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Post by 57RTOval Tue Aug 10, 2010 8:38 pm

A few months ago, I picked up a 1973 Type 181 that had been sitting for quite some time. It lacked an engine but I had a spare to drop in it. The brakes needed a complete overhaul, replacing all the wheel cylinders, master cylinder, flex lines and a few of the hard lines. Finally got them working right and brake lights too! Electrical was and still is a mess. I replaced the fuse block and sorted out all the wires that were hanging loose. I think it still needs a new headlight switch before I spend any more time chasing wires.

The good news: With properly working brakes and brake lights, I took it for its first drive tonight through our neighborhood. It's running great and stopping great. I'm glad to pass that major milestone but there's much work ahead before I dare take it on any long drives.

Back home safe:
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Post by zabo Tue Aug 10, 2010 8:48 pm

nice!
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Post by VW outlaw Tue Aug 10, 2010 10:01 pm

I guess it's official GEORGIA HAS GONE THING CRAZY. THANKS TO WILD THING
We got something going guys lol!!!!
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Post by Cambur Tue Aug 10, 2010 11:03 pm

well mine is already gone to SC Laughing

congrats Pete!
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Post by 57RTOval Wed Aug 11, 2010 9:01 pm

A little more progress. Sorted out the hood latch alignment so it can be opened and closed. Also, I welded the seat belt boss back into the tunnel that was ripped out. It appears the PO wrenched a frozen bolt and tore the mount right out! Makes me wonder how good the rest of this Mexican construction is.
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Post by 57RTOval Sat Aug 21, 2010 2:53 pm

Got the top frame and reinforcements cleaned up and painted this AM. Hopefully, the new top will get attached to the frame tomorrow. All the extra holes in the engine tin have been plugged to help keep it cool.
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Post by 57RTOval Mon Aug 23, 2010 9:05 pm

Shiny new top is fully installed and looks great! Also fixed the headlight issue after disassembling the headlight switch. The brass slider for the headlights migrated to the bottom of the case (who knows how long ago). Now back in the right spot, the headlights work. Too bad I trashed the rheostat for the dash lights in the process. I guess they'll be full bright from now on!
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Post by 57RTOval Sun Aug 29, 2010 6:08 pm

After some cutting, banging and welding, the T181 has its front bumper on once again. The PO really tweaked it somehow but at least the front clip is untouched. I think I'll still be looking for a replacement though.

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Post by 57RTOval Sun Oct 10, 2010 6:25 pm

Haven't done a lot to the Type 181 lately but some drive-ability progress has been made. I replaced the rotting snow tire on one wheel with a new 185/74R14 so now I can trust the tires to drive it more. After cruising for about 30 miles on Saturday and listening to the strange noises from the front end, it was time to replace the front wheel bearings. Got that done today. Also picked up a 5th 14 inch rim from Tim this weekend and will get a new tire for that as well. What a treat to have a spare for it rather than grab the one out of the 57 every time I want to take it out.
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Post by Cambur Sun Oct 10, 2010 6:45 pm

Tim told me about his ride in the 181, sounded like he really enjoyed it!
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Post by 57RTOval Sun Oct 10, 2010 7:56 pm

I was lucky to get away and still have it!!!
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Post by 57RTOval Sun Nov 21, 2010 6:14 pm

Haven't worked on the T181 much lately other than collecting some parts such as door skins and a KPH speedo and getting good tires all around. At least it was a great day for a cruise with the top down today!
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Post by Cambur Sun Nov 21, 2010 6:27 pm

Nice!
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Post by 57RTOval Fri Jan 28, 2011 2:19 pm

Still in the gathering mode for parts, accessories and upgrades but I did get one item taken care of today. Now sporting a hood rack. next step is getting rid of those big ugly tail lights.

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Post by dlandvw3 Fri Jan 28, 2011 2:26 pm

That hood rack is sweet. Love the way that looks
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Post by 57RTOval Sun Apr 10, 2011 7:17 pm

After piddling around on the T181 a little at a time, I decided to jump into some major work this weekend. The fan shroud air snouts have been removed and plugs welded in, making it look more like an actual 73 Thing shroud. All the bits got new paint, crappy chrome cylinder tin gone, and the dual Solex carb kit is almost done.

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Post by peregrine67 Sun Apr 10, 2011 7:20 pm

It's looking really good.
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Post by Cambur Sun Apr 10, 2011 9:48 pm

Nice Pete!
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Post by DiggerD Mon Apr 11, 2011 8:43 pm

Nice & clean!! I like it! cyclops
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Post by 57RTOval Mon Apr 11, 2011 8:55 pm

All the bits are back in and it's running as of an hour ago! Sounds much better with the dual carbs. Now I'll need to do all that fine tuning and synchronizing fun.
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Post by 57RTOval Wed Jul 13, 2011 9:30 pm

Drove the T181 to the Kubel Treffen last weekend and didn't like how it ran. It would misfire/skip frequently and only got 18 MPG on the trip. Not good! While inspecting the carbs tonight, I noticed a plug missing from the carb body. The air/fuel passages were visible inside. I'll bet that's not good either! The phillips screw (with teflon tape) now fills that hole and I'll get it back together tomorrow. I'm betting it'll run a whole lot better. My other progress is removing the tow dolly angles from the front bumper. All smoothed up and looking good.
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Post by LB Bedwell Thu Jul 14, 2011 3:36 pm

sound like you maybe on to something there, 18 mpg almost makes you think that there is something wrong with the fuel gauge Question
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Post by 57RTOval Thu Jul 14, 2011 5:31 pm

I know there's something wrong with the fuel gauge...it don't work! Like most everything on this T181, it needs attention.
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Post by 57RTOval Fri Jul 15, 2011 8:06 pm

Push bar now installed. Now I just need to get some large tow hooks and large diameter rope and that should do it for front end accessories.
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