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TDI Conversions Discussions on converting non TDIs into TDIS. More general items can be answered better in other sections. This is ideal for issues that don't have an overlap and are very special to swaping engines.

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Old August 1st, 2014, 10:30   #46
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I very much like what I see. I might not sell that extra Jetta I have in back after all.
I have six questions:
1) Are all the parts you mentioned in the first list included? Meaning, I don't need to go chasing a tailgate or rear window, do I?
2) How has access to the fuel tank changed?
3) Is the full rearward travel of the seats retained?
4) What are the dimensions of the cargo area?
5) If I come pick up the parts myself, how many trips to pack it in the back of a Golf?
6) Will the kit accomodate a 2-dr Golf?
Hi again guys! Sorry for the delay work and life gets in the way!
1. Yes, all the parts needed for the build are included. The only stuff you'll need to source that I can think of will be windshield adhesive and other easy to find materials.
2. Access to the fuel tank has not changed. The evaporative emissions system really needed to be kept in one piece so that the truck can still easily pass inspections. To get at the tank:
Remove 8 fasteners.
Loosen 4 fasteners.
Pull piece of aluminum bed out.
Remove fuel tank access panel.
Profit!

3. The cap behind the door is made precisely for this purpose. The seat goes back as far as it went before. Naturally, the seat will have to be fairly upright when it is in that position, but not uncomfortably so. With the seat all the way back and the steering wheel all the way forward, there are 32" between the headrest and the top of the steering wheel.

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5. Good question. If you remove the front passenger seat, maybe two trips. If you bring a small utility trailer, one trip. We will be making the molds next week. We have at least a month of work left before we will be shipping complete truck kits.
6. The 2-door Golf question comes up a lot. The 2-door would be a cool project, but we spent a lot of time mocking it up and we were not able to make the proportions of the 2-door to look good. With a shorter bed and longer doors, the 2-door Golf really looks 'cute'. That's not to say that someone else couldn't do a better job.
You would be signing up for significant custom modifications to our fiberglass body and to the subframe we provide. Mount points would need to be cut off and moved. Gutters under the bed may need modification. However, buying our kit would get a custom builder MUCH closer to completing a 2-door truck than if he were to start from scratch. If the goal is AWD, it might be a lot easier to find the components in a junkyard and swap them into a 4-door shell. The kit is a weekend build with a 4-door, but probably a couple months of hard work if you start with a 2-door.
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Old August 1st, 2014, 10:45   #47
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We have new pictures of the UTE prototype! We will soon be making molds and going full production.







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Old August 1st, 2014, 17:07   #48
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That thing looks FACTORY!! AWESOME!!!
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Old August 4th, 2014, 11:40   #49
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Welcome back, Manny!

Everything looks good. I appreciate the candor in your answers. From everything I see, it appears I will just need to convince myself to pull the trigger at this point...

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Old August 4th, 2014, 11:42   #50
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Wow. This looks really good. I used to have a black 83 pickup, so reminds me totally of that. Pickup from back in the day:



Just so I'm clear and sorry if I missed it...the donor is a Jetta sedan or is it a wagon? The reason I ask is that it's about 100x easier to find a cheap donor sedan around here than wagon.

Thanks!

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Just so I'm clear and sorry if I missed it...the donor is a Jetta sedan or is it a wagon? The reason I ask is that it's about 100x easier to find a cheap donor sedan around here than wagon.

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Any 4-door Jetta or Golf from 1999-2004 will work. The Jetta Wagon should work, but of course they are 'rare' and so it is unlikely that many folks will actually cut those up.
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Old August 5th, 2014, 16:19   #52
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I have a MKIV wagon that I have no intention of cutting up, but I wanted to chime in to say that this kit looks GREAT! I'm really impressed, and can't wait to see customer pictures when TDIClub members get ahold of these!

Keep up the good work!
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Just wanted to say congrats on the autoblog publicity.

http://www.autoblog.com/photos/smyth...ta-ute-pickup/
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Old August 7th, 2014, 06:06   #54
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Manny,

Wow, that looks incredible. Has me contemplating doing some very wrong things to my fine Jetta sedan. (or at least, now I can never sell it, and someday this WILL happen - please don't ever go out of business/production)

I know you said you expect the curb weight to drop a bit, but any figures on that yet?

I see the sunroof is retained on your prototype car. Can it still tilt open? Is it easy to disable the sliding opening of it? I presume you had to ditch the sliding shade/cover?

Is there any usable storage behind the front seats in your cab? Too bad the recline feature is that f&*ckin stiff twist-knob. (maybe 2-dr seats would work better?)

And just note from your marketing standpoint - there are a lot of us out here who despise facebook and try not to use it. You guys need to post regular updates on a blog site within your website!
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Old August 7th, 2014, 06:38   #55
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Thanks, guys!

We also had a little writeup on Motor Trend and GAS2
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Wow, that looks incredible. Has me contemplating doing some very wrong things to my fine Jetta sedan. (or at least, now I can never sell it, and someday this WILL happen - please don't ever go out of business/production)

I know you said you expect the curb weight to drop a bit, but any figures on that yet?
About 100lbs lighter, but we are still working on our manufacturing/tooling so we are not sure of the exact weight of the truck built with all production pieces. Our prototype is heavy with the extra materials needed to get the shapes right.

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I see the sunroof is retained on your prototype car. Can it still tilt open? Is it easy to disable the sliding opening of it? I presume you had to ditch the sliding shade/cover?
The sunroof can still tilt open, but it cannot slide back. We are still looking for a solution to keep it from sliding back. I haven't had time to investigate whether the controls go. Since the key can shut the sunroof, I am hoping we will be able to reflash hardware. Worse case, there is probably some way to mechanically modify the knob so that it is physically restrained or disconnected from sliding in those positions.
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Is there any usable storage behind the front seats in your cab? Too bad the recline feature is that f&*ckin stiff twist-knob. (maybe 2-dr seats would work better?)
There won't be much storage behind the seats unless you're short! If I remember correctly, you are on the tall side, right?
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And just note from your marketing standpoint - there are a lot of us out here who despise facebook and try not to use it. You guys need to post regular updates on a blog site within your website!
It's not a bad idea for us to have a feed that at least copies our Facebook posts to a non Facebook site. I'll look into a non-FB update solution.
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Eh, not too tall (5'11"). Looking at your cab, I'm not too worried about comfort - looks great.

Shouldn't there just be a wire up by the sunroof control switch one could clip to prevent the rear sliding operation? Or is there a chip controlling the sunroof motor? I have no idea how that contraption works, haha.

I forgot another important question though! What about trailer hitch compatibility? If I were to turn my sedan into a UTE, I'd for sure be wanting to tow small utility trailers around. Looking at your pics, it seems that an OEM hitch would do no good at all. Are you guys working on a custom solution? A 2" receiver hitch would be the cats a$$.
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I forgot another important question though! What about trailer hitch compatibility? If I were to turn my sedan into a UTE, I'd for sure be wanting to tow small utility trailers around. Looking at your pics, it seems that an OEM hitch would do no good at all. Are you guys working on a custom solution? A 2" receiver hitch would be the cats a$$.
Perhaps behind the rear license plate? It could be on a hinge to flip it down out of the way.
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We are going to be busy making the truck kit a reality for a little while. For the first year or so we do this truck kit there will be very few if any accessories.

Once our kits are rolling out the door without effort, we will start on making accessories a major part of our business!

We're also going to be doing a 5th wheel hitch for a custom trailer. Stay tuned!

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