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Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Buying & Selling -

1 BODY AND STRUC­TURE

The Moke uses a mono­coque shell with stan­dard Mini front and rear sub­frames. Rust is worst along seams and folds, but it hap­pens all over. Sup­plies of new-old stock pan­els are dry­ing up, but new shells (to Bri­tish, Aus­tralian or Por­tuguese spec) are now made in the UK.

2 EN­GINES

Mokes use stan­dard A-se­ries Mini en­gines from 848cc to 1275cc. Ex­pect small oil leaks and the smaller en­gines have usu­ally been thrashed, re­sult­ing in tired cylin­ders and blue ex­haust smoke.

3 TRANS­MIS­SION

This is a stan­dard Mini four-speeder. Crunch­ing means the syn­chros are on their way out or prob­lems with the clutch. Lis­ten for knock­ing noises from the CV joints, too.

4 TRIM AND IN­TE­RIOR

All Mokes are ba­sic, but ear­lier English cars only had a driver’s seat as stan­dard. Check all the electrics and in­stru­ments work, and look for cor­roded ter­mi­nals – this is a very open car that of­ten lives out­side.

5 WHEELS AND BRAKES

Bri­tish and early Aus­tralian Mokes had 10in wheels but 13in wheels were fit­ted fit­ted to in­crease ground clear­ance. Ve­hi­cles left stand­ing can suf­fer from slave cylin­der cor­ro­sion, caus­ing fluid leaks or stick­ing brakes, so check that a given ve­hi­cle stops in a straight line.

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