I have a 74 VW Thing with a 2180cc vw motor, dual 44 carbs, Electronic ign, 041 heads w/ hi rev spring and solid shaft rockers. Dual relief case w/ full flow oil system, oil filter, stock oil cooler and 72 plate oil cooler w/ fan. Holds 6 qt of oil. Motor run great, only a couple years sense rebuild. Has built trans geared low for offroading and can be driven on the road. Has 3 x 3 trailing arms in the rear, 10 inches wider in the front w/ frt adjusters, all new ball joints and tie rod ends last year. Fox resvoir shocks all the way around, Polished Centerline wheels, fairly new tires 31 12.50 x 15 in the rear w/ good tires 700/15 in front. Four wheel disc brakes, New master, brake lines etc. Two front wheels are centerlines(now polished) 15x 3.5, 1.5 offset, and the rear are Steaker wheels (polished) 15 x 7 zero offset. New wire loom and fuse box, front and rear seats in great shape. It does need a windshield and a new dimmer HI beam / low beam switch, plus a wiper mtr and whatever else you desirer. The tires in front are NOT the offroad type anymore, they are street style. The others went bad, same size though. ( 700 x 15). This car is very fun to drive, I hate to sell but I have another project I want to work on. I have done all the work on this myself except for the wiring, I have replaced just about everything on it, I did all the fab and suspension work. I have worked on Vws most of my life and use good quality stuff and feel confident you wont be disappointed in this car. It could use your personal touch to make it you own. Clean and clear title in hand, buyer responsible for pick up or shipper and shipping cost. for sale locally, may end auction early. Please ask any questions, Thx and good luck John.
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Bloomberg Markets is reporting that BMW, Volkswagen and Ferrari have been using tungsten ore sourced from Columbia's FARC rebel terrorists. The extensive story focuses on Columbia's illegal mining trade and calls into question the provenance of the rare ore that is used not only in crankshaft parts production, but is also found in the world's computing and telecommunications industry for use in screens.
The ore is mined by the FARC (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia, or Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia - People's Army), and exported to Pennsylvania, where it is refined. The refined ore is then sent over to Austria, where a company called Plansee turns it into a finished product. Now, it's important to note that we aren't talking about the world's supply of tungsten here. In 2012, Plansee's American refinery purchased 93.2 metric tons of tungsten, valued at $1.8 million. That's peanuts, with the entire Colombian tungsten mining industry producing just one percent of the world's supplies.
That doesn't make indirectly supporting FARC any more acceptable, though. BMW, VW and Ferrari are all committed to not accepting mineral supplies from the Democratic Republic of Congo, which is also in the grips of a guerrilla insurrection funded, in part, by illegal mining. The same commitment would figure to extend to Colombian mining, but as BMW points out, it's difficult for a multi-national manufacturer to know where every item in its supply chain comes from. A company spokesperson says as much, telling Bloomberg, "These few grams out of the billions of tons of raw materials passing through the BMW supply chain are of no practical relevance."
A couple weeks ago, we watched a Chevrolet Silverado get dominated by a Dodge Ram Heavy Duty in a fullsize pickup tug-of-war, but in that truck's defense, Chevy's Vortec gas engine was no match for the torquey Cummins turbo diesel. For our next round of vehicular tug-of-war, a Duramax-powered Silverado HD takes on Volkswagen Touareg V10 TDI.
Now, on paper, putting the Duramax V8's 365 horsepower and 660 pound-feet of torque up against the V10's 310 hp and 553 lb-ft looks like an easy win for the Bowtie, but unfortunately, this battle has a similar result as the Dodge versus Chevy video, with the Silverado smoking its tires trying to move forward as it gets pulled backwards. Put another way: YouTube 2, Chevy Silverado 0.
It just goes to show, though, that big tires, bolt-on fender flares and goofy smoke stacks don't improve your towing abilities. Besides, what did the Silverado driver expect when the Touareg V10 TDI has towed a Boeing 747 in the past?
Reports in October 2012 claimed Volkswagen had begun investigating the creation of its own budget brand. This came after having failed to purchase Malaysian car company Proton or produce a meaningful partnership with Suzuki, and after watching Renault-Nissan make piles of euro on Dacia and plot the return of Datsun.
For VW, more important than the question of what to call it was how to build it profitably and in a way that didn't damage the VW brand. According to a report in Autocar, a satisfactory answer still hasn't been found. The hurdle is how to hit "'necessary' quality and safety levels" at the price points needed to make the venture worthwhile. At the time of the 2012 report, German outlet Der Spiegel said VW was trying to get prices down to 6,000 to 8,000 euro ($7,784 to $10,379 US), about two thousand to four thousand euro under the price of the VW Up and in line with the cost of a 6,790-euro Dacia Sandero in Germany.
In March 2013, VW announced, "We want to bring a true budget car to the market in China in the foreseeable future," the most concrete move in that direction after years of planning to make a decision. Working with local Chinese maker FAW, it was predicted that the vehicle in question would appear around 2016, but as of November last year a final vote on it needed to wait until this year because "We are still working on the cost side" and profit possibilities for a car that "has to be durable, it has to be precise, it has to be safe."