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1974 VW Thing - Just Doing My Thing

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Jordan May | Writer
Posted October 1, 2010

Just Doing My Thing

When Michael Parks called from his Bluetooth while cruising down the highway in his VW Thing, stating that we should check out his ride, we were intrigued. When Michael finally sent us a photo of his ride, our jaws dropped and we asked for a ride. Over the years, his family has been a solid force in the off-road industry, which has lead to the forming of SMP Fabworks in Sun Valley, California. He and his son Steven wanted something different from what they see in the desert while still retaining the ability to drive it to the beach on Sundays.

Vehicle:
'74 VW Thing

Owner:
Michael Parks

Chassis:
Prowlers' chromoly caging

Engine:
LS1 Corvette V-8, C&R cooler, Odyssey batteries

Drivetrain:
Mendeola transaxle, 935 CV, Sway-a-Way axles

Suspension:
Custom Prowlers, Sway-a-Way shocks

Steering:
Howe power steering

Brakes:
CNC pedals and master cylinders

Tires/wheels:
Beadlock wheels, Pro Comp X-terrain tires

Interior:
Aluminum dash, Auto Meter gauges, Lowrance GPS, Racer-X communications, Mastercraft seats

Other Parts:
Lightforce lights

Favorite Off-Road Area:
Southern California, Nevada, Baja

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