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Just got my 3rd Thing. 1973. I have questions
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2018 10:54 am    Post subject: Just got my 3rd Thing. 1973. I have questions Reply with quote

I just picked up a 1973 with possibly original 68K miles. It has been resprayed but otherwise looks solid. The engine is a 1600 with serial AH459607 and the tranny is 113.301.103L I don't believe the transmission is the original because I can't find the reverse switch where you can connect the reverse lights.

I can get the gas heater to run but I can't get it to fire. Any quick tips of where to start? My last 73 had no issues with the heater.

There is power to the wiper motor, but it won't activate the wipers. Anything I should look for?

Thanks in advance
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2018 5:03 pm    Post subject: Re: Just got my 3rd Thing. 1973. I have questions Reply with quote

Flik the momentary switch a couple of times and then try it. (it is located on top rear of the heater under the plastic cover)
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:08 am    Post subject: Re: Just got my 3rd Thing. 1973. I have questions Reply with quote

IT WORKED!! Thanks!

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Flik the momentary switch a couple of times and then try it. (it is located on top rear of the heater under the plastic cover)

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2018 12:06 pm    Post subject: Re: Just got my 3rd Thing. 1973. I have questions Reply with quote

You are welcome.

I used to have to do that each fall when I wanted to use the heater. Just the first use of the cold weather season, not every time.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2018 7:32 pm    Post subject: Re: Just got my 3rd Thing. 1973. I have questions Reply with quote

I also have a 73 with an AH motor. What did you do with the air snorkels and air ducts? Got a picture?
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 3:40 am    Post subject: Re: Just got my 3rd Thing. 1973. I have questions Reply with quote

I’m pretty sure that AH motors were not standard in 73 or in any Thing for that matter. I don’t have the snorkel hooked up, but seller included it so I’m planning to install it back on.
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