilwood Brake Proportioning Valve
- Raceland Front Coilovers
- QA1 Rear Coilovers
- Flipped Rear Axle

Exterior:
- Long Front Duckbill
- Short Front Duckbill
- Work CR-01 15×8 +20
- 15mm Spacer Front
- 20mm Spacer Rear

Once you reach the bottom of the list, you can see how all of that would add up fairly quickly. Personally, I hope he gets all the money for this so that I can watch the building of his fully funded next project. You just can’t beat a good build thread these days. So, if you find yourself with money burning a hole in your pocket, and a heart that is yearning for more Rabbit pickup in your life, you can always contact the seller and make him an offer that he can’t refuse. Good luck!

Info and images borrowed Ebay Item Number 160699014179 .  From what I can gather in the eBay listing, This is the guy that took these fantastic photos. His work is amazing, check out his website for more.

We’re All In The Same Club!

At The 1AAuto Car Show!

Ok ladies and gents, this topic has been on my mind for a while now and today I’m going to let it out as eloquently as possible.  The bottom line is:  There is some kind of unnecessary harsh feelings between the older generations and the younger generations in the automotive world.  It doesn’t seem to be one sided, and I’m beginning to think that it is the fear of the unknown.  Why should a young guy like a 1954 Chevy? and What is so great about being hella-flush? The answers aren’t important, but how you go about learning them is.

Appreciation

First and foremost, I believe that a car enthusiast should be a car enthusiast.  If it has wheels and an engine, a true car enthusiast should be able to appreciate it on some level.  When a person has poured their heart and soul into their car, a true enthusiast should be able to look at it and say “wow, I may not personally like the x, y, and z, but I can most definitely appreciate the amount of blood, sweat and tears that went into this car”.  Unfortunately that is not reality.  More often than I want to admit, people consider certain cars to be “junk” purely based on the year or the make of the vehicle.   This is the root of the problem in my opinion.

Foreign vs. American Cars

People often base their approval of a vehicle solely on whether it is American or Foreign.  In 2010, American car companies assemble their cars from parts made all over the world, and foreign car makers do the same thing.  Some “foreign” cars are built in America and some “American” cars are built in foreign countries.  In fact, Honda just announced that they built more cars in America last quarter (April-June 2010) than it did in Japan!  The obvious question then arises: If an American car is built in Japan, does that make it an American car or foreign?  Is it right to like the car more or less based on the location where was assembled?  Basing your automotive choices on a vehicle’s features, looks, and options seems far more logical to me.  Am I wrong?  Just imagine for a moment that you are a proud owner of the new Ford Fiesta, and a guy that drives a big-rig truck pulls up next to you and starts informing you of how worthless your Fiesta is because it can’t even haul a 50 foot trailer full of goods.  That would be ridiculous right?  Just because the Fiesta doesn’t haul a trailer full of goods doesn’t mean it is an inferior car, it just means that it does not fit that truck driver’s needs.   Each driver has different needs and each vehicle has a different purpose.  In my mind, you don’t have to like all cars that exist, but you shouldn’t go out of your way to hate a car because it doesn’t suit your specific needs.  This brings me to my next point ….

Car Shows & Cruise Nights

Who is welcome at these events?  Are they intended for “classic cars”?  What is a classic anyway?   The Classic Car Club of America defines a classic car as a vehicle that is 20 to 45 years old. Over 45 years old falls into the Antique category. Ok cool, so I’ll bring a stock 1987 VW Rabbit and my friend will arrive in a 1989 Mitsubishi pickup.  No? They aren’t classic’s? Why not? This is a common issue in the small town automotive world.  How about “newer” cars?  Should a new Ford GT be allowed at a car show or cruise night?  I think so. It’s appreciated by fellow enthusiasts, just like a VW R32, or a 2010 Camaro.  Just because a car isn’t of your particular interest doesn’t mean that it should not be welcomed at a car show / cruise night.  People like different cars for different reasons, and you don’t have to like every car you see.  Just walk by it, it’s that easy!  Do you get offended when a different model car parks next to you at a mall?  Why would an automotive event be any different?  As long as the owner of the vehicle is respectful to you and your car, all should be well in my mind.

Young vs. ……well….”Old..errr”

People drive what they can afford.  If I had unlimited funds, I would have way cooler cars, and I would suspect that you would too if you have made it this far down the page.  A struggling college kid just isn’t able to drop the $10K+ on the muscle car of their dreams, so they drive what they can afford.  Typically that is a newer car that needs some work, but it’s also something that they can drive daily as they learn to spin wrenches.  It doesn’t mean that they don’t dream of big blocks, flat head V8’s, and tunnel rams all night though.  On the other hand, they may have never had the opportunity to pedal a big V8 to regain traction, cruise with a silky smooth straight 6, or hear the amazing popcorn sound from a high compression small block running on race gas.  It isn’t “the norm”, so how can they be faulted for it?

The older generations are typically a bit more established in life, with a little more money, experience, and time to work with.  Thus, they are finally able to have the dream cars of their youth.  Maybe that dream car is a brand new Corvette, or maybe it’s a late 1940’s lead sled. Either way they often go back to the epitome of “cool” when they were younger and follow it all the way to the driver’s seat.  Should the younger generations dislike them for having more expensive cars? Of course not!  That is just as crazy as disliking the younger generations for not having expensive cars.

We’re all in the same club!

What’s cool to today’s youth and cool to older generations may or may not be the same, but in my opinion, appreciation for cars is universal in all car enthusiasts.  If somebody has put their heart and soul into a car, and wants share it with the world, embrace it!  Introduce yourself and talk to the owners of vehicles outside your “norm”.  There are so many amazing features of old cars that can bring smiles to younger generations, and vice versa.  Whether young or old, you don’t have to like every car that you see, but as an enthusiast you should embrace the other enthusiasts around you. After all, they are part of the automotive world just like you are.

Please feel free to share your thoughts and opinions on all of this in the comment box below. I would love to read them!

NOTE: All of the above is the opinion of Jeremy Nutt.