This isn't the way we started our conversion but if we were to start over this is the way we would do it.
The first thing needed to be done is to remove the 98 Jetta fenders. We had all of the Cabrio parts pulled
off already so next we sent all the parts to be painted, this included the fenders, hood, bumper with bump strip, grill insert
and both outside mirrors. Next we tried the Cabrio radiator support and front bumper reinforcement as they are bolted together.
Didn't work so we went back to the Cabrio to compare and noticed that it didn't have the bottom radiator support our Jetta
has. Everything else looked the same. So we pull the metal bottom radiator support off of our Jetta and try fitting the Cabrio
radiator support again. Here we notice that the 2 outer bumper reinforcement holes didn't line up and it appears that the
Cabrio doesn't have the tow hook provision like the Jetta because the Cabrio's bumper reinforcement doesn't have the hole
for the tow hook. So now we need to drill the Cabrio bumper reinforcement for the 2 outer frame bolts and the tow hook. Once
the drilling was complete we again try our Cabrio radiator support and the bumper reinforcement bolted right up but the top
of the radiator support would not. We start looking and notice that the top outer headlight mount point hits the Jetta fender
rail. So we pull out the tin snips notch and trim the rail. Now everything bolted right up.
weren't very detailed in pulling off or installing the body parts because it's very simple and only basic hand tools are needed.
See pics for additional info.