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Date Listed 16-Feb-17
Address Kingston, ON K7L4V3
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Canadian Ute
Smyth Performance Truck Kit
"Everything you need but the VW Jetta/Golf 4 door"
- fits VW Jetta/Golf 99-04

"Very few cars make the driver and those they pass light up with a smile and flash a thumbs up. The Smyth truck kit is just that...a perfect mix of fun, fast and function." -Mark Smith

The Smyth Performance Truck Kit includes:
- Fiberglass left and right quarter panels
- Fiberglass rear window surround
- Rear slider window
- Steel .120 steel roof/b pillar reinforcements
- Aluminum inner structural bed sides Aluminum Aluminum corrugated bed floor sections 1/8" thick
- Steel OEM tailgate with all hinges and latches
- Tail light asssemblies and wiring/bulbs
- Center fiberglass rear roll pan/bumper cover
- Plexiglass rear quarter windows
- Stainless and zinc plated fasteners
- Inner carpet rear section trim

EASY Assembly
Aluminum Bed
Heavy Duty Steel Tailgate
Fiberglass Body Panels
NO Welding Required

Inexpensive, small pickup trucks used to be everywhere in North America. Datsuns,Toyotas, the Subaru Brat or even the 80’s Volkswagen Caddy based on the Golf, have all pretty much all disappeared. But if you're willing to pick up some tools to build your own - you can now bringing the Caddy back with the Smyth Performance Truck Kit for the MKIV VW Jetta and Golf.

The Ute
Mark Smith spent the past two decades in the DIY business, having co-founded Local Motors and what would eventually become Factory Five Racing. Smith found himself using a Ford truck around the shop and realized that a large American truck doesn’t make much sense for everyday tasks like running to Home Depot for a box of nails and a few 2x4s. After all, not everyone needs to haul a ton of cinder blocks to a job site or tow a 10,000 lb boat to the lake house every day.

Unlike the usual complicated kit car build, the Jetta/Golf 4 door based Smyth ute is more like a few weekends. Even amateurs should be able to take their time and nail it in a month.

It arrives in three large boxes containing fiberglass exterior panels, a fiberglass rear window surround, a sliding rear window, an aluminum reinforced bed with a tubular steel subframe, taillights, and a fully functioning steel tailgate, along with sundry other parts. The conversion retains all the stock suspension, rear bumper and gas tank location. Load capacity is about 750 lbs without suspension or braking upgrades.

It takes just a few cuts with a Sawzall to remove the unwanted body panels from the donor VW. Drop in the load bed, slap on the fiberglass panels, tighten a few bolts and you’re done!

Fuel stops become conversations about your 45 mpg diesel small truck, or your VR6 turbo custom mill, or your 300 horse 1.8T Ute.
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