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My new (old) mog

paulventer

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Hi All

Thought I would share a couple of pics of the new lady in my driveway.

I found her two weeks ago, and as of last week Monday she's officially mine.

She's a 1975 model 416.125. Apparently the camper body was built in Germany and she moved to sunny South Africa in 1992 where she was used by a professional photographer for his photography trips to various game reserves in Southern Africa.

There's quite a bit of maintenance work to be done (electrics, doors that don't line up, body panels, etc.) that will keep me out of mischief for the next couple of months. The gearbox will also need some attention, but I'm hoping I can postpone that a bit.

For now, the main objective is to give her a proper service and then take her for a weekend test-camp :p
 

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Hi Paul she looks awesome...reallly good! So what's happening with your other one? Gonna sell it?
Arrange a meeting with your bank manager, Marius!
Paul is apparently selling his other Mog.

If you are interested in viewing, it may still be at Willem's place in Centurion.

Gavin
 
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Hi Marius

I wish I could justify two mogs, but unfortunately the other one has to go... I sold her on Friday (but she will stay in the community - the buyer is "one of us")
Hell, that was a quick sale!
Good job!

And the lucky new owner is.............................?
 

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Marius - sorry man, didn't know you were looking to buy a mog.... :oops:

Willem Burger bought my old mog back from me seeing that he currently doesn't have a mog of his own to use. I suspect he might sell my mog again once the project mog he's working on is completed, so if you're if you're not in too much of a rush to get a mog...
 

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I started unpacking the spares I got with the mog. Two pics attached showing some of the spares.

Unfortunately many of the spares got wet some time in the past so have some rust. I was thinking of scrubbing/brushing with diesel/parafine and then buffing. Is there a less labour intensive method of cleaning the parts?
 

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Its been a while since my last post on this topic, so I thought a quick update on the work done on her to date is in order. The list of items done over the period November 2012 to March 2013 include:

  • New "fast" axles from an old buffel (increases top speed from 80km/h to a whopping 96km/h :lol:)
  • Rust removal and repaint of the cab
  • Replace several bushings on the suspension
  • New shocks all around
  • New tires all around
  • New metal brake lines
  • Tidying up of the very messy crows nest of wiring on the truck (camper wiring still needs to be tackled)
  • Replaced gearbox (old gearbox needed quite a bit of TLC) (the replacement gearbox also packed up after less than 2000km, but more about that later...)
  • New clutch
  • Radiator overhauled/cleaned
  • Replaced broken door hinges

A couple of pics of the process attached...
 

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There was also an oil leak on the right front wheel that had to be fixed before the Lesotho trip. As Murphy would have it, it was the internal seal that was leaking - the one that's a schlepp to get to. Ferdi helped me to replace the seal - thanks Ferdi!
 

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After all the work done to the mog, we were ready for the Unimog Freunde snow trip to Lesotho in August.

We really appreciated the insulated walls of the camper body - temps went down to -11 overnight! It was clear that my mog's camper body was designed and built in Germany - I still had running water the next morning :grin:

There was one problem though - the gearbox packed up :eek:
First problem was that it started jumping out of first gear - at first only when descending, but later it also started on ascending. On top of this, it became very difficult to engage 4th gear.
Fortunately I was able to nurse the mog out of Lesotho and all the way back home.

A few weeks later Ferdi helped my by taking out and inspecting the gearbox. The first gear problem was minor - simply a spring loaded bearing that was missing on the shifter fork. The 4th gear problem was not good news though - an army mechanic had stuffed up the gearbox properly :evil::evil::evil: For some reason they machined down the main shaft on the gearbox to fit an incorrectly sized taper bearing where there should've been a roller bearing, resulting on play on the main shaft which chowed the synchromesh on 4th within less than 2000km...

Time to start looking for a new main shaft... After looking around a bit, I found a complete Buffel gearbox for quite a bit less than the parts necessary to fix the current gearbox would've been, so I settled to replace the gearbox (again) instead of fixing it.

So I once again sit with an untested gearbox, but so far all seems to be going well (holding thumbs!). While the gearbox was out, I also had the PTO box fitted that I got earlier in the year.

A few pics of the mog in Lesotho are attached
 

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