February 24, 2023 2 min read
Your name: Andrew Heller
Location: Bend, Oregon
Nickname: Ol’ Girl
Make & Model: Manual 1980 VW Rabbit
Critical dimensions for your bed platform:
Width (at narrowest point): 25"
Is this your daily driver or getaway car?
What do you like most about your rig?
Turbo noises and 40+ MPG
On your average weekend adventure, what is the gear set up you bring with you? How did you navigate gear storage needs into your rig set up?
Most of the storage is for snowboarding gear. The roof box made it a lot easier to stay organized. Having a diesel heater to dry things out is a game changer!
Any cool custom details you’re proud of?
1.6L mechanical turbo diesel swap and 7” lift on junkyard parts.
Coolest place you've taken your rig to?
Just got back from an awesome coast trip. Wheeling in the mountains around Cape Perpetua was so fun! The views up there are amazing.
Any projects in the pipeline to get your rig even more adventure ready?
About to get some 27” mud tires and softer springs up front for when it gets rowdy.
Biggest challenge in your build out?
Finding a way to make it cozy for my dog Rockford. He’s a big boy and I wanted to make sure we could both stretch out at night.
Tips for others looking to do the same to their vehicle?
Don’t have too rigid of a plan. Things will fall into place once you start building.
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