Owning one VW pickup would be cool enough, but having two parked at home is something else. David Milan, owner and operator of Petrol Films based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, cherishes both of his VWs. The green diesel, affectionately named "Barry" is the old man work truck, which currently serves as the company/production vehicle. David says, "I plan to put a long boom out the back to shoot car commercial style sequences for my clients." Now, "Bailey" the black, gas-powered Caddy, is definitely the more pampered of the two trucks. "I just wanted to build a truck that fit the classic VW look—simple, clean, lowered with stretched rubber, and all the classic MK1 VW parts. There are so many directions you can go when building a truck, it's been nice to have two and build them completely different from each other."
As you may have already guessed, David is a Volkswagen nut. There's no doubt about that. He even admits, "I think the only reason anyone could affiliate me with the minitruck scene is because I have a miniature truck, well, two of them. I'm new to it all, but I love the amount of work that goes into the trucks." And David doesn't care if his trucks aren't 100-percent finished yet—both are under construction, and both get driven pretty hard. "I like to drive my trucks, even if they aren't done. Proof in point, Barry had a blown head gasket for the last year. I like to enjoy as I go." And the best thing about David's outlook on enjoyment is that he keeps his trucks running for others to get in on the action as well. At shows, David will set up the Petrol Films tent, air down the green company truck, and throw a legless foosball table in the bed for anybody at the show to walk up and play a game or two—rain or shine. "Building this truck in particular has been awesome, I've learned so much about rear linkage and airbag systems."
Owner: David Milan
Ride: 981 Volkswagen Caddy Diesel LX
Hometown: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Club: Club Vee Dub
13x5 MK1 powdercoated steelies
'Bag over strut
Cut leaf springs and ratchet strap
Stock with poly bushings
Canadian Tire special
Body Mods: Handmade roll pan, rear bumper delete
Bolt-ons: Plastic front euro bumper
Performed By: Owner
Brand & Colors: Original VW Green
Misc.: C-Max Auto Parts Yellow, light yellow, orange, brown, Home Depot red
Performed By: Joe from Dublu
Copper plated door pins and window cranks
1.9TD engine swap soon
Special Thanks From Owner
"Thanks to Joe (Dublu Inc.) for the wicked paint, Jim (Calgary Powdercoatings) for the goodies, and most of all to Lee for being an awesome wifey and helping in the garage, you rock!