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PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2016 6:13 pm    Post subject: Re: Shannon's 73 Thing Reply with quote

Built a little upgrade for the Thing today.

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PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2018 9:05 am    Post subject: Re: Shannon's 73 Thing Reply with quote

So we got a new set of wheels and had them powder coated. They were given to us by a neighbor who bought a Thing that they were on when he got it. He decided to sell it, and gave them to us. Being that they were on a Thing, even though it had been a few years since I had seen them on it, I didnít even think about fitment issues. After getting them coated and getting tires and having them mounted, turns out the rear are too wide. Theyíre 9Ē. So anyway, I ordered a set of 5Ē wheels for the front, had them coated, and the 6Ē in the front will move to the rear. Saturday I got home from work, and decided to play with the car. Iím going to raise the rear a little. I put it up on a jack, and started measuring the spring plate angle. As I had it in the air, I was staring at the rocker and the horrendous patch that has bothered me since we bought the car in 2011. I never dig into it because I have too many other projects and I want it to run and drive for her. Anyway, I started picking at it. Before I knew it, it was 530pm and I had the entire rocker down to bare metal and the patch gone. It was surprising how poorly it was done. Duct tin, pop riveted to the rust hole, the edges bent it and it bondoed to almost flush. Some of the holes had masking tape wadded up and bondo built on to the tape. Anyway, Shannon comes out to see the mess and is mad because she doesnít think Iíll fix, and thereís a car show she wants to go to this Sunday. I ran to Home Depot, and bought a few sheets of 22 gauge. Started on it Saturday, and worked on it all day Sunday. I still need to clean up the welds, but here are the results.
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Sorry, a little out of order.
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PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2018 9:09 am    Post subject: Re: Shannon's 73 Thing Reply with quote

This was a complicated patch in the corner


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Didnít take pics of the rest before I painted it.
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PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2018 6:13 pm    Post subject: Re: Shannon's 73 Thing Reply with quote

I'm hoping after all the work she at least apologizes, its probably much better than it was with all the bondocrap. A little appreciation LOVE would help also, just saying.
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PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2018 2:59 pm    Post subject: Re: Shannon's 73 Thing Reply with quote

Nice job making quick work of a difficult rocker repair.

I like your duckboards! Did the cost/labor to build them outweigh just buying a set?

Thanks for posting good pictures!
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PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2018 3:58 pm    Post subject: Re: Shannon's 73 Thing Reply with quote

I was going to just buy them, but no body had them for sale. Probably good that they didnít, when I replaced the floors I donít think I got the seat tracks inthe exact position and the off the shelf set probably wouldnít fit. Itís been a while since I made them but if I remember right Iím in them for about $50. I used pine instead of oak or teak because she wanted a lighter shade of wood to match her them sheís going for. Car is from Hawaii and she wants a Beachy theme.

Currently Iím struggling with this:


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Pics are out of order. Trying to raise the rear end. Bent the spring plate. Got one from Thingparts.com on the way. I shouldíve k own better then to start something like that at 5pm after working all day.
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PostPosted: Sun May 06, 2018 5:37 pm    Post subject: Re: Shannon's 73 Thing Reply with quote

Well, Iíve been struggling with the rear end of the Thing since Wednesday. Everything that could go wrong did. From bending a spring plate to the used pair I ordered needing longer springs then the ones I had, and an entire weekend of rain. Itís finally back together and sits about right. However, on my trip around the block, as soon as I hit the brakes hard, the front drags. Luckily, I already ordered adjusters. Iíll have to raise the rear again to get it even. Also, my friend Dustin saved me by having the right springs I needed.


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