May 21, 2020 update to the Volkswagen Rabbit GTI project car

Project Rabbit GTI: Removing Nonessential Parts Like Broken Lamps and a Rusty Trailer Hitch

Story and Photography by Tim Suddard

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

And they were broken, too. 

After unbolting the lamps from the bumper, we removed the associated wiring and relays. Then we repaired the wiring harness. 

Next, we removed the rusty trailer hitch. This was just a bolt-on hitch, so it didn’t leave any permanent damage other than some easily filled holes. 

We also pulled the ’80s Hella sunroof visor–just two clips held it in place. We may reinstall later but, for now, it’s off. 

Someone had installed a Euro-spec front bumper. We replaced it with the proper stock one–just needed to paint and detail it. We tucked the bumpers, too.


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