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PostPosted: Wed Nov 29, 2017 10:42 am    Post subject: Number on fan shroud Reply with quote

This number is stenciled on my fan shroud. The engine is a AH with an engine number that would put it in 1973. (My Thing is also 73). Could this have possibly been the original engine? I was led to believe that Thing engines started with AM.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 29, 2017 11:19 pm    Post subject: Re: Number on fan shroud Reply with quote

There is similar number found on various pieces of engine tin. Have no idea what they might signify.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 02, 2017 8:33 pm    Post subject: Re: Number on fan shroud Reply with quote

Is this a stumper? Sure.y someone knows.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 02, 2017 9:44 pm    Post subject: Re: Number on fan shroud Reply with quote

4118thing wrote:
Is this a stumper? Sure.y someone knows.


And a search would probably turn it up. Wink
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 02, 2017 9:59 pm    Post subject: Re: Number on fan shroud Reply with quote

Searches are you friend Very Happy
https://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=...ud+numbers
https://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=667197&start=0
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 03, 2017 7:45 pm    Post subject: Re: Number on fan shroud Reply with quote

Ok. THanks for the leads. I tried to search but didnít find these threads.

Now , the question. Assuming the fan shroud, with the 181, stenciled on it, belongs to the engine case. And the engine case is an AH, how does that jive with the statements that Thing Motors began with A.M.?
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 03, 2017 9:02 pm    Post subject: Re: Number on fan shroud Reply with quote

The 181 on the fan shroud is probably from a creative previous owner who owned a stencil.
The engine is a transplant.
Things sold in the US, '73 and '74 had AM cases.
Additionally, '73 models were equipped with gas heaters, and fan shrouds without the air outlets for heat exchangers.
Sometimes M-codes or option codes are stenciled on the fan shrouds, but not the vehicle model numbers.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 03, 2017 9:05 pm    Post subject: Re: Number on fan shroud Reply with quote

My guess is the fan shroud was transplanted to another case.
Also you mention your Thing is a '73 but it appears the shroud may be a different year since it has the air outlets.
Here is a thread with everything you wanted to know about fan shrouds.
https://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=492074
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 7:22 am    Post subject: Re: Number on fan shroud Reply with quote

Thanks for the clarification. And the link to fan shrouds. TheSamba always provides the assistance Iím looking for.

Also this doesnít make me feel bad that I painted over the stenciled numbers.
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