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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2014 9:59 am    Post subject: My 1973 Thing project Reply with quote

Here is the day I picked her up.... License plates indicate she was last on road in 1983



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2014 10:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

She had some front end damage from a wreck

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2014 10:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

After seats came out floors and seat tracks were pretty toast

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2014 10:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Engine is not original and looks pretty rough

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2014 10:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

looks like a great winter project. if you need help just ask their is always help here. for more help check out My brother and my thing website there are more than 1100 pictures of things http://www.kubeltreffen181.com
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2014 10:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

More pictures of front end damage ... More damage here then I first thought ....pieces of the trunk floor have been cut out and patched in ... And not very well

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2014 10:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Double post

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2014 10:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Also had some rocker rot on both sides at rear


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2014 11:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rear parcel tray had some rot and damage from someone cutting into it

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2014 11:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rims and tires were pretty toast so I acquired 4 rims had em powder coated and put some cheap tires on her so I make her a roller

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2014 11:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Front fenders were removed, fixed, put in primer and set aside


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2014 11:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rear deck lid and seat backs were removed, fixed and put in primer and set aside

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Same done with windshield frame and one rear fender



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2014 12:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Two nos passenger doors were bought, and two good drivers doors were sourced and fixed and put in primer.... Front door mirror mounts were removed in favor of moving mirror mounts to front door hinge

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2014 12:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was able to get a NOS rear fender and NOS rocker panels

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I also salvaged a rear parcel tray from my parts thing for repairs when I get to that point.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2014 1:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Finished taking the body down to bare minimum..


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2014 2:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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More pictures of front end damage ... More damage here then I first thought ....pieces of the trunk floor have been cut out and patched in ... And not very well

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More images of front end damage

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I had real trouble locating the front panel and trunk floor.... After several months I was able to acquire some rare NOS parts for my front end rebuild.

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I want to try to do the front end myself but I'm afraid it may be a little beyond my comfort level ....I'm thinking I may need just to jump in and go for it but holding off for now.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2014 2:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Finally caught up and up to date on progress
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2014 3:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great work on the car...
It's nice to see another one being saved...

just one note... the new wheels looks from a beetle... they are diferent from the things ones...
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2014 5:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

seilerj wrote:

I want to try to do the front end myself but I'm afraid it may be a little beyond my comfort level ....I'm thinking I may need just to jump in and go for it but holding off for now.


I would start with the rockers and then the parcel tray before the nose. Wink

What are your plans with the pan?
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2014 6:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

HUGO bOSS wrote:
Great work on the car...
It's nice to see another one being saved...

just one note... the new wheels looks from a beetle... they are diferent from the things ones...


They are 14 inch thing wheels .......I will double check
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