'81 Aussie MOKE.

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Halfpint
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'81 Aussie MOKE.

Post by Halfpint » Fri May 05, 2017 22:37

Hi,
Just thought I'd share a small part of my Moking journey from the other side of the world. I'm sure it will be interesting to some, and cause others to cringe a bit.
We have owned this MOKE since the early nineties, and it has had a few makeovers in this time due to being driven nearly everyday but its the first time she's been bent.
Back in Feb this year on a 43 degree day and 2pm in the arvo, My Son in Law was driving with his mate in the passenger seat heading out for a swim at the Weir. It was a 50 kph zone and just before a 'T' intersection, an elderly bloke reversed directly out of his driveway and straight into the traffic flow. There was nowhere to go and BANG! The Gent then panicked and hit the accelerator pushing the MOKE even further.
The guys wife called the Police and when they arrived( within a few minutes) assessed everything, then handed him a "Failed to Give Way" fine.
Thankfully everyone is ok, with no physical injuries, just a bruised ego for the older guy, and embarrassment for the MOKE's pilot.
Oh well, not much we can do about it, and my Son in law was pretty upset about it knowing how much the MOKE means to everyone in our family. But it was definitely not his fault.

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A few weeks later, and the panel shop were able to pull a big wrinkle out and give it a basic straighten.

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I got it home again and was able to remove the engine and strip everything off.

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At the moment, the rotisserie is in use so I can tidy up a few holes that have never been used, thought I might as well while we are at this stage.

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The plan over the next couple of weeks is to have the shell soda blasted and returned to the panel shop so they can replace the front panels and straighten it all up.
While that happens, I'll fire up the shed heater and setup another front subframe, (being May here in Australia, were heading towards Winter).
My Granddaughter has set the deadline, It must be all completed by Christmas so we can drive around at night time to see all the Christmas decorations with the roof down again ( as we do every year :D ).
Cheers everyone.
Halfpint.

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Re: '81 Aussie MOKE.

Post by Nigel(no top)Sykes » Sat May 06, 2017 5:05

It is certainly well bent. It's good that the insurance let you keep her and good luck with the panelwork, keep us in the picture(s)
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Re: '81 Aussie MOKE.

Post by Tim » Sat May 06, 2017 6:30

Nasty, I'm glad that no-one was hurt and that the Moke can be saved.

Tim
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Re: '81 Aussie MOKE.

Post by Mickey C » Sat May 06, 2017 23:12

The old pulling out half a second later could've nasty but glad everyone is ok , well except for your Mike! Hope it's back on the road for Christmas (or sooner), great to read its regularly used.
I'm jealous of your garage but being from the north of England, wonder what temperature your garage gets to that needs heating? ;)

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Post by Halfpint » Sun May 14, 2017 13:00

A little update for those interested :)
We mounted PRU on the rotisserie. Its so awesome to have the Rotisserie, I've never had one before, and wow, its a revelation :)
Pulled the old MIG out, cleaned the sleeve, borrowed a bottle of gas, and welded up some holes that have never been used and also some holes that are no longer needed ;).

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Amazing how you see more every time it gets flipped.

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Re: '81 Aussie MOKE.

Post by Halfpint » Thu Aug 17, 2017 3:26

Hi,
Had the shell Garnet blasted and delivered back to the Panel Beater.
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Unfortunately, this is where its stalled with no progress, but I've been assured that with the arrival of the new panels, work will commence soon and it will be a pretty quick process from then. We will see :|

Its given me time to clean up some bits and re-build the rear subframe.

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The suspension is sitting on the shelf and will be fitted when I bolt the subframe back onto the body.

I have the engine on the bench now to replace all the bent bits and give it all a tidy up.
Not enough time to spend in the shed, but even so, its like a time machine, no sooner do you walk into it, the days gone in a blink of the eye :lol:

Cheers.
Halfpint

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Re: '81 Aussie MOKE.

Post by Halfpint » Thu Nov 23, 2017 11:03

G'day evryone,
Im afraid its been quite slow going. Looks quick like this though :D

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I'll post some more next week, been playing with the engine again :D

Just been busy chasing other Mokes up mountains :lol:
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and through some creeks :D
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Cheers Moker's
Halfpint

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Re: '81 Aussie MOKE.

Post by Halfpint » Thu Nov 30, 2017 23:51

And it begins :D

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Still havnt finished the front subframe yet, but should have the Moke 80% assembled by next weekend. :wink:

Cheers
Halfpint

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Re: '81 Aussie MOKE.

Post by spider » Mon Dec 11, 2017 9:01

Come on mate, no time for snoozing now, Christmas is just around the corner !!

Looks great mate. Oh well, it bought your plans forward a year or so,,,,
Old Mokers never die, they just smell that way.

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Re: '81 Aussie MOKE.

Post by Halfpint » Tue Dec 12, 2017 12:39

Ok, Ok :) In between Summer naps :lol: :lol:
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High 30's tomorrow, so only a couple of hrs of shed time early in the morning. When the sun goes down I should get the engine roughed in. Unless I'm onto the second beer :D Its tools down then :)

HP

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