1984 Volkswagen Rabbit GTI

1984 Volkswagen Rabbit GTI

Not just an A1-chassis VW Rabbit GTI–the quintessential hot hatch–but one turbocharged by Callaway.

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Oct 12, 2020
Project VW Rabbit GTI: Fixing the Odometer

Our 1984 VW Rabbit GTI now ran properly thanks to a new turbo and a CIS injection tune-up, but now we had a smaller problem on our hands: the odometer ...

Oct 2, 2020
Project Rabbit GTI: A New Turbo for Our Callaway Setup

Was an exhaust leak in our 1984 VW Rabbit GTI just a rusted-out downpipe, or something more serious? There was only one way to find out.

Sep 18, 2020
Project Rabbit GTI: Repairing and Rejuvenating Our Bosch CIS Injection

Our Callaway-turbocharged VW Rabbit GTI now looked good, but we still needed to get it running again.

Sep 2, 2020
Project Rabbit GTI: Deferred Maintenance

Sure, there wasn't too much wrong with our 1984 VW Rabbit GTI, but that didn't mean it was perfect. In fact, there were some deferred maintenance issues to deal with.

Aug 25, 2020
Project Rabbit GTI: Rebuilding the Rear Brakes

Even though the rear brakes shows were in decent shape, our GTI still had a noisy wheel bearing and a leaking rear wheel brake cylinder.

Aug 14, 2020
Project Rabbit GTI: Tucking the Bumpers for a Sleeker Look

We tucked the stock U.S.-spec bumpers on our 1984 Volkswagen Rabbit GTI to make them a little less intrusive.

Aug 12, 2020
Project Rabbit GTI: Addressing Rust Spots While Preserving the Original Paint

Fixing rust usually involves a bit of cutting and welding, but we needed to go a different route to better preserve the original paint on our Volkswagen Rabbi GTI

Jul 31, 2020
Project VW Rabbit GTI: We Need A Partner, So Enter Techtonics Tuning

Even though the body and interior of our 1984 Volkswagen Rabbit GTI were both solid as could be, we still faced plenty of deferred maintenance plus some mechanical repairs.

Jul 8, 2020
Project VW Rabbit GTI: Preserving the Original Paint With Some Detailing

Before we started to spend serious time and money on our Callaway turbocharged VW Rabbit GTI, we wanted to give it an initial detail.

Jun 10, 2020
Project Rabbit GTI: Fixing and Restoring Little Things, Like the Bumpers, Lights, Hood Latch and Window

Sure, we got rid of some broken and rusty bits, but our 1984 VW Rabbit GTI still needed a lot of work.

May 21, 2020
Project Rabbit GTI: Removing Nonessential Parts Like Broken Lamps and a Rusty Trailer Hitch

Those driving lights had to go. We have nothing against add-on lamps, but these were too big, too close to center.

May 12, 2020
Project Rabbit GTI: Did We Buy a Gem or a Lemon?

Upon taking possession of our 1984 Volkswagen Rabbit GTI–one turbocharged by Callaway–we towed it back home. Then, finally, we could put it on the lift and see what we had ...

May 11, 2020
Project Rabbit GTI: Time to Retrieve a Car via Another Road Trip Adventure

We found a 1984 Volkswagen Rabbit GTI turbocharged by Callaway. One small catch: The car sat more than 2500 miles away. And had been sitting for years.

Apr 3, 2020
Project Rabbit GTI: Finding a Survivor That’s Been Turbocharged by Callaway

After writing a report on these cool little cars early last summer, we received a letter from a reader offering up his 1984 Rabbit GTI. There was one bit of ...

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