Boschen, Lothar, Das grosse Buch
der Volkswagen Typen: alle Fahrzeuge von 1934 bis heute.
Stuttgart: Motorbuch Verlag, 1983. ISBN
3-87943-799-8. German text.Descriptions of all VW models, including the
VW 181: model changes on p.361-364, four official photographs on p.364
and 366, some technical information on p.365 and production figures on
Kurze, Orth, Volkswagen Kübel
181 Reparaturtips, Ersatzteiltricks, Technik.
German text, 79pp + 50+pp photo's/illustrations.
This 15x21 cm. sized book has technical
info and tips, addresses, etc. Arnd Klinkhart (VW 181 Geländewagen-Club
of Hamburg, Germany) thinks it is 'not too good'. However, he says that
for a Thing driver it appears to be a 'must have' item as it is one of
the few books around 'and as such I would recommend buying it just to have
Schreier, Konrad F. (editor)
VW Kübelwagen Military &
Civilian 1940-1975 (1st edition)
Cobham: Brookland Books Ltd. ISBN
1-85520-2182. English text, 140pp + approx. 250 illustrations.
One of a series of VW books consisting
of reprints of original road test reports and other articles that appeared
in leading motoring journals during the periods concerned. This volume
covers the Type 82, 128, 181, Country Buggy, The Thing and Iltis. It contains
comparisons, specifications, road tests, driving reports, history, maintenance,
technical data and operation.
VW Kübelwagen Military &
Civilian 1940-1990 (2nd editon)
VW Kübelwagen Military Portfolio
1940-1995 (3rd edition)
Portrayal Press. ISBN: 1855202182
Manual, (Owner's) Instruction
(Owners') Instruction Manuals were originally
issued with each VW 181 sold. They came in various languages.
||The VW THING Registry once re-published an enlarged (to 8.5" x 11")
reproduction of this 90 page 1974 THING owners manual (contains gas heater
info so is same as 73's).
||Reprint is available at the VW Kübel-Klub Germany.
||Printed in Germany
Manual, Parts / Service
BN4 Heater Manual
The VW THING Registry had published a reproduction of the original Eberspächer
service & parts manual, plus 4 pages of VW parts illustrations &
p/n's (commercially available in the USA).
Colour Wiring Diagram Manual
(Commercially available in the USA.)
Type 181 Parts Manual (160 pages)
The VW THING Registry had published an all new parts manual with new illustrations
from VW Germany. This is not a copy of the microfiche. Also has paint codes,
options lists and other helpful info (commercially available in the USA).
Type 181 Service Manual
The VW THING Registry had published a translated reproduction of the German
military manual for Type-181s. Has about 600 illustrations (photos mostly)
and a colour copy of the THING wiring diagram. Covers most areas that the
general VW manuals miss that are unique to THINGS (commercially available
in the USA).
Technical Recommendations - Journeys under difficult conditions
This VW publication (part number 000 5340 71) was published in 1985 and
may still be available. It covers the VW 181 as well as the Beetle, Transporter
There are no specific workshop manuals (Haynes, Bentley, etc.) available
for the VW 181. Those meant for VWs in general are usable. However, some
Beetle manuals do mention the VW 181. For example:
Reperaturanleitung VW Käefer. Band Nr. 979, 980, 981.
Stuttgart: Motorbuch-Verlag. ISBN 3-7168-1785-2. German text.
Mainly a manual for the Beetle, but at the end there are some pages
where the differences between the VW 181 and the Beetle are explained.
The VW 181 is also mentioned in the list of technical data (torques, etc.)
and a wiring diagram is included.
Workshop Manual for Volkswagen Beetle from 1968, Intereurope Manual
Maidenhead: Intereurope Ltd, 1971. SBN 901610-35-6. English text, 122pp
+ 18pp tables etc.
Acknowledges the 181 as a Beetle variant, and gives details as appropriate
where the 181 differs significantly.
||As for all models, Volkswagen AG in Germany published a
Parts Illustrated Catalogue for the VW 181. This is not a real parts
list: it only contains sketches for positive identification when ordering
parts. Latest know edition is the 1990 one, order no. 000.7340.86.89, which
should be available through your VW dealer.
Source: David Campbell (e-mail 29 Oct 1996); Christian Demmer
(e-mail 97-07- 02); Kenneth Green (e-mail of 7 Jan 1999); Ian David Harrison
(e-mail of 97-05-02); Arnd Klinkhart (e-mail of 96-12-29); Bob Miller (VW
Thing mailing list digest 11.4.95); Hanno Spoelstra.
Loring Kohrt has put the 1973 Thing owner's manual on-line at The
Internet 181 Club.
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