[Vwdiesel] rabbits available

Shalyn Shourds sshourds at flash.net
Wed Feb 9 21:46:45 EST 2005

I have, for the past several years, been storing a couple of Rabbit 
Diesels in a barn in Southern Indiana.  Last time I called my 
grandfather, who still lives on that farm, someone had been going 
through and stealing everything in that barn.  Assuming that they 
haven't gotten to the Rabbits yet (they did steal an anvil), I probably 
ought to offer them to the list.  I'm not realistically going to use 
them and would rather someone on list get some use out of them instead 
of some meth addict stealing metal for drugs.  

In storage since 1994: 1978 4 door Wolfburg Rabbit with a later 1.6 
engine.  I believe its injection pump is here in Texas, but that could 
probably be located and included.  I'll have to see.  It was driven to 
where it's parked, but that was a long time ago.  The engine used a 
quart every 350 miles, but it started religiously and probably just had 
valve stem leaks.  Body survived a few Chicago winters and so will have 
some rust but no holes as I recall and no dents of note.  Tranny was 
pretty rough--synchros were gone, though it was still drivable. 

In storage since about 1997: 1980 2 door 1.5L Westmoreland Rabbit 
upgraded to a 5 speed FF transmission.  My first car, and I think I only 
kept it for vague sentimental reasons.  Again, the classic "running when 
parked".  Ran well, though it had had the usual wiring issues after a 
windshield leak ate the fuse block.  Now that I'm older and smarter, I 
could fix it back fairly quickly, but at the time....  No significant 
body damage though both of the jack points were soft enough to deform 
when I tried to use them to lift the car.  It should still have all the 
parts on it, though it's hard to say if any have been stolen. 

It's been a long time since I gave either car a hard look so I can't 
guarantee conditions.  I should be able to come up with titles for both. 

The closest city of consequence is Owensboro, KY.  The cars are on the 
Indiana side a few miles.  If you want, contact me for more details and 
we can negotiate prices, arrangments, etc.  I will not be able to 
provide parts, sorry.  I'm a thousand miles away so all I can provide is 
someone to escort you around the place which is very important these 
days.  My brother-in-law went up there alone one time and my uncle came 
running out of the barn with a cocked flintlock.  Theft can make you 
paranoid.  I'm about to join him pretty soon, though I'll probably have 
my caplock :)


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