65 English little wheeler in Coastal North Carolina

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65 English little wheeler in Coastal North Carolina

Post by pbraun » Thu Sep 05, 2013 20:21

I bought this 65 Moke about a year and a half ago, but have just recently started serious restoration work. I did get the subframes sandblasted and powder coated black, and the speedo rebuilt, but other things were beyond my ability, so I looked around to find a reasonable body shop who would be able to do this project and interested. Found one through some local car guys and now the shell has been sandblasted to reveal much swiss cheese and bad body work. Panels have been acquired thanks to Leo Jack and the shell is getting reassembled. Brakes are getting some attention, etc...

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then here are a whole bunch (188 as of today) of pictures about this fun endeavor : http://www.flickr.com/photos/pbraun/set ... 938170988/

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Re: 65 English little wheeler in Coastal North Carolina

Post by Wally2 » Thu Sep 05, 2013 21:04

Hi Peter,
Great work so far! Keep it up.
Your engine number is a little before mine 8AC U H3135, my Chassis number is AAB1L817813, my moke was built in November 1965 and exported to Philadelphia in January 1966, returning to this side of the pond in 2006.
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Post by pbraun » Wed Sep 11, 2013 14:03

Hi, Chris,
Thanks! getting there little by little. Mine is chassis # A-AB1-4771098.....built 2 Aug 65 and sent to Philadelphia 6 Aug 65.

Wondering today about seat belt mounting plates, because mine had none at all, front or rear. What did yours have from November 65?

Also, do you know how your motor/tranny was painted? all green, or just a green block?

Also wondering what color to paint the brake pedal box. Black or body color?
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Post by Wally2 » Wed Sep 11, 2013 16:22

Hi Peter,
Yours was a little before mine then, mine went to Philly in Jan 66.
Not sure what seat belt moutings mine had when it left the factory, but it just has lap belts in the front and nothing in the back. There has been quite alot of posts on here re seat belt introduction and wether its ok to just have lap belts, however, to fit three point belts the shoulder strap needs to fix right back near the shock absorber mounting, not godd for anyone in the back and with original low backed seats, not good for those in the front seats.
My motor and gearbox are both painted in the engine green and the pedal box and pedals are both black, but again I dont know what they would have been in '66. The moke was finished in Spruce green at the factory so who knows.
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Post by pbraun » Fri Oct 18, 2013 0:39

Panels assembled and made, reassembly begins

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Post by Tim » Fri Oct 18, 2013 1:15

Looking good Peter. How are you finding the fit of the replacement panels?

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Post by pbraun » Sun Oct 20, 2013 15:59

I have found the fit of the panels to be excellent! Careful alignment is critical, but just a little fitment work required. All panels were from Leo Jack at mokepanels.com. Some were made ourselves.
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Post by Tim » Sun Oct 20, 2013 23:08

That's good to hear - I'm going to have to do new floors in a couple of years. I have heard nothing but good things about Leo's panels.

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Post by pbraun » Fri Nov 01, 2013 19:02

Getting closer to seam sealer and primer. Test fit of subframes here.

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Post by Wally2 » Fri Nov 01, 2013 20:07

Hi Peter,
Looks great progress so far! Keep the piccies coming!
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Post by pbraun » Tue Dec 17, 2013 17:08

So, after some delays, more delays........ hopes are higher than before of actually getting seam sealer on next week. Maybe. argh.

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Post by spider » Wed Dec 18, 2013 7:00

Nice job there for sure, but, in detail, it won't look like a Moke, it's too well aligned! :lol:

Yeah, keep up the nice work :)
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Post by pbraun » Thu Jan 02, 2014 16:44

No worries =- I'll bungle it up somehow! ;) Thanks!

Now, Jan 11, everything is getting a final sand blast, lightly, just to clean up the 6 months of surface rust built up whilst doing other welding and fitting. Then primer, seam sealer and paint.

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Post by pbraun » Fri Jan 17, 2014 22:58

In spite of some ugly weather, the Moke is now in primer ! yeah!

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Primer being worked on, smoothed out, metal working visible areas before seam sealing

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Re: 65 English little wheeler in Coastal North Carolina

Post by Nigel(no top)Sykes » Fri Jan 17, 2014 23:32

Dunno about the weather.......that looks suspiciously like sun in the second pic :D
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