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79 cali, not going!
« on: September 24, 2019, 09:04:01 AM »
Gooday all,
Been a long time between posts for me for a variety of reasons, main one being my Blue Moke is still on the road and being enjoyed as much as the Tassie whether allows!
I was stopped at the local corner shop a couple of weeks ago by a bloke who has a red Cali. One thing led to another and seeing as how he couldn't get it going, I agreed to have a look at it for him. Why do we do these things? I honestly thought it to be a simple fix when he explained the symptoms but I should of known better.  Anyway first things first, it is a 10/79 cali as plated and by the vin numbers is supposed to have a 1275 engine. Before I help any further, I need to establish if it is still got the original engine. He doesn't know as it was his daughter who bought it from Queensland a good while ago. What can I look for to confirm if it is or isn't a 1275. The engine number that is stamped in the usual place must have been stamped by a drunken monkey, no resemblance to anything logic and partly stamped and over stamped in places. Best I can do is  " 213???924 ". While I had the rocker cover off, there is a casting number on the head "12A1456".
Any help would be appreciated. Cheers Ratty.
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Re: 79 cali, not going!
« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2019, 09:37:46 AM »
Hey there Ratty,
Good to hear from you and your Still driving the Moke over the cooler months  :)

The head is for an 850, 998 Mini or 948 Sprite.

One of the tell tale signs for me at a glance is the orientation of the thermostat bolts.
On a 1275, the front 2 bolts are parallel to the front row of the engine studs, where as on the 998 and 1100 they are offset.

I think the best way to determine if its a 998 or 1100 is to measure the length of stroke through the spark plug hole.

What sort of symptoms are there?

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Re: 79 cali, not going!
« Reply #2 on: September 24, 2019, 06:37:12 PM »
This might be a good chance to ask this.  I was told that on 1275 engines the heater tap take off on the rear of the head is on an angle and on other engines it is straight ( front to back).  Is this correct?

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Re: 79 cali, not going!
« Reply #3 on: September 24, 2019, 07:43:06 PM »
I think your right Dave.
This is the 1275 head for Gulliver.


The 1100 head.


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