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PostPosted: Mon Jan 13, 2014 9:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great winter project and a nice find. Looks like a pretty solid body. Replacement (new or used) fenders should be easy enough to find, even locally.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 25, 2014 11:33 am    Post subject: The Chassis is black, I mean back (& black) Reply with quote

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Chassis is back from the powder coater guy/Redi-Strip...It's the original floor, very solid with the usual minor pitting from rust. Could have smoothed over all the imperfections, but this car will be getting abused by a 16yr old, new driver soon! Chassis will need paint again in a few years I suspect. Picture quality is poor, better ones when we have more time/progress. I'd say about 80% paint in the tunnel. Detailed photos when we're putting it back together.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 25, 2014 11:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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CLICK on PIC for Higher Res. Chassis close up, light colored specs are dust/salt.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 25, 2014 11:45 am    Post subject: Barn Find VW THING Type 181 Dash Panel Reply with quote

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Dash panel stripped of most of it's "stuff". Looks like a lot of detailed engineering work went into this design. Much more complex than the Type 1's dash panel.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 25, 2014 11:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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CLICK PIC for Hi Res: Reverse angle. Again, lots of detail work here. Three fold down dash pods, folding windshield latches, heater and defroster ducting, and that wiper motor.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 02, 2014 1:18 am    Post subject: New Fenders Reply with quote

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CLICK the PIC for HD. We have located NOS fenders!
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 02, 2014 1:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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NOS rear fender
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 02, 2014 1:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Front Fender Type 181
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 02, 2014 1:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Note the weld...2 piece construction? Click Pic for close-up.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 02, 2014 1:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Rear fender inside.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 02, 2014 1:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Rear fender, bumper mount detail.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 04, 2014 12:33 pm    Post subject: Barn Find THING Type 181 Reply with quote

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CLICK for Larger Image. Almost ready for Redi-Strip!
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 09, 2014 9:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Almost ready for the stripper.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 09, 2014 10:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Original factory shock still in place w/snubber. Noticed for the first time that the snubbers are Type 181 specific!
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 09, 2014 10:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Click for BIGGER Pic. Front shock/suspension snubber part number close-up
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 10, 2014 10:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Keep up the progress, looks like a great car. I restored a 73 a few years back, if you have any questions this forum is full of great folks.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 29, 2014 7:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you for sharing! Please update as you continue this restoration. Looking good!
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2014 8:52 pm    Post subject: Barn find VW Thing Type 181 Reply with quote

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Removing the gasoline heater.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2014 8:59 pm    Post subject: Barn Find VW Thing Type 181 Reply with quote

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The deconstruction continues in the worst recorded Chicago winter. Inside the "trunk". Trunk had been sealed from 1978 until 2013.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2014 9:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Good shot so we don't mix up wire position 58 and 54.
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