Fixing up the Little Things on Our Rabbit GTI

By Colin Wood
Jun 10, 2020 | Volkswagen, rabbit, GTI, Callaway

Sometimes, the most satisfying part of working on a project car isn't tackling the big stuff, but rather fixing up all the little things.

After our adventure to pick up our Callaway-turbocharged 1984 VW Rabbit GTI from Montana, we were pleasantly surprised to find that we had a pretty decent car on our hands—even if it was a little rough around the edges.

That's why, in our most recent update, we focused on fixing and restoring a few smaller items, like a broken hood latch and windows that struggled to roll up and down.

Head to Classic Motorsports to read about how we fixed up our GTI as well as how the turbocharged VW managed to find us (seriously).

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DirtyBird222 UberDork
6/10/20 4:30 p.m.

I find the little things to be the most satisfying. They show attention to detail and all tied together can make or break a restoration. 

I.e. my S2000s interior was in rough shape when I got it. I replaced the carpet, floormats, shift knob, shift boot, radio door, and steering wheel. Something seemed off and when I looked closer it was the radio and HVAC buttons that needed tending too. The interior is mint now. 

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