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
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
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
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).