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Thread: 1980 Volkswagen Dasher Diesel Estate (B1 Passat)

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    Default 1980 Volkswagen Dasher Diesel Wagon (B1 Passat Variant)

    Long winded introduction and my B3 thread are here.

    After my foray into the B3 chassis went past the point of no return, I found myself researching the Passat marque as far into the ends of the Internet as I could. Information on older Passats is scarce, and modified B1 and B2 chassis Passats are very few and far between. The B1 Passat is called a "Dasher" in North America and was available from 1974-1977. There is a facelift version from 1978-1981 that borrows from MK1 Scirocco styling. From 1979-1981 there was also a diesel model (barely) powered by the early 1.5/1.6L VW diesel motors.

    Could I possibly find a Dasher diesel variant in good condition 34+ years from the time they were on the market? Seemed like a unicorn combination, and highly unlikely. True to my nature of somehow always falling for the seemingly unobtainable, I threw a Hail Mary Craigslist alert for "dasher diesel" and went about toiling away on the B3.

    Months of CL spam later, this popped up:

    Despite the concise ad that I would normally pass on, I immediately contacted the seller. I had a feeling. After some tense hours in wait I finally got him on the phone. I asked him if it was a wagon, and it was a wrap from there:



    I picked her up from my new friend Robert the next night and had the most terrifying drive home (broken brake booster and no exhaust), but couldn't be more excited. Now I am officially that guy with the obscure Passat wagons.
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    First order of business was an in depth wash and detail to really establish a starting point, and decide how far I want to take this. She cleaned up well...real well.


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    Front detail:












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    Rear detail:














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    And the rest:














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    Spent a good portion of the day tracking down some proper OEM spec wheel studs, and jacked her up to start figuring out what the hell I'm going to do with the oddball B1 suspension.









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    Then this happened...because why not?



    Actually, because no one wants to buy these Rotiforms from me! Even though she looks like a monster truck, with a 205/35 tire the wheel circumference would be nearly correct. Purists calm down before you type...the final build will not be on 17s I assure you.

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    consider me interested.
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    i would like to c you pull off some 17's tho (maybe not those, but...)

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    That thing needs some cut springs or a proper coilover setup.

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    This is awesome. My uncle had a POS dasher back in the day. He got drunk and crashed it into a motel room (literally, into the room). Like a proper dasher owner should!

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    Would be interested, as mentioned, whether you could get 17s to work...

    But yeah, not those haha
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    Uhm 13,000 miles is all? Hard to believe, sweet score, I'm subbed

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    Quote Originally Posted by floatingdino View Post
    consider me interested.

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    Quote Originally Posted by P78 View Post
    i would like to c you pull off some 17's tho (maybe not those, but...)
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    Would be interested, as mentioned, whether you could get 17s to work...

    But yeah, not those haha
    I'll be able to fit anything from 13-17 when I'm done...the tire just gets progressively lower profile. Considering drivability and aesthetics, I will probably end up in the 15-16 range though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lunik View Post
    That thing needs some cut springs or a proper coilover setup.
    Don't worry it's not like it can get any higher

    There are both short term and long term suspension plans already in motion. Any modification to B1 suspension bits takes a lot of measuring, sourcing and praying for parts that don't exist to appear, and a bit of welding...so I'll have to be patient.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikey G View Post
    This is awesome. My uncle had a POS dasher back in the day. He got drunk and crashed it into a motel room (literally, into the room). Like a proper dasher owner should!
    LOL...hopefully this one won't end up in a motel room!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MercTastic View Post
    Uhm 13,000 miles is all? Hard to believe, sweet score, I'm subbed
    I was suspicious too, but look at the far right side of the ad: 130,000*

    Still not bad for a properly taken care of diesel from 1980. At a certain point in this project mileage may be irrelevant...

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    Looks really high and dorky, can't wait to see this thing slammed onto ground.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Semu View Post
    Looks really high and dorky, can't wait to see this thing slammed onto ground.
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    This makes me wish i had a number close to 13000 on my odometer next to the amazing price paid for my car but you win some and lose some i guess. Great buy!!!

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    shit just noticed it was really 130k i really need to pay attention before i post things hahaha
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    that......is....a...car you dont see everyday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robitussin View Post
    This makes me wish i had a number close to 13000 on my odometer next to the amazing price paid for my car but you win some and lose some i guess. Great buy!!!

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    shit just noticed it was really 130k i really need to pay attention before i post things hahaha
    Haha I felt the same, but like I said before 13k or 130k...still a good deal on this vintage diesel motor. That motor may or may not be in the car much longer though!
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    1993 VW B3V-VR6
    1994 MB W124 E320

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikey G View Post
    ... crashed it into a motel room (literally, into the room)...
    I don't know why but I'm dying at the thought of this


    OP, this is a cool little car. Might just be me that doesn't know, but what's that .. contraption on the spring? That bracket-looking thing?

    Anyway, good luck. Can't wait to see what you do to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by _e90 View Post
    I don't know why but I'm dying at the thought of this


    OP, this is a cool little car. Might just be me that doesn't know, but what's that .. contraption on the spring? That bracket-looking thing?

    Anyway, good luck. Can't wait to see what you do to it.
    Not my doing, but I'm guessing some attempt at stiffening up the rear springs. Can't say it's doing much lol.
    Current:
    1966 VW Type 1
    1993 VW B3V-VR6
    1994 MB W124 E320

    Sold:
    1980 MB W123 240D
    1980 VW MK1-1.6TD
    1980 VW B1V-1.5D
    1999 MB W202 C43 AMG

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