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PostPosted: Tue Nov 15, 2016 5:27 am    Post subject: Re: Beetle to Thing/181 seat interchange years and models Reply with quote

Hi Dave
For me it is OK: highback bug 1970 to 1972 . Cool
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 14, 2016 8:30 pm    Post subject: Re: Beetle to Thing/181 seat interchange years and models Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 14, 2016 4:21 pm    Post subject: Re: Beetle to Thing/181 seat interchange years and models Reply with quote

do you have a picture of the entire back? Like the , i dunno, front view?
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 14, 2016 2:38 pm    Post subject: Re: Beetle to Thing/181 seat interchange years and models Reply with quote

The seller sent me this pic of the seat backs. He is just selling Beetle seat backs, so I'm curious if they will fit the Thing seat base. Can any of you tell for sure from this pic?

Looks like to me they will. Seller isn't sure what year the seats came from.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2016 9:32 pm    Post subject: Re: Beetle to Thing/181 seat interchange years and models Reply with quote

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Only highback bug 1968 1969 with large headrest
and highback bug 1970 to 1972 with smaller headrest
bolt directely onto thing seat bottom Cool


Perfect, thanks! Hopefully that seller will get back to me with the year his seat backs came from.

My seats sorely need recovering. I'm tired of sitting on springs! I'm thinking about having them done in marine vinyl, as it is a little thicker and does well with sun and water exposure.

Also planning to install seat heaters. I love seat heaters!
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2016 5:09 pm    Post subject: Re: Beetle to Thing/181 seat interchange years and models Reply with quote

Hi
Only highback bug 1968 1969 with large headrest
and highback bug 1970 to 1972 with smaller headrest
bolt directely onto thing seat bottom Cool
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2016 5:06 pm    Post subject: Re: Beetle to Thing/181 seat interchange years and models Reply with quote

Ok, found it..pre 1971 should fit (so i THINK any 1970 down with highbacks, but im not 100% sure it will work)

I remember goign down to Curts house and we were grousign abotu how only 2 years would fit, as he had already bought some 70 (?) ones (youll have to look at my previous post in this trhead that shows the different contours) and he had them both sitign side by side and i wa slike..YOu know, it looks liek you can just swap them.

Well, he tried, he did, and it worked.

http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=4...highlight=
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2016 4:01 pm    Post subject: Re: Beetle to Thing/181 seat interchange years and models Reply with quote

Yarkle wrote:
No...BUT. sometimes you can just bolt the highbacks onto the lowback bottoms..im not sure which years do though


That's what I'm asking. Can the Beetle highbacks bolt on to the Thing lowback bottom?
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2016 3:27 pm    Post subject: Re: Beetle to Thing/181 seat interchange years and models Reply with quote

No...BUT. sometimes you can just bolt the highbacks onto the lowback bottoms..im not sure which years do though
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2016 11:36 am    Post subject: Re: Beetle to Thing/181 seat interchange years and models Reply with quote

Found some Beetle front seat backs for sale.

What years can bolt to the Thing seat bases? Anything beyond the 71-72 seats?
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2014 3:41 pm    Post subject: Will 2000 GTI Seats Fit 1973 Thing Reply with quote

I bought a 1973 Thing last year with no rear seats and some not so great looking front seats. My Thing does not appear to have any seat tracks currently welded to pan. It looks like the front seats are bolted to giant block of wood which I'm guessing is bolted to the floor.

I am looking for replacement/upgrades that will not break the bank. I found a complete set of leather seats from a 2000 VW GTI for sale near me and would like to know if they will fit. And how much work it will take to get them all mounted safely.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 27, 2013 9:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shocked well, most people want the beetle seats because they are highbacks, as opposed to thing seat lowbacks. many consider it an upgrade. I sold my thign lowbacks to affrod beetle highbacks. Jeesh, just tryign to help.

Basically, beetle lowbacks are too old, wont work. the 68-69 seats, IIRC , have wide headrests, while the later ones have narrower headrests..look at the thread i linked, it shows an older one.

73 and up seats will have a three point mount, as opposed to the rails.

68-70 rails have a different profile, more like an "L" than a "T"..

if you have access to a mid america motorworks catalog, i think you can see sketches of the seat covers and the mounting points

or look here:

http://air-cooled-vw-parts-search.mamotorworkstv.com/nav/cat2/seat-covers/cat1/interior/0

this gives you a general idea of seat profiles

71-72: http://www.mamotorworkstv.com/vw/product/319037/
65-67: http://www.mamotorworkstv.com/vw/product/313719/
74-up http://www.mamotorworkstv.com/vw/product/313727/
73: http://www.mamotorworkstv.com/vw/product/319047/
68-69: http://www.mamotorworkstv.com/vw/product/319036/

i think the 1970 standard beetle has the same shape as the 71-72, but itll have the L profile tracks .

At least this should narrow down the field.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2013 4:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yarkle wrote:
do you have thing seats to refer to? if you look at the bottom, the lever, the fingers and the track profile will look identical. Later year beetle seats have a funky three point mount, while earlier have a different track profile.

id search the beetle forum for more specifics, e.g:

http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=554648&highlight=seat+tracks


If I have had the 181 seats why would I be looking to identify a pair of 71 bug seats?

I have searched the Late Bug forum but with not much luck, all they say is they had a round knob at the seat back and thats it.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2013 4:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

do you have thing seats to refer to? if you look at the bottom, the lever, the fingers and the track profile will look identical. Later year beetle seats have a funky three point mount, while earlier have a different track profile.

id search the beetle forum for more specifics, e.g:

http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=554648&highlight=seat+tracks
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2013 6:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have noticed that the thread talks about years of interchangeability of the bug/trekker seats what it doesn't talk about is how to correctly ID the 71 Bug / 72 SB seats to help source these say from a lot of 50 seats a seller has in its backyard.

I need this identification information in order to buy the correct seats to put on my 181. There is no point in ending up buying a pair of seats that are sold as 71 by the seller and not fitting in the end.

Pictures/other identification information help would be highly appreciated. Thanks
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 16, 2013 10:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I googled the part numbers:

113881511AD Seat frame and got this:
http://stores.intuitwebsites.com/hstrial-ThingsUnlimited/Detail.bok?no=472

111881705L Spring Core for front seat back rest:
http://stores.intuitwebsites.com/hstrial-ThingsUnl...Detail.bok
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 16, 2013 8:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a question. The drivers seat back on my 73 thing is wasted,rusted beyond and is junk,both frame and backrest springs. The seat bottom is in good shape. What seat low seat back from a beetle will bolt to the seat bottom of the thing seat bottom and allow you to use thing seat covers??
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PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2012 2:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2012 8:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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