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Gonzo181
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 30, 2018 4:00 pm    Post subject: New Safari Owner Saying Hello Reply with quote

Hello all! Proud new owner of my 1978 Safari. Always wanted a Thing and since we have a home in Playa del Carmen my wife and I decided this was the perfect beach car! In Mexico, the price was right (and there are still plenty of parts).

For all you gear heads, you will notice that the Mexicans don't worry too much about emissions.

Great shape. Drives like a new car (almost). Previous owner did a great job restoring the car.

Looking forward to learning from the brain trust here!
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 30, 2018 8:31 pm    Post subject: Re: New Safari Owner Saying Hello Reply with quote

Welcome!! Looks very nice! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 02, 2018 1:35 pm    Post subject: Re: New Safari Owner Saying Hello Reply with quote

Nice! Bienvenidos.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 02, 2018 8:25 pm    Post subject: Re: New Safari Owner Saying Hello Reply with quote

Congratulations, really nice car and I'm still pretty new to the VW Thing community as well. But I really think you should it an air cleaner. For the sake of other drivers, passengers and the health of your engine.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 03, 2018 1:35 pm    Post subject: Re: New Safari Owner Saying Hello Reply with quote

bent_karma wrote:
Congratulations, really nice car and I'm still pretty new to the VW Thing community as well. But I really think you should it an air cleaner. For the sake of other drivers, passengers and the health of your engine.


Agreed...plus seat belts! It will be a work in progress but it doesnít need much! Thanks!
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 04, 2018 7:06 am    Post subject: Re: New Safari Owner Saying Hello Reply with quote

Gonzo181 wrote:
bent_karma wrote:
Congratulations, really nice car and I'm still pretty new to the VW Thing community as well. But I really think you should it an air cleaner. For the sake of other drivers, passengers and the health of your engine.


Agreed...plus seat belts! It will be a work in progress but it doesnít need much! Thanks!


Like yours my Mexican Safari/Thing didnīt have any seat belts when I bought it.
There are mounting points front and rear for lap belts. I got some 3 point belts from an 90s Bug and used the roll bar to mount them.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 04, 2018 6:43 pm    Post subject: Re: New Safari Owner Saying Hello Reply with quote

Wow its beautiful. Cool

(Drop in that missing piece of rear engine tin to keep your motor from overheating)
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 05, 2018 7:28 am    Post subject: Re: New Safari Owner Saying Hello Reply with quote

Thanks for the comments everyone. Iím going to bring the engine up to US Standards just because. Appreciate the seat belt info as well. I have no roll bar so a 3pt strap could be a challenge, but will figure something out. The Policia here are always looking for a reason to pull someone over and no seat belts are high on their list...
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 06, 2018 1:33 pm    Post subject: Re: New Safari Owner Saying Hello Reply with quote

Gonzo181 wrote:
Thanks for the comments everyone. Iím going to bring the engine up to US Standards just because. Appreciate the seat belt info as well. I have no roll bar so a 3pt strap could be a challenge, but will figure something out. The Policia here are always looking for a reason to pull someone over and no seat belts are high on their list...




Hey gonzo it looks like you have some kind of 1inch+ tubing? What is it?
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 06, 2018 3:49 pm    Post subject: Re: New Safari Owner Saying Hello Reply with quote

guppysoup wrote:
Gonzo181 wrote:
Thanks for the comments everyone. Iím going to bring the engine up to US Standards just because. Appreciate the seat belt info as well. I have no roll bar so a 3pt strap could be a challenge, but will figure something out. The Policia here are always looking for a reason to pull someone over and no seat belts are high on their list...




Hey gonzo it looks like you have some kind of 1inch+ tubing? What is it?


Can you please be more specific?
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 4:08 pm    Post subject: Re: New Safari Owner Saying Hello Reply with quote

Gonzo181 wrote:
guppysoup wrote:
Gonzo181 wrote:
Thanks for the comments everyone. Iím going to bring the engine up to US Standards just because. Appreciate the seat belt info as well. I have no roll bar so a 3pt strap could be a challenge, but will figure something out. The Policia here are always looking for a reason to pull someone over and no seat belts are high on their list...




Hey gonzo it looks like you have some kind of 1inch+ tubing? What is it?


Can you please be more specific?



The black tubular metal running up the post between the doors.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 10, 2018 9:23 am    Post subject: Re: New Safari Owner Saying Hello Reply with quote

My friend is in Mexico visiting from Canada. He has been riding around in a safari. The owner wanted to raise the front end height. He noticed that the ball joints were not both facing down like a Thing.

He looked at 3 others and they were the same. Did the mexican Safaris use a beetle front beam and spindles?
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 11, 2018 3:43 pm    Post subject: Re: New Safari Owner Saying Hello Reply with quote

Found my answer.
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