VW Caddy Project Pt.12
VW Caddy Project Pt.12

VW Caddy Project Pt.12

The air shocks installed in our Pt.10 update are great, but having to visit the nearby gas station to use their air compressor to raise up the rear end of our Caddy for heavy hardware store hauls quickly became inconvenient. Within a couple of weeks of that install the AirLift Air Shock Controller Kit sitting in our Amazon.com wish list was added to the shopping cart and delivered in two days. The following weekend we were back at Mark’s place for help with the install.


It was determined that the mounting location of the air pressure gauge panel would require inverting the gauge.


Mark mounted the gauge panel within reach of the driver’s seat, just below the heater box. This is a temporary location until a plan is in place for the dash and/or carpet.


The compressor was mounted beneath the bed and just behind the fuel tank to help keep water from splashing directly on it.


Once the compressor was wired up we were in business with rear ride height adjustment at a press of a button. Many thanks to Mark for his attention to detail and a clean install. (We eventually ended up buying a new air compressor for the garage anyway, but that wouldn’t have prevented this from happening when it did.)


An “SR Track Truck Bed Tie-Down System” was also sourced from Amazon.com and was a necessary addition for securing loads in the bed of the Caddy. The installation required nothing more than a few measurements and some drilling and was accomplished in 10-minutes. Unfortunately we aren’t too happy with how unevenly the “corrosion-free” anodized finish is fading between the 4 pieces after only a week of being installed. We’ll let that go until we start to think more about the Caddy’s exterior.



Next up was addressing that sticky mess of glue and leftover carpet caked up and down each door sill.


A Saturday afternoon was spent with a bottle of Goo Gone and a metal scraper.


After applying much elbow grease we are happy to see the majority of that nastiness gone.




The new seats will have to come back out for the remainder of nastiness left under them but the majority of it is done. We suspect the rest of the year will be spent locating and addressing leaks as we head deeper into our wet Fall and Winter weather. We’ll see what else happens between now and our next update.

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