Drive, Ignore or Burn: der Lastwagen versus Torakku

By K2 Mystery Car — In this installment of Drive, Ignore or Burn, we’re highlighting two car-based pick ‘em-ups. Whether you choose to drive, ignore or set aflame these interesting and/or repulsive vehicles is up to you. Make your feelings known in the comments!

Our first victim, I mean contestant is a 1983 VW Diesel Rabbit found here on eBay that’s been converted into a mini-truck. It features gorgeous green paint and a fabric sunroof. Here is the seller’s description:

1983 VW truck custom build, air ride suspension, Shaved door handles with electric door poppers, stretched to 12′ wheel base, used as many VW parts as possible, for that reason if anything needed replaced it was easily available. As seen in 2 of the pictures both strut towers have been raised by 2 1/2″ and reinforced as to give the truck a lower resting position when all air is out of the air struts. 

Sliding rag top, custom built tilt forward hood hinges, custom built rear bead cover, all metal, not plastic or vinyl, new carpet, recovered VW seats, new door panels made out of thin plastic and then covered with matching fabric. New Euro bumper up front, custom roll pan on the rear. Inside bed has been finished on the floor with a 1×1 frame work as to cover the air lines, and then covered with black speaker box material. The fuel cell is 8 gallon, moved that to the bed to make room for the 4 link suspension and air bags. 

When building this truck there was square tubing and boxed tubing used in any cavity as to reinforce the structure, all windows are VW, no special cut glass. There are some things that need to be finished, there is not a currently working stereo, head unit is in and I do have some other stereo equipment that will go with. 

The battery has been moved to bed as to help clean up the engine compartment some. The fuel gauge is not hooked up. I’m sure there are some other small things that I haven’t thought of. This truck does run and drive. This truck was not built for SPEED or PERFORMANCE, built just because I could. Thanks for checking it out. Serious inquires only PLEASE.

The seller also states that the “wiper motor needs mounted, rain tray needs finished off”. The mighty 1.5L diesel engine has approximately 123,456 miles on it, which just sounds made up (look at me, I can count my numbers!). Were they too busy to go out and check or is that another thing that’s been disconnected for a long while? It’s also too bad that we didn’t get any shots of the dash and the manual transmission. Like a Chevrolet SSR, this truck will haul nothing but groceries.

Do you drive it, ignore it or burn it to the ground!?!

Our second patient, ahem, candidate is a 1985 Dodge Colt found here on eBay that’s had a hatchdectomy. This seller is much less wordy in their description and it appears that the pictures were taken with a smartphone on a hot, humid summer day (aka they’re blurry or my eyes are getting worse).

Cute custom made Colt pickup, professionally done several years ago. It shows very well at 10 feet. Up close there are the normal minor flaws one would expect for a car of this age. The mileage is correct at 58,372. Since the customization, the car has always been stored in the winters. It has never been driven in the snow. Please contact me if you need more pictures of have any questions. Car is located in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area and has a clear title.

They also add that there’s “No rust, in great condition. Interior shows some sign of age and wear but very good for a 30 year old car.” This car also has a road-burning 1.5L four-banger, this time gasoline-powered and though the description wishes it was a manual transmission, it’s clearly an automatic. At least the bed actually looks like it could haul something (albeit a very light load) and the wood trimmed bed with wooden bows for the cover looks nice, if completely out of place. The vehicle title is listed as “Rebuilt, Rebuildable & Reconstructed” even though the seller claims otherwise.
Would you drive it, ignore it or burn it to the ground!?!

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