Your car is looking great! You can make the door release rods from a coat hanger. Use one of the thicker hangers and bend the "z" shape on the ends at the appropriate location.
In an earlier post you asked about the trans mid mount. It is an extra support for the transmission to take some of the reaction forces off the nose of the trans housing. Here is a link. http://vwparts.aircooled.net/E...yeball-mid-mount.htm
I would not remove it.
Also, what width wheels do you have? Are they 4.5 or 5.5? They look really good with the 185 tires!