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    1. Moderator the brit's Avatar
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      06-03-2015 03:28 PM #1


      Hello and welcome to what may well be simply the most ambitious project I have ever attempted!

      I've long been a TCL regular, and many of you may have followed along my Greenland Polo build thread (http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthread.php?4976643), and another thread that details some of the vehicles that I have imported for both clients and myself (http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthread.php?7091300). This project is going to be a little bit different though..

      The basics of the build is that I am starting with a literally bare and brand new shell, with the plan being to build a fully functioning car, which just so happens to have never been sold here in the USA. And not just simply building a working car either, but something with a spec-sheet to be proud of, and that wouldn't look out of place at the biggest car events this side of the Atlantic.

      Every few weeks there will be a editorial update on the front page of VWVortex.com (which will be linked to from here) but in the meantime I will be updating the smaller gains and setbacks via this thread and Instagram. My personal IG account is xjamiexoe and the build specific account is CaddyVanUSA. Over the coming months I would like to invite you on this rollercoaster ride of lego-esque assembly, part number searching, model interchangeability hunting and good old fashioned build thread fun.

      The first editorial post will be up on the front page of VWVortex.com later today. The second chapter will cover the process and logistics of purchasing and importing the brand new chassis, which I'm sure many of you will find interesting. For the big updates and some big conversations, I'll have to ask you to politely wait for full answers until I've actually written that particular update section. In the meantime, I'll go on the record as saying that the chassis was never assigned a VIN or chassis number, but you'll have to wait until then for the full story..

      Thanks in advance for following along - I hope the journey will be at least as rewarding as the end result, if not even more so!

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      | '09 Aprilia RS125 | '81 Kawasaki AR80 | '59 NSU Quickly | '64 Honda Cub C65 + '65 C105 | Trek Emonda SLR9 | Trek Crockett 9 |

    2. Moderator the brit's Avatar
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      06-03-2015 03:28 PM #2
      Last edited by the brit; 06-23-2015 at 11:40 AM.
      | œ Orchid Euro Importation œ |

      Currently driving or working on too many cars...
      | '93 Fox 16v - PVW | '99 Greenland Polo Diesel | '89 Rallye Golf | '83 Golf GTi RHD | '75 Swallowtail |
      | '82 Caddy 1.9D | '85 VW LT Car Transporter | Mk2 Jetta Limo | '90 Jetta 8V | '96 VW LT35D | '03 SpintLT35 | '02 GTI 337 | '03 GTI 20v |
      | '09 Aprilia RS125 | '81 Kawasaki AR80 | '59 NSU Quickly | '64 Honda Cub C65 + '65 C105 | Trek Emonda SLR9 | Trek Crockett 9 |

    3. Moderator the brit's Avatar
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      06-03-2015 03:28 PM #3
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      | œ Orchid Euro Importation œ |

      Currently driving or working on too many cars...
      | '93 Fox 16v - PVW | '99 Greenland Polo Diesel | '89 Rallye Golf | '83 Golf GTi RHD | '75 Swallowtail |
      | '82 Caddy 1.9D | '85 VW LT Car Transporter | Mk2 Jetta Limo | '90 Jetta 8V | '96 VW LT35D | '03 SpintLT35 | '02 GTI 337 | '03 GTI 20v |
      | '09 Aprilia RS125 | '81 Kawasaki AR80 | '59 NSU Quickly | '64 Honda Cub C65 + '65 C105 | Trek Emonda SLR9 | Trek Crockett 9 |

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      06-03-2015 03:31 PM #4
      Update #1 is now live on the front page of VWVortex.com and can be seen right here.

      | œ Orchid Euro Importation œ |

      Currently driving or working on too many cars...
      | '93 Fox 16v - PVW | '99 Greenland Polo Diesel | '89 Rallye Golf | '83 Golf GTi RHD | '75 Swallowtail |
      | '82 Caddy 1.9D | '85 VW LT Car Transporter | Mk2 Jetta Limo | '90 Jetta 8V | '96 VW LT35D | '03 SpintLT35 | '02 GTI 337 | '03 GTI 20v |
      | '09 Aprilia RS125 | '81 Kawasaki AR80 | '59 NSU Quickly | '64 Honda Cub C65 + '65 C105 | Trek Emonda SLR9 | Trek Crockett 9 |

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      06-03-2015 03:38 PM #5
      Looking forward to updates!

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      06-03-2015 03:41 PM #6
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      06-03-2015 03:52 PM #8
      NOICE!!!!!

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      06-03-2015 03:56 PM #9
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      Oh hell yes, sub'd.
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      06-03-2015 03:56 PM #10
      Really, really, really looking forward to this.

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      06-03-2015 03:58 PM #11
      In for updates.

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      06-03-2015 04:03 PM #12
      You've got my attention. Will this be a passenger or cargo version?
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      06-03-2015 04:06 PM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by chucchinchilla View Post
      You've got my attention. Will this be a passenger or cargo version?
      I've given it some thought, and I've 99% settled on cargo version, but possibly with the addition of removable middle seats.
      | œ Orchid Euro Importation œ |

      Currently driving or working on too many cars...
      | '93 Fox 16v - PVW | '99 Greenland Polo Diesel | '89 Rallye Golf | '83 Golf GTi RHD | '75 Swallowtail |
      | '82 Caddy 1.9D | '85 VW LT Car Transporter | Mk2 Jetta Limo | '90 Jetta 8V | '96 VW LT35D | '03 SpintLT35 | '02 GTI 337 | '03 GTI 20v |
      | '09 Aprilia RS125 | '81 Kawasaki AR80 | '59 NSU Quickly | '64 Honda Cub C65 + '65 C105 | Trek Emonda SLR9 | Trek Crockett 9 |

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      06-03-2015 04:09 PM #14
      In! This should be a fun project.

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      06-03-2015 04:13 PM #15
      Do it.

      rynodyno312: Just curious, but what makes it a "controversial" engine?
      Fritz27: The LS7 made some anti-Semitic remarks back in 2008. Look it up.

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      Sold the fun cars. :(
      06-03-2015 04:23 PM #16
      Or lifted



      rynodyno312: Just curious, but what makes it a "controversial" engine?
      Fritz27: The LS7 made some anti-Semitic remarks back in 2008. Look it up.

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      06-03-2015 04:27 PM #17
      Subscribed. Love these "blank canvas" projects, this should be illuminating.
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      06-03-2015 04:37 PM #18
      Well, this is a bit different. Different is good, btw.

      Will it be a performance oriented build? AWD? Off-road capable? Inquiring minds want to know!
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      06-03-2015 04:43 PM #19
      I can look up anything you need to know

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      06-03-2015 04:56 PM #20
      Quote Originally Posted by VDub2625 View Post
      I can look up anything you need to know
      Rear spring leafs for the Maxi version please, if you're offering
      | œ Orchid Euro Importation œ |

      Currently driving or working on too many cars...
      | '93 Fox 16v - PVW | '99 Greenland Polo Diesel | '89 Rallye Golf | '83 Golf GTi RHD | '75 Swallowtail |
      | '82 Caddy 1.9D | '85 VW LT Car Transporter | Mk2 Jetta Limo | '90 Jetta 8V | '96 VW LT35D | '03 SpintLT35 | '02 GTI 337 | '03 GTI 20v |
      | '09 Aprilia RS125 | '81 Kawasaki AR80 | '59 NSU Quickly | '64 Honda Cub C65 + '65 C105 | Trek Emonda SLR9 | Trek Crockett 9 |

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      06-03-2015 04:58 PM #21
      I do wish I had the motivation/tools/space/money/talent to do fun things like this.

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      06-03-2015 05:01 PM #22
      Yes. Yessssssss. Yessssssssssssssss.


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      06-03-2015 05:03 PM #23
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      06-03-2015 05:06 PM #24
      Quote Originally Posted by the brit View Post
      Rear spring leafs for the Maxi version please, if you're offering
      I am guessing this would be based on a 2016 Caddy, there are choices for the rear:
      wheelbase 2682 or wheelbase 3002,
      front drive or 4motion,
      CNG (I'm guessing no),
      suspension / damping as standard
      Suspension / damping reinforced
      suspension / damping lowered

      and then once you decide THAT, there's another 40 decisions to be made

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      Awesome, subscribed. I need to come visit your shop sometime (I live not too far from it) - so many interesting projects/cars.

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