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Van-go108
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PostPosted: Tue May 27, 2008 10:40 am    Post subject: Re: Some Thing into a Military Thing. Reply with quote

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Took German grey Kubel restore and turned it over to the Americans. Not bad in a day's work.
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Looks like Everett saw it at Sacramento Bugorama. Posted in the Gallery.
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Looks great. Too funny, my Thing has the car seat in the same place. Laughing
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 05, 2008 4:32 pm    Post subject: Re: Some Thing into a Military Thing. Reply with quote

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Looks like Everett saw it at Sacramento Bugorama. Posted in the Gallery.
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Looks great. Too funny, my Thing has the car seat in the same place. Laughing


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Taking her out tomorrow to the 'Rama. Maiden voyage. I'll have two yr old strapped in back and the top down, cause....well, I don't have one! I have put new shoes on her since this pic last month. Should be cool. Very Happy

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 06, 2008 10:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey Van-Go, where in Silver City do you live? My parents lived for years off Little Walnut Rd on Wagon Wheel Rd. They had a studio on W Yankee called Sunfire. Recently I just drove my thing on its maiden voyage since I dragged it home from Belen, NM up to Orange County to the German Motor Works Thing show last Saturday. Within the last two weeks I've had a new bikini to top installed and I put on my new Kymco ceramic coated exaust system. Way too nice for my rust/ shit box. It will get driven to the Classic this Sunday...
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 07, 2008 9:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Finally got her finished and running Very Happy Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 13, 2008 8:40 pm    Post subject: Today's adventure with my Thing Reply with quote

She took a road trip to the local body shop. I decided I did not have time , energy nor enough knowledge to tackle the paint job.

action shot leaving the garage

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 14, 2008 9:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

c.davis419 wrote:
Hey Van-Go, where in Silver City do you live? My parents lived for years off Little Walnut Rd on Wagon Wheel Rd. They had a studio on W Yankee called Sunfire.

We live damn near in the center of town now. We did live close to Pinos Altos for a year but we moved here from Mendocino County in California.
I have been trying to get here for a long time. My In-laws live here so I have been coming here a many years. Not much to do here but tinker with stuff and Things.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2008 1:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yesterday I saw my Thing for the last time! Sad I'm going off to college in a few weeks and won't see her until Thanksgiving/Christmas break. Breaks my heart!

Cleaned her up, disconnected the battery and covered her all up. Crying or Very sad
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2008 8:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got my thing running better than it has ever run for me since I bought it in the late 90's I am soooooo Happy.

Now I just need a new top for it as it is the middle of june and it is 55 degrees outside WTF. I wish I were home in Texas.

Drove it 40 miles to work and 40 miles home with no problems at all only used an 1/8 of a tank of gas and pulled the hills with ease I thought I would have a little trouble up the hills but the 1776 just kept going and going like the little gay bunny on TV
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 17, 2008 4:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Put in new points, plugs, adjusted the clutch. Have to go cruise V-DUBS on the Bay this Saturday in Miami... Green 181 Did I mention that it is lowered with polished Centerlines.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 2008 1:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just finished installing rear disk brakes. I've had front disks on for years, the rear drums brakes needed replacing (both backing plates, both slave cyl's, etc.) and I wanted more stopping power to go with the bigger go'ing power.

Stops on a dime! No more adjusting those damned stars! All the pulling is gone!

I also thought I had a CV going bad (squeaking-rubbing noise when rolling forward, no change when applying brakes) but the brake swap made the noise go away! Bonus! Carefully checked the CV's, and they seem fine.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 2008 9:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Replaced a clicking CV. When I removed the last of the 6 bolts, the entire joint flopped off the end of the axle. There was no circlip holding it in place.

Reminded me of the time I removed an engine from a bug after driving it around a couple weeks, only to discover that one of the engine bolts was missing, and one had no nut, and one had small Craftsman vice-grips in lieu of a nut. I was driving with one of four bolts secure.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 2008 12:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I removed the bumbers to re-do them. The PO did a crappy job on them and then prowdly painted them gloss black. Now that they're off, I like it better already. I may need to do something else there. I was intending to paint them the same orange as the body color and add some off-road lights. Think

Meanwhile, I'm in a holding pattern until money is back in hand for the larger $ projects. I'm really wanting the merged header and muffler for all it's worth.

"Soon, my Precious"

Oh...rusticus5, That's pretty scary. Close call.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 20, 2008 12:34 pm    Post subject: Glass Beading the rear fenders. Reply with quote

Well, I got to spend a few hours at Metric and spent it glass beading the two rear fenders. In addition I had to use a torch to heat up the undercoating to remove it.

The guys at Metric are still working on the front end damage, they are really taking their time to do it right, no bondo here!!!
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 21, 2008 7:18 pm    Post subject: Thing Today Reply with quote

While she is away at body shop for paint work, I thought I better get busy on little pieces. Spent a couple hours with fine wire wheel cleaning upp door taches, mechanisms, polishing handles, headlight trim rings, cleaning grime and surface rust off bolts etc that I will need once I start putting her back together. Then I clear coated a few parts to stop discoloration etc.

Spent last weekend applying clear varnish to my duck boards.

A lot of little things need to be addressed and prepped before reassembly can occur once she comes home.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 22, 2008 8:37 am    Post subject: try to replace intake Reply with quote

I plan to replace my intake.. heater pipe was snapped.
get gen / fan off, take intake out.
read lift dog house tricks, and give it a try

but I believe it won't work. with my 181 at least
when I lift dog house, hit upper firewall.. poor me.

anyway I will get the engine out other weekend. will be first time experience
can I use 2 ton jack?

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 22, 2008 11:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm just about to go change the oil, replace a leaky exhaust donut, then drive around looking for some good mud holes! It doesn't look right clean.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 29, 2008 12:50 am    Post subject: What I did today Reply with quote

I woke up this morning and drove our 74 past the Arctic Circle north of the Yukon river in Alaska. Forty five degrees, thunderstorm and hail
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 03, 2008 3:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I trapped mine in the garage, during front end restoration finishing, with a new Lindal Sunroom delivered the day before the 4th of July.

The last 6 hours spent stacking the cedar, un-crating, carefully offloading the windows.

Sore. Thing o.k.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 12, 2008 9:33 pm    Post subject: Finally Reply with quote

I finally found some time to work on my Thing today.
I changed the brake shoes, wheel cylinders and master
cylinder. All went well until I was finishing the last wheel.
It was a rear wheel and the steel line had been bent.
When I tried to straighten it, it cracked. Oh well, now I have
an excuse to work on it tomorrow instead of mowing the
yard. Very Happy

As I was working on it I found some disappointing things.
more lousy bodywork than I had previously noticed. The
floorpans are probably going to need replaced, and it will
probably need to spend some time on a frame rack.

I guess it wouldn't be any fun without surprises. Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2008 7:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I yanked the carb last night. My Thing being somewhat new to me, has had a few little issues to work out. I have had some toxic exhaust and some hesitation at the first sign of a green light. When I got the carb off, I realized that the gas was mostly drippin' down the intake. I should have it together by the weekend for some more back woods driving. I love monsoon season here.
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