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Help Needed - Petrol & Galvanised Body
« on: November 10, 2005, 09:55:18 PM »

I just purchased a 1978 Californian Moke for my husband for his birthday. He absoutly loves it - however we need some help.

What petrol do we use?

Also, how do we tell if the body is galvanised? The guy I bought it off was unsure as to whether it was galvanised or not.

My brother and I researched extensively into Mokes, however any advice any one had at all would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks, Cassie


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« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2005, 12:26:45 AM »
Hi Cassie, either standard or premium unleaded with a lead replacement valve lubricant like valvemaster or flashlube. Try standard unleaded first and if it plays up give premium a try.

I don't think galvanising started until '79 or '80. The paint tends to peel off the galv ones exposing a sort of dull grey underneath. If its really rusty its not.

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« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2005, 07:28:29 AM »
Hi Tim,

Great. Thanks for the information.

My husband really wants to get it galvanised, any suggestions of reputable places in Melbourne?

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« Reply #3 on: November 11, 2005, 07:36:18 AM »
i just suddenly thought, can it be galvanised?? sorry, we are not car people!!!


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« Reply #4 on: November 11, 2005, 09:07:40 AM »

It is generally not a good idea to try and have the body galvanised as I  believe the processes used today require the use of chemicals to prepare the body and then it is dip in hot gal. The hot gal tends to warp and buckle the body while the pre treatment chemicals tend to eat away a reasonable bit of metal, especially if it is rusty etc.

There are other alternatives to for rust treatment around, my preferred method comes from Corrosion Finishing Technologies, which I hope to write an article about, but for now you can go to and wait for the banner add to pop up and just click it to go to their site.

Regarding fuel, in addition to the comments made above I use Morey's Upper Valve Lubricant instead of Flashlube, but whatever you choose to use by the 1 litre bottles and not the the little 100mm things you get at the service station.

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« Reply #5 on: November 11, 2005, 11:10:43 PM »
There is a cold galv process, not sure how many companies use it as it is expensive to perform, somewhere around 4 times cost of hot dip, which make the whole thing too expensive
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