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German Bucket List:  http://www.kuebel-klub.de/content.php?mobil=0&item=30106

Links to 181 Data:

Vintage Promotional Materials:

Great 181 Magazines from the past: (click on date in table to see pdf files)

Type 181 Registry:
 Winter  Fall  

 1991  Winter  Spring  Summer  Fall
 1992  Winter  Spring  Summer  Fall
 1993  Spring Summer Aug-Sept
 1993/4 Dec-Jan      
 1994 Feb-May June-July Aug-Sept Oct-Nov
 1994/5 Dec-Jan      
 1995 Feb-June      

VW Thing Association of America:
*VW-Thing-Assn_Zine_No.1-3 from March, May & July 1989
 1989 March May July Sept.
 1990 Feb. May July Sept.
 1991 Feb. May
 1992 Feb. May
 1993 Feb. June
 *March of 1994 name changes to "The Real Thing"
The Real Thing:
 1994  March  July Nov. Dec.
 May Oct.  Dec.
 1996  March  June  Sept.  Dec.
 1997  March  Oct.    Dec.
 1998  Aug.  Oct.  Nov.  Dec.
 1999  April  Sept.  Nov.  Dec.
 2000 1st Qtr.
2nd Qrt.
3rd Qrt.

Thing Stuff:
 1994 Vol1-1 June-6 June-30
July-17 Vol1-5
 1995 Vol2-1 March-10 April-12 May-15 Jun-25
 1995  July20
 Sept.  Oct.  Nov.  
 1996  Jan.  Feb.  April  May  June
 1996  July  Aug.  Sept.  Oct.  Dec.
 1997 March/April May/June July/Aug Sept/Oct Nov/Dec
 1998 Jan/Feb
March/April May/June July/Aug Sept/Oct
 1998 Nov/Dec 
 1999 Jan/Feb Jan/Feb-#2 May/June July/Aug Sept/Oct
 1999 Nov/Dec        
 2000 Jan/Feb Jan/Feb-#2 May/June July/Aug Sept/Oct
 2000 Nov/Dec
 2001 Jan/Feb March/April May/June July/Aug Sept/Oct
 2001 Nov/Dec        
 2002 Jan-March April-June July-Sept. Oct.-Dec.  
 2003 Jan-March April-June July-Sept. Oct-Dec.  
 2004 Jan-March April-June Summer Fall  
 2005 Winter (name change)
Great Thanks for 15 years of dedication to the Editor David Campbell!

A progression of the Thing Registry and West Coast groups / Pacific Northwest
181 Magazine: (name changes from Thing Stuff to 181 Magazine)
 2005 Spring Summer Fall Winter
 2006 Spring Summer Fall Winter
 2007 Spring Summer Fall Winter
 2008 Spring Summer Fall Winter
 2009 Spring
Summer Fall Winter
 2010  ?  ?  ? ?
Thanks to Philip for taking over the last few years!
*end of the trail - Do you have more? I would like to add them.

N.A.T.O. "National Alliance of Thing Owners"
 1996 November    
 *After November 1996 name is changed to N.E. Thing
N.E. Thing: (Official Newsletter of the Northest VW Thing Association)
 1996           Dec.
 1997 Feb. April June
 Aug. Oct. Dec.
 1998 Feb.
Aug/Oct   Dec.
 1999 Feb.
 April June
 2000 Jan. May June Aug.   Dec.
 2001 April
 2002 Feb.    June      

 181 Magazine: (Michael's Art Shop)
1996  Feb.  Sept.  Dec.  
 1997  March  June  Sept.  Dec.
 1998  March  June  Sept.  Dec.
 1999  March  June  Sept.  Dec.
 2000  March  June  Sept.  Dec.
 2001  March  June  Sept.  
 2002  Dec'01/March  June  Sept.  Dec.
 2003  March-TTS tour
 June  Sept.  Dec.

A note on items above. Dates that are filled in are in my current possession. Blue hyperlinks will appear as time allows for scanning of archive. If you have items that I am missing and would like to help fill out this public 181 archive, please contact me. A great thanks to all that have contributed.

contact me: Jeff

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Magazines from the past:

Enjoy and please feel free to download all of these if you wish. Here is a link to the Samba about this archive project.

Thread on the Samba Forum:   http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=343863 

Bundeswehr (German Armed Forces) Maintenance and Service manuals for Type 181-In German

  1. Manual-1
  2. Manual-2
  3. Manual-3
  4. Manual-4
Another great Archive website The Obsolete Air-Cooled Documentation Project - BN4 info

Please note that I have made an attempt to contact all the 181 Volks that were responsible for these great magazines in the day. If you know them please let them know and find out if they mind.

Any feedback can be sent to me directly.

This page is strictly for fun and I intended no malice, disrespect to ill intent to anyone.


Thing Adventures of the Past:

Thing Door Throughout Silicon Valley Sat. April 1st 2006
- PDF1  &  - PDF2 
Summer 2006 Issue of The Type 181 Magazine with TDTSV

YouTube Video

YouTube Video

Line of 181

VW 181 Registry - ZeeMaps - Pin your 181 / 481 Location...

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This page last updated January 2018