VW Kurierwagen (VW 181)

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Hello.

My name's Hugo Pereira and I live in Madeira Island, Portugal.

After several years of dreaming...



I finnally get one...:-D 28 of March this year...
 

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Last 28 of March I give a call to the old owner (old now :mrgreen: ) at front off his house, were the car was...

He wasn't there... I wait for two hours and get to the bank to pick uo the money when the car was going to my place on a trailer...
At home...
 

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After lunch we started to work on him...

The portuguese history of this car started at 2003 when the guy who sold it to me, see the car on the mobile.de site.
Bought him, payed for a trailer until the Hamburg airport and put the car on a cargo plane to Madeira island. When he go to pick uo the car, he have a beer box in the place of the driver and no seats at all on the car... :evil:
The gear box was broken... he payed to fix up the gear, make some kind of rear seats and use the front ones from a beetle he had for parts... The engine and brakes were also checked at the time.
After that, the car was shipped by boat to the Porto Santo island, were he have a house and stayed there until the end the summer of the last year. 3 of the doors are still there... :|
He told me that used the car only in the summer, with the wife and the 3 kids they have. He also have some friends that used the car and the house in several times... 9000 kms in 9 years... He also sayed to me that he NEVES WASHED THE CAR IN ALL THAT TIME... :shock: :shock: :shock:
 

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The fu$%&/() guys of the working shop also glue some carpets at the front and on the center tunnel of the chssis. We need to remove them and them we sstarted to see some of the varius kgs of snad on the car...


Allmost a beach...
 

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Nice find Hugo and looks to be pretty rust free...!!!

I am a VW/Audi mechanic in Tennessee (on the side) and owned a 1973 VW Thing while I lived in Chicago during the 80s which was pretty rusty, but had the German gas heater still in it and was operational... :p

Check out US eBay and you'll see the 181s go for major $$$ - especially the rust free ones. California still has the most air-cooled VW activity and most their VWs go for premium money since no salt used on the roads out there...

Congrats [thumbzup] as it looks like it was a "journey" to acquire that 181 and thanks for sharing. :-D

Keep us posted as you turn her into a "military vehicle"...:cool:
 

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Looks good. I just got a "Thing" and I am hunting for parts to make it look more like it's predecessor, the Kubelwagen. I was also thinking matte black, and that one there confirms it. I will DEFINITELY want to go flat black!
 

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Nice find Hugo and looks to be pretty rust free...!!!

I am a VW/Audi mechanic in Tennessee (on the side) and owned a 1973 VW Thing while I lived in Chicago during the 80s which was pretty rusty, but had the German gas heater still in it and was operational... :p

Check out US eBay and you'll see the 181s go for major $$$ - especially the rust free ones. California still has the most air-cooled VW activity and most their VWs go for premium money since no salt used on the roads out there...

Congrats [thumbzup] as it looks like it was a "journey" to acquire that 181 and thanks for sharing. :-D

Keep us posted as you turn her into a "military vehicle"...:cool:
Thanks Mikev.
The car have many rust... :gimp: Just wait and see the next photos...
About California cars, I have, with my father in law, a Baywindow from 1976 that we bought to the fisrt owner, when he return to Madeira island, after several decades working in the USA. She was never restore before...
We have several VWs in the family...:driver:
 

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Nice. Good for you. Looks like a good project.

We have one too. They are neat vehicles.
Thanks M1031CMT.
I only drive mine for 200 metres in the garage of my appartment...:whistle: But have drive one from 1969 of a friend... a realy cool car... The '69 model still have the reductions gears on the back wheels... mine is from 1978... they were "lost" in 1974...:roll:
 

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Looks good. I just got a "Thing" and I am hunting for parts to make it look more like it's predecessor, the Kubelwagen. I was also thinking matte black, and that one there confirms it. I will DEFINITELY want to go flat black!
Thanks... but it was a wolf in a sheep cloth...:lol: Just wait and see...

About the "kubel" look, I now a guy in the UK that make one... looks very cool, but it's yellow sand... The mate coulor is great also, and like the grey too...:wink:
 

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Continue...

They go to the beach, and come to the car with the foots wet... salt and sand on metal...

It was like glue...

We remove the front passeger seat to easy clean him up...
 

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And the look after we clean several bird ****, sand , garbage, etc...

And after this photo, the things came out of control... :roll::whistle:

Two friends arrived and sayed: "Why you dont paint him green right now? What are you waitting for?"
 

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"-Ok... let me try this one for the first time..." - that's my answer...

A 200metres ride in the garage of my building...
And the rest for the night...
 

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The day after, I only had time at the afternoon to work on him... first see the windows...


They are in glass... an german enginner piece of art! :mrgreen:
 

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And on the ash tray, another ignition key...

The old owner sayed to me that he havent another one... he doesnt smoke... the cigars on him are germans... he never washed the car... welll... he never opened the ashtray... :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll:
 
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