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1988 16" Syncro Doka   Price: 34000
This Doka is a cream puff!! Retired from the Swedish sea search and rescue society. It's got just 77k kms on the clock (a little under 48,000 miles). This is a very rare 16" model. VW only made 2136 16" models (dokas, vans, campers etc). I won't go into too much detail here but the 16" has a lot of significant differences from a regular 14" syncro. It has different axels and cv joints, different brakes, springs and shocks. Of coarse it's got the tell tale 16" wheels and fender flairs. This doka has front and rear diff locks from the factory.

This truck is very very original. The body is very straight and this is one of most rust free Syncro Dokas I've ever seen. It has a very small amount of seam rust along the rocker panel on the drivers side. Please see the pictures. Otherwise it's as a dry as a bone. The interior is nearly perfect.

This truck is currently my daily driver. I've owned lots syncros over the years and this one is one of the nicest driving trucks I've ever owned. It steers easy, handles well, smooth as ever. No funny noises, vibrations etc. I've taken it on a few long trips (Santa Barbara to Redding CA) and it's been flawless. I'd drive it anywhere.

The truck is powered by a DJ engine and has 5:43 Ring and pinions. The truck is 100% bone stock.

Here is what I have done with the truck in the last month;
Installed 5 new Continental 4x4 contact 215/70R16 tires
New battery
All new Fuel lines (green stripe, the good stuff) and fuel filter and fuel pump
Flushed the coolant system and replaced many of the coolant hoses
Installed a new water pump, resealed the oil pump and the oil cooler
New belt and air filter
Replaced the transmission 3/4 slider/hub assembly and mainshaft bearing to the updated version from Weddle
Changed the transmission and front diff oils to Swepco 203
Removed both diff lock actuators to lube the diff lock shafts.
Changed engine oil and filter
Installed new driveshaft

I've removed all the emergency lights a sirens from the car. They will of coarse go with the car.
Since the lights were blue they would have needed to be completely covered to drive the car on the road. I decided to remove them rather than have covers made. There is one hole in the roof of the truck that is about 1.25" in diameter where the electrical wires were run to the roof lights. The hole is covered and is not that noticeable. The decals could be easily removed by a body shop with a air powered "eraser" and I'm pretty sure with a little buffing the outlines of the decals would disappear if someone wanted to make the truck just a "plain" 16" Syncro Doka (it's still gonna turn heads everywhere you go).

If I were to keep this car I'd convert it to a 4 door doka. At the same time I did this I'd fill in the hole on the roof and touch up there. The one area with the seam rust would be cut right there so that would take care of that. I'd guess this job could be done for $1000 to $2500 depending on the body shop. I have a nice 4th door kit that I've been hoarding and it could be negotiated in with the deal. The 4th door conversion is fairly straightforward and is well documented here on thesamba.

Please note the the Das Mule sliders that are installed on the truck are not included in the sale.

This truck could be easily shipped to Europe in a container. I have experience with international shipping and I can help make the arrangements.

Please do not message me through thesamba. Send email inquires to [email protected]
I'm happy to ship internationally at buyers expense.
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