Volksamino – 2006 VW Jetta UTE Pickup

Using a Smyth Performance kit, I converted a 4 door VW turbo-diesel Jetta into a VW UTE as they call them in Australia or Volks-amino as I call it.

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The tailgate is from a 2001 Ford Ranger.  The tail lights from a 2002 Ford Explorer.

IMG_6402Starting with this pristine 2006 Jetta without a scratch on it.  Get out the Saws-all and…


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What have you done to my car?

IMG_6449Rear quarters are fiberglass as is the rear window surround.  The bed and core structure are heavy gauge aluminum.

IMG_0003Very functional bed.

IMG_0005The finished product – a 45 MPG turbo diesel pickup with a 600 mile range.

 

 

Rusty 33 – 1933 Ford Mid-engine Pickup

1933 Ford pickup with supercharged 2.0 Chevy Ecotec engine mounted behind the cab.  Up front, the firewall is moved 18" forward to accomodate a tall driver while leaving room under the hood for the gas tank and battery.
1933 Ford pickup with supercharged 2.0 Chevy Ecotec engine mounted behind the cab. Up front, the firewall is moved 18″ forward to accommodate a tall driver while leaving room under the hood for the gas tank and battery.

IMG_3409Frame finished, engine mounted, and C5 Corvette based front suspension in.

IMG_3763Showing transverse mounted 2.0 L supercharged Ecotec engine, cantilevered shocks, and 3″ SS exhaust system.  The engine makes 315 HP at the flywheel.

FiaUp front is the gas tank and battery.  The firewall is 18″ forward to make room for tall driver and big feet.  The truck is made from 5 different trucks – frame from one, radiator shell from one, cowl and doors from one, roof and back section from one, and the bed from a Model A.

IMG_4065In front of Sid’s getting proper tonnneau cover made.

IMG_4071Engine graphics on right side are picture of Mike Fazio’s small block Chevy. Graphics on left side are Ron Madariaga’s Ford flat head.

IMG_5143Heading onto the autocross course at Goodguy’s in June 2017.  With 315 HP and 2000 lb. weight, the little sucker scoots.