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DUTCH MILITARY DOKA

I thought that I may have already posted this one, but it did not show up in a search, so here it is.

Maybe for the second time.


It looks to be in Prime shape, with about 56K kilometers on the clock.
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Crazy nice looking. Wish I was in a position to buy it right now.
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post #4 of 28 (permalink) Old 07-18-2019, 06:25 PM
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Even has the NVG warning light shield...nice truck!
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I can’t help myself I have to stereotype and make fun of the Dutch….my Dutch friends would be hurt if I didn’t….



This thing is just begging to be turned into a caravan, RV or overland vehicle (politically correct term for an RV based on a Unimog). …………………………….. I mean a Dutch Unimog has to be a camper, it is some sort of national rule, and a Dutch 1550l REALLY needs to be a camper, sorry overland vehicle…..



Th explanation…for those of you who have not lived in Europe, in summer time the Dutch leave there small home country in mass and caravan/RV across Germany, France and beyond…anytime you are out driving around on the autobahn, in the summer, and see a camper/trailer there is at least a 75% chance it has the distinctive yellow license plates of the Netherland….
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Awesome!!

Does anyone know how the dimple formed behind the left side front turn signal?
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Well, that is hard to say, but it looks like there is also a bit of a dimple in the same place on the right side. Just bonking the corners on a tree will do that, or any number of other things that were contacted.

Now, if you drive around with the front hinge pivots locked in, it is possible to bend the fender / cowl area. Locking the corners in sends the stresses from the frame flex into the fender panel, and it can crumple. That damage usually shows up to the rear, and lower, near the diagonal seam line of the front fender.

Here are a couple of shots of the creases that result from having the hinges locked.

For the Dutch DOKA I'd guess that they are random bonks.
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As I ponder this, and with both sides showing damage in the same area, maybe 'Random Bonks' are not the issue...

There was a very similar dent that showed up on my truck.

I didn't do it, and it appeared after the cab was tilted while the head gasket was replaced. I asked the shop about it, but they had no idea...and I didn't push it.

Since it is similar to what shows on the Dutch DOKA, and since it certainly happened while in the shop's care, I wonder if it is a type of damage that can happen while 'over-tilting' the cab or something.

It seems like if you hit the bumper or other pieces by letting the cab go too far, there would be some damage to the paint to give evidence to the impact.

My paint was fine, and the paint on the Dutch UNIMOG looks to be intact as well.

I wonder if this sort of damage could result from the cab coming to a hard stop while tilting it forward. There would be no paint damage, but maybe the shock of the stop would dimple the upper corners. I don't know, but the damage on my truck looks similar, and I know the cab was tilted during that time period.

I suppose it could also happen during the lowering process, if you bounced it or set it down hard.

I've tilted the cab on the Grey one without damage, and that truck has the ride-along cab tilting jack. The green DOKA did not have that system, so the shop would have been using a chain fall or a hoist of some type...I don't know.

The Dutch DOKA shows the tilting equipment in place.

The fact that they are both DOKAs might be a factor, or not.

Mine was only dented on the one side. I never thought that the damage was a result of tilting the cab until just now, but I wonder?
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Mine came with the same bonks! I could never find a “how the heck” reason...!!

I’ve tilted my cab to replace my 352 with a 366 and monitored the front end... it could not find a way.

Interesting mystery!
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