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    Thread: New Project Thread! 1979 4door rabbit

    1. Member Rockmonky's Avatar
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      06-23-2011 12:18 AM #1


      these are the craigslist pics

      I just bought her today.
      1979 1.5L 71hp
      4 door red on red
      91k orig miles!

      super clean on the inside, the exterior needs a good buffing.. runs like a champ, did the 2+ hour drive home like it was nothing. meanwhile, i started making a list of things i need to fix...

      one headlight out
      turn signals not working
      fan knob sticks in 'full blast' position
      radio needs to go back to stock
      side mirrors falling off a little
      shift boot is ripped in two..
      could use a shifter rebushing

      thats all i've found for now!
      I'll have more pictures tomorrow once i go out and clean her up.

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      06-23-2011 12:24 AM #2
      Wow! That looks like a real find! Nicely done!

      Now sell it to me.....

      Keep 'er clean!
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      06-23-2011 12:31 AM #3
      I remember seeing that CL ad seems like at least six or seven months ago & was wondering when someone would scoop it up. Looks real nice. Are those hoodpins though? Interior pics please...I'm always up for some lipstick red "porn".

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      06-23-2011 01:42 AM #4
      Saw this car when it first popped up. Good luck, hope there's not a bunch of problems

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      06-23-2011 03:33 PM #5
      made some progress on first day of ownership.. started off with a bath...



      then drove up the canyon for a quick photo shoot







      Under the ugly covers hid some beautifully clean seats!






      thats right, 92k orig miles




      time to take it back to stock....



      took out some mounting unit for satellite radio, found an ashtray in the hatch...




      it seems that i'm missing a piece.

      got the orig. radio back in, not hooked up yet, the wires were all spliced to feed the aftermarket head unit.



      ran into this later on,




      More to come, lots of work to be done.

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      06-23-2011 03:52 PM #6
      oh hell yes. how long has it been since you were with us again. so happy for you.
      too bad you arent out here any more. we got a full shop going on.
      NOW SLAM IT!

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      06-23-2011 08:36 PM #7
      Quote Originally Posted by kingco.kreuzer View Post
      oh hell yes. how long has it been since you were with us again. so happy for you.
      too bad you arent out here any more. we got a full shop going on.
      NOW SLAM IT!
      What he said!

      Also, grats.

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      06-23-2011 09:36 PM #8
      Frickin clean Jon, not sure about all this 'Stock' talk but each to their own. I'll start a thread for my Caddy tonight or tomorrow.
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    9. 06-23-2011 10:44 PM #9
      WOW totally jealous, love the car, and really really respect the fact that you're working on putting it back to it's original niceness

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      06-24-2011 03:42 PM #10
      thanks for all the love

      just placed another parts order, on the way to me :

      Bentley Manual

      Valve Cover Gasket
      K&N Air Filter
      4x Eurosport Spark Plug Wires
      Shifter Rebuild Kit
      4x Spark Plug (Bosch)

      Door Handle Seals (8 pieces)
      Hazard Warning; Flasher/Turn Signal Relay
      2x 16" Bosch wiper blades
      Interior Light assembly
      2x Hatch Shock/strut

      More updates as this progresses!

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      06-25-2011 08:59 AM #11
      more parts coming, couldn't pass up the steering refresh kit/ what a deal!

      Tie Rod Ends (2)
      Ball Joint Kit (2)
      Front Control Arm Bushings (rear) (2)
      Front Control Arm Bushings (front) (2)


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      06-25-2011 12:38 PM #12
      Gotta love the red interior!
      Quote, originally posted by deathhare:

      ...rabbit's are not a sport, they're a way of life, you know, a hobby. It's a way of looking at that rabbit and saying, "Hey bud, let's party!"

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      07-01-2011 04:29 PM #13
      made some progress lately, but have more issues than i used to.

      The hatch strut was not working, and kept falling down on me while i was digging through my toolbox..


      so i replaced the strut, happy day


      the door handle seals were a bit worn, so i started replacing them, got one side of the car done..

      Before:



      After:



      more to come!

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      07-01-2011 04:47 PM #14
      Quote Originally Posted by Rockmonky View Post
      ran into this later on,



      I know that R. There are sooo many Red R32's in colorado. 500 my ass.

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      07-05-2011 03:19 PM #15


      new parts!

      still more in the mail

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      07-06-2011 10:54 AM #16
      That canyon drive looks like Big Thompson Canyon. Are you in FoCo? I moved out of Loveland 2 years ago and know that area like the back of my hand!

      Nice Rabbit! Mine is actually still in Northern Colorado in a storage unit. I should be rescuing it within the next 4-5 months.
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      07-06-2011 10:56 AM #17
      stupid jealous of that interior.

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      07-07-2011 02:40 PM #18
      MattRabbit

      That canyon drive looks like Big Thompson Canyon. Are you in FoCo? I moved out of Loveland 2 years ago and know that area like the back of my hand!
      It's Boulder canyon (i'm in boulder).. i'm sure it looks similar tho

      floridabmx

      stupid jealous of that interior.
      thanks
      i'm thinking about breaking the red up with some tan leather... maybe not though, possibly some mk1 GTI red seats? (i'm not too stoked on non-bolstered seats)

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      07-07-2011 02:41 PM #19
      inspiration







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      08-01-2011 11:24 PM #21
      No real updates to speak of, besides the road trip.

      did almost 3500 miles over 10 days or so, and the car did awesome. didn't lose a drop of oil or coolant. ran out of gas once, but it was our fault..

      from boulder, took 90 to seattle, took a trip to portland, and came back through yellowstone. a lot of driving.

      took a couple of pics along the way






      stopped at a junkyard in spokane and picked up a pair of smoked tails, a washer fluid res., oem black drivers mirror. pics to come

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      08-17-2011 03:19 PM #23
      no real updates, took her up to Rock Mountain Natl Park yesterday, climbed longs peak. saw this church on the way home, took a shot.

      Just taking trips all over the place, having so much fun, running so good!


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      08-17-2011 03:46 PM #24
      did you get a proffesional buffer to get the paint shining again?

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      08-17-2011 10:35 PM #25
      did you get a proffesional buffer to get the paint shining again?
      nope! we've given a once-ove with a scratch and swirl remover. the paint really needs some help... it looks much better than when we bought it though!

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      09-25-2011 08:53 PM #26
      rolling rabbit
      Last edited by Rockmonky; 09-25-2011 at 08:56 PM.

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      09-26-2011 12:38 AM #27
      no argument




      oh, btw

      pics of engine bay!!
      or take your beautiful colorado mountain scenes and sell them

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      09-26-2011 08:56 PM #28
      nothing interesting about the bay.. its dirty and stock. i'll take some pics when its home from the shop..
      getting some electrical issues taken care of.

      pics of engine bay!!
      or take your beautiful colorado mountain scenes and sell them
      i have been thinking about getting into that as well...

      _DSC0673

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      11-24-2011 12:01 PM #29
      we were having a hard time starting, and ended up replacing the ignition switch.

      the old one turned out to be nasty and broken.

      rabbitswitch1

    29. 11-24-2011 07:35 PM #30
      loooks awesome! what are some of the future plans?

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      02-24-2012 08:02 PM #31
      replaced the fusebox, and now it starts again!

      still a little afraid to drive it, since it's died twice within 2 blocks of home recently..

      time for new plates. considering "79BUNNY".. whatcha think?

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      02-24-2012 08:15 PM #32
      where did you get door seals for the big end of your door handles.. did you just buy new handles that came with new seals? I've found smalle end seals..

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      02-26-2012 04:20 PM #33
      i found both here http://www.germanautoparts.com/Volks...bbit/Body/76/1

      took the car for a drive today and it didn't die! seems like the fusebox did the trick

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      02-26-2012 04:27 PM #34
      looks good!

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      05-14-2012 02:44 PM #35
      after months of trying, failing, and being unable to test... she passed emissions today! i can finally get some plates on her.

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