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mcdorob
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2017 6:59 pm    Post subject: Re: Thing Owners Roll Call! Reply with quote

Just purchased a 1974 Thing. White. Seems solid. Need to find a good mechanic in the Delray Beach, FL area who can remedy the racing idle (I don't even need to press the accelerator to run in 3rd gear), shifter won't go into 2nd gear, dash instruments (haha: speedometer, fuel gauge, turn signal indicator) not functioning, oil leak, etc. Bought it on a whim and can't work on it myself at my condo (association rules). Got bit by the VW bug (sorry) and bought a 1978 Beetle too. If anyone has a shop they can recommend, I'd appreciate the tip. Thanks.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 04, 2017 4:36 pm    Post subject: Re: Thing Owners Roll Call! Reply with quote

New Thing owner bought from a forum member. Had 2 Vanagons but complete FNG for type 181s and air cooled.
Look forward to asking asking basic questions and being told to use the search function.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 26, 2017 7:50 pm    Post subject: Re: Thing Owners Roll Call! Reply with quote

My first car was a '68 Bug, and I have been around the german cars forever. I am currently a parts manager at a Boston area VW dealership. I had a Porsche 914 for the last 18 years, but it was a driver, and even though I had it on a rotisserie and cut out the floors and longitudinals, I left an old paint job on it so I could just drive it....the hassle I took from other owners and just general people wondering when I was going to take care of it, rally started to take all the fun out of it. My cars goes driven, not trailered. So I sold it....

And took a long hard look for something else....something fun, something we all could go out in, and have a laugh or two. A car that didn't take itself so seriously (or, that the public took so seriously either).....I found this:

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'73, one owner. The story I got was that the owner decided to paint, got it home, and then passed away soon ater. The family let it sit for 5 years, then contacted a friend to clean it up and get it running. He did a tune up, adjusted the valves and did front shoes I'm told. He also washed it and took these pictures:

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So...I bought it Friday. I contacted a transport company, and they picked it up yesterday and delivery is scheduled for Tuesday morning...

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I'll let you guys know how it all goes...I can't wait. It's going to be a whole different experience from the last 18 years, I'm sure

Eric
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 27, 2017 3:00 pm    Post subject: Re: Thing Owners Roll Call! Reply with quote

Eric, I also just bought a Thing. Dancing
Mine is a 74 and is also orange.
Photos when I get it home later this week.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 30, 2017 5:29 pm    Post subject: Re: Thing Owners Roll Call! Reply with quote

Got her home today.

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She's already up on the hoist. I wasn't planning on any major upgrades this Spring/Summer, but the tranny needs a rebuild, so I'll pull the engine/tranny next week and send the tranny off for a rebuild.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 14, 2017 11:03 am    Post subject: Re: Thing Owners Roll Call! Reply with quote

Aloha,
New Thing owners here. Wife said she always wanted one, so I found this one on C-list in San Diego and the seller was willing to deliver it to the port for shipping to Honolulu.
Just got 'er home, so here she is, next to Gran's '57 T-bird in the carport.
So fun! Yes, there's a list of things to do, but she's a runner in mostly unmolested condition.

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Sold the Doka, now it's a '74 Thing Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 18, 2017 11:33 am    Post subject: Re: Thing Owners Roll Call! Reply with quote

I've been reading this site for a few years now. My wife's first car was a 73 out of a barn on an island in Lake Erie and I always wanted one. I took the plunge two years ago and bought a '74 from a classified I found on here. Originally yellow, painted orange at some point along the way.

Happily living in my garage now in northern Ohio!

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2017 9:31 am    Post subject: Re: Thing Owners Roll Call! Reply with quote

New owner here after my wife realized the Thing was her dream car. Aggie happened to be passing through with one and it just fell in our laps.

Now to learn all things about maintaining lovely old cars, let alone a VW...

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