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PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2016 11:36 am    Post subject: Re: Beetle to Thing/181 seat interchange years and models Reply with quote

Found some Beetle front seat backs for sale.

What years can bolt to the Thing seat bases? Anything beyond the 71-72 seats?
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2016 3:27 pm    Post subject: Re: Beetle to Thing/181 seat interchange years and models Reply with quote

No...BUT. sometimes you can just bolt the highbacks onto the lowback bottoms..im not sure which years do though
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2016 4:01 pm    Post subject: Re: Beetle to Thing/181 seat interchange years and models Reply with quote

Yarkle wrote:
No...BUT. sometimes you can just bolt the highbacks onto the lowback bottoms..im not sure which years do though


That's what I'm asking. Can the Beetle highbacks bolt on to the Thing lowback bottom?
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2016 5:06 pm    Post subject: Re: Beetle to Thing/181 seat interchange years and models Reply with quote

Ok, found it..pre 1971 should fit (so i THINK any 1970 down with highbacks, but im not 100% sure it will work)

I remember goign down to Curts house and we were grousign abotu how only 2 years would fit, as he had already bought some 70 (?) ones (youll have to look at my previous post in this trhead that shows the different contours) and he had them both sitign side by side and i wa slike..YOu know, it looks liek you can just swap them.

Well, he tried, he did, and it worked.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2016 5:09 pm    Post subject: Re: Beetle to Thing/181 seat interchange years and models Reply with quote

Hi
Only highback bug 1968 1969 with large headrest
and highback bug 1970 to 1972 with smaller headrest
bolt directely onto thing seat bottom Cool
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2016 9:32 pm    Post subject: Re: Beetle to Thing/181 seat interchange years and models Reply with quote

el_safari wrote:
Hi
Only highback bug 1968 1969 with large headrest
and highback bug 1970 to 1972 with smaller headrest
bolt directely onto thing seat bottom Cool


Perfect, thanks! Hopefully that seller will get back to me with the year his seat backs came from.

My seats sorely need recovering. I'm tired of sitting on springs! I'm thinking about having them done in marine vinyl, as it is a little thicker and does well with sun and water exposure.

Also planning to install seat heaters. I love seat heaters!
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 14, 2016 2:38 pm    Post subject: Re: Beetle to Thing/181 seat interchange years and models Reply with quote

The seller sent me this pic of the seat backs. He is just selling Beetle seat backs, so I'm curious if they will fit the Thing seat base. Can any of you tell for sure from this pic?

Looks like to me they will. Seller isn't sure what year the seats came from.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 14, 2016 4:21 pm    Post subject: Re: Beetle to Thing/181 seat interchange years and models Reply with quote

do you have a picture of the entire back? Like the , i dunno, front view?
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 14, 2016 8:30 pm    Post subject: Re: Beetle to Thing/181 seat interchange years and models Reply with quote

From the ad:

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 15, 2016 5:27 am    Post subject: Re: Beetle to Thing/181 seat interchange years and models Reply with quote

Hi Dave
For me it is OK: highback bug 1970 to 1972 . Cool
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