Fibreglass Replica Moke

Fibreglass Replica Moke

Postby GPmoke » Tue Jun 05, 2012 21:40

don't think but we are starting to do fitting smart engine. expecially for US.
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Postby Tim » Tue Jun 05, 2012 23:46

That's an interesting idea, I understand that the later smart engines are 1.0L and about 70bhp, so they should go alright. The earlier 650cc engine might be a bit slow though.

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Re: Automatic Moke

Postby bnicho » Wed Jun 06, 2012 0:02

I'd be interested in seeing that conversion GPMoke. Any pics?

70bhp should be fine in a Moke. After all, the 1275 Californians only had about 60?? and a Cooper S only has 76.
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Re: Automatic Moke

Postby janz » Wed Jun 06, 2012 0:20

GPmoke wrote:don't think but we are starting to do fitting smart engine. expecially for US.

Are these conversions the ones you talk about in another section of the forum with the gearbox in the back - RWD Moke? Are they to go in the fiberglass body shell cars you are starting to make in Italy or are they intended for original Mokes?
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Re: Automatic Moke

Postby GPmoke » Wed Jun 06, 2012 8:05

Hello
yes we are working on the shell in fiberglass
because been sold in the seaside maily is better for rust
the weight is very similar to steel chassis
because there is inside the steel

also the rollbar will be full roll bar for better protection.

and the body will be created for different chassis
so for original chassis from MINI
custom chassis for any engine in the front
and we are working on SMART engine in the back
always in kit or fully built

SMART engine will be expecially for US market.

:)

PS: i would like to restart the production with MOKE name too!:) work in progress!
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Re: Automatic Moke

Postby Nigel(no top)Sykes » Wed Jun 06, 2012 16:29

With the engine in the back wouldn't you be struggling for storage space ?
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Re: Automatic Moke

Postby GPmoke » Wed Jun 06, 2012 19:02

the liggage will be put in the front
or you can instal a luggage rack over the engine box
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Re: Automatic Moke

Postby Daniel » Wed Jun 06, 2012 20:45

Hi GPmoke,

this sound interesting, but what about registering such a car? Will it be a new car or based on any old registrations?
Doing it as a new car is difficult in Germany as you have to fulfill a lot of security aspects as Airbag, ABS brake and so on. Maybe you could do it easier?

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Re: Automatic Moke

Postby janz » Wed Jun 06, 2012 22:04

I can see a DAF 'reverse racing' championship vehicle developing here. Storing luggage in the front... whatever next. Some crazy German - Dr. Ferdi somethingorother - thought of that too.... never worked :lol:
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Re: Automatic Moke

Postby bnicho » Wed Jun 06, 2012 22:16

janz wrote: Some crazy German - Dr. Ferdi somethingorother - thought of that too.... never worked :lol:


It gets me to work every day. (My 1974 VW Super Beetle.) 8)

Just don't put heavy items in the front boot, it does weird things to the handling. :D
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Re: Automatic Moke

Postby janz » Wed Jun 06, 2012 22:41

:lol: :lol: :lol: and that roller accelerator pedal...... Love it. Although I'm meant to understand that Mini afficionados are meant to hate everything Beetle / Porsche / aircooled etc. Why :?: :!: could you imagine the perfect garage.... All 4 Mokes of course....., a Kubelwagen, a Schwimmwagen (ouch... €180K plus now) and a token Mehari..... or two :lol: 1303 Beetle would do nicely too :wink:
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Re: Automatic Moke

Postby bnicho » Wed Jun 06, 2012 23:10

I'm not brand loyal, I buy cars that I like regardless of marque.

My current garage (besides the Moke):
1974 VW Super Beetle
1985 Toyota MR2 ex USA
1975 Toyota Corona GT Hardtop ex Japan (FOR SALE)
1965 Morris Mini Traveller ex UK (Under Resto)
2009 Nissan Pathfinder (the family car)

Minis and their derivatives are my favourite, but the Beetle is more comfortable as a daily. I enjoy running something old school and thumbing my nose at the notion you need a car less than five years old to have reliable transport. If I feel the need to have a "fang" then I just take the MR2 instead.

I find most Mini people do have at least a passing interest in old VW's when you scratch the surface. They are both iconic cars that have a great history and were built well beyond their intended use-by date.

I once took the VW to a Mini Club dyno day and was amused to find I had 44hp at the wheels. (Stock 1600cc) More than all the small-bore Minis and some of the 1275's as well.

I'd love to have a Schwimmwagen, but the $$$. Ouch!! My local VW specialist has one, but I don't think he'd ever part with it.
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Re: Automatic Moke

Postby Tim » Wed Jun 06, 2012 23:12

My morris van has a roller accelerator pedal.

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Re: Automatic Moke

Postby GPmoke » Thu Jun 07, 2012 10:11

Daniel wrote:Hi GPmoke,

this sound interesting, but what about registering such a car? Will it be a new car or based on any old registrations?
Doing it as a new car is difficult in Germany as you have to fulfill a lot of security aspects as Airbag, ABS brake and so on. Maybe you could do it easier?

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Hello
you can register as kit car in any coutry
or use the old registration for MINI because at the end is the same size engine

easy!
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Re: Automatic Moke

Postby bnicho » Thu Jun 07, 2012 11:07

GPmoke wrote:
Daniel wrote:Hi GPmoke,

this sound interesting, but what about registering such a car? Will it be a new car or based on any old registrations?
Doing it as a new car is difficult in Germany as you have to fulfill a lot of security aspects as Airbag, ABS brake and so on. Maybe you could do it easier?

Daniel



Hello
you can register as kit car in any coutry
or use the old registration for MINI because at the end is the same size engine

easy!


Both those ideas are illegal in a lot of places, including Australia...
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