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Quote XSFrank Replybullet Topic: Restoration of a Mechanical Moke by Winget
    Posted: 09 Jan 2013 at 2:49pm
Hi all,
 
I've just joint the forum whilst searching for some info on a Winget autotruck I recently bought and came across this post
 
The thing is actually called "The Mechanical Moke" and was made by Winget.
Luckly mine is mostly original and untouched and I'd like to keep it as original as possible. I even have the original type plate for the top and a nice air filter decal.
 
Now to start my own thread.
I bought it as I saw a few old road working and building machines at the Goodwood Revival last year and thought they'd be fun to have Big%20smile
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My plan is to restore it and use it at Santa Pod and Avon Park Raceway as a pit truck when my mates and I take our Drag Beetles to the track. To tow the cars, haul tyres etc.

I've got a few metal repairs to do which shouldn't pose a problem at all and then the frame and most loose parts will go to be shot blasted and powder coated.
I will do it in Heritage/Leaf Green (RAL6002) which seems a close colour to the original.
The pick up bed will be new stained timber boards.

The engine is going to need the most attention I think.
Its a JAP 4/3 stationary engine.
So far Im mising the correct tank, the valve cover and most importantly the magneto Cry
If anybody has any parts or knows a good source, maybe even another engine for sale, please let me know.
 
 
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Quote Andy Frost Replybullet Posted: 09 Jan 2013 at 4:46pm
I've got A JAP 4/3 engine if it's any good to you........whereabouts in the country are you ??

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Quote XSFrank Replybullet Posted: 09 Jan 2013 at 6:20pm

I'm in Bournemouth/Dorset.

What condition is it in?
 
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Quote Andy Frost Replybullet Posted: 10 Jan 2013 at 3:50pm
Originally posted by XSFrank

I'm in Bournemouth/Dorset.


What condition is it in?


Frank


It's ex Ransomes Matador , from your point of view cylinder barrel/piston is ok , mag is ok.
Carb and manifold would be different from yours , as would crank.

Free if you're ever down this way (Norfolk)

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Quote XSFrank Replybullet Posted: 11 Jan 2013 at 9:31am
Originally posted by Andy Frost

Originally posted by XSFrank

I'm in Bournemouth/Dorset.


What condition is it in?

 

Frank


It's ex Ransomes Matador , from your point of view cylinder barrel/piston is ok , mag is ok.
Carb and manifold would be different from yours , as would crank.

Free if you're ever down this way (Norfolk)

Andy.
 
Thanks Andy, that's very kind. Could I arrange a courier to collect it, as I'm not likely to get to yours in the near future.
Funny enough I bought the moke from near Woodbridge in Suffolk and then visited some friend near Clacton in Essex.
The company I work for uses UPS, so I could get them to collect it from yours if you don't mind.
I've realised it's not easy to find spares around my neck of the woods.
 
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Quote XSFrank Replybullet Posted: 11 Jan 2013 at 9:59am
I've just been send this by somebody from another forum.
It's in the 1957 British Construction Equipment Catalogue.
 
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Quote Andy Frost Replybullet Posted: 11 Jan 2013 at 4:38pm
Frank , if you let me know exactly which parts you require , I would be prepared to break the engine and post the parts.
Owing to past experiences with couriers , I have next to no faith in you not recieving damaged parts , I trust you understand.

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Quote XSFrank Replybullet Posted: 12 Jan 2013 at 8:02pm
Originally posted by Andy Frost

Frank , if you let me know exactly which parts you require , I would be prepared to break the engine and post the parts.
Owing to past experiences with couriers , I have next to no faith in you not recieving damaged parts , I trust you understand.

Best   Andy.
 
I'll definetely have the magneto and valve side cover and if you have the cooling shroud and it doesn't need too much work that as well.
I found a brand new one here if not.
 
The rest all seems there, although the carb etc will need stripping and rebuilding. I don't know what the engine is like yet. It turns over though so that's a good start.
Let me know how much I'll owe you for postage in a PM and I can paypal you the money.
 
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Quote XSFrank Replybullet Posted: 06 Feb 2013 at 6:37pm
I've made some progress on the moke and finished the metal work to the carriage platform and one of the disc wheels.
Although I want to keep as much original metal as possible and think a little rough looking adds to the character, part of the frame was too rusty, so I cut it out and welded new angles to it. Also made new lifting eyes which were missing completely and tabs to fit side panels in.

The wheel was a bit more work and I had to cut out one side and make a new disc. I think the result is quite good. Now to the other side.
I've also made new rollers to fit in the main frame which the engine swivels on. The old rollers had seized and were just flat on one side.

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Quote sdarmstrong Replybullet Posted: 06 Feb 2013 at 11:51pm
Nice bit of work there. Keep the pictures coming , it encourages the rest of us to keep going !!Big%20smile
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Quote XSFrank Replybullet Posted: 06 Oct 2013 at 5:39pm
Well it's been a while and the project stalled for quite some time. Setting up my own business and some work at home didn't leave me with lots of spare time.
But yes I have progressed and all parts are now nicely powdercoated and the reassembly has begun.

The engine is still part disassembled and will be put back together next with a little rebuild, new gaskets etc.
I bought another engine on fleabay for the magneto, tank and valve cover.
Really looking forward to getting it done and having a ridearound.

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Quote sdarmstrong Replybullet Posted: 07 Oct 2013 at 10:58pm
Taking shape nicely !
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Quote simar kid Replybullet Posted: 20 Oct 2013 at 7:20am
frank,thats going to be a beauty if what we see is what we finaly get.hope you move this onto the New Forum so its easier to keep tabs on.
Not sure whats wrong. i think we will let it develop
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