Topic: LeMons Race Moke for sale -SoCal $3500 turnkeyish w/ spares
I've got too many vehicles and we've just moved, so I need to cull the herd to make sure I fit within the current space and not pay storage for more cars than I have drivers. In addition to wanting to sell the CorVegge, I'm also looking to part with my LeMons Moke.
To Moke-iphiles, it's a bit of blasphemy to have done this to what some see/saw as a restorable moke.
Despite initial appearances, it does meet the LeMons wheelbase rule if you use the Austrailian "California Moke" wheelbase since it does sport California Moke rear swingarms to accommodate the 195/50-15 Direzza Star Spec tires (and not the stock 145 x 10" wheels).
If you wish to restore it, it will need commonly available panels to bring it back to full Moke. Full Floorpan for starters. I also do not have the original hood. And the stock windscreen frame needs some crack repair. I have the original 4 steel moke seats, and all the other special moke bits that came off of it like the speedo pod, moke pedal box and steering column support and so on. I've got a 4 15x6 alloy alloy wheels and 3 10x7 Basset steel wheels made in a 4x4" pattern to fit stock pattern. I'll also supply some stock 10" wheels if desired.
Powered by a +.060 1275 with offset grind on the crank using mg midget rods to give us something like 1350ish ccs of displacement. A Schneider 284 profile reground cam, and a head that has been smoothed a tiny bit and chambers opened up to get compression down to a more respectable level (about 11:1 static??) Truth be told, I'm expecting the motor to have something major go wrong with it at Chuckwalla since I've only gotten about 30-35 hours out of a drivetrain before something goes amiss in the engine or transmission. However, this year I've been luckier either with drivers, the parts I've used to put thee things together, or both. HIF6 carb, mg metro intake manifold, lcb exhaust manifold, cherry bomb, removable steering wheel, 4 syncro rod change transmission with custom offset shifter setup for center drive position. Takes a few shifts to get used to finding 3rd gear (some drivers were reporting difficulty with this at Thunderhill recently and I've found and repaired the culprit).
Top speed is pretty low because it has the aerodynamics of a brick thanks to me building the cage excessively tall to accommodate a driver who never ended up continuing in LeMons with me. (Who am I kidding-- a stock moke has the aerodynamics of a brick, too.) Corners like a gokart but has seemed to develop wheelspin from the inside front wheel at times-- some suspension adjustments may help with this. (BTW: Mary H and Chris C and Anton have all driven this over a year ago, but it was not on the right motor nor transmission and there were other suspension issues that have since been sorted-- so their tales of near-death and blistered hands may or may not still apply )
It has been capable of sticking with the PettyCash Jeep on a few occasions if I could catch the draft at turn exit at just the right time and if the straightaway wasn't too long. But on it's own out in the wind, it peaks out at probably 80 +/-
I also have the original 850 engine and magic wand transmission that came out of it if you really want it. expect a top speed of about 50 with that.
Brakes are 8.4" vented rotors with 4-piston mg metro brake calipers. Rears are stock 7" drums.
Suspension is adjustable for height, camber, castor, and toe both front and rear.
I'll equip a team with a reasonable amount of spare parts.
Looking at next year's rules, you'll need to add a seat back brace and/or a different seat to make it fully compliant.
Build pics and such available here: