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Offline Jimini II

Re: Just ordered a Moke shell
« Reply #75 on: May 29, 2019, 12:01:38 PM »
Hopefully go get my mini and the moke powerplant the first week in June.

Had some hats made for mokin'. Extra points for whomever figures out the logo takeoff.

I'll take a shot Brad. Australian slang for a Donkey is Moke or vise versa.
Or maybe you are taking off the Ferrari prancing horse.

Looks good.

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Re: Just ordered a Moke shell
« Reply #76 on: May 29, 2019, 07:17:48 PM »
Hopefully go get my mini and the moke powerplant the first week in June.

Had some hats made for mokin'. Extra points for whomever figures out the logo takeoff.

I'll take a shot Brad. Australian slang for a Donkey is Moke or vise versa.
Or maybe you are taking off the Ferrari prancing horse.

Looks good.

You got it Malcolm. Take off from the Ferrari prancing horse.
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Re: Just ordered a Moke shell
« Reply #77 on: June 02, 2019, 04:38:44 PM »
Drove up to Virginia today so I can go to Coopertunes shop Monday. My mini is ready and the moke engine is ready to run on the test stand. A day hanging out at his shop then load up. Head back home Tuesday early. Only 600 miles back.

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Re: Just ordered a Moke shell
« Reply #78 on: June 27, 2019, 02:07:24 PM »
Been working on small bits and jobs dragging my feet on getting back to the shell. No good reason for that. The main job I was not looking forward to was fitting the bonnet. Moke bonnets have a habit of spreading at the sides due to handling, mine was no exception. I needed to persuade both sides to a different curve profile so it would line up with the body. My weapon of choice was the top of a power pole that I had cut off. Between that and a couple of hammers, clamps and cresent wrench it looks fine. Because the shell I was sent is a MK2 but my old one is a MK1 the bonnet hinge mounts are in a slightly different location. I had to drill out the welds to remove the mounts. The holes will need to be filled, new hole made and new mounts welded on. So all in about 3 hours in the basement. Now I need to stay with it and get the shell to the paint shop. Still leaning toward a very light blue color.

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Re: Just ordered a Moke shell
« Reply #79 on: June 27, 2019, 02:24:06 PM »
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Offline MiniDave

Re: Just ordered a Moke shell
« Reply #80 on: August 16, 2019, 10:12:34 AM »
Unless you're going for originality, you might consider having the car powder coated rather than painted - the results were fantastic on Clancy's car, and it cost him $1500 inside and out. Plus - no cure time. Once it comes out of the oven, it's done.

To me the only downside is if you get a bad scratch or have to repair something due to a fender bender or somesuch.
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Re: Just ordered a Moke shell
« Reply #81 on: August 16, 2019, 10:21:02 AM »
Unless you're going for originality, you might consider having the car powder coated rather than painted - the results were fantastic on Clancy's car, and it cost him $1500 inside and out. Plus - no cure time. Once it comes out of the oven, it's done.

To me the only downside is if you get a bad scratch or have to repair something due to a fender bender or somesuch.

I was surprised about how low the price was for the powder coating. I might go by the place I use and inquire. From the small bits they have done in the past I would not expect as god a deal. I am over thirty parts besides the body that need to be in the same body color. Maybe with powder instead of paint getting a match should be easier though.
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Offline BruceK

Re: Just ordered a Moke shell
« Reply #82 on: August 16, 2019, 10:49:01 AM »
I wonder:  does powdercoating hold up under UV light well?  As well as regular paint?  Wouldn't want the sun to change the color.
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Offline 94touring

Re: Just ordered a Moke shell
« Reply #83 on: August 16, 2019, 10:51:28 AM »
What about pre existing dings or deep scratches on the body?

Offline MiniDave

Re: Just ordered a Moke shell
« Reply #84 on: August 16, 2019, 11:53:44 AM »
After spending more time than I liked trying to get the front subframe I had to fit I just got a new one from MiniSport. Not cheap but it is a whole lot closer to fitting. It looks like a few minor tweaks and it should work.  An extra good thing about it is that has a welded in bracket for a front lower engine steady. Need to fit the front sump guard, special one that were on mokes. Also open up the front mount holes to 1/2" for the tow bar.

How do you get those tower guide studs out once the subframe is in? did you slot them for a screwdriver so you could back them out? Don't know why the factory didn't just use studs, guide it in and nut it up....done.
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Offline MiniDave

Re: Just ordered a Moke shell
« Reply #85 on: August 16, 2019, 11:55:33 AM »
I wonder:  does powdercoating hold up under UV light well?  As well as regular paint?  Wouldn't want the sun to change the color.

My understanding is it has UV inhibitors like paint does.....no idea how long it lasts before fading, could be decades or years. But considering how little these cars are actually in the sun, I don't think I'd worry about it.
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Offline MiniDave

Re: Just ordered a Moke shell
« Reply #86 on: August 16, 2019, 11:56:11 AM »
What about pre existing dings or deep scratches on the body?

You'd have to metal finish them I guess......you'd know more about it than me.
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Offline MiniDave

Re: Just ordered a Moke shell
« Reply #87 on: August 16, 2019, 11:57:45 AM »

I was surprised about how low the price was for the powder coating. I might go by the place I use and inquire. From the small bits they have done in the past I would not expect as god a deal. I am over thirty pats besides the body that need to be in the same body color. Maybe with powder instead of paint getting a match should be easier though.

Should match perfectly, yes. Clancy has it soda blasted first, then coated.
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Re: Just ordered a Moke shell
« Reply #88 on: August 18, 2019, 12:28:42 PM »
After spending more time than I liked trying to get the front subframe I had to fit I just got a new one from MiniSport. Not cheap but it is a whole lot closer to fitting. It looks like a few minor tweaks and it should work.  An extra good thing about it is that has a welded in bracket for a front lower engine steady. Need to fit the front sump guard, special one that were on mokes. Also open up the front mount holes to 1/2" for the tow bar.

How do you get those tower guide studs out once the subframe is in? did you slot them for a screwdriver so you could back them out? Don't know why the factory didn't just use studs, guide it in and nut it up....done.

The guide studs I made are just put in hand tight. If need be I can grab it with pliers to remove.

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Re: Just ordered a Moke shell
« Reply #89 on: August 18, 2019, 12:36:52 PM »
Next up on the get creative list was the fuel pump mount. I did not want to drill holes in the top of the side pannier so I hung the bracket in the side of the compartment. The bracket is a galvanized piece from Home Depot for deck building. Hung it with two exhaust rubber bobbins to cushion it. I hope the pump does not mind being upside down.

All my fill-in pieces to patch unwanted holes are made. I need to get a neighbors stuff off my trailer so I can take the shell to a good welder to have them tig welded in.

After that then have the body dustless blasted clean as the primer they used does not stick at all.

Then final go over and off to the painter.
« Last Edit: August 18, 2019, 12:38:45 PM by Willie_B »

Offline drmini

Re: Just ordered a Moke shell
« Reply #90 on: August 18, 2019, 07:36:20 PM »
You asked about preexisting dings and scratches and powder coating?  One thing is certain, you can't use bondo and powder coat.  I guess you would have to resort to the old method of "leading" the dents.  Not for the novice and not sure many folks could do it now.

Offline MiniDave

Re: Just ordered a Moke shell
« Reply #91 on: August 18, 2019, 11:44:14 PM »
Actually, I think they do have a type of "Bondo" that works in the powdercoating oven.....seems the guys I use told me that. I'll have to ask.....

Edit: Yes, it's not exactly Bondo, but there is a product you can use to fill dings before powder coating....

https://www.alvinproducts.com/In-The-News/ID/8/Epoxy-Putty-for-Powder-Coating
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