Lot #12.1 - This striking blue and tan 1973 Thing is a zero mile complete frame-off, nut and bolt, professional restoration. All alterations to originality were done to enhance overall appearance, performance, reliability and drivability. Only high-quality new or meticulously reconditioned parts and assemblies were used in restoration. Exceptional features of this vehicle include: Eberspacher BN4 gas heater, new wiring harness, 0 miles, eye-catching blue and tan color scheme, chromed bumpers, fully documented restoration with 288 photos with hand-written narrative, Saddle Special Edition seat covers with matching convertible top, engine rebuild including upgrade of alternator charging, pointless distributor, electric choke, modern carburetor, hi-pro oil pump with screw-on filter, and DuPont 2K primer-surfacer with epoxy-finish paint. Body shell and panels were media blasted. All metal surfaces were coated with a two-part catalyzed epoxy primer sealer. This Thing includes a completely re-built, rare and working Eberspacher BN4 gas heater under front hood. Very little rust was present in body and none occurred in body panels. Any minor damage was repaired by cutting out complete section and welding in new metal sections. A DuPont 2K catalyzed primer-surfacer was used in doing all the final smoothing and finishing work. The light pastel blue finish paint was a DuPont base coat/clear coat. All seam sealers were removed with high-speed knotted wire brushed. Both front sections of the floor pan were replaced. Pan was finished by seam sealing all areas needed and detailing welds. Panel was sealed in epoxy-finish painted in catalyzed enamel. Front axle beam and all front and rear suspension components were sand-blasted, repaired if needed, and sealed in epoxy and finish painted as needed. Top bow frame assembly was blasted, detailed and epoxy painted. Engine fan housing and all engine-related sheet metal was blasted, repaired and highly detailed before sealing the parts in epoxy and finish painting. Engine transmission and chassis was rebuilt and assembled. Work was done in great detail using only the finest quality parts available. Several original German-made items were installed. Engine was balanced and horsepower increased approximately 15%-20%. Upgrades included: alternator charging, pointless distributor, electric choke, modern carburetor and hi-pro oil pump with screw on oil filter. Completely new wiring was installed along with additional new electrical components as needed. New windshield wiper motor. Seat frames and springs were blasted and repainted. New seat foams, seat covers, convertible top assembly installed. As a final complement the original Thing bumpers were chromed, which bolsters the eye-appeal of this remarkable vehicle.