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JonnySox
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 31, 2009 1:38 pm    Post subject: 1973 Thing Pan up....Just starting. Reply with quote

Hello all i am JON. I am a current owner of a 1967 orig vert bug and two 1973 Things.... I am now starting the pan up on the best of the two and parting out the other. Please follow along and add any comments of encouragement you might have. Have any of you powder coated? If so what are the drawbacks versus old school painting? Is there any products that really stop or nutralize rust?
Thanks JON


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Little bit of horse poop in the car....alot actually
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after 17 years of sitting the motor started with a little bit of help...VW's are amazing creatures....
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Lots of parts for sale.....leave me a message.


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Pan seems to be nice we will see how it sandblasts?

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 31, 2009 3:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Awesome Jon, I just bought a 73 and hope to get some parts from ya...I really need a rear engine tin as mine is not the right one....As far rust neutralizing, not really but there some good rust removers...and then some good sealing primers paints like Zero Rust and Por15. Power coating is much more duable than paint but much costlier. It's a baked on plastic coating basically.

to post pics you must get them up on the web elsewhere (like photobucket) and then post a link to them.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 31, 2009 6:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Horse poop, aka road apples, well thats a first. I wonder if a horse actually used the Thing as a toilet, farmer John just used it as a trash bin or some agricultural use, fertilizer etc or some pranksters.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 31, 2009 6:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like you have your work cut out..keep everyone posted on the project.

I've done some DIY powder coating with a Harbor Freight gun and an old electric oven. As long as you strip the parts to bare metal, you can get some really nice results. Obviously you can't do your pan at home, but you can do anything that fits in the oven. Check out this site for some powder coating and other refinishing goodies.

http://www.caswellplating.com/
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 31, 2009 7:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for sharing your project Jon. Looks like you're going full steam ahead. Good luck!

I can't resist given the discovered contents of your recent purchase.
"Where did you find that POS?"

It's out of system now.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 31, 2009 8:31 pm    Post subject: where the three things were found Reply with quote

Thing 1 found 5 blocks from my house covered in weeds in the back of a 3 acre parcel of land. A new asphalt trail was made on old railroad tracks for walking and biking...1st day it was asphalted i ran on it and saw the first of three. It was in a field with three horses and one horse used to back up to it and crap in the car....quite funny.

Thing 2. after my sons friend came to our house he told us there was one next door to his grandmother...4 days later i owned Thing 2. Both in good shape but Thing two was less rusty and more complete.

Thing 3. after calling people to do motor work for me i was told where there was one in another city that a lady was trying to get rid of. Not as complete, no motor, but fairly straight with a beautiful pan. Now i need to completly disasemble the third one to get the pan...after i make sure its legal. I have a lot of parts i need to get rid of....Am thinking of making one of them a full on street legal off roader and the best of them all will be slammed....
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 2009 8:29 pm    Post subject: #3 sold Reply with quote

ok.... Thing Three is gone....will be a great Thing owner. Just started getting back the powder coated parts. Will post some pics tomorrow.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 04, 2009 6:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

you should get a lic plate that says.. POO Ting lol

nice story love the pics!


good luck in your adventure!
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2009 7:22 am    Post subject: Off to the sandblaster, body work, then to the painter.... Reply with quote

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Body is in great shape except for nose....will be using the donor nose for it though.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2009 7:25 am    Post subject: parts and donor Reply with quote

The donor body....
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2009 7:28 am    Post subject: Powder coated parts are coming home.....exciting Reply with quote

Here are some of the parts...still waiting on a few things tho
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2009 7:30 am    Post subject: Wiring Harness???? Reply with quote

Anyone have any idea on where to get an easy...lol wiring harness to install. I have never done wiring so this is my biggest anxiety of this project. Thanks in advance. JON
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2009 4:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Easy and wiring dont go together.... more like patients and wiring Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2009 8:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That pile of parts look great are they powder coated?Or just nice new paint?
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 11, 2009 5:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

second that wiring comment.

in midst of it now with Watsons Streetworks kit.

definitely time and patience required. been attacking mine off and on for the past month for sure. got another couple weeks off and on before finish

keep the pics coming
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 11, 2009 9:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have Thing #3. For a wiring harness I have got 2 for past VW's from Ron Francis.com (Bare Bonz kit BB-695) Its the one I am getting for my Thing... Hood and deck lid should be done when you drop off the body..
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 13, 2009 7:06 pm    Post subject: Undercoating???? Reply with quote

All the parts are powder coated and my bad ass painter is listed above this comment. thanks for the encouragment. Any tricks on getting the undercoatting off?
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 18, 2009 9:46 am    Post subject: HOA issues... Reply with quote

Alright, i need to kick up the job a notch. HOA is getting a bit upset that i have two Thing in pieces next to my house. I need to get the pan back and start the build. I will be ordering all of the seals, bearings and moldings this week. Any suggestions on where to buy? I am very interested in quality rubber not necessarily cheap... I only want to do this once (to this car).
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 18, 2009 10:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think the obvious answer is The Thing Shop but maybe you dont know about them.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 18, 2009 9:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Thing Shop . com Its the only place I will be getting all my parts. Cool
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