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PostPosted: Wed Jun 01, 2011 9:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

welding new back bumper supports, engine bay starts to take shape

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 01, 2011 9:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great work (as always). Your build deserves it's own thread
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 01, 2011 9:57 am    Post subject: recent Birthday present Reply with quote

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Got some new 15x5 Crestline rims with Hankook Optimo 727 tires for my Birthday (went with 195x65R15's from the prev 205x70r15's, dropped her about 2inches). with the Disc brakes, new steering box 4wheel alighnment & new wheel bearings all around, sure drives a lot quieter than before, one reason I got the hankooks they were rated as a quiet tire, DEFINATE drop in road/driving noise, 50mph is easier to converse without yelling. I do way more road running vs' off road so went with a decent road tire.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 02, 2011 6:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That looks awesome. Cool Happy Birthday!

I had to park my thing today. Crying or Very sad I think something may have snapped on my S&S header or muffler system. I didn't have time to look at it late last night and this morning I had to leave at the ass-crack of dawn. There was some ugly rattley noise on drive home. After I parked, I kicked the split pipe that extends past the bumper and it seemed really loose. The roads to my house are pretty rough on cars. No worries.... Duct Tape and Bailing Wire?
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 02, 2011 9:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

so..after test fit, I started from here

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to here

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now lets see if rear apron fits, using tailights as a reference

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 02, 2011 9:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Perello,
Are you making the rear apron removeable?? Sure looks like a nice line to follow and would make engine install/removal A LOT easier!
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 04, 2011 12:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

GI Joe wrote:
Perello,
Are you making the rear apron removeable?? Sure looks like a nice line to follow and would make engine install/removal A LOT easier!



ops! read your reply too late...its a great idea that I keep in mind for my bug

I work fast on the Thing if I want to use it this summer for family holly days.

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instead of welding I bolted the rear bumper corner

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and left side floor pan is on its way


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 07, 2011 2:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Got my motor put back together and installed friday, burned my ignition to coil wire yesterday, haha

time for some wiring....
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2011 9:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

spent all day removing thick filler from rear under body....was lucky this time almost no rust

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2011 12:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bought a Hard Top, finally Dancing

Pix posted tomorrow.

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I think something may have snapped on my S&S header or muffler system.


It turned out to be a missing flange stud and nut. Easy fix.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2011 7:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bought a nice, used, twin muffler exhaust today. Ordered a new top, install kit and custom radio box from The Thing Shop also.

Jacked it up to start on a new MC replacement and wide five disc brakes on all four cornners.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 10, 2011 12:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pulled out the Scat dual Tee handle shifter, removed the shift rod and broken pieces of th shift rod bushing.

Installed a new bushing, polished and painted the shift rod, installed a new OEM shift coupling and a Hurst Shifter I had re-plated and re-bushed.

WOW! Shifts sooo much better it is like driving a sports car.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 14, 2011 7:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Received in my weekend parts early!!

I will let the pictures tell the story.

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Anyone need a slightly used Beetle "Pea Shooter" exhaust?
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 15, 2011 8:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

got ready left half pan, new jack point, and thing shop reinforccement, also seat belt attachment

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an tested in place

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welded

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this starts to look like a Thing

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left rocker going out, this time I try to save inner reinforcement

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 15, 2011 8:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Spent a few hours with a wire wheel/wire brush scuffing the floor/interior for Masterseries coating.
Also found that I need to address thin floor metal before getting much further. Probably going to apply Masterseries to seal, then Fiberglass to strengthen, followed by bedliner for durability/appearance.

Perello,
Your work is going Great! You're going to have a new Thing when you're done!! You really should start your own build thread to document all this progress! It would help in the future for anyone tackling the same issues you have!!

keep it up!
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 15, 2011 8:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Last night I re-indexed the torsions on the rear of my Thing.

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Drivers side had a 1/2 inch lower sag
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I turned the pass side down one inside torsion spline. I turned the drivers side down three inner splines and up two outer splines, to eliminate the left side sag. Looks like it worked:

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The rear sits 1/2 inch higher than the front and now sits level. Tonight I will tackle the "pea shooter" exhaust.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 15, 2011 5:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I will shortly start packing it for my trip tomorrow up to Lakeport for the Lakeport Camp&Shine VW show... What could be better; fishing, camping, off-roading, shooting, drinking, and a VW show all rolled into one weekend.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 16, 2011 9:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

carefully took left rocker out, this time making sure new one will fit with less effort...there is nothing like previous experience Wink

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 16, 2011 11:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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...there is nothing like previous experience Wink


Wise man once say " It's good to learn from your mistakes, better to learn from someone else's"

Nice progress.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 16, 2011 11:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I ordered a custom front license plate and got it in the mail today. I was a bit disappointed to discover that the "chrome" frame is really just cheap plastic universal frame that won't work. Does anyone know where I can order a metal license plate frame? Do they makes ones that don't cover up the outer ring on the plate?

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