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There’s only one day left on this Mat Tracks-equipped Pinzgauer 710M. The seller states the Mat Tracks alone are a $35,000 upgrade. The tracks would make this truck unstoppable in deep snow. The original wheels and tires are said to be included. Paint is also said to be new. Mileage: 50,000 (km, I’m assuming).

The truck is listed on ebay with a Buy-it-now price of $27,500, and is located in Marathon, Florida.

More photos after the jump.

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This is pretty nutty. I’ve gone some crazy places but I’ve never driven through a mine. The poster writes that the action takes place on the Gold Rush Trail in British Columbia.

It seems super dangerous. It’s an amazing video though, if you don’t mind the music.

Left-foot braking means applying the brake with the left foot while your right foot is on the gas and the car is moving forward. It’s one of the most important skills I’ve learned. It makes progress over rocks and obstacles much smoother by reducing suspension movement as tires come off of obstacles. Chassis impacts with said rocks and obstacles are thereby also reduced.

Imagine a tire going over a rock. Even pressure on the throttle makes for a smooth climb to the top of the rock. Even pressure on the brake makes for a smooth descent down the other side. Gas and brake at the same time covers all of your bases, as some tires may be climbing while others descend.

There’s a second benefit. In a vehicle with open front and rear differentials (most 4x4s) getting into a crossed-axle situation (in which one wheel on each axle has lost traction) will halt forward movement. Squeezing the brake while keeping your foot on the gas can reduce wheel spin in the lost-traction wheels and transfer torque to the wheels with grip. In my experience though, this doesn’t work if the truck is up against big obstacles. That said, if you happen to get cross axled on a rutted but flat road, it’s a good trick to have up your sleeve.

This video does a good job of explaining both scenarios. If you haven’t already, practice left-foot braking the next time you’re out on the trail. Your smoothness over obstacles will be like night and day. Once I learned, I wondered how I ever got by without it.

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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.

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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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