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1980  Volkswagen : Rabbit  LX Pickup

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Sold for:US $5,900.00 
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Ended:Jan-03-08 10:09:03 PST
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Sells to:United States, Canada
Item location:Ashland, Oregon, United States
History:17 bids
Buyer:w7spy( 156Feedback score is 100 to 499)

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Item Specifics - Cars & Trucks
1980 Volkswagen  :  Rabbit LX Pickup
1980 VW Rabbit Pickup 1.6L DIESEL 5-spd -- RESTORED


Body Type:

Pickup Truck



Cab Type:

Regular Cab













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For Sale by:

Private Seller



Vehicle Description

NOTE: This item is being relisted because the previous high bidder has not responded nor sent payment. PLEASE...if you bid on this truck, do so with the intention of buying it! The winner will be expected to pay for the truck in-person with cash in hand within seven days after the auction ends. Sorry, no cashier's checks, IOU's, trades, or excuses. Also, a non-refundable deposit of $150 will be required via PayPal within 24 hours of the end of auction.


Up for sale is a 1980 VW Rabbit pickup that has been restored from the ground-up, including engine, body, and interior. If you’ve been looking for one of these – and who isn’t with its nearly 50mpg? -- don’t pass this one up. This one also comes with a Gem Top canopy.

It’s completely rust-free and the body is straight except for a few small dents and dings – nothing major, as you can see in the photos. It’s been repainted in the original factory Mojave Beige color with PPG single-stage acrylic urethane and has new side molding. Most body parts, including the lights, door handles, grille, bumpers, windshield, back window, and mirrors were removed prior to painting. The windshield was professionally replaced with a new one (also PPG) and a new gasket. The rear window is the original, but also has a new gasket. New aftermarket (larger) truck-style mirrors and a new antenna were installed, and the door handle gaskets were replaced. The bed was coated in a two-stage process with roll-on bedliner. The base coat is a tough epoxy bedliner made by Bondo, and the top coat is a textured slip-resistant polyurethane material made by Herculiner (I’ve included a picture with this listing of what the bed looked like before it was coated so you can see it wasn’t rusted out). Tires are Goodyear and have about 70% of their tread left, all in good condition, and the wheels have all been repainted. The spare is a full sized tire. Exterior light bulbs were replaced where necessary and three of the light sockets in the taillights were replaced. Windshield wipers are also new.

The engine is a 1.6L from an ’81 Rabbit, with 5-speed transmission. It has been completely rebuilt from the bare block and head, and includes oversize pistons and rings (Mahle), main/rod/thrust/intermediate bearings (Mahle/Kolbenschmidt), water pump, injector nozzles (Bosch), full gasket set (Victor-Reinz) including an OEM Elring head gasket, tensioner (Febi-Bilstein), timing belt, thermostat (Wahler), alternator belt, and passenger side engine mount. Before the block was rebuilt it was tanked, inspected, bored, and painted. The head has a complete valve job with all new guides and four new exhaust valves. It was tanked, pressure tested and surfaced before reassembly. A new Sachs clutch set was installed, which included disk, pressure plate, surfaced flywheel, and even the release bearing inside of the transmission. All filters have been replaced with OEM parts (air-Hengst, oil-Mann, fuel-Bosch). The injection pump was also entirely disassembled, cleaned, inspected, and rebuilt with viton seals and gaskets. Injector overflow lines were replaced with Viton hose and the fuel lines under the truck by the tank were replaced with synthetic fuel line made by Gates. The shifter bushings and linkage for the transmission were replaced, as well, along with the backup light switch. The truck also has a block heater and a new 84-month battery. All fluids (brake, coolant, engine oil, and transmission oil) were replaced.

The suspension is still firm and the front brakes probably have 90% of their life left. The rear brake shoes have been replaced, along with both rear wheel cylinders and wheel seals. Both drums were turned before replacing the brakes. Rear bearings have been repacked and adjusted. The pressure regulating valve for the rear brakes has also been replaced.

The interior was torn out and nearly everything but the headliner was replaced. The truck has a new molded carpet and the space behind and to the sides of the seats has been carpeted with matching carpet. All of the carpet was glued with a professional contact cement that is heat and humidity stable so the stuff won’t come unglued. The seats are cloth ones from an ’89 Jetta and are a huge improvement over the vinyl stock ones. New sun visors from a Cabriolet were installed, along with a replacement dashboard that is virtually crack-free. The dash has three gauges where the radio would go – an ammeter, a water temperature gauge, and an oil pressure gauge – all of them work. You can remove the gauges and put a radio in their place if you want to. The old rubber shift boot was replaced with a custom vinyl one. The original headliner is still in pretty good shape, so it was left alone. The fuse box was also removed and completely resoldered. Everything electrical (even the dome light) works properly as far as I can tell. Both window cranks were replaced and both window regulators were greased. Although this is a 27-year-old truck, it now smells like new inside!

The truck comes with a Gem Top canopy. It’s not the prettiest, but it’s well built and still in solid shape. One side of the canopy's rear window won’t latch. There are only a few problems I know of with the rest of the truck, and all are pretty minor. The heater blower makes some noise, but it still works fine so I didn’t mess with it. The license plate lights are burned out and replacements are no longer available, even from the dealer, but you could probably find some good used ones at a wrecking yard or right here on eBay. The wing windows on the doors don’t open, but they don’t leak either. The last problem is the opening levers for the two dash vents – they’re broken.

I have receipts for all of the work done and all of the parts. I also have the original owner’s manual and original maintenance schedule that came with the truck. The truck is located in Talent, Oregon. I live in Ashland, but snow is expected this week where I am and I don’t want the truck to get stuck here so I’ve brought it down to my brother’s in Talent. Even with the 20-degree weather we’ve been having, this truck fires right up! I have clear Oregon title and the plates are good until Sept 2009. Please ask any questions you might have, and message me if you’d like to come take a look at the truck. I think that the winning bidder won’t be disappointed. Payment will be expected within seven days from the end of auction. Cash in-person is definitely preferred, but I would consider a cashier’s check. I could possibly deliver the truck for a fee – please ask me before you bid if this is of interest to you. If coming from out of the area, I would also be happy to pick up the winning bidder at the Medford airport.


I forgot to mention earlier that this pickup also has four new glow plugs, a new radiator cap, and new brake and clutch pedal pads.

I have more photos of the rebuild than eBay had room for me to post. You can go here for more photos of the engine rebuild and of the interior, etc.

Lastly, after having driven it around for awhile now, I can tell that new shocks will probably be in order soon -- about the only thing on this truck that hasn't been replaced! Suspension, drivelines, and steering are all very tight -- there's no looseness or wandering and the truck drives straight, but new shocks would probably improve the ride some on bumpy roads (and there's a lot of those where I live).


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