1974 Volkswagen Thing
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If you want a plain stock looking under powered VW Thing then this one is not for you. However, if you want an exhilarating, fun to drive, high performance, safe to drive, slightly, but, tastefully modified VW Thing then this is the one for you! What I have for sale is a new and improved low mileage VW Thing with about 62,000 original miles, and is not a rust bucket nor a Bondo Buggy. Its one of the nicest Things youll find anywhere and definitely one of the best youll find east of the Mississippi River. The engine has a high performance camshaft and crankshaft which makes it have about twice as much power as a stock VW Things Type 1 Engine! Also, the Engine Block is the best Type 1 Engine Block and is a late 1970s Super Beetle Fuel Injected Engine Block. My Thing starts, runs and drives very well.
Actually, my Thing is extremely rare because the original color is Avacado Green and a very small number of Things with this color were imported into the USA for one year - 1974. Who ever buys my Thing might want to consider repainting it back to its original Avacado Green color. However, the current color is actually a very unique custom, but, pleasing to look at Maroon/Grape color. Ive only seen one other Thing with a Maroon color so my car definitely stands out!
Its been well maintained by a certified VW Mechanic who knows VW air cooled engines. Ive had a lot of work done to my Thing since I purchased it and have bought many parts for it; many of them are OEM Parts or are VW Factory Option and VW Approved Dealer Factory Option components from The Thing Shop in Arizona. I have all the receipts for everything including a new VW Thing Owners Manual and complete Service Manual.
The list of parts Ive purchased and all work Ive done to my Thing since I bought it about 2 years ago is too long to mention everything. Here are some of the highlights: The previous Winter I had my mechanic remove the engine and go through it thoroughly whereby he replaced all the critical seals, adjusted the valves and tuned the carb. My mechanic re adjusted the valves and installed a new European made Weber Double Barrel Progressive Carb and larger Intake Manifold recently with new Rubber Intake Manifold Boots. Ive only used Valvoline VR1 High Temperature Racing Oil in my Things engine since I purchased it and have changed the oil every six months including just recently. Just had my mechanic remove the engine again and installed new Motor Mounts, Transmission Mount, Main Seal, Exhaust Manifold Gaskets, Sachs Clutch Disc, Throw Out Bearing with Retaining Clips, Throw Out Bearing Fork Shaft, Clutch Operating Lever with Cable.
New Engine Parts:
Pertronix USA Made Distributor with the Flame Thrower Electronic Ignition Module and matching Flame Thrower Coil - installed Voltage Regulator - Recently removed because I installed a new 55 AMP Alternator with a built in Voltage Regulator and the external one I removed will come with car if you want it. I bought the external Voltage Regulator and installed it about 1.5 years ago. High Performance Bosch Spark Plugs - installed High Performance Beck Arnley Low Resistance Silicone Jacket Spark Plug Wires - installed Optima Red Top Dry Cell Battery - installed High Quality Aluminum Fuel Filter - installed Rubber Fuel Lines - installed new ones about 1.5 years ago, new one from Fuel Pump to new Weber Progressive Double Barrel Redline Carb recently installed when I had the new Weber Carb installed. K&N Air Filter - installed new one when I install the new Weber Carb High Performance Tri Mil Ceramic Coated Exhaust System - installed Heavy Duty Danish Made Dansk Heat Exchangers - installed $210 Large Heavy Duty Commercial Grade German Made Rebuilt Bosch Starter which was rebuilt by Robert Bosch Corp. and purchased from The Thing Shop - installed recently Rubber Engine Bay Seals which attach to and go around the edge of the Engine Tin Plates - installed Weber Double Barrel Progressive Carb European made by Redline - installed recently Rubber Intake Manifold Boots - new ones installed recently when new Weber Carb and new larger Intake Manifold were installed Larger Intake Manifold - installed recently Motor Mounts - installed recently Transmission Mount - installed recently Main Seal - installed recently Exhaust Manifold Gaskets - installed recently Sachs Clutch Disc - installed recently Throw Out Bearing - installed recently
Various Other New Parts:
Rubber Window Seals for the Original Factory Hardtop - not installed yet - Im going to install them when I repaint the Factory Hardtop. These seals will come with the car. Rubber Top and Bottom Seals for the Windshield Frame - installed recently Chrome VW Badge - installed All the Heater Components and Control Parts from the engine bay, through the cabin, to up under and behind the dash - installed New Black Powder Coated Fuel Tank from The Thing Shop which is exactly like the original OEM Fuel Tank - installed recently New Mesh Fuel Pre Filter Screen and New Sending Unit installed in New Fuel Tank Original Factory OEM Ignition Switch - installed recently Black Powder Coated Front Brush Bar - installed Black Powder Coated Rear Spare Wheel/Tire Carrier - installed Black Powder Coated Heavy Duty Nerf Bars which mount onto the bottom edge of the Rocker Panels - just installed Black Powder Coated 7 Point Roll Cage with Full Padding Kit - installed Tan Side Curtain Windows with sliding tempered glass and Storage Bags to protect them all from The Thing Shop - reinstalled Stainless Steel Locking Gas Cap - installed Tan Bimini Top from The Thing Shop - Recently removed to reinstall Original Factory Hardtop and will come with car. Black Sun Visors from The Thing Shop - installed Black Leather Shift Stick Cover - installed German Made OEM Rubber Hand Brake Cover - installed recently Two Chrome Brackets which attach to top of Windshield Frame which go into Holding Brackets located on the Trunk Lid when the Windshield is put in the down position - installed Two Lower Brackets for the Bimini Top used for the latches - installed Lots of various Rubber Parts - Most parts have been installed and ones which havent been installed will come with car. Gaskets and Seals - Most parts have been installed and ones which havent been installed will come with car. Full Set Of Decals not applied yet - Im planning to apply them after car gets repainted. Dual Circuit Master Brake Cylinder for Disc Brake System whereby the whole brake system was bled and new brake fluid was added - installed recently 3 Point Seat Belts for front seats and 2 Point Belts for rear seat - installed Have original Low Back Seats in decent condition and replaced them with 1972 VW Bug High Back Seats in good condition - Original Low Back Seats will come with car if you want them. Have what appears to be almost new looking original Seat Bottoms for the High Back Seats which will come with the car. Also included is new old stock OEM German made Foam Insert Material for the High Back Seats - They really dont need the new Inserts, but, will include them with the car. Cool Horse Blanket Seat Covers for Front and Rear Seats - installed Tan Leather Padded Aftermarket Steering Wheel from Auto Pro USA with Brushed Aluminum Spokes and Horn Button with the VW Wolfsburg Logo and Aluminum Hub - installed Still have the Original Factory VW Super Beetle Steering Wheel in excellent condition which will come with the car if you want it. Winshield Wiper Blades - installed Original Style OEM Front and Rear Black Rubber Floor Mats with holes and ribbed on bottom side - installed Coco Mats for Front and Rear Floors - Trunk Area - Rear Cargo Area - Rear Seat Backs and Glove Box - installed Wooden Duck Boards for Front and Rear Floors - removed them and will come with car Mounted 15 Inch Aluminum Alloy Baja Style Racing Wheel from Method Racing with a BF Goodrich Grabber A/T Tire on the Rear Spare Wheel/Tire Carrier. - installed recently Smiling Sun Wearing Sun Glasses Spare Wheel/Tire Cover - installed
New - European made Double Barrel Progressive Weber Carb with Electric Choke by Redline including Heated Intake Manifold with Rubber Boots - installed recently New - 55 Amp Alternator from The Thing Shop - installed recently New - High Quality Precision Aluminum External Oil Filtration System from CB Performance and Large High Performance Oil Filter - installed recently New - High Quality Aluminum Crank Case Breather Box from CB Performance - received and getting installed ASAP New - EMPI Front and Rear Disc Brake Conversion Kits and Dual Circuit Brake Master Cylinder for Disc Brake System from JBugs - installed recently My Thing now stops on a dime and has better braking capability than most cars on the road! The original Drum Brake Components are in very good condition and will be included with car if you want them. New - 4 High Quality Aluminum Alloy Baja Style 15 x 6.5 Wheels from Method Race Wheels - installed recently New - 4 High Quality BF Goodrich Baja AT K02 (215-75-R15) Tires - installed recently Based on the extensive research I conducted its the largest wheel and tire combination which can be installed on a stock Thing with stock fenders and without lifting it and without causing a problem. The original stock steel wheels are in very good condition and the tires mounted on them look like theyre almost brand new and will come with car if you want them including the spare whee
Classic Car ID100944662
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