1974 Volkswagen Thing for sale 100944662
1974 Volkswagen Thing

1974 Volkswagen Thing

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1974 Volkswagen Baja Thing Overview If you want to get a really good deal on my Thing with its fairly new European made Redline Weber Carb currently mounted on the intake manifold please make me an offer. Im very negotiable right now. However, if you like, you can replace it and have the first or one of the first VW Things anywhere in the country with the all new modern compact and completely self contained, self learning fuel injection system from Holley. The Holley Sniper EFI Model 2300 Two Barrel Self Tuning Kit from Dunebuggy Warehouse is a versatile EFI system with built-in ECU, fuel pressure regulator and is the easiest self-learning throttle body fuel injection kit which recently became available for sale for VW Type 1 Engines. This kit is perfect for Type 1 motors which produce about 80 - 100 HP and is a complete EFI kit ready to bolt on. Ive invested a lot of money in significant upgrades for my Thing which are listed near the bottom of this description. I will consider all offers! Its almost fully restored and like having a brand new and improved Thing! My Baja Low Mileage Thing has its original Body Panels, Floor Pans, Doors, Fenders, Trunk Lid, Engine Deck Lid, Convertible Top and Hard Top. Also, the #74 on both front doors are magnetic signs and may be removed and reinstalled as you like. All the other graphics are decals and may be removed if you dont want them on the Thing.
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 Baja 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 almost 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, idles, drives, shifts and brakes 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 Workshop Service Manual.
The list of parts Ive purchased and all work Ive done to my Thing since I bought it about 4 years ago is too long to mention everything. Here are some of the highlights: 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 readjusted the valves and installed a new European made Redline Weber Double Barrel Progressive Carb and larger Intake Manifold 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. I had my mechanic remove the engine again and installed new Motor Mounts, Transmission Mount, Main Seal, Exhaust Manifold Gaskets, Kennedy High Performance Clutch Disc and Fly Wheel, Throw Out Bearing with new 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 - installedVoltage Regulator - 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 2.5 years ago. High Performance Bosch Spark Plugs - installed High Performance Beck Arnley Low Resistance Silicone Jacket Spark Plug Wires - installedOptima Red Top Dry Cell Battery - installedHigh Quality High Performance Earls Aluminum Fuel Filter - recently installed Fuel Lines - recently installed Teflon coated one from hard line through the fire wall to the fuel pump and installed steel braided fuel hose with aluminum fittings from Fuel Pump to the Redline Weber Progressive Double Barrel CarbHigh Quality Electric Fuel Pump - recently installed K&N High Performance Racing Air Filter - recently installed High Performance Tri Mil Ceramic Coated Exhaust System - installedHeavy 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 - installedRubber Engine Bay Seals which attach to and go around the edge of the Engine Tin Plates - installedWeber Double Barrel Progressive European made Carb made by Redline - installedRubber Intake Manifold Boots - new ones installed when new Weber Carb and new larger Intake Manifold were installedLarger Intake Manifold - installed Motor Mounts - installedTransmission Mount - installed Main Seal - installedExhaust Manifold Gaskets - installedKennedy High Performance Clutch Disc and matching Flywheel - installedSachs Throw Out Bearing - installed with Kennedy Clutch Disc and FlywheelNew High Performance Custom Spectre Performance and K&N Cold Ram Air Induction System - purchased and removed it and installed new K&N High Performance Racing Air Filter Various Other New Parts:Rubber Window Seals for the Original Factory Hardtop - not installed yet - I was going to install them when I repaint the Factory Hardtop. These seals are included.Black Powder Coated Windshield with Green Tinted Glass purchased from The Thing Shop - installed Rubber Top and Bottom Seals for the Windshield Frame - installed with new WindshieldChrome VW Badge - installed All the Heater Components and Control Parts from the engine bay, through the cabin, to up under and behind the dash - installedBlack Powder Coated Fuel Tank from The Thing Shop which is exactly like the original OEM Fuel Tank - installedNew Mesh Fuel Pre Filter Screen and New Sending Unit installed in New Fuel TankOriginal Factory OEM Ignition Switch - installedBlack Powder Coated Front Brush Bar - installedBlack 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 - installedBlack Powder Coated 7 Point Roll Cage with Full Padding Kit - installedBlack Powder Coated Cargo Rack for front trunk lid - installed Black Powder Coated Skid Plate - installedTan Side Curtain Windows with sliding tempered glass and Storage Bags to protect them all from The Thing Shop - installedStainless Steel Locking Gas Cap - installedTan Bimini Top from The Thing Shop - Not installed currently, but, is included. Black Sun Visors from The Thing Shop - installedBlack Leather Shift Stick Cover - installedGerman Made OEM Rubber Hand Brake Cover - installedTwo 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 - installedTwo 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 be included.Gaskets and Seals - Most parts have been installed and ones which havent been installed will be included. Full Set Of Decals not applied yet - I was planning to apply them if and when I get my Thing repainted and will be included.Dual Circuit Master Brake Cylinder for Disc Brake System whereby the whole brake system was bled and new brake fluid was added - installedEMPI Racing Suspension Driver and Passenger Seats - installedCorbeau 5 Point Racing Harnesses for Driver and Passenger Seats - installed3 Point Seat Belts for front seats and 2 Point Belts for rear seat - 3 point belts removed when EMPI Seats and Corbeau Harnesses were installed, however, these will be included if you ever want to reinstall its original Low Back Seats which are also included. Have its original Low Back Seats in decent condition and replaced them with 1972 VW Bug High Back Seats in good condition - Original Low Back and High Back Seats will be included if you want them.Have what appears to be almost new looking original Seat Bottoms for the High Back Seats which will be included. 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.Cool Grey Horse Blanket Seat Cover for Rear Seat - installedTan Leather Padded Aftermarket Steering Wheel from Auto Pro USA with Brushed Aluminum Spokes and Horn Button with the VW Wolfsburg Logo and Aluminum Hub - installedStill have the Original Factory VW Super Beetle Steering Wheel in excellent condition and is included if you want it.Winshield Wiper Blades - installedOriginal Style OEM Front and Rear Black Rubber Floor Mats with holes and ribbed on bottom side - installedBeige Colored 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 - Front ones installed and rear ones will also be included.15 Inch A

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Vehicle Specifications

  • VIN
  • Classic Car ID
  • Stock Number
  • Category
    Import Classics
  • Body Style
  • New/Used
  • Mileage
    62,000 miles
  • Engine
    4 Cylinder
  • Drivetrain
  • Transmission
    4-Speed Manual
  • Exterior Color
  • Custom Color

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