Not Your Average 1974 VW Thing Price: $20000 OBO
$20000 - Just invested more money on significant upgrades for my Thing which are listed near the bottom of this AD description. It's now almost fully restored and almost like having a brand new and improved Thing! I reinstalled the Factory Hard Top and the Sliding Glass Side Curtain Windows from The Thing Shop and will post new photos ASAP.
If you want a plain stock looking under powered VW Thing then this one is not for you. However, if you want an exhilarating, fun to drive, high performance, safe to drive, slightly, but, tastefully modified VW Thing then this is the one for you! What I have for sale is a new and improved low mileage VW Thing (less than 60,000 miles), and is not a rust bucket nor a Bondo Buggy. It's one of the nicest Things you'll find anywhere and definitely one of the best you'll find east of the Mississippi River. The engine has a high performance camshaft and crankshaft which makes the engine have about twice as much power as a stock VW Thing's Type 1 Engine! Also, the Engine Block is the best Type 1 Engine Block and is a late 1970's Super Beetle Fuel Injected Engine Block. My Thing has always been garage kept and it starts, runs and drives very well.
Actually, my Thing is extremely rare because the original color is Avacado Green and a very small number of Thing's with this color were imported into the USA for one year - 1974. Who ever buys my Thing might want to consider repainting it back to its original Avacado Green color. If I was planning to keep it this is what I planned to do. However, the current color is actually a very unique custom, but, pleasing to look at Maroon/Grape color. I've never seen another Thing with a Maroon color so my car definitely stands out!
It's been well maintained by a certified VW Mechanic who knows VW air cooled engines. I've had a lot of work done to my Thing since I purchased it and have bought many parts for it; most of them are OEM Parts from The Thing Shop in Arizona. I have all the receipts for everything including a complete VW Thing Service Manual.
The list of parts I've purchased and all work I've done to my Thing since I bought it about 1.5 years ago is too long to mention everything. Here are some of the highlights: This past Winter I had my mechanic remove the engine and go through it thoroughly whereby he replaced all the critical seals, adjusted the valves and tuned the carb. I just changed the oil and had my mechanic re adjust the valves and re tune the carb. I've only used Valvoline VR1 High Temperature Racing Oil in my Thing's engine since I purchased it and have changed the oil every six months.
New Engine Parts:
Pertronix USA Made Distributor with the Flame Thrower Electronic Ignition Module and matching Flame Thrower Coil
High Performance Bosch Spark Plugs
High Performance Beck Arnley Low Resistance Silicone Jacket Spark Plug Wires
Optima Red Top Dry Cell Battery
High Quality Aluminum Fuel Filter
Rubber Fuel Lines
K&N Air Filter
High Performance Tri Mil Ceramic Coated Exhaust System
Heavy Duty Danish Made Dansk Heat Exchangers
$210 Large Heavy Duty Commercial Grade German Made Rebuilt Bosch Starter which was rebuilt by Robert Bosch Corp.
Rubber Engine Bay Seals which attach to and go around the edge of the Engine Tin Plates
Rubber Intake Manifold Boots just installed
Various Other New Parts:
Rubber Window Seals for the Factory Hardtop - not installed yet - was going to install when Hardtop got repainted new color
Rubber Top and Bottom Seals for the Windshield Frame - not installed yet and easy to do
Rubber Plugs which are inserted into openings on the bottom edge of the Rocker Panels - not inserted yet - was going to do it after I coated bottom side of Floor Pan with Herculiner Truck Bed Liner
Chrome VW Badge
All the Heater Components and Control Parts from the engine bay, through the cabin, to up under and behind the dash
New Black Powder Coated Fuel Tank installed which is exactly like the original OEM Fuel Tank
New Mesh Fuel Pre Filter Screen and New Sending Unit installed in New Fuel Tank
Original Factory OEM Ignition Switch
Black Powder Coated Front Brush Bar
Black Powder Coated Rear Spare Wheel/Tire Carrier
Black Powder Coated Heavy Duty Nerf Bars which mount onto the bottom edge of the Rocker Panels - not installed yet and will come with car
Black Powder Coated 7 Point Roll Cage with Full Padding Kit
Tan Side Curtain Windows with sliding tempered glass and Storage Bags to protect them
Stainless Steel Locking Gas Cap
Tan Bimini Top
Black Sun Visors
Black Leather Shift Stick Cover
German Made Rubber Hand Brake Cover
Two Chrome Brackets which attach to top of Windshield Frame which go into Holding Brackets located on the Trunk Lid when the Windshield is put in the down position
Two Lower Brackets for the Bimini Top used for the latches
Lots of various Rubber Parts
Gaskets and Seals and some parts haven't been installed yet
Full Set Of Decals not applied yet - was planning to apply them after repainting car its original Avacado Green Color - will come with car
Master Brake Cylinder whereby the whole brake system was bled and new brake fluid was added
3 Point Seat Belts for front seats and 2 Point Belts for rear seat
Have original Low Back Seats in decent condition and replaced them with 1972 VW Bug High Back Seats
Have what appears to be almost new looking original Seat Bottoms for the High Back Seats which will come with the car
Also included is new old stock OEM German made Foam Insert Material for the High Back Seats - They really don't need the new Inserts, but, will include them with the car
Cool Horse Blanket Seat Covers for Front and Rear Seats
Tan Leather Padded Aftermarket Steering Wheel from Auto Pro USA with Brushed Aluminum Spokes and Horn Button with the VW Wolfsburg Logo and Aluminum Hub
Still have the Original Factory VW Steering Wheel in excellent condition which will come with the car if you want it.
Winshield Wiper Blades
Original Style OEM Front and Rear Black Rubber Floor Mats with holes and ribbed on bottom side
Coco Mats for Front and Rear Floors - Trunk Area - Rear Cargo Area - Rear Seat Backs and Glove Box
Wooden Duck Boards for Front and Rear Floors
Mounted 15 Inch Aluminum Alloy Baja Style Racing Wheel from Method Racing with a BF Goodrich Grabber A/T Tire on the Rear Spare Wheel/Tire Carrier.
Smiling Sun Wearing Sun Glasses Spare Wheel/Tire Cover
Based on the extensive research I conducted it's the largest wheel and tire combination which can be installed on a Thing without causing a problem.
If I was going to keep my Thing I was going to buy four more of these wheels and tires and mount them on the car.
New - European made Double Barrel Progressive Weber Carb by Redline - on the way
New - 55 Amp Alternator from The Thing Shop - installed
New - High Quality Precision Aluminum External Oil Filtration System With Mahle Filter from CB Performance - installed
New - High Quality Precision Aluminum Crank Case Breather Box from CB Performance - on the way
New - EMPI Front and Rear Disc Brake Conversion Kits and Brake Master Cylinder from JBugs - installed
New - 4 High Quality Aluminum Alloy Baja Style 15" x 6.5" Wheels from Method Race Wheels - installed
New - 4 High Quality BF Goodrich Baja AT K02 (215-75-R15) Tires - installed
New - Black 2 Piece Bra to protect front of car from The Thing Shop - installed
New - Heavy Duty Black Powder Coated Skid Plate from The Thing Shop - installed
New - Bamboo Tray from The Thing Shop - installed
New - Front and Rear Black Speaker/Kick Plate Panels from The Thing Shop - installed
New - Rear Torsion Bars from The Thing Shop- not installed yet
New - Set of Hard Top Mounting Brackets - Not installed yet, waiting to repaint the Hard Top and install the new rubber window seals first before I install the new brackets.
New - Halogen Headlights from The Thing Shop - installed
New - Chrome Headlight Trim Rings and Turn Signal Housing Pieces from JBugs - installed
New - Day/Night Rear View Mirror from The Thing Shop - installed
New - KC Chrome Stainless Steel Slimlite Fog Lights with Amber Colored ABS Plastic Covers and Daylighter Yellow Smiling Face Padded Covers - installed
New - Front Suspension - 4 High Quality German made Ball Joints, 2 Complete Tie Rod Assemblies and Torsion Leaf Spring Kit - on the way
New - Set of Front and Rear Shocks - on the way
Other Noteworthy Info:
Everything works on my Thing except the Odometer which stopped working recently and it has almost all its original Undercoating on the bottom side of the Floor Pan! Here's a list of noteworthy things I've done to improve it: Coated the whole trunk area, whole top side of the Floor Pan, inside and outside of the Rocker Panels with a high quality truck bed liner made by Herculiner. My Thing didn't have a lot of rust and this procedure was done only to protect it from developing rust issues. If I was going to keep my Thing I was planning to coat the whole underside of the car with Herculiner including the Wheel Wells, underside of the Fenders and top side of the Cargo Area/Parcel Shelf. I have the original Baby Moon Chrome Hub Caps with the VW Logo in very good condition if you want them and will be included with car. Car comes with matching Touch Up Paint I had professionally matched and mixed. It comes with it's original black Convertible Top in decent usable condition and an original Black Factory Hard Top in very good condition! I have an Original Stock Oil Bath Air Cleaner/Filtration System which will come with my Thing if you want it. Car has a Clear Title.
There might be somethings I've forgotten to mention, however, I believe I've listed most everything which is noteworthy. My Thing isn't perfect and most Things aren't perfect from what I've seen. However, it's definitely better than most Things I've seen! I'll send additional photos to all who have a serious interest in my car. Please feel free to contact me and ask any questions or stop by to look at my car if you're in the Central Ohio area. You can reach me at the phone number listed below or send a message to me.
Thanks for looking and taking the time to read my Ad Description!