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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2018 10:55 pm 
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We are currently restoring this 1967 LHD Mini Moke for a German customer at M Parts.
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During the 1960s it was fitted with a handle to lock the bonnet, but the owner has mislaid it. We are having trouble identifying it and wonder whether anyone on here recognises it? It has a much longer shank than the ones used on a Mini saloon or estate. Is is quite likely that Barton undertook the modification when they fitted the hard top, so we think it probably comes from the BMC parts bin.
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The Moke actually has a fascinating history and was originally bought new in Tel Aviv by Australian war correspondent Murray Sayle during the 1967 Six Day War. He couldn't find a car to hire but saw this brand new Moke standing on a garage forecourt in Tel Aviv and promptly bought it. He was issued with Israeli visitor plates (still with the car) and used it extensively around the war zone visiting places of action on both sides. He lined the floor with sandbags in case of land mines.

When his reporting duties were finished, he drove it back to London overland and commissioned Barton of Plymouth to fit the hard top which has various modifications including opening vents below the windscreen that are possibly unique.

In 1973 Murray went to follow a story in Japan where he ended up staying for 25 years, whilst the Moke remained in his London garage. 31 years later it was sold in 2004 and the new owner took it to Germany where BMC build quality has unfortunately caught up with it. Roger


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2018 12:30 am 
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Could it be from the rear doors of a Morris J4 Van.


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triumph TR4?

or herald,

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2018 10:28 am 
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The plinth is different to a TR4

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2018 10:40 am 
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mk1 wrote:
The plinth is different to a TR4


maybe so, but the question was about the handle!

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2018 11:02 am 
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The handle is a herald/vitesse have a nos one in garage the plinth looks longer in photo .


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2018 11:54 am 
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Whatever it is, it looks xxxxxxg ugly! Is it staying there? I did chuckle at the notion of lining the floor with sandbags as protection against land mines. He obviously hadn't seen a land mine in use. We had a small joke. "What is 12" round and 4" deep and fxxxs tanks'? A land mine


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Wilmot breeden made lots of different handles in that sort of style. There were loads of different bases as well that could be mixed and matched. Some had studs, some had screw heads visible on the outside and they were available with different angles to suit various curves on doors or boot lids. It might be just a matter of scratching around to find the the appropriate bits.

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Would look better with a mk3 boot handle. That long thing looks awful


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Guywilko wrote:
Would look better with a mk3 boot handle. That long thing looks awful

Which the Moke or the handle?


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