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Hello.
Been a-wondering around this site for a few months now but just decided to join.
My build on a caddy forum however theyre more into their.... lets say paintjobs.
So heres my progress from mid September 2011 off the other forum:

Hi.
Bought this last Sunday and have decided to make a build thread and get to know you lot.
There isnt going to be major engine rebuild/swops or strip downs, just simple stuff thats probably below what many of you lot are doing.
So I got it like this:


After my past cars and knowing Im not into the "clean" look I decided I like the rat look.

Came with:
-12 months MOT and 1 months tax,
-Front adjustable coilovers and flipped rear axle,
-BMW E30 wheels powder coated red,
-Custom wide arches,
-Bully tailgate netting,
-MkII seats,
-MkII grill,
-Custom aerial and gearsticks,
-Original Tailgate (matching ratlook)
-Roof rack
-Chrome bumper
-flag mirrors
-Flat rear window
etc....

The shells pretty solid and clean apart from some welded patches in the tub that I might check in the future. thumbs_up





By the time Id got it home Id discovered what had been negected to say and what needed doing.
-Both door locks didnt work
-the gear linkages were zip-tied on (the clips had snapped)
-instrument panel back light doesnt work
-temperature gauge and speedo dont work
-the anique weber carb idles all over the place and dies often
-battery or alternator dont charge
-worse oil leak than thought
- every gear esp going into reverse grinds really badly
and a few other things I knew about.

So far Ive fixed the door locks, radio signal/arial, adapted the tail gate to fit again, painted the arches as the wheels had rubbed it raw, worked out 5 speed gearbox linkages dont fit on 4 speed boxes. :bh:



Next is to try and find some gear linkages.

All the body rust has been laquired too.
Ive only got the advert pics so far.



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was replacing my speedo cable tonight but I managed to drop the plastic green speedo cog thingy (with some of the old speedo cable still attached) down into the gearbox! :bh
As its out of reach now the gearbox has got to come out with some help from a VW camper friend.

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no I tried with a friends magnetic stick monday night. Think I pushed it past the large gear cog to the left (looking from the front) so cant see or catch it. :(

Depending on whether I go climbing tomorrow night, the box might be out by bed time tomorrow. Whilst its out Im going to do the clutch.

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Manged to unsieze the OS adjustable coilovers and raise it an inch as it rubs when going into the drive way. I'll give it a finer adjustemnt once running nice.

Right with alot of help from a friend the gearbox was out in just over an hour.



Poured out the oil and only about half a pint came out and it was like melted chocolate!! :0 So now it looks like the gearbox is going to need a refurb/bearings. 3D transmissions wanted stupid money for doing the work so my friends going to do it for me.

Also the clutch is well worn so thats on order too. Hopefully that'll be the grinding gear changes sorted and not the DIY clutch arm repair.

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Just got some pressies from the post man today. :D

A timing belt, Deluxe gearlinkage kit from Philli and I now officially own the caddy (the V5 came).
Now I can declare it sorn as the tax runs out soon and carry on fixing.

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So went and had a quick play last night and started swopping the old gear linkage parts for the new kit.

I came across this, The left is the NEW and on the right was the OLD


And looking down the gear shift the box looks like its been smashed in half. Havent looked too closely yet. This caddy work is getting bigger and bigger. B)

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Swopped most of the new gear linkage bushes and things and had a closer look down under the car below the gear stick.

Turns out what I thought was smashed up metal was infact just a rubber dirt protector that had fallen to bits. Took it off as there wasnt much point it being there as it had no rubber bottom anyway.

Got fed up today after my 4x4 fail its MOT to sell on. So went out and bought a B&D mouse sander and attacked the lower front end as it was flaking off. So no more loose stuff. Repaint it tomorrow with some Black Magic paint that kills rust too.



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Thinking in the summer Im going to get the wheels changed from red to a cream.

Ive been painting last night and today.
4 layers of black magic and one thats drying on the front lower spoiler.
Next once cleaned is the grill so the whole front end matches.



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Ive had the flu the past few days and felt like an old man just walking up the stairs. :cry:
But Im on the mend and getting bored so decided to sand down some filler the last owner had left under the windscreen.
After a while the filler had started cracking up leaving some deep crevasses.
Luckily I had some P-38 from a project I never did on the 4x4. So started filling.


I then decided to do the holes along the bonnet where some wing mirrors had been at some point in its past. But discovered the filler just fell through them so found my ali mesh (again from the 4x4 project) and stuck it underneath and filled that way.



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sanded down and first layer of lacquer.


Another colour tone of filler added to that spot.


This is only a temporary fill until I get myself a welder and learn. Then Ill do under the windscreen in metal

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Right so havent written for abit as not much has been fixed. However I have been sourcing, ordering and waiting for parts to be delivered.

- Had delivery of a new clutch release bearing as mine was split
- Ordered some Apline White paint and primer
- Ordered some new diff bearings
- Had delivery of some seat clips that were fitted last night that have stopped my wobbley seats.
- Painted many different coloured layers on the plastic rear light panel quarters. Waiting for the alpine white to finish the last layer then Ill sand down to try and merge them in with the ratted tailgate.

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been playing with paint and the sander again.
I didnt like the colour of the rear light surrounds as they werent the same style or colour as the rest of the truck. Shame theyre plastic too, but think they look better...

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One finished:




Seconds done now and drying after a lacquer coat to stop any wear etc.

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Bit rubbish because its dark and phone pics




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been painting this too the past few days. I dont like it, its too bright even tho its the same colour as the original paintwork. However its slightly creamier from the lacquer used on the parts left. (eg the door handles)



So hopefully my new plan will work better, if not its going red like the wheels until I get the wheels turned cream.

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Sorry to say guys I dont like the bombsticker look so Ive taken them off the tailgate rear window and the petrol cap cover thats now being painted... :smash

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this is seriously awesome,
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this is blooming awesome! looks mint on those wheels!


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I gave into one sticker but should be the last. It went slightly wonky as I didnt have much room to line it up quite right.



The gearbox is back together after new diff bearings, seals and some teeth filing. So should be back in soon.
Then:
-buy an air filter
-put on new cam belt and set
-set up the carb
-buy some new dash bulbs and hope the instrument panel lights up
-Dash in
-insurance and tax.
And Ill be rolling!!


also got an eyebrow so painting it along with the grill satin black.
Then some miner bits like sort the speaker and sub boxes so they fit better

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Right, a little update.
The gearbox is back together ready to go in. Although Im struggling to get the old clutch pressure plate bolts undone to put a new clutch kit in.

Also my last engine piece needed to have it back on the road. I just won this: Pretty pleased as I couldnt get any other filters under £40 for my carb (off a ford capri).

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Got my arbox back ready to go in sometime next week. It now has now play at all. :D


Also been working on my speaker boxes. It fits perfectly between the seat runners so wont be slidding around everywhere. The passengers side will be the same but without the 6" sub, but enough space if wanted.

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finished and fitted my DIY speaker box. Fits perfectly and even has roof insulation inside for acoustic wadding.
Passengers side to build next.

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Update:

Gearbox is in, got to find two bolts to finish the box back mount, speedo cable, fit the alternator and air filter. Will do this tonight.
Then run it up to a mates to tune the carb, fit a new cam belt and get the timing spot on.

And Ill be running sweet! (for a couple months until a big mod will happen....)

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Been busy this afternoon, but not on the caddy.
Had to replace the king pin bearings on my SJ ready for an MOT and sale.
Had to take it right back to the steering knuckle. But now theres no play. Yeeeh



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