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Missy and Gryphon Together again
« on: February 01, 2017, 11:47:55 PM »
Hi,

motivated by a passing comment the other day, I dragged the cover off Gryphon and did enough to get Gryphon to the MOA meeting tonight so that it could be parked next to Missy who has recently been restored and on the road again after nearly 20 years.

Why this was a little bit special is because the original Griffin and Missy were built around the same time by two good friends in the early 1980's and while Missy went to Cape York and Griffin did the Canning Stock Route, the Griffin disappeared to a new owner in the late '80s and the two vehicle have never been seen together since.

Missy moved to the NT in 1995 and returned to Melbourne a few years later but was put into storage until restoration work started last year. The Griffin resurfaced in 2002 and I bought it and restored it to become Gryphon in 2006 and except for an outing to the Deni Ute Muster and the first International Moke Day is has been sitting under cover and junk for most of its time here.





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Re: Missy and Gryphon Together again
« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2017, 08:10:40 AM »
I like both there looks.
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Re: Missy and Gryphon Together again
« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2017, 09:57:18 AM »
Terry,

Thats a cool little story now!

Does the Gryphon have many issue that need to be sorted now? From memory there were a few and some from having it just parked up.

Would be good to see some photos of them both from the time of their builds!

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Re: Missy and Gryphon Together again
« Reply #3 on: February 02, 2017, 11:16:06 AM »
Hi,

the overheating in Gryphon, which I thought was a blown head gasket or poor air flow, turns out to be the unique way I set up the radiator when I rebuilt it is very particular about water levels. Not enough water and the water pump sits there spinning fresh air.

3rd gear problem, which was why Gryphon got banished to storage in 2011, is more of an intermittent problem now where some times you have 3rd gear and some times you don't. The pattern forming seems to be if you are wanting 3rd gear and are thinking about whether you will get 3rd gear when you change tends to mean that you won't get it. However if you are thinking about other things and just do a gear change up from 2nd without consciously thinking about it tends to find you in 3rd gear. 4th to 3rd is like a Unicorn, never seen it.

I will ask Paul about photos of Missy in the early years, but I only have a handful of photos of the Griffin and a couple of snippets of video from back in its day.

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Re: Missy and Gryphon Together again
« Reply #4 on: February 02, 2017, 09:23:35 PM »
In one of the posts when was missy in Gove as I lived the in the early 70,s. Love you the place when I was growing up.
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Re: Missy and Gryphon Together again
« Reply #5 on: February 02, 2017, 10:29:18 PM »
Hi,

Missy was in Gove from around mid 1995 to 1997/98.

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Re: Missy and Gryphon Together again
« Reply #6 on: February 02, 2017, 10:35:26 PM »
So who she get out of Gove last time we cam though 1976 I think roads not good for mokes
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Re: Missy and Gryphon Together again
« Reply #8 on: February 08, 2017, 06:01:31 PM »
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Re: Missy and Gryphon Together again
« Reply #9 on: February 14, 2017, 06:02:08 PM »
It's been quite a while since I've seen Missy and Gryphon together.

At a Motorkhana. Near the old Templestowe hill climb circuit I think.

And at the same event. See, in the background.
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Re: Missy and Gryphon Together again
« Reply #10 on: February 15, 2017, 06:48:41 PM »
On the subject of Missy, at the Seymour Mud Rally.



And Missy giving Gryphon a tow.

Except they forgot the car.
« Last Edit: February 15, 2017, 06:54:58 PM by Mick »

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Re: Missy and Gryphon Together again
« Reply #11 on: February 15, 2017, 10:58:31 PM »
Mick,

thanks for the pictures. That is one of the Griffin I haven't seen before.

It looks like a different year to the bit of video I have of Griffin towing the rolled Moke up the wall at Templestowe. The hardtop  was long gone by the time I got the Moke.

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Re: Missy and Gryphon Together again
« Reply #12 on: May 25, 2020, 07:25:16 PM »
I stumbled on these ones. Did you know Gryphon had a trailer?


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Re: Missy and Gryphon Together again
« Reply #13 on: May 25, 2020, 09:33:43 PM »
Hi,

I did know it had a trailer and only have one photo of it. It was sold long before the Griffin was and went to someone in Queensland we believe.

It was a pretty serious trailer made from two Moke rear ends.

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