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I just spotted this VW Type 2 T3 Syncro DoKa via Expedition Portal. The ad states that it started life with a 1.9-liter gas engine and was “properly” converted from 2wd to 4wd. The engine is currently out of the truck and the seller is offering buyers a couple of different powertrain options: a 1.6-liter JX  gas engine or a 1.9-liter AAZ turbo-diesel with a Giles injection pump, K14 turbocharger, and ARP engine fasteners. Also offered, is a locking front differential in addition to the locking rear. The truck has also been treated to a full repaint and a new suspension. It’s reported to have covered only 80,000 km.

I love these drop-side transporters. This is a 3-door DoKa model. No build year is given but the seller states that it’s over 25 years old (making US import unproblematic). This mostly likely means it’s a 1985 model, which was the first year of the Syncro and the last year of the 1.9-liter engine, according to my research.

A lot of these trucks led hard lives. It’s nice to see one in such good condition.

The truck is being offered in Bright’s Grove, Ontario, Canada for $18,500 as is, $25,000 with the 1.6-liter JX and lockers, or $30,000 with the 1.9 diesel.

More photos after the jump.

Links:
The ad on The Samba
Wikipedia, Volkswagen Type 2 T3 article

The Syncro Story

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Quite a nice Unimog history lesson in this video. It starts at the beginning and covers through 2008.

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I’ve always liked the 80s-era Audi 4000. To my eye they look better than the 5000, cleaner, more compact.

Here’s an 1985 Audi 4000S (spotted on Bring a Trailer) with only 112k miles, a 5-speed gearbox, a sun roof, and, of course, Quattro all-wheel drive. This model was equipped with an inline, 5-cylinder engine rated at a modest 115 hp and 126 ft. lbs of torque. That’s good for a 9.5-second 0–60 time. People say they’re quiet fun to drive though.

This car is reportedly owned by a German-car-repair-shop owner in Denver and is said to have been completely mechanically sorted out.

A note on this model’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system: all four wheels are permanently engaged through three open differentials. The center and rear diffs. are lockable via levers on the dashboard.

Bidding currently stands at $7,500 with 24 bids and three days left on the clock.

Update 12/18/2013:
Bidding on this Audi just ended at $12,655 with 36 bids.

See more photos after the jump.

Links:
Bring a Trailer
Ebay ad
Audi World, Audi 4000 article
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There’s a relatively inexpensive Unimog for sale in Flagstaff. It’s a 1972 U404.0. According to my research, the U404.0 was a gas-engined, civilian market model which benefited from a more modern cab, power steering and a larger M130 2.8-liter motor, compared to the M180 2.2-liter fitted in the 404.1 military versions.

The civilian 2.8-liter motor is actually a benefit as it has higher compression and can achieve decent roads speeds, but it’s still slow by modern standards. (Plan for a 50mph cruising speed.) The M180, military motor was set-up for low compression to run on poor quality fuel (60–70 octane) and is much less powerful.

The 404s have six forward speeds, two reverse, and shift-on-fly 4-wheel-drive. And, of course, they have the Unimog’s famous portal axles, locking differentials, and bullet-proof drive train.

This one is reported to have like new Continental tires, a fresh clutch and recent tune-up. I like the olive drab paint and red wheels. Loud and slow, perhaps—but amazing off-road.

It’s available for $10,000 o.b.o. Thanks for the tip, Richard!

Links:
Craigslist ad
A great overview of the Unimog 404 from Unimog Centre
Unimog 404 specs

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We’ve been remiss in our scarce coverage of AEV trucks. If you haven’t already heard, AEV takes the stock Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, stretches the frame by 39″, reinforces it, adds a 61″ composite pick-up bed, and then makes almost everything else better, stronger, or faster. There’s a tuned, remote-reservoir suspension with 4.5 inches of lift, an optional 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 with 470 hp and 465 lb-ft of torque, custom bumpers, a custom hood. The list goes on. The result is called the AEV Brute Double Cab. By all accounts the ride, performance, and capability are amazing.

This particular truck is a recently-released Filson special edition. That adds about $10k to the top-of-the-line Brute’s $120k price tag. In exchange you get a custom Filson leather and cloth interior and special exterior paint but end up with only one seat in the back of the cab. Is it worth the bargain? You decide.

Either way it’s great to see trucks of this quality being produced State-side.

There’s a great overview video of the AEV Brute below and more photos of the Filson Edition Brute at the end of the post.

Links:
AEV Brute Double Cab
Filson Edition AEV Brute
AEV Brute review on Jalopnik

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The aftermarket Jeep parts supplier, Extreme Terrain, is giving away three separate 4 day / 3 night trips to major off-road destinations as part of a promotional contest. A single contestant will win the whole lot. He and his (or her) guest will be flown to California’s Rubicon Trail, Moab in Utah, and Ouray in Colorado. Once there, they’ll be given the use of a Jeep Wrangler with which they can explore the trails.

Read the rest of the post for additional details culled from Extreme Terrain’s press release.

Link:
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All photos: Gregory McDonald

Our friend Greg at continues his Lost Coast adventure on his blog, gadmachine, aside from being a top-notch adventurer, he’s very good at getting very close to very large animals. This bull elk basically walked into his camp at Usal Beach.

More photos after the jump.

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This nice looking 1975 Volvo TGB 11 is currently being offered for sale on Unimog Exchange. If you’re familiar with these trucks, you know that the Volvo TGBs, which come in 4×4 and 6×6 versions, are the military cousins of the civilian Volvo C303. They’re extremely capable trucks thanks to such off-road luxuries as locking front and rear differentials and portal axles.

This particular truck is said to have a custom bumper with winch, HID headlights, and IFR driving lights. The interior is said to have new upholstery and trim, and Dynamat sound insulation. Under the hood the seller calls out a Pertronix Flame Thrower coil, and 24 and 12 volt electrical systems. The truck is said to be fully galvanized with no rust issues and painted with German camo paint.

These trucks were made for ten years from 1974 to 1984, and were offered with a 3-liter, straight six, Volvo B30 engine good for 130hp in carburetted form and 175hp when equipped with fuel injection.

This one is said to have just under 37,000 km on the clock and is offered for $30,000 in Castle Rock, Colorado.

I posted about a restored Volvo C303 last year that reportedly sold for less than $20k in 2009. From what I’ve seen online, similar trucks are selling in the $20k to $25k range.

Read the rest of the post for more photos and links.

Links:
This Volvo TGB 11 on Unimog Exchange

Similar trucks for sale previously covered on WCXC:
1975 Volvo C303

1975 Volvo TGB 1314
1975 Volvo TGB 11 Camper

1972 Pinzgauer 710M
1971 Pinzgauer 710K
1974 Pinzgauer 710K

1974 Unimog 406 DoKA

Research:
Volvo C303 Wikipedia page
Pinzgauer Wikipedia page Read the rest of this entry »

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There’s a company in LA called West Coast Defender that’s doing for the Defender what TLC does for Land Cruisers, that is, finding vintage models, restoring them to better than new condition, and selling them on to you.

They sell Defender 90s and 110s in gas or diesel. Prices range from $85,000 to $105,000.

Link trail: gadmachine > Gear Patrol > West Coast Defender

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There was a great post by Sinuhe Xavier on Expedition Portal last month called Risk and Reward in the Utah Backcountry. The short story is Sinuhe and his buddy go scouting through Utah’s Canyonlands National Park and the place flash floods on account of heavy rain.

The even shorter story: the photos are amazing. Check it out.

Link: Risk and Reward in the Utah Backcountry