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A/b: 1986 Double Cab Transporter (Doka)
By by: VWvortex Member syncromark
Dec 30, 2004, 19:42



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Q: How long have you owned this car?

A: I've owned it for about 3 or 4 years.

Q: Is there anything unique about the history of this car?

A: The truck is originally out of Canada (like most Dokas in the US) and it was once confiscated by the US government for smuggling drugs (presumably over the US/Canada border). It was even modified for smuggling - treasure chest doors and pass-through were welded and bondo’d closed, making it appear as though the compartment didn’t exist!

Q: What was your objective with this car?

A: The ‘ultimate’ Doka – without regard to originality (but appropriate to function/era).

Q: What tuning style would you describe this car as?

A: ‘Over-the-top’ off-road expedition wagon.



Q: Who helped you build this car?

A: I did almost all of it myself, but the biggest help along the way was with the exhaust system (Matrix Engineering in Portland, OR), and transmission (AA Transmission, Tacoma, WA).

Q: What makes your car special?

A: The VR6 engine conversion (there may be better engine choices, but I wanted to keep it ‘all VW’), big brakes, upgraded suspension.

Q: What is your favorite part/feature/function?

A: It's a real grin-producer (on myself and innocent bystanders)!

Q: Who or what inspired the direction of modifications on this car?

A: It’s an awesome design (shape) right from the factory – great proportions. I chose modifications that would emphasize the height (like the ‘3/4 length’ roof-rack), and de-emphasize the length (particularly the front overhang).

Q: What don't you like about this car?

A: The long front overhang limits off-roading (approach angle).

Q: What would you change if you could?

A: I'd create more ground clearance (stock is adequate, though my ground clearance has been somewhat compromised because of the VR6); more interior mods are planned such as GPS, satellite radio, video, upholstery, heated seats, etc.



Q: On a scale of 1 to 10, how satisfied are you with the outcome of this project?

A: It's a never-ending process, so for now I'd give it an 8 out of 10 (shooting for 10 out of 10!)

Q: What would you do to the car if money were no object?

A: Coil-over suspension, twin-turbos, dry sump...

Q: Who has been your biggest critic of this project?

A: I had a guy who didn’t like it because of how awful the Germans were during WWII!!

Q: What do your family and friends say about this car?

A: My wife suspects that I’m a little obsessed...

Q: What is your favorite place to drive this car?

A: Any event with my Doka buddies.

Q: Who gets to drive this car?

A: Just me - I’m very sensitive to strange noises... and clutch wear.



Q: If your car had a motto, what would it be?

A: “Weird but unique”

Q: If you had to name your car, what would you name it?

A: “Hmmmmm?-er.”

Q: What was your previous project?

A: ’89 911 Carerra; ’61 Chris-Craft Constellation; ’71 Bultaco Sherpa T

Q: What is your next project?

A: Perhaps a lightweight Boxster?

Q: What one word best describes your car?

A: Tall - like me.



Owner Information:

Name- Mark Schoening
Address- Portland, OR
E-mail- [email protected]
Occupation- industrial designer

Vehicle Information:

Year- 1986
Make- VW
Model- Double Cab Transporter
Mileage- Unknown
Original Color- Light blue
Current Color- Pearl green/grey
Engine- 1998 VW 2.8L VR6
Engine Modifications- Air cleaner/exhaust
Exhaust Modifications- Matrix Engineering SS cat/header/muffler
Transmission Modifications- Taller 3rd and 4th gears (AA transmission – Tacoma Washington)
Suspension Modifications- Syncro.org springs; Old-Man-Emu shocks
Brake Modifications- South African Big Brake kit
Wheels and Tires- 15x7 Borbet wheels; 235-15 Dueler AT tires
Exterior/Body Modifications- Paint by Antonio Yorba
Interior Modifications- In process
Audio/Video/I.C.E.- In process





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