Not Your Average 1974 VW Thing Price: $20000 OBO
Recently 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 like having a brand new and improved Thing! I reinstalled an original Factory Hard Top and the Sliding Glass Side Curtain Windows from The Thing Shop. I've installed many VW Factory/VW approved Dealer Options on my Thing. Also, it's been professionally rust proofed! I'll consider all offers including trades.
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 with about 62,000 original 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 it 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 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. However, the current color is actually a very unique custom, but, pleasing to look at Maroon/Grape color. I've only seen one other 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; many of them are OEM Parts or are VW Factory Option and VW Approved Dealer Factory Option components from The Thing Shop in Arizona. I have all the receipts for everything including a new VW Thing Owner's Manual and complete Service Manual.
The list of parts I've purchased and all work I've done to my Thing since I bought it about 2 years ago is too long to mention everything. Here are some of the highlights: The previous 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. My mechanic re adjusted the valves and installed a new European made Weber Double Barrel Progressive Carb and larger Intake Manifold recently with new Rubber Intake Manifold Boots. 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 including just recently. Just had my mechanic remove the engine again and installed new Motor Mounts, Transmission Mount, Main Seal, Exhaust Manifold Gaskets, Sachs Clutch Disc, Throw Out Bearing with Retaining Clips, Throw Out Bearing Fork Shaft, Clutch Operating Lever with Cable.
New Engine Parts:
Pertronix USA Made Distributor with the Flame Thrower Electronic Ignition Module and matching Flame Thrower Coil - installed
Voltage Regulator - Recently removed because I installed a new 55 AMP Alternator with a built in Voltage Regulator and the external one I removed will come with car if you want it. I bought the external Voltage Regulator and installed it about 1.5 years ago.
High Performance Bosch Spark Plugs - installed
High Performance Beck Arnley Low Resistance Silicone Jacket Spark Plug Wires - installed
Optima Red Top Dry Cell Battery - installed
High Quality Aluminum Fuel Filter - installed
Rubber Fuel Lines - installed new ones about 1.5 years ago, new one from Fuel Pump to new Weber Progressive Double Barrel Redline Carb recently installed when I had the new Weber Carb installed.
K&N Air Filter - installed new one when I install the new Weber Carb
High Performance Tri Mil Ceramic Coated Exhaust System - installed
Heavy Duty Danish Made Dansk Heat Exchangers - installed
$210 Large Heavy Duty Commercial Grade German Made Rebuilt Bosch Starter which was rebuilt by Robert Bosch Corp. and purchased from The Thing Shop - installed recently
Rubber Engine Bay Seals which attach to and go around the edge of the Engine Tin Plates - installed
Weber Double Barrel Progressive Carb European made by Redline - installed recently
Rubber Intake Manifold Boots - new ones installed recently when new Weber Carb and new larger Intake Manifold were installed
Larger Intake Manifold - installed recently
Motor Mounts - installed recently
Transmission Mount - installed recently
Main Seal - installed recently
Exhaust Manifold Gaskets - installed recently
Sachs Clutch Disc - installed recently
Throw Out Bearing - installed recently
Various Other New Parts:
Rubber Window Seals for the Original Factory Hardtop - not installed yet - I'm going to install them when I repaint the Factory Hardtop. These seals will come with the car.
Rubber Top and Bottom Seals for the Windshield Frame - installed recently
Chrome VW Badge - installed
All the Heater Components and Control Parts from the engine bay, through the cabin, to up under and behind the dash - installed
New Black Powder Coated Fuel Tank from The Thing Shop which is exactly like the original OEM Fuel Tank - installed recently
New Mesh Fuel Pre Filter Screen and New Sending Unit installed in New Fuel Tank
Original Factory OEM Ignition Switch - installed recently
Black Powder Coated Front Brush Bar - installed
Black Powder Coated Rear Spare Wheel/Tire Carrier - installed
Black Powder Coated Heavy Duty Nerf Bars which mount onto the bottom edge of the Rocker Panels - just installed
Black Powder Coated 7 Point Roll Cage with Full Padding Kit - installed
Tan Side Curtain Windows with sliding tempered glass and Storage Bags to protect them all from The Thing Shop - reinstalled
Stainless Steel Locking Gas Cap - installed
Tan Bimini Top from The Thing Shop - Recently removed to reinstall Original Factory Hardtop and will come with car.
Black Sun Visors from The Thing Shop - installed
Black Leather Shift Stick Cover - installed
German Made OEM Rubber Hand Brake Cover - installed recently
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 - installed
Two Lower Brackets for the Bimini Top used for the latches - installed
Lots of various Rubber Parts - Most parts have been installed and ones which haven't been installed will come with car.
Gaskets and Seals - Most parts have been installed and ones which haven't been installed will come with car.
Full Set Of Decals not applied yet - I'm planning to apply them after car gets repainted.
Dual Circuit Master Brake Cylinder for Disc Brake System whereby the whole brake system was bled and new brake fluid was added - installed recently
3 Point Seat Belts for front seats and 2 Point Belts for rear seat - installed
Have original Low Back Seats in decent condition and replaced them with 1972 VW Bug High Back Seats in good condition - Original Low Back Seats will come with car if you want them.
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 - installed
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 - installed
Still have the Original Factory VW Super Beetle Steering Wheel in excellent condition which will come with the car if you want it.
Winshield Wiper Blades - installed
Original Style OEM Front and Rear Black Rubber Floor Mats with holes and ribbed on bottom side - installed
Coco Mats for Front and Rear Floors - Trunk Area - Rear Cargo Area - Rear Seat Backs and Glove Box - installed
Wooden Duck Boards for Front and Rear Floors - removed them and will come with car
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. - installed recently
Smiling Sun Wearing Sun Glasses Spare Wheel/Tire Cover - installed
New - European made Double Barrel Progressive Weber Carb with Electric Choke by Redline including Heated Intake Manifold with Rubber Boots - installed recently
New - 55 Amp Alternator from The Thing Shop - installed recently
New - High Quality Precision Aluminum External Oil Filtration System from CB Performance and Large High Performance Oil Filter - installed recently
New - High Quality Aluminum Crank Case Breather Box from CB Performance - received and getting installed ASAP
New - EMPI Front and Rear Disc Brake Conversion Kits and Dual Circuit Brake Master Cylinder for Disc Brake System from JBugs - installed recently
* My Thing now stops on a dime and has better braking capability than most cars on the road!
* The original Drum Brake Components are in very good condition and will be included with car if you want them.
New - 4 High Quality Aluminum Alloy Baja Style 15" x 6.5" Wheels from Method Race Wheels - installed recently
New - 4 High Quality BF Goodrich Baja AT K02 (215-75-R15) Tires - installed recently
* Based on the extensive research I conducted it's the largest wheel and tire combination which can be installed on a stock Thing with stock fenders and without lifting it and without causing a problem.
* The original stock steel wheels are in very good condition and the tires mounted on them look like they're almost brand new and will come with car if you want them including the spare wheel and tire.
New - Black 2 Piece Bra to protect front of car - from The Thing Shop - removed and will come with car
New - Heavy Duty Black Powder Coated Front Skid Plate from The Thing Shop - installed recently
New - Bamboo Tray from The Thing Shop - installed recently
New - Front and Rear Black Speaker/Kick Plate Panels from The Thing Shop - installed recently
New - Rear Torsion Bars from The Thing Shop- Not installed yet and will come with car.
New - Set of Hard Top Mounting Brackets from The Thing Shop - Not installed yet and I'm waiting to repaint the Hard Top and install the new rubber window seals first before I install the new brackets.
New - Hella Halogen Headlights from The Thing Shop - installed recently
New - Chrome Headlight Trim Rings and Turn Signal Housing Pieces from JBugs - installed
New - Day/Night Rear View Mirror from The Thing Shop - installed recently
New - KC Chrome Stainless Steel Slimlite Fog Lights with Amber Colored ABS Plastic Covers and Daylighter Yellow Smiling Face Padded Covers - installed recently
New - Front Suspension - Four High Quality German made Meyle Ball Joints - received and getting installed ASAP and will come with car. Two High Quality Complete Italian made OCAP Tie Rod Assemblies - received and installed on 4-9-17
New - Front and Rear Suspension - Complete set of High Quality Polyurethane Bushings from JBugs - received, getting installed ASAP and will come with car and correct Rubber Bump Stops from The Thing Shop - received and installed recently
New - Set of High Quality German made Bilstein Heavy Duty Front and Rear Shocks - received and installed on 4-9-17
New - Motor Mounts - installed recently
New - Transmission Mount - installed recently
New - Main Seal - installed recently
New - Exhaust Manifold Gaskets - installed recently
New - Sachs Clutch Disc - installed recently
New - Throw Out Bearing - installed recently
New - Seals and Cap Seals for Transmission where the Drive Shafts are mounted - getting installed very soon and new high quality Gear Oil will be put into the Transmission.
New - Stainless Steel Head Light Stone Guards - just installed
New - Front and Rear Mud Flaps with the VW Logo - getting installed very soon
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! I'm going to replace the Odometer Cable ASAP and get it working again. Here's a list of noteworthy things I've done to improve it: My Thing was professionally rust proofed using a high pressure high quality sprayer and a combination of Rustoleum Rust Reformer first sprayed inside all the cavities and applied where appropriate, then POR 15 applied where appropriate and finally Flood Penetrol sprayed inside all the cavities. Also, I coated the whole trunk area, whole top side of the Floor Pan, inside and outside of the Rocker Panels with a high quality Rustoleum Rust Inhibitive Primer and 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 Floor Pan with Rustoleum Rust Inhibitive Primer and Herculiner including the Wheel Wells. 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. It comes with it's original black Convertible Soft Top in decent usable condition and an Original Black Factory Hardtop in very good condition! I have an Original Factory 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!