Green Monster: 1980 Volkswagen Type 2 Transporter DoKa TDI Swap
The Volkswagen Type 2 was revamped in the 1980 model year and became what is known as the T3, or Vanagon for the US Market. Today’s example started life as a European born Transporter and spent some time as an army vehicle for the German military. Thankfully, Germany didn’t try to conquer the known world for a 3rd time in the 20th century and that means this next vehicle isn’t riddled with bullets or covered with evil insignia. Find this 1980 Volkswagen Vanagon DoKa TDI here on eBay bidding for $8,675 with 1 day to go, located in Portland, OR.
The DoKa version (a truncation of the German word for double cab– Doppelkabine)
is a strange looking combination of crew cab pickup and folding metal sided flat-bed. The
Doka offers ample seating for a small family of six and this German Army version has metal subframe with canvas tent structure. You could hide another entire family in back if so inclined.
Powering this beast is a 1.9 liter turbocharged diesel engine (TDI) from an undisclosed VW/Audi car — should make something in the range of 90-100 horsepower and 150 ft-lbs of torque. The seller reports 35-40
mph mpg and a top speed of 80 mph which isn’t bad at all for an 80s era Transporter.
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The question of the day: how much gold bullion can it carry?
Will an Ark fit, provided it is crated?
The latch on the ark – click it or ticket. Opening an ark while driving is dangerous to your health and the health of others.
Juan million dollars in gold bullion.
"The seller reports 35-40mph" … mpg, Shirley?
I should probably read this stuff before I post it…eh? FIXED!!
I believe you mean
Juan meeeeeeeeelyon doelahs
I follow three "cars for sale" blogs regularly. With this post all three have now featured VW Dokas that claim to have TDI swaps, but none of them actually do, including this one. Despite the TDI claim the engine pictured is (most likely) an AAZ, which is a 1.9 liter turbodiesel, but is not direct injected…not a TDI. If it's in good health expect about 74 hp…about 6 more than the original 1.6TD. I emailed the seller…he confessed that he doesn't exactly know what engine is in it and just guessed that it's a TDI.
Mark it ZERO!
(for TDI score, that is)