Jetta Smyth Ute Conversion spotted at salvage yard (Maryland)

hskrdu

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Was a bit surprised to see this Jetta Ute conversion at a salvage yard (LKQ in Edgewood, MD). By the time I took these pics, it had been stripped, but the original pictures from LKQ show it was fairly complete, and the interior was quite nice (hard to believe by the time I saw it). Given the cost of the conversion kit, something else must have gone quite wrong for it to end up here (?) instead of sold off as a project. I'm not as good anymore at recognizing non-TDI engines, but it looks like it has a 2.slow installed....but what is that in the truck bed? Sad sight....

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JDSwan87

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2001 Jetta TDI, 5 speed Lagoon Blue Metallic(sold); 2005 Jetta TDI Wagon auto
That's a shame!
The engine in the bed appears to be an ALH based on the injection pump and hard injector lines.
 

hskrdu

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I feel like I know should know VAG engines better, but I'm so used to seeing the same ALH in it's context, that I didn't know what I was seeing in the Ute bed. It didn't seem set up like a 2.slow, but isn't the oil filter in the wrong place for an ALH (or maybe it's not sitting at the right angle)?
 

jmodge

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2001 alh Jetta, RC2 5speed daily commuter and 2000 alh Jetta 5spd swap, 2" lift, hitch, stage 3 TDtuning w/502's backroad cruiser
Looks like something that could have been a remnant of a divorce
 

AGTDI

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or a cause of a divorce....

Whenever i see a cool half completed project....divorce is one of my first thoughts.

Still on first wife.
 

jmodge

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or a cause of a divorce....

Whenever i see a cool half completed project....divorce is one of my first thoughts.

Still on first wife.
Exactly what I was thinking, spending too much time on projects can lead to losing the wife AND the projects
 
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