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PostPosted: Sat Mar 30, 2013 9:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lookin good. Tan engines seems to be the it thing this year. Mines been tan since 08 though Smile

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 31, 2013 10:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok, here are some pics:

Stock battery retainer back in place.
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Gearshift and pedals powder coated to match her new theme.
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I have the correct blue house for the brake reservoir. Just haven't put it in yet. This is how it came when we bought it.

Finally all back together and ready to ride.
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1st ride she made me drive.
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Then she took it out.
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It's amazing how well the top fits when you read the directions.
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I noticed on our test drive that the speedo cable had pulled out when I lifted the body. Fixed that, the fact that there were no washers in the clutch bowden tube, the spring that keeps the accelerator pedal down, and a few other things while it was apart. Should be more enjoyable to drive now.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 02, 2013 9:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This was last year. Hopefully she'll have even more fun in it now.

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I love seeing her smile, especially in a VW.

She took it off roading that day too.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 08, 2013 5:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Painted her Thing this weekend.

Saturday morning
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Sunday night
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It's not perfect by any means. She was tired of it being several shades of dull red. This is close to the color she wanted. $3.47 a can. Took just over 6 cans. In a few years I'll do all the body work and put some real paint on it.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 08, 2013 6:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

swhitcomb wrote:
Painted her Thing this weekend.

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It's not perfect by any means. She was tired of it being several shades of dull red. This is close to the color she wanted. $3.47 a can. Took just over 6 cans. In a few years I'll do all the body work and put some real paint on it.


Looks nice Sean! Are you going to do the dash beige or teal?
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 08, 2013 6:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The 3 panels in beige, the part connected to the body in teal.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 08, 2013 7:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What spray paint did you use?

My engine build has eaten up my budget this year, so like you I'm just looking for one solid color.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 2:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rustoleum Painters Touch. The color is called Gloss Seaside.

It went on really smooth. I did some prep, but not a ton of it. Feathered and primed any chips or bubbles. Wiped it with acetone. Removed all the rubber, and taped a few things off. I left the fender welting on, since I had planned on replacing it anyway, and didnt feel like trying to remove it and finding that I broke a bolt or spun a nut loosening the fenders. Not yet anyway. That'll come later when I put some real paint on it.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 5:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Rustoleum Painters Touch. The color is called Gloss Seaside.

It went on really smooth. I did some prep, but not a ton of it. Feathered and primed any chips or bubbles. Wiped it with acetone. Removed all the rubber, and taped a few things off. I left the fender welting on, since I had planned on replacing it anyway, and didnt feel like trying to remove it and finding that I broke a bolt or spun a nut loosening the fenders. Not yet anyway. That'll come later when I put some real paint on it.


Good thinking on the fenders. I spent many hours removing mine. Almost every bolt was rusted and snapped off. I had to drill out and retap amost every hole. Really tedious work. Broke lots of drill bits.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 6:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's exactly what I was trying to avoid. Now it's one color and she's happy. Only took one weekend. Not even a full weekend at that.

Mike, didn't you paint your Thing with tractor paint? It was your Thing that lead to her owning this one. Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 6:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep. John Deere Yellow rattle cans. Its pretty much an exact match to the original yellow. It came out better than I expected.

The added benefit is its easy and cheap to touch up chips, etc. that I seem to get on the fenders from off road driving.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 7:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

O like it, Any plans to change the exhaust?
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 7:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes. I bought a new Thing hot dog style muffler Novemeber of 2011. It's still in the box in my basement. The trans mounts are shot. Need to change them 1st so it doesn't hit the bumper when it vibrates.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 12:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

swhitcomb wrote:
Ok, here are some pics:
Stock battery retainer back in place.
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Is it me, or is that battery hold down reversed? I am certain the bolt portion was out towards the footwell, and the solid mount section was rearward toward the firewall.
Just an observation, that's it.. I'll have to check mine when I get home...

Looks great with the rattle can, always better to have one solid color, wether it's rattle can or Earl Sheib!!!
Enjoy!!
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 2:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We had this topic before on the battery mount. This is correct for a 73 and most 74's had the bolt at the front of the battery with a flat style hold down.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 6:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ron Domeck wrote:
We had this topic before on the battery mount. This is correct for a 73 and most 74's had the bolt at the front of the battery with a flat style hold down.


Ron to the rescue! Odd that they would put the bolt back there, less accessible.... Guess they learned the lesson by '74 then! Lol
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 23, 2013 7:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Got the wipers back together.

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Powder coated the front nose emblem to match too.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 24, 2013 7:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks good!

Just curious - did you powder coat the windshield wipers? When I was looking at mine, they appears to have a plastic piece held on by a rivet. I ended up painting rather than power coating because I was afraid the plastic would melt. Of course, I could have just been too nervous Smile

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 24, 2013 8:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

They are powder coated. No plastic on these. There was some plastic parts on the connecting rod that were removable, but none in the arm themselves. I did remove the springs so the heat didn't ruin the tension (although they probably would've been fine.)
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 10, 2015 12:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was just re-reading this thread and I left something out in my last reply. To make wipers cheaper and easier to find, I cut the hook off some bug wipers and tack welded them to the end. Now it takes cheap autozone Jeep/Bug wipers rather then expensive Thing wipers.
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