This is a prelude to ‘RESTORATION 5’. Twenge donated a huge
amount of parts to this restoration project which could be classified
at a complete rebuild.
It is with a great degree of sadness that I report to you now on the
passing of my Moke‘Twenge’ (1973-2017). Its presence had graced my
back garden for some 10 years and 11 months but alas it's now no more.
Let's go back in time then to the noughties and it was in the Year of Our
Lord twenty 06 when I first became acquainted with the deceased.
After seeing a ‘for sale’ advert for a Moke in the Cairns Post newspaper I
immediately phoned, got the location and within an hour was looking at a
Moke over at Yorkey's Knob, a suburb of Cairns. If you wanted to buy a
Moke in those days you had to be as quick as !
Antony Roberts, the owner of theMoke said he had another Moke stored
at his mother's place and was happy to sell it to me sight unseen for an
extra $500 - couldn't go wrong there. So I bought both Mokes.
When the tow truck turned up at my place 2 days later with the Moke I
hadn't seen I was astounded- for the price it didn't look too bad at all -
the wheels went round so no worries getting it into my back garden but
there was more - upside down on the tray was another Moke engine,
complete with sub-frame and 2 wheels.So two engines = ‘Twenge’.An
Antony told me that this Moke had not been registered for at least 9
years and back then it was used on a farm on the Tablelands.It had
riveted plates on the pannier sides, the foot controlled dip switch was on
the dash, the wiring loom had been by-passed in several places and the
seats were non-standard and were too big to fit properly - so quite a
challenge! The second engine was what was left of a write-off on the
Slight deviation - The Moke which I had gone to look at was named
‘Yorkey’and after ‘MOKE RESTORATION 4’ was sold to Bob and
Vicky who live in Cairns.Back to ‘Twenge’ . . .
So there it sat for a decade not exactly collecting dust because it was
always covered over. In fact it outlived 5 covers!
In February 2017, Mark Brewer our local Moke Guru promised to give me
a hand with the Mokes I had put in the ‘too hard basket’ which are 4 in
number. In April he came round to my place and picked ‘Twenge’ for
starters so I got preparations going for its short journey to the road out
A wheel change - one with a good tyre was swopped for the one on the
Moke which was flat. Then all tyres up to 40psi - All brakes adjusted so
they were well off and off it went at 3 inches a minute with me behind
using a circa 1939 railway-track crowbar to good effect. It was then and
only then that I noticed the engine upside down in the back had no
cylinder head! Woe, woe and thrice woe and what a twit I was not to
have noticed it before! Anyway, I almost had it to the road when Mark
and Andrew arrived to help.
On the road and ready, Mark was thinking about a tow truck. But
Aardvark Autos is only two blocks from my place. So Andrew
suggested that we should just push it there - so we did!
Andrew and Mark went to work on it without delay and before you could
say "Hey presto" it was thoroughly investigated and the decision made to
scrap it. Its body, not being galvanised. was too far gone everywhere.
However all was not lost - far from it.
‘Twenge's’ engine turned out to be a 1098cc and will be O.K. after Mark's
overhaul. It didn't have the correct gearbox but the other engine did and
it was O.K!
Many other vital organs from the Moke's countenance were carefully
extracted and will be donated towards the rebirth of ‘Max‘ which has a
fantastic galvanised body,but nothing else at the moment! Stay tuned!