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Sahara Dust has a new heart.
« on: September 25, 2018, 07:34:51 AM »
Hi all,
Some 20 yrs ago, I was asked to help get Sahara Dust up to scratch, so into my shed and we set about fixing it all up. New brake parts, New suspension parts, rebuild an 1100S 1275 engine to replace the tired 1100 that was in it etc etc.









Since then, Sahara Dust has made many trips and travelled many km's, but it was time for another build.
This time Grant had some time to do it all himself with some help from a Mini Specialist for the engine work.

Last week we went out to visit G&S and help turn the key after a rebuild of Sahara Dust. It was nice to walk into the shed to see that everything was back into the Moke and looking great and ready to go.
Grant has done a great job with rebuilding his suspension, steering and brakes in anticipation for his newly built engine and gearbox.
After fitting the engine, he suspected the dizzy was in 180deg out, so we removed the dizzy, pulled out the drive gear and spun it 180deg only to find it was in the right place to start with. Easy fixed and put it back.
A little turning of the dizzy and it fired to life with a really nice rumble. The smell of a new build warming up wafted around shed and we set the timing with the light, then had a play with the mixture.
Time for a drive.







The first drive went great, felt really good on the road, sounded fantastic and very strong.

Well done Grant, you've done a great Job and Sahara Dust is ready to tackle even more trips again.

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Re: Sahara Dust has a new heart.
« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2018, 08:45:45 AM »
Thanks for sharing HP.

The engine bay certainly looks the part  8)

Great to see one of the regular touring Mokes getting a freshen up and ready to go again for who knows how many thousands more Moke miles.

They're registered for the Tamworth Round Up next month,  so I guess that's the inaugural run for the new motor. Look forward to seeing them there.

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Re: Sahara Dust has a new heart.
« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2018, 01:12:36 PM »
Why are they using a PCV valve, I don't think I've seen one set up like that.
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Re: Sahara Dust has a new heart.
« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2018, 04:55:29 PM »
Hello Moe Way back when the engine came out of an 1100s The PCV came with engine along with crankcase breather. the inlet manifold was different but PCV was connected much the same to the 1100S inlet manifold

Spose PCV was the thinking at the time 1100S was around.  At the time the car was built it more than likely had a different arrangement

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« Reply #4 on: September 25, 2018, 08:15:28 PM »
Well done Grant and Tony, I had trouble keeping up before so in major problems now.
I love how Grant has done all the mechanical stuff but left the body as is. I think the patina on his moke is one of the best regularly seen at major events.

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Re: Sahara Dust has a new heart.
« Reply #5 on: September 25, 2018, 10:06:12 PM »
Well done Grant and Tony, I had trouble keeping up before so in major problems now.
I love how Grant has done all the mechanical stuff but left the body as is. I think the patina on his moke is one of the best regularly seen at major events.
Hey, you cant blame me this time for such a good Job  :) Thats all Grants doing  8), I just helped turn the key ;D . But I have to agree, the patina look is the best I've ever seen, they have been to so many Moke events and are so unashamedly proud of Sahara Dust's look just as she is. Love it ;D
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