At the June 2018 General Meeting those present were treated to a few photos of a club trip in 2008 from Melbourne to Alice and back. Up via the Oodnadatta Track and back via the Stuart Highway. The purpose of the presentation was to:
- Celebrate this memorable moment in club history.
- Encourage members to take the opportunity of joining any other such adventure when it comes along in the future.
Such an opportunity will come. The club has a long history of successfully biting off more than others think we can chew. Let the sample of photos below tempt you then check out this site:
for the full story with many more photos, captions, preparation information, costs, poetry written on the way and much more.
For a better view of the sample photos shown here:
- Click a photo to enlarge it.
- Then use the Next or Previous buttons, or arrow keys, to move through all the photos.
- Buttons are near the top right and left and show when the mouse moves over them.
It doesn't have to be a trip through the Simpson Desert to get your soft top dirty. Just driving to the shop can do that. But what do you do to clean it? Here's a bit of advice from Dean of Straight Line Motor Trimming which he offered to members at the June General Meeting.
- Keep it clean. Wash regularly with warm water and nothing stronger than a little quality kitchen detergent.
- If it's really, really dusty you could blow some off first with an air compressor.
- Definitely regularly blow out lift-the-dots with the compressor.
- If necessary use a little squirt of silicone spray.
- Same with zippers.
- When lifting-the-dot be sure to slide the clip to front of post before lifting.
- On the roof and clears a light spray with Mr. Sheen and a rub will increase waterproofing.
- If dripping through the seams annoys you can seal the seans using a wax stick and a hairdryer.
And here's one for the books - or should that be bots. If you have tombstone seats Straight Line now have seat warmers with or without built in massage!
That was the question addressed to a panel of three Resto-Achievers at the April 2018 general meeting. Actually the question was addressed to the audience by panel chairperson Terry Pollard who had prepared a set of questions and slides to draw out the wisdom of experience from Clive Allan, Axel Bendix and Peter Shackleton. The meeting was well attended and helped many members to consider - or reconsider - their desire to restore a Moke.
Key considerations from the discussion were:
- Whatever budget you set and whatever time you allow, a restoration will cost you at least twice as much in time and money as you expected.
- Where will you work? Where will you store? How will you move efficiently between the two areas?
- The body is the focus. Put your energy into getting it right. The rest is a meccano set you take apart and put back together.
- As you deconstruct, photograph, label, categorise and store. Reconstruction will be so much easier if you do this well.
- Some parts of the process might be better passed over to a professional - sand blasting for example.
- You can do it and you don't have to do it alone. There is always someone in the club who will help you learn.
- Keep on the good side of the domestic financial controller. Promise of a ride when it's done may not be enough.
Now some words of wisdom from each of the panel members:
|Don’t be intimidated by people who have done a restoration. You don’t need any particular skills other than perseverance and having the desire to “give it a go”.|
The Colours of Summer
What a beautiful sight on a sunny, general meeting evening. And this isn't all of them. At one point we could count 16 Mokes outside the club room.
2017 Encouragement Award
Finally presented to Rebecca and Leigh Luxford by President Cliff. The Luxfords received the award because from the date they joined they came to all meetings and attended all trips up until they went on their 5 month round Australia trip - and therefore missed the Presentation Lunch. Also Rebecca took minutes several times at the meetings when the Secretary couldn't make it.
Video: 1987 Templestowe Hill Climb
Mark Radford (#180) has recently found and converted a Super 8 film of this event. This amazing day in club history now has its permanent home in VIC MOKE our You Tube Channel. See Video Links in Quick Links at the bottom of this page or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QyouZGfxXnI&t
Mark's Other Find
Let's let Mark tell the story:
So, I was screwing the downpipe to the shed wall. I went to use the Angle Grinder to cut a pipe … and the power had gone off.
The Safety Switch had tripped. I had screwed through the Shed wall and through the power cable. In order to repair the power cable I had to pull out a shelf. An old shelf, covered in dust, dirt, mouse poo, etc.
I cleared everything off the shelf and unscrewed it off the wall. As I lifted it off I noticed an unusual ‘shape’ in amongst the grime.
It was a metal map of Australia ... with some engraving on it.
I took it inside and, with the help of some ‘Silvo’ and elbow grease, I polished it up.
The inscription is:
To Cappy from The Boys of the 2nd 108 Transport 1946
Many years ago I had this little Map on the front of my Green Moke. It travelled thousands of kilometres around Australia.When I painted the Moke red I took it off and haven’t seen it since. What a treasure!
- Cappy was Mark's grandfather.
- Can anyone suggest what metal the plaque might be? Mark says: "No rust and not brass."
- The hunt is on. Can anyone find a photo of this plaque on Mark's Moke when it was painted green?