Recycled Hawtness: DIY VW Pickup on MKIV Jetta

MKIV Golf VW Pickup

We’ve been clamoring for a compact, diesel-engined pickup for years here at Gas 2. We lust heartily for Ford’s “forbidden fruit” Ford Ranger, which combines city-suitable dimensions with awesome, train-hauling power. We lusted after Volkswagen’s sexy, European Amarok. We’re waiting to see what happens with GM’s upcoming diesel compact pickups, but even so – what we really want is something a bit smaller still. Something like the Jetta wagon-based VW pickup shown here that, with VW’s existing TDi dirvetrain, should be good for over 50 mpg!

The tiny truck – or “ute” in Australian/car-guy parlance – is based on the MKIV version of the Golf/Jetta twins, and was gutted, cutted, and welded into its current form by UK-MKIVs forum member Stancer back in 2011. It looks like the little truck is still on the road, however. Likely as not, it’s turning heads wherever it goes. I know the little VW pickup would turn heads here in Chicago, at any rate!

You can head on over to the original build-thread and surf through all 672 posts (as of this writing) on your own, or just check out a few of my favorite VW pickup conversion pics, below. Enjoy!

 

VW Jetta Pickup

VW Jetta Pickup

VW Jetta Pickup

VW Jetta Pickup

VW Jetta Pickup

VW Jetta Pickup

VW Jetta Pickup

Source | Photos: UK-MKIVs.net, via Build Threads, I Love Bass.

 

Jo Borrás

I've been in the auto industry 1997, and write for a number of blogs in the IM network. You can also find me on Twitter, at my Volvo fansite, or chasing my kids around Oak Park, IL.