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A little about Postie Mokes in Tamania
« on: September 25, 2011, 09:25:09 PM »
This is a spot to build a little collection of information on Postie Mokes in Tasmania.

These where "to my knowledge" built by Leyland for Postal Deliveries in Tasmania.

First off I have a few photos,

Photo from the library of Tasmoken,


This one is registered in Tassie,

Next is the one owned by Geoff for quite a number of years and kept in his garage until he did the big resto and now has it on the road



This one is one that comes from Terry's photo library.

 

this I think is a copy of the same Moke once it was restored and may be in Australia Post's museum somewhere



And these are the 2 I have

this one feel in half and was cut up and made into a Shorty.


This one is the one I hope to restore one day but I may be dreaming.





Then Shane had one in Hobart that he was trying to sell last year.


So of the supposed 14 that were made here are the 6 that I have found so far.

If you have any info on any other please add to here or send me a message.

Thanks

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Re: A little about Postie Mokes in Tamania
« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2011, 09:30:15 PM »



Thanks Dev...
and this red moke has a nice set of wheels...

mavro

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Re: A little about Postie Mokes in Tamania
« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2011, 09:42:28 PM »
Hi,

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this I think is a copy of the same Moke once it was restored and may be in Australia Post's museum somewhere

The restored one was taken at a HCVC Display Day in 1998 at the old AFL Park in Glen Waverly and appears on the unique cars website. The date on the unfinished project shows 2005.

It is possible it is still the same Moke as Australia Post lost the restored one after the show in 1998 and it turned up some years later at an employees place but I wasn't told in what condition it was found in.

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Re: A little about Postie Mokes in Tamania
« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2011, 09:57:01 PM »
This is the one that Shane had in Hobart, it belongs to Paul now, who brought it along to IMD today.



You can see where the sides have been patched in and the big chunk of steel under the sill to stiffen it.

Its grill and front bumper aren't original. The one that was in the Post Office Museum here in Hobart had the same grille as the yellowy green one above.

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Re: A little about Postie Mokes in Tamania
« Reply #4 on: September 25, 2011, 10:30:17 PM »
I was told that this Moke, is the same one that was in the Australia Post collection, but which they subsequently 'lost'. I think these photos were taken as evidence by the police (Feds?) after it was 'found' in the possession of an employee.





The moke was to be disposed of after the court case. I think it went to someone who was going to restore it, but it seems to have disappeared again.

Many years ago I tried to buy it when the Post Office Museum was closed down in Hobart. It was perfectly restored (like in that little picture at the top). I had an inside contact and went through the correct channels, but was firmly told that it was NOT for sale and was going to be lovingly cared for in a mainland museum. Instead the useless wallopers lost it and it ended up stripped down! How it got from pristine condition to looking like it does in these pictures is beyond me.

My old man is ex-PMG and knew a little bit about them. Apparently they were called "Moke Mailsters".

We've had this conversation before on the old forum.  :)

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Re: A little about Postie Mokes in Tamania
« Reply #5 on: September 26, 2011, 07:18:49 PM »
And Tasmoken has chipped in with a a digital copy of a photo I have sitting on my fridge.



Thanks

Rick


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Re: A little about Postie Mokes in Tamania
« Reply #6 on: September 26, 2011, 07:22:30 PM »
Dev if you note it only says One of Three 8)
Also note the Grill.
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Re: A little about Postie Mokes in Tamania
« Reply #7 on: September 26, 2011, 07:36:33 PM »
Rick there is still a lot of home work to do Rick, As you say it looks like this might be one of the first series, If you look closely, the grill is a standard looking grill, no solid section.
I have heard of the numbers being 14,
If you count the one that the guy told us went to the tip, my count is up to 7 that I know the location of.  They were supposed to be 1971 models,  I have 1 here that is a 1970 and 1 is a 1971.  The 1970 on has a standard fixed grill where as the 1971 has the special removable grill.  If you look closely at this B & W photo I think it might be a fixed grill.  So were there another 11 made with later grill types?

keep the info coming.

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Re: A little about Postie Mokes in Tamania
« Reply #8 on: September 26, 2011, 07:45:19 PM »
There's a fair chance that the first time the PMG workshop went to replace the oil filter (after towing them back to the workshop because they conked out in the rain again) that they picked up the tin snips. Its not structural so it wouldn't have had to have been done when they were first built. You can see in the photos of the stripped one that they haven't removed the whole grill.

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Re: A little about Postie Mokes in Tamania
« Reply #10 on: October 23, 2016, 04:13:39 PM »
Well my little adventure today has produced another confirmed Postie Moke. 
This Moke, has however, given me more questions than it has answered. 

The story I have up until now was.............
"Sometime around 1970/71 Australia Post built a total of 14 Mokes, for service in Tasmania, with the first section of the panniers cut out to allow for easy access to the vehicle whilst delivering mail.  Of these 14, I have tracked down ......

My collection       Launceston   - 1 * 1970 Fixed Grill,            Body Number YJBAB8R/3237
                                               1 * 1971 Re-moveable Grill, Body Number YJBAB8R/5944       Engine Number  10YF/U/L1494

Shane/Paul         Hobart            1 * 1971 Re-moveable Grill, Body Number YJBAB8R/----         Engine Number  10YF/U/L1530

David/Paul/eBay  Victoria           1 * 1971 Re-moveable Grill, Body Number YJBAB8R/----

Geoff.            Launceston 1 * 1971 Re-moveable Grill, Body Number YJBAB8R/----
Steve.                Devonport

Lindsay               Hobart Tip       1 * 1971 Re-moveable Grill, Body Number YJBAB8R/----

Gary Willson        Margate          1 * 1971 Re-moveable Grill, Body Number YJBAB8R/----
                                                1 * 1971 Re-moveable Grill, Body Number YJBAB8R/----
                                                1 * 1971 Re-moveable Grill, Body Number YJBAB8R/----

And today we skipped 2 years and found a second production of these Postie Mokes, is this on of the originally claimed 14 or were more made?

Debbie                Westbury         1 * 1973 Re-moveable Grill, Body Number 018 COB1 M10 9139 Engine Number 10YF/U/L1748



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Re: A little about Postie Mokes in Tamania
« Reply #11 on: October 14, 2017, 06:22:23 PM »
Dev,

GS Moke sent me a link for another Postie Moke hiding in the bushes outside of Hobart,

https://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/lindisfarne/cars-vans-utes/mini-moke-postie-/1161448286

If you decide to check it out, get the body details for it please.

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Re: A little about Postie Mokes in Tamania
« Reply #12 on: October 14, 2017, 07:07:37 PM »
I'm on the case Terry. I'm just scared that I might buy it
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Re: A little about Postie Mokes in Tamania
« Reply #13 on: October 14, 2017, 09:41:06 PM »
I'm just scared that I might buy it

That is your problem, I just want the numbers. :)

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Re: A little about Postie Mokes in Tamania
« Reply #14 on: August 17, 2020, 10:21:54 PM »
Greetings all.
I am new to this forum and new to the Moke scene. I have however had a long association with minis. Anyway I was asked by a friend to assist him buying a Moke recently. Long story short he now owns what I believe to be the lime green former postal Moke. I note with interest the record of the 1/73 Moke 018 COB1 M10 9139. For the record this lime green Moke is 9138. If you would like any further information I’m happy to supply it and likewise if you know the history of this particular car it would be nice to know
Regards Clint

 

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