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  • Willy
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    Formally introducing my new daily driver and back-burner project, a 1989 Syncro Doka Jagdwagen. This thing is a beast! Only a handful known in the world; from my research estimates are between 12 and 20 ever made and 2-4 known in the western hemisphere. Jagdwagen roughly translates to “hunt-car”, and was basically a result of checking all the right boxes when you ordered a syncro doka and effectively doubled the price of a standard doka. Factory roll cage, winch, gun rack, jerry can locker, individual rear seats and more.

    This specific one has some really cool history too. It was originally titled and corporately owned by Volkswagen for the first 5 years as a promotional/display vehicle, meaning that this one is optioned with just about every “Jagdwagen” accessory. I’ll detail all these later when I can get good photos of them all.

    The Jagd is powered by a VW TDI that makes this a much more reasonable daily driver for me and the syncro system with the front and rear locking diffs make it a useable rig for me year round! Hopefully I’ll be able to make more ski/camping/ and KCW trips! My plans for it are up in the air right now. Obviously I’m not doing anything major to it until I finish up my SO42, but will definitely be making little tweaks and further rust prevention when I can.

    tlambert
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    Badass Will.

    alykat
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    Let’s just call that a SCORE !!!!!!

    BBWB
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    Pretty sweet! I’m a bit jelly.

    I'm at the age where "fuck off", "fuck you", and "fuck it" answer most questions.

    Kleake
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    Awesome Will

    Pat K
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    Pretty sweet! I’m a bit jelly.

    Super duper jealous here. Damn punk kid.  ????

    Nice score Willy.

    We will build it if it comes.

    Franz
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    Yeah, jealous for sure. Sweet vanagon. Lets see some more pics of the special stuff.

    Trade you a 52 barndoor project for it? 😀

    ColeB
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    All you need now is to drop an easy plug and play subaru diesel motor into it! Its so easy and I bet Pat and Franz would love to help  😉  😉  😆  haha! Looks awesome man! We all have to rally our vanagons together. Christmas color gang style

    Willy
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    Haha thanks guys, I’m pretty stoked on it, and know how lucky I am to have the opportunity to own it. The oval had to give up its place in my collection, but its going to be pampered like it deserves now. It was hard to part with such an awesome car, but at the end of the day I don’t have the resources to be its custodian and drive it regularly like I needed to. This meets my needs right now of having something unique and useable!

    Willy
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    All you need now is to drop an easy plug and play subaru diesel motor into it! Its so easy and I bet Pat and Franz would love to help ? ? ? haha! Looks awesome man! We all have to rally our vanagons together. Christmas color gang style

    I was just thinking we needed to do a diesel syncro campout when the ultimate vanagon is finished! I love watching people’s faces as they try to figure out what this thing is as it rolls coal past them. ?

    John Jones
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    Will…. cool truck.. you suck….  diesel campout??  Have fun…

    Willy
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    Will…. cool truck.. you suck…. diesel campout?? Have fun…

    I know, its no tractor motor… but we’re young and dumb!! Remember?

    Willy
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    Went outside this morning to take some photos of the accessories, and didn’t know that it was supposed to snow…

    I should have known though, given the weather up in Estes Park yesterday

    mtnbus
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    So sick Will ! Congrats !!

    Willy
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    Got to meet Ripley the Syncro here in town the other day. Ripley is a well outfitted Westy, and is really well known on Instagram with like 15k followers of its adventures! Cool to see it. It has the cool Audi rims like the Bradburn’s Ultimate… I might need to start looking for some like that.

     

    66beater
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    Damn that’s rad!!! What a score!

    us after hours hackshows just trying to “keep up with the Jones’s”

    Franz
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    Got to meet Ripley the Syncro here in town the other day. Ripley is a well outfitted Westy, and is really well known on Instagram with like 15k followers of its adventures! Cool to see it. It has the cool Audi rims like the Bradburn’s Ultimate… I might need to start looking for some like that.

    That one has a cool grill. You are a vanagon guy now. 😉

    ColeB
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    I’ve seen they have that up for sale. Did they say anything about why? Seems like they went through hell to get that tdi running how they wanted. New rig? No more living in a van?

    Willy
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    Haha I don’t know if I’m a full blown “Vanagon Guy” yet, but these busses do seem to have their own very similar and also unique following and culture that surround them. I’m having fun learning about them and how people use theirs.

    I’m not sure why the people who own the westy are selling it, maybe to switch to an LT or a Sprinter? That would be my guess.

     

    I finally went out and took some detail photos at some of the features of a Jagdwagen model doka.

    The first and most noticeable differentiation would be the exoskeleton/roll-bar. All installed at the factory.

    The spot light on the front isn’t original, but definitely fits the look. I don’t think I’m going to keep it though. It doesn’t work and I think two smaller LED pods on either side of the brush guard would be more efficient and provide a lot more light.

    Check out the fitment of the factory winch on the bumper too. There are some cool videos of this truck on YouTube winching out some fipped over Vanagons and stuff.

    Another rare option on this bus is having 4 independent captains chairs instead of the bench in the rear. The rear 2 seats swivel, which I assume is so that you could spot targets or shoot out the windows ?

    The locking jerry can holder and rear full size spare tire mount

    Dash shot showing the 3 knobs! Front and rear locking diffs

    The factory refrigerator is missing its plastic mount that holds it in place on the floor. I’m not sure where I’m gonna find one, but its not a big deal anyway. I don’t have any problems with it sliding around. If I end up using it a lot I may just upgrade to an ARB refrigerator that has more storage and is more efficient.

    This one was optioned with an auxiliary heater that was removed when the updated TDI was swapped in.

    Swedish only headlight washers!

    And finally the locking slide out gun rack. Super cool original Jagd accessory, but I don’t own any guns, so I’ll probably just use it for fly rods and gear storage!

    And the J-codes; they’re what separate this Jagdwagen from other dokas and verify its authenticity.

    Kleake
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    Sounds like a great excuse to buy some guns Will ???

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