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The Angry Ant.
« on: May 13, 2011, 05:41:27 PM »
Ok Mokes are back in my mind, full steam ahead.

Morton requires a little much time and too much money at present, so he is sitting in the shed rather lonely.

My R2Rin6 has been on my radar for over 10 years I had never seen it but I first heard about many moons ago. 
One of my customers(Gary) told me about it when I was discussing Mokes with him 12 or 15 years ago.  "A Mini Moke, yeh I know the ones.  We have one up at the Domain, to tow the hurdle trailer around with."

Well you can all imagine my reaction to this revilation.  I want, I want, I................... 

About 5 years agos, it died and hasn't been started since then.  Fixing it was a job they where always going to get to. 
Since it's demise I have been ringing Gary to check on when they would be replacing it every few month since the.  Well 2 years ago I get a phone call, "we have our AGM next week and we are going to discuss the Moke and getting rid of it, do you still want it."

Well you can imagine my responce!  But to my disapointment, they voted to keep it for the time being.  Still keeping my finger on the pulse, I uped my phone calls to about every 3 or 4 months.  Finally just before Easter this year, Gary's responce was, we were given a Suzuki 4wd   last month and Shaun wants some more shed space, I'll check it out for you.

A few days late I have the news, come and make an offer....... So

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« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2011, 05:51:53 PM »
So..... Up early Sunday morning, I had a road trip, 200km there and this what I found, I had no idea of its age or it condition before I left.





looks like these ugly front bumpers weren't in short supply

A bit of mumbling and I had a poke around and then made a phone call to get an idea of a price for a Little Wheeler.

Offer made further dicussion and we had a deal.

I now had a ROUGH but nearly ready Moke to play with.

and a little over 2 hour to drive home and work out what to tell SWOMBY.
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« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2011, 06:17:08 PM »
Ok now I could wait any longer, told work I wouldn't be able to work on Wednesday I had things I wanted to do.  So straight after I finished my shift on Tuesday I was off to my local service station to hire a trailer I was heading South.  Had a few other things to do in Hobart so thought this was a great excuse.

By the time I did everything else and meet the contact I was dealing through it was starting to get dark. Move a Moke that has flat tyres and hasn't been moved for a long time, pick up back end and turn it round to face the trailer.  Winch, winch, winch...... tie, tie, tie........hand over some cash......beer to celibrate.  And time to drive home.



The poor thing has been under cover for the last 15 years at least and I drive it home in the rain and then when I get home the skys really open and I leave everything in the car and race inside.

I come out in the morning and this is the sight I have in my yard.



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« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2011, 06:30:20 PM »
Looking good so far.......
3 hour drive home with the Moke gave me time to put a plan together in my mind.

It hasn't run for a few years, as they couldn't get it going.

Week 1  get it running

Wendsday day afternoon week 1's work has been done.
if you are one of the ones who have been to my place you would know I would have to have it driving fairly well to drive it to this photo spot.





Brake pedal goes straigh to the floor.

Week 2 Get brakes working

There is some rust in the floor.Surprise surprise.





Week 3 and 4

Rust repairs, fill and sand back

Week 5 and 6

Paint and get over the pit.

Rought to Registered in 6 weeks.

Can we do it?
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« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2011, 06:37:31 PM »
G'day Dev.
            What a bewdy! There is something about a little wheeler.
Its not a bad looking car so anything is possible. Good luck.

                  Smoken

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Re: The Angry Ant.
« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2011, 07:26:33 PM »
Can he fix it?

YES HE CAN!!!!  ;D

Go for it Dev. You know that now you put a timeframe up, that gives us the right....no, the duty.........to hold you to it  :)

Looks like the best unrestored Little Wheeler I've seen I think - not bad at all for 40+ years old.


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Re: The Angry Ant.
« Reply #6 on: May 13, 2011, 07:31:08 PM »
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There is some rust in the floor.Surprise surprise

Glad you pointed out the rust, there wasn't very much there to see so I reckon you have got a pretty good start for the body.

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« Reply #7 on: May 13, 2011, 07:47:29 PM »
I am just itching to get up and see it   Tommorow and
Scarlet needs a new buddy to cruise with.
Lets get  into this  one , Anthony  get the basic roadworthy jobs done a lick of paint
And registered
and lets go Moking, but just remember it only has little wheels ;)
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« Reply #8 on: May 13, 2011, 07:54:21 PM »
And a little more info for Moe and the anyone else that is into facts and figures.



Cheers

Dev( I just had to go out to the shed, jump in R2Rin6 and hit the key.  The out of the shed up the back turn around and put it back to be.)
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Re: The Angry Ant.
« Reply #9 on: May 13, 2011, 08:00:06 PM »
Ahhh.............It's virtually a new one Dev  ;)

Actually R2Rin6's claim to fame is that it will be the only Little Wheeler on the AMR with a 4xxx series serial number.

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Re: The Angry Ant.
« Reply #10 on: May 13, 2011, 08:05:10 PM »
Excelent work there Dev, looks like a great find, and in really good nic 8)
Love the stories with these finds too ;D
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Re: The Angry Ant.
« Reply #11 on: May 13, 2011, 08:27:54 PM »
Newie's right, the latest YJBAB1R was in the 3500's so you've added
another 500 extra little wheelers to the total made, been that your's is no 4020

Great find Dev, the lack of rust is amazing, the floors look like new almost.
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« Reply #12 on: May 13, 2011, 08:41:32 PM »
Nice one Dev. How many is that now?

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Re: The Angry Ant.
« Reply #13 on: May 13, 2011, 08:55:07 PM »
Newie's right, the latest YJBAB1R was in the 3500's so you've added
another 500 extra little wheelers to the total made, been that your's is no 4020

Actually Moe, if you look on pg 5 there's a #3773. A bit confusing, because they don't really run in order. Someone was going to work on tidying it up at some stage............................. ;) ;D


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Re: The Angry Ant.
« Reply #14 on: May 13, 2011, 09:03:24 PM »
Anthony Iam bringing my overalls with me lets get dirty :o
Whats the next job we need to do?
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