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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.

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

The Syncro Story

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I just spotted this Volkswagen Type 2 Double Cab flatbed pick-up on Craigslist. I’ve always had a soft spot for these drop-side trucks. According to the ad it’s had some interior work done and it looks to be in good condition. The ad doesn’t state the engine type but this generation came equipped with engines ranging from 1.6 to 2.0 liters.

The truck is located in the San Francisco Bay Area with an asking price of $15,800.

Link: Craigslist

I spotted this 1978 Unimog 416 DoKa on Bring a Trailer today. The ebay ad states that the truck has about 2500 hours on a factory-rebuilt engine and 200k+ kilometers on the odometer. It doesn’t have a PTO or hydraulics but the seller says he has those parts available, presumably for extra cost.

This truck is reported to have standard axles, as opposed to the high-speed ones we sometimes see, so top speed is limited to 55 mph. Still, you get the standard portal axles, 6 forward and 2 reverse gears, a 125 hp diesel engine, and room for five adults in the cab.

The opening bid is $25,000, which is closer to the price I’ve seen for restored Unimog DoKas. Take this one for example, that I covered at about this time last year, which was listed at $27.5k. And the seller states that for some reason the front bumper is not included. Hmm.

The truck is located in Fairport, New York. The auction closes on February 17th and currently has no bids.

Update 2/23/2013: The truck failed to sell at $25,000.

Link trail: Bring a Trailer > ebay

Here’s an unusual find from the forums on Expedition Portal. This 4×4 camper started life in 1977 as one of five custom-designed maintenance trucks commissioned for the Netherlands Railway Authority. In 1995 the rear utility cab was retired in favor of a camping unit outfitted to house up to four people. Very handy, since the DoKa cab seats up to four as well.

From what I can glean from the posts, truck has covered about 75,000 miles. It has 8 forward gears, 4 reverse, and high-speed axles. It carries about 100 gallons of water and about 140 gallons of fuel, giving a range of 1400 miles, give or take. The owner is asking $24,000, however, there is a catch.

The original, normally-aspirated OM352 engine is shot. The current owner has sourced a new turbocharged motor which is included in the sale and needs to be installed. In an additional wrinkle, the turbocharger is said to make the motor 4″ taller, thus precluding it from fitting into the old engine compartment. Some have suggested a cab lift. Others have suggested relocating the turbo.

Are you interested in taking on this near-one-of-a-kind expedition vehicle? Here’s a link to the forum post. The truck is located in Portland.

More photos after the jump.

Link trail: Original Expo thread > An old ad on Classic Unimogs (many photos) > Picasa Page (many photos) > Current Expo thread

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In case the Unimog video I posted the other day got you thinking about a ’Mog of your own, check out this restored, 1974 Unimog 406 Doka diesel — “Doka” being mog-speak for “crew cab.”

The ad says it has crawler gears, a custom truck bed, and a manual crane. I guess that’s how you lift stuff into the truck bed? This one doesn’t come with a PTO or hydraulics but it looks like the PTO port and brackets are there.

I first saw Unimogs from this era as a kid visiting family in Germany and thought they were amazing even then. I like the burnt orange paint and don’t even mind that the top speed is 50 mph.

The ad also states 23,450 miles, 3,475 hours. 500 miles since restoration. The asking price is $27,500. Located in the Garden State.

Update: This truck is no longer available.
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