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Playing with my Thing

with my Thing

Nothing just a VW Thing I started a back (not sure and never finished. Was gonna it really detailed, full and everything, but then I started other projects and sort of interest.

Anyhow, thought I post some pics, it would just rot on my computer.

But a little background. The Volkswagen 181 was a two-wheel drive, four-door, off-road, military vehicle by Volkswagen from 1970 to The 181’s design echoed of the wartime Kübelwagen. It went production at the Hanover factory in and though initially 1500cc the engine was soon replaced by the unit. In 1973, production to Mexico, and the car officially was imported the US. Because of its military-like appearance and ground clearance, 2000 actually built for the German in 1970. Some also to the Belgian and Dutch armed

It was sold to the public as the Kurierwagen in the Trekker in the United Kingdom, the in the United States, and the Safari in Civilian sales began in Europe and Mexico during in the U.S. in 1972; and briefly in in 1975, where it failed to well and was dropped fairly Civilian sales ended model year 1980.

In it was sold only for two years, and 1974. Because it had been as a passenger vehicle it was subject to safety standards, and it failed to the the 1975 DOT Windshield Intrusion (the front seat were too close to the windshield). The and 1974 were classified as Vehicles and were exempt those tests

Only about 25,000 were imported. They mainly to the younger crowd, was good because you needed to be just to get in and out of it. The only problem was few of them could afford it. In the Thing cost $3150, as much as many sports and nearly $1000 more the ’73 Beetle. Prices slightly for 1974, but the Thing expensive for such simple

Acceleration was ludicrously slow: 0 to 60 mph more than 23 seconds, and the top was 68mph. In its ads VW boasted that the could be hosed down for (there were several holes in the floor pans), was probably a good thing the removable side windows plastic, didn’t fit very and tended to leak a lot. 40mph the convertible top lifted and the noise made conversation difficult. They only in 3 original colors — Orange, Sunshine Yellow and White.

It has been listed as one of the 10 ugliest ever made, was described in one review as looking like the love child of a corrugated container and a dumpster, with crate aesthetics and marshmallow But despite it’s shortcomings the is very sought after and has a very loyal following. take great pride in vehicles and have made creative modifications, including powerful engines and greatly off road capabilities.

Anyhow, my Thing —


The spare tire fit very in the trunk, and if you installed larger you were unable to fit one in as a spare.

Was going to detail the trunk but finished. The large cylinder was a gas and actually used gasoline the gas tank to provide heat to the The 1974 models used heat instead, probably a safer method.


The seat/deck area. I had started on the convertible top frame but didn’t get far. Very difficult to it so that it would fold and properly.

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The interior was spartan. The only instrumentation was a that housed

a fuel on its dial, and the glove box was really a glove hole, since it a door. The black object the speedometer was the windshield wiper which unfortunately blocked the of defrosting air directly in front of the

The windshield could be folded and the doors easily removed.

A yellow version, one of three offered. NOTE: the engine is NOT I was working on building my own engine, well, you know.


And an version. Could never get the to look right, always a when modeling a car without of rendering. With the optional hard top I was working on.


Was working on an Acapulco version. were built for use in Mexico, as a means of transporting tourists They are very desirable and hard to come by. I know, the top looks plastic, never got to putting in the folds and sags would make it look cloth.

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