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Originally Posted by Tishabet View Post
I have a 4wd (with front and rear lockers) 86 vw syncro westfalia and an 89 vw tristar doka (van with a truck bed) and daily drive both... Love them both and have done just about every job that you could do with these vehicles from panel replacement and paint to engine swaps. Have done a ton of climbing, fishing, hunting and more family adventures than I can count using the westfalia... I have an ultra-efficient refrigerator and a solar/house battery setup that lets me keep my beer cold indefinitely, and a propane heater (propex) that keeps it toasty inside even when it is freezing outside, it's the bee's knees. FWIW I swapped out the engine in the westy for a ford zetec for reliability/performance/parts availability at any FLAPS, I can cruise up any mountain pass I want.

If you want something modern I would look at the the ford transit or the sprinter, both are very popular for combo daily and adventures vehicle. Take a long hard look at the dimensions.of the sprinter though... They come in a variety of lengths and heights but all of them are large.

My rigs:

Sounds like someone I know. (Me.)
1966 912 Polo Red
1950 VW Bug
1983 VW Westfalia; 1989 VW Syncro Tristar Doka
550 Beck Spyder, 1989
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