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Post by 57RTOval on Sun Apr 18, 2010 3:58 pm

After a long, slow tow from up near Cornelia, the 73 Thing is safely parked in the backyard. It towed great. This should be a fun project trying to figure this car out. I wonder if I should have hot dogs and marshmellows handy for when I crank up the gas heater?

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Post by Cambur on Sun Apr 18, 2010 7:37 pm

looks good Pete, let me know if you need any help on it!
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Post by vwgirl on Sun Apr 18, 2010 10:26 pm

Is this on of the things that was on craigslist recently or one you already had?

It looks pretty solid. I can't wait to get mine on the road again next month!

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Post by ibjamn on Sun Apr 18, 2010 10:39 pm

It looks like it's in good shape.
I tell ya what, it the past, I never really thought highly of VW "Things"
But lately, they are really growing on me. especially since this past weekend at BAP.
Maybe because I have never really been up close to one to see it's appeal . Laughing

vwgirl wrote:Is this on of the things that was on craigslist recently or one you already had?

It looks pretty solid. I can't wait to get mine on the road again next month!
You have a Thing too?
holy crap....How many dubs do you have? it sounds like more than the number of pairs of shoes I currently own Shocked

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Post by vwgirl on Mon Apr 19, 2010 10:05 am

ibjamn wrote:It looks like it's in good shape.
I tell ya what, it the past, I never really thought highly of VW "Things"
But lately, they are really growing on me. especially since this past weekend at BAP.
Maybe because I have never really been up close to one to see it's appeal . Laughing

vwgirl wrote:Is this on of the things that was on craigslist recently or one you already had?

It looks pretty solid. I can't wait to get mine on the road again next month!
You have a Thing too?
holy crap....How many dubs do you have? it sounds like more than the number of pairs of shoes I currently own Shocked

Currently... 23 (yes, I meant to type twenty-three)

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Post by 57RTOval on Mon Apr 19, 2010 9:38 pm

I found this one listed on The Samba. Don't know if it was listed on Craigslist. That make two good scores thanks to The Samba, this one and my 57 ragtop.

Overall, this one is pretty solid, just a few isolated rust spots easily seen by the stop-rust paint. And of course, the battery tray is gone. What's nice is that most everything is here (seats, doors, gas heater, side curtains, etc.) except an engine. I have one to stuff in it for now.
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Post by vwgirl on Mon Apr 19, 2010 9:44 pm

I may have seen it on samba... I window shop a lot... it just looked really familiar. Nice find. Mine is not as solid as that Sad but it is complete!

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Post by Cambur on Mon Apr 26, 2010 1:28 am

Please???? Laughing
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Post by 57RTOval on Mon Apr 26, 2010 5:26 pm

Interesting shaved door handles and tail lights!
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Post by vwgirl on Mon Apr 26, 2010 5:33 pm

57RTOval wrote:Interesting shaved door handles and tail lights!

I am not sure what year that 182 is, but the tail lights are there in the proper place... if anything they may be smaller, but the turn signals should be there on any year I think... the decklid is also modified I believe...

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Post by rpm750 on Mon Apr 26, 2010 6:06 pm

They all had this tail light. Looks like a Super Tail light?


I think they are after the Kubelwagen Look......

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Post by vwgirl on Mon Apr 26, 2010 7:08 pm

rpm750 wrote:They all had this tail light. Looks like a Super Tail light?


I think they are after the Kubelwagen Look......

Cool Ride!

trekkers and sambas never had elephant tails and were never sold in the us... I cant tell what that license plate is, but unless they did a rhd conversion, this is a type 182 trekker and shouldn't have elephant tails, regardless of the look they are trying to go for.

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Post by rpm750 on Mon Apr 26, 2010 7:38 pm

Very Cool, thought they were all the same..
Here is a pic from Samba.....
The owner says it's a '77.


Same one from above?



Cool, also read that the 181 is lefthand and the 182 is righthand. Never really liked these guys but they do have a uniqueness!
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Post by Cambur on Mon Apr 26, 2010 9:40 pm

the first pic Bob posted is sweet, very clean light setup!

regardless of type, it needs to be slammed!

Edit i also like the way they deleted the door handles on the 2nd picture, its just a plate covering the holes btw!
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Post by 71_georgia_beetle on Mon Apr 26, 2010 9:45 pm

You can always drop a TIV in it. Jon's (hobug) Type 481 Thing hauls ass.
Here is the install of the power plant.
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Post by vwgirl on Mon Apr 26, 2010 9:53 pm

71_georgia_beetle wrote:You can always drop a TIV in it. Jon's (hobug) Type 481 Thing hauls ass.
Here is the install of the power plant.

That looks pretty sweet... th eengine and the thinG!

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Post by Cambur on Tue May 25, 2010 2:48 pm

some inspiration! Laughing
http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=402612&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0

haven't heard any news on the thing? hows it coming along?
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Post by 57RTOval on Tue May 25, 2010 5:53 pm

Not has been done yet other than go through every moving part to lube it. It hadn't been done in a long time and needed some TLC. The very important part I told you was missing was found and reinstalled. So, as of last Friday it is officially registered and legal to drive. Now it's time to get the engine installed and get her moving!

Got PDF owners manual and parts manual in the mail today.

BTW, several people at the Jasper cruise-in were wondering where my friends were with their black Beetles. Better be there next time!
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Post by Cambur on Tue May 25, 2010 7:17 pm

I wish I could have made it, but I had to work, deffinately next time though. The oval should be good to go by then!

Just let me know if you need an extra hand putting the engine in...
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