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1974 VW Thing - Just Doing My Thing

Posted in Features on October 1, 2010
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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.

'74 VW Thing

Michael Parks

Prowlers' chromoly caging

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

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

Custom Prowlers, Sway-a-Way shocks

Howe power steering

CNC pedals and master cylinders

Beadlock wheels, Pro Comp X-terrain tires

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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