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PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2007 5:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

6 x '66 only balljoint bug rims and bolt on Rod rear lights. What was the point of keeping those ridiculous sectioned rear doors? Ugly. Really ugly Laughing
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PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2007 9:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Before you bid on the 6 wheels.. Look again. Not Thing wheels. Thing wheel are not slotted. 14" bus wheels are slotted. But if they are bus wheels how did they get then not to rub. Bus wheels rub badly on a Thing. I suspect that the rear body extension was fabricated from Thing doors... Next look at the area between the front and rear fenders. There seems to be a non Thing lift covering. This makes me really wonder about the drive train. In the mid sixties I was at the drags and a guy had put a big Mopar VW and drive train under a Bug Body.... The blower came out fo the front bonnet. It was cool and not completely uncommon in those days. As you continue to look under the rear wheel wells you see lots of steel that looks like a rear wheel drive water cooled vehicle... I suspect a non Thing powered vehicle.. Look also at the rear tail light. It comes from a pre WWII american vehicle. This sends a signal to me that the builder might be into American Metal... Sure would be cool to contact the Vaghn Brothers and find out if they have any other info on the picture....



The wheels look like 66-67 bug wheels
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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2007 4:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's my guess: trailer torsion axles.

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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2007 6:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

can you get those in a wide five? how bout a v dub four lug?...
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 16, 2013 3:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm bringing this ancient thread back from the dead because this exact vehicle has been found and is undergoing restoration. I've been aware of its existence in a cold-storage garage in Wilder, VT for at least a decade. It was recently unearthed, sold, and is now in the possession of my friend Mitch. I'm trying to track down history on it. If anyone can help, I'd appreciate it! I'll post pictures when I get them.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 16, 2013 4:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Current picture! Please forgive the blurriness.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 16, 2013 5:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is the only other picture I took of it. Had enough time to wind the camera and aim but ended up a crappy shot. Had to stay in the tent and sell parts so I didnt track it down for more pics.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 17, 2013 5:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Found out some more info!

The car was owned in the late 80's and possibly into the 90's by a Duncan C. Syme, who was one of the founders of the Vermont Castings woodstove company. Considering Mr. Syme's background in engineering-- he held several patents for stove designs-- I think there's a very good chance that he was the original builder as well. The fabrication is exemplary, with very little filler used to smooth out the weld joints.

I have tracked down two phone numbers for Mr. Syme, one local (which I assume is a summer home) and one in Arizona. I will be attempting to contact him tomorrow!

I also found a tag inside the glovebox indicating that the vehicle attended the 1992 Antique Truck and Tractor Show at Owls Head Transportation Museum in Maine. I'll be contacting the museum tomorrow in search of archival information, and hopefully pictures, from the event.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 17, 2013 7:43 pm    Post subject: 6 wheel Thing Reply with quote

This car was at Kubel Treffen East in Asheville in the 90's.
If I remember right the guy that owned it drove it down from VT. I believe he was an accountant.
The morning of the show he was up at daybreak wiping the car down.
He went in his room to change and came out wearing a kilt which he wore all day. He said it was a NATO uniform.
I'm sure other people remember talking to this guy, he was quite a character. Vince
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 17, 2013 8:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have seversl still photos of the 6-wheeled Thing from the 1993 or so KubelTreffen in Ashevilld (that's where I met Vince Sadowsky and fhe Domecks). The owner wss a very curious short guy, had big glasses and the aforementioned kilt. Back then the car had brown fenders and a bizzare tonneau top witha "whacka-a-mole" hole were the driver could pop out his head. The owner/accountant was also upset he did not win a trophy.

I will look for the pictures this weekend, and if found I will post.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 17, 2013 8:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It would be sick as a miniature half track.

I'm sure that there is a crazy story behind this vehicle.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 17, 2013 9:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, thanks for the anecdotes guys! I'm looking forward to seeing any pictures you can dig up!
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 03, 2014 2:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bump. Anyone have any luck finding pictures?
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 18, 2014 5:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Through an interesting series of events, my son E. Washburn came to possess this 6 wheeled Thing which he has now passed on to me as he needed parts that I have for his own project. Therefore, I will will be re-assembling this very unique Thing. Not sure yet what direction it will go, however I do know that it will be lowered and will have different lights front and back. Color to be determined. Will post pics as they come available. Any pics of it "back in the day" would be very helpful.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 18, 2014 9:04 am    Post subject: neat Reply with quote

a set of tracks on the back and you'd have a THING halfTrack!

very neat and I can appreciate the work put into it.

Good luck with it!

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 18, 2014 9:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

" a set of tracks on the back and you'd have a THING halfTrack! "

I was kind of thinking of that too. Wink
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 18, 2014 5:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here are a few cool shots to consider:
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 18, 2014 6:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the pics. The one in the middle is the one I now own and am working on.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 19, 2014 8:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The "middle" pic:
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washy wrote:
Thanks for the pics. The one in the middle is the one I now own and am working on.

Cool! That's one I hadn't ever seen before. I'd love to see more pics.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 19, 2014 9:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

oasis wrote:
The "middle" pic:
kubelmann wrote:
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washy wrote:
Thanks for the pics. The one in the middle is the one I now own and am working on.

Cool! That's one I hadn't ever seen before. I'd love to see more pics.


oasis, isn't that the very first picture in this thread back on the top of page 1 ?
How is it that you hadn't seen that one before?
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