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Raj R: 73 181 Refurb

Postby DasVolks » Tue Sep 09, 2008 9:49 pm

Transplannted from DVG on 9.9.2008 at 22:49 by DasVolks

73 Thing
« Thread Started on Sept 4, 2008, 19:19 »
SO I got this thing 2 summers ago. After years of searching for one. Paid 5 hund for her. I got rid of my manx style buggy for it bc i want something more practical, and METAL. My freind almost forced me not to bring it home, once we saw it.....She was found in NJ up north by a lake... hence the heavy rust issues going on.

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Re: 73 Thing
« Reply #6 on Sept 4, 2008, 22:37 »
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Re: 73 Thing
« Reply #8 on Sept 4, 2008, 22:45 »
so... a few weeks went by with it. I bought new metal pans for it, welded them in and slapped the body back on it.

I grinded most of the heavy rust down and threw on some primer. I wanted to reall see what I had to work with and where this project was going.
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Re: Raj R: 73 181 Refurb

Postby Raj » Wed Sep 10, 2008 7:10 am

Prior to the first winter I had her she had rec'd a new top. Its wasnt that hard to install, and it came out pretty good for a first timer. I ran 15 inch bug wheel in teh front with snow tires and stock 14 thing rims in the back with old 14 studdable snows. She looks good, and kinda mean but rode like crap. The tires were dryrotted to nuts so it was kinda scary to drive. She ran a holley bugspray for a while, but was having issues with it, so I tossed on my dual kads off my blown 1641 from the 65 bug. It was fun in the snow.

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Re: Raj R: 73 181 Refurb

Postby Raj » Wed Sep 10, 2008 7:11 am

So before the thing went into its present paintjob, believe it or not, I did do some body work as time premitted. Front fenders for a thing are far and few bw.... and back in the old country ( massachusetts, not india) we used to make one from two.

The back 1/2 of the pass fender was wrecked. One of the parts things I bought had a bad front 1/2 of the same fender. So I mated them. I didnt go nuts with the feathering and sanding... but made it look decent.

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Re: Raj R: 73 181 Refurb

Postby Raj » Wed Sep 10, 2008 7:12 am

Then in spring came the chromies and new 15 inch All terrain tires. The rims were free from a buddy so they would work until I found the Jackmans I wanted. Chrome didnt look right on the car... but I wanted 15 inch tires. Raised white letters in.... looks better. I want Mud Terrain tires, but they were very expensive in this size. So these will do for now...

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Re: Raj R: 73 181 Refurb

Postby Raj » Wed Sep 10, 2008 7:14 am

Then I found a dude upstate with a parts thing... turns out he had the factory VW accessory 5 pt roll bar. It all bolts in and ties into the factory bolt holes. WHO'S YOU DADDY!

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Re: Raj R: 73 181 Refurb

Postby Raj » Wed Sep 10, 2008 7:15 am

I needed a cheap paint job.... STAT. I didnt want paint paint bc I wanna beat the balls off this THING. I want to scratch, carry crap, spill my beer on it, and not have to worry.

I initially thought to do desert storm camo, but the white body panel inside wouldnt look right with the tanish exterior... so black, grey, lt. grey, and white worked = Artic camo.

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Re: Raj R: 73 181 Refurb

Postby Raj » Wed Sep 10, 2008 7:16 am

This worked well, bc as I find better panels or feel like doing body work... i could... and still touch up the paint.

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Re: Raj R: 73 181 Refurb

Postby Raj » Wed Sep 10, 2008 7:18 am

Somewhere along the lines.. I added the complete set of duck boards, my co pilot, and a beer...ugh... i mean coffee holder.
I had to change the fuel guage, and get all the signals, horn ,and hazards to work. Next up.. the GAS HATER!

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Re: Raj R: 73 181 Refurb

Postby Raj » Wed Sep 10, 2008 7:19 am

Then finally I for a set of real 15 inch wide 5 jackman wheels. I love black rims on here. I have teh OG jackman cetnercaps, but they are chrome.... so they will stay on the shelf.

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This is how she sits today.
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Re: Raj R: 73 181 Refurb

Postby Glenn A » Wed Sep 10, 2008 10:46 am

Raj you need to fix the link in this samba thread .

http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=297736
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Re: Raj R: 73 181 Refurb

Postby Raj » Wed Sep 10, 2008 10:55 am

Why... ? It take them to the DVG home page.
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Re: Raj R: 73 181 Refurb

Postby Glenn A » Wed Sep 10, 2008 11:14 am

It took me to the old forum not this one .
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Re: Raj R: 73 181 Refurb

Postby Raj » Wed Sep 10, 2008 11:30 am

Mike said that he will only redirectly the link on Sat after he shuts the old one down. He's giving the other users of the forum a few days to comply with teh switch. Read you email goddammit!
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Re: Raj R: 73 181 Refurb

Postby ObnoxiousBlue » Wed Sep 10, 2008 12:48 pm

Raj wrote:Mike said that he will only redirectly the link on Sat after he shuts the old one down. He's giving the other users of the forum a few days to comply with teh switch. Read you email goddammit!


All things being equal, I may make the move a bit earlier, as it is now, I moved Tim Stark (Stal20) Rob Stehle (UnberStehle) and Andrea Rasso (Polly) over this am.

The only ones yet to come, who are registered for the old forums are:
Greengoblin
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greasemonkey

I know one is Adam, I think one is that guy from queens(?) with the white fasty(?) and whos h20cool?

Im gonna be doing some repairs on the homepage and a couple small edits on the forums tonight when im dispatching. So (while you shouldnt notice any disruption on the site) I may move the boards over sooner seeing as "the gangs all here"

Raj when I do move the forums, Ill delete these posts so you can have your project thread back
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Re: Raj R: 73 181 Refurb

Postby Raj » Wed Sep 10, 2008 12:50 pm

I spoke to the greengoblin this afternoon on another topic, and reminded him to move over. FYI
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Re: Raj R: 73 181 Refurb

Postby Raj » Mon Sep 22, 2008 9:13 pm

Camping at Flanders 2008

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Re: Raj R: 73 181 Refurb

Postby Glenn » Mon Sep 22, 2008 9:15 pm

Now covered with genuine Flanders soot.
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Re: Raj R: 73 181 Refurb

Postby volksbugusa » Tue Sep 23, 2008 3:28 am

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Re: Raj R: 73 181 Refurb

Postby Raj » Sun Oct 26, 2008 9:43 pm

So peeled off the soft top today to ready the install of the hardtop for the winter.

Here she is topless.

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Re: Raj R: 73 181 Refurb

Postby Raj » Sun Oct 26, 2008 9:48 pm

The thing come from the factory with holes that are placed to mate with the factory hardtop ( accessory from VW). They are covered with a plastic cap. After pulling the cap revelas the hole.

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They have never been threaded in there lifes so it was time to run a tap through them to clean them up. Good ole m8 x 1.25, ( aka ( fender bolts, floor pans etc)

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Re: Raj R: 73 181 Refurb

Postby Raj » Sun Oct 26, 2008 9:55 pm

I did some research on the top and picked a few dudes brains at etown. Turns out is a real deal VW top.

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Looks great installed.
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Re: Raj R: 73 181 Refurb

Postby Brown » Sun Oct 26, 2008 9:58 pm

Raj,

That is a sweet look! Really dresses up your "THING"!!!
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Re: Raj R: 73 181 Refurb

Postby ObnoxiousBlue » Sun Oct 26, 2008 10:10 pm

I helped carry it to the Thing :-) Im important tooooo!

Raj, it looks sweet on there.
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Re: Raj R: 73 181 Refurb

Postby Raj » Sun Oct 26, 2008 10:18 pm

Mike,

Thanks for lending a hand. I appreciate it.
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Re: Raj R: 73 181 Refurb

Postby Brown » Sun Oct 26, 2008 10:22 pm

Raj,

Does your wife know Mike was playing with your Thing???
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