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Engine Failure No Tamworth for me
« on: October 24, 2014, 07:27:49 PM »
Well folks I managed to get 30ks from home at 7am this morning when my fully re-built engine failed.

Initially I thought it was the fuel pump but (fortunately) I broke down across the road from a mechanics workshop, Paul the mechanic was kind enough to have a look and advised me that it was most likely running on 2 or 3 cylinders and advised NRMA tow truck as the best option.

A few hours later I was at the Moke Doctor that re-built the engine and he confirmed that one of the valves had decided it did not want to play and was stuck in the valve seat. (Yep only 2 or 3 cylinders running)

So I unpacked my gear and he was kind enough to drive me home stating he would have it fixed and deliver it back to my house in a few days.

So without even getting to Tamworth I have paid $150 access for towing and lost a couple of hundred in accomodation. Bugger.

Anyway I wanna say thanks to Spider for offering me his Moke to drive however at that stage I had already SMS Shorty and cancelled accommodation and just wanted to crawl into a corner & hide. (with a beer)

Thanks everyone for your support during the re-build of Spottos motor etc sorry I never quite made it and hopefully I will get to join you all one day at another event.



Cheers Mont.  :)



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Re: Engine Failure No Tamworth for me
« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2014, 07:58:24 PM »
Hi Mont,

That's very bad luck and a numner of people here have been saying how sorry they are that after all your efforts you won't be able to make it. Maybe Tassie early next year?

Hope the damage is not great and that you're back on the road soon.
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« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2014, 07:59:03 PM »
Really sorry to hear that Mont
Not what you want out of a newly rebuilt motor >:(

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Re: Engine Failure No Tamworth for me
« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2014, 08:20:53 PM »
G'day Mont,
          That's a bummer after all your work to get ready
in time. I hope its a simple fix for you.

           biggles

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« Reply #4 on: October 24, 2014, 08:32:53 PM »
No good mate, make sure you go for a nice drive/camp when it gets back to make up for it.

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Re: Engine Failure No Tamworth for me
« Reply #5 on: October 24, 2014, 10:15:37 PM »
That really sucks Mont. Nothing worse than being let down when you are looking forward to something so much.  Try to keep it to one bottle eh?
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Re: Engine Failure No Tamworth for me
« Reply #6 on: October 27, 2014, 09:35:07 AM »
Gee Mont that is a real downer!! Feel for you buddy! Hope your "Doctor" honours some sort of warranty on the work he did. Let us all know how it turns out as good to know for other mokers. Hope it works out for you and you are back in Spotto soon.
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Re: Engine Failure No Tamworth for me
« Reply #7 on: October 27, 2014, 03:35:09 PM »
I just read the posting rules and best to probably ignore my query given forum rules on talking about businesses. Good luck with it though.
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Re: Engine Failure No Tamworth for me
« Reply #8 on: October 27, 2014, 05:43:20 PM »
Thanks ADR and thanks everyone for your kind words. Yes it was very disappointing but also Yes the Moke Doctor is going to fix and personally deliver it to my front door.

Better it happened so close to home rather than the middle of woop woop  :(

Cheers Mont  :)
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Re: Engine Failure No Tamworth for me
« Reply #9 on: October 27, 2014, 06:53:19 PM »
Yes Mont it happened just before the phone dead zone the putty rd. Hope he dose a better job this time. You should get your money back from the Austin as we are valued people.
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Re: Engine Failure No Tamworth for me
« Reply #10 on: October 27, 2014, 06:56:58 PM »
Hi Mont, we missed you not being in Tamworth. I was looking forward to catching up again, and a lot of other mokers were looking forward to meeting you and your moke. Hope Spotto is feeling better soon.  :)  The mini beast enjoyed having reliable power and did well on the trip.
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Re: Engine Failure No Tamworth for me
« Reply #11 on: October 27, 2014, 07:02:25 PM »
Thanks Melow I was so looking forward to it.

No Shorty the guys from Austin stated if they don't rent my cabin then I get 2 tenths of f all.

Cheers, Mont

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Re: Engine Failure No Tamworth for me
« Reply #12 on: October 27, 2014, 07:03:26 PM »
P.S Does anyone have my Merchandise I purchased?

Thanks again Mont  :)
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Re: Engine Failure No Tamworth for me
« Reply #13 on: October 27, 2014, 09:58:57 PM »
Hi Mont,

Only just home from Tamworth myself and have had only brief glimpses of the Forum over the past week. Very sorry that you couldn't make it this time, especially after trying so hard and as others have said, there was a lot of commiseration going on and sympathy for both yourself and Woody who got closer, but never made it either due to his newly rebuilt engine giving up on the side of the road also.

The good news is that your neighbours have your merchandise as requested, along with the cash refund of your rego fee.

Also, I spoke to Austin a couple of days back and they will be processing a full refund less a $20 cancellation fee. Maybe best to ring them tomorrow to confirm. I spoke to Frank who is one of the owners and he assured me that this is the case, so please let me know if you have any issues, but I would be surprised if you do.

Still doesn't make up for missing out on the event I know, but hopefully all of that softens the blow a little....


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Re: Engine Failure No Tamworth for me
« Reply #14 on: October 28, 2014, 09:14:44 AM »
Commiserations also.  Could be worth a real ponder over the valve guide situation... ie was it
a tolerance issue... guides not reamed or reamed too tight for tolerance ( worn reamer most likely)
 a heat issue.. expansion beyond normal causing seizing in the guide
 or a timing issue... bent a valve and it got stuck
inlet or exhaust side????


it sounds like your engine builder is as crestfallen as you were... i haven't met too many people who don't want their engine build to run like a dream


just a note... the worn reamer scenario is not easily pecked up.. the stems fit and run up and down cold fine.

 

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