And so, the restoration begins

The first step is laying out everything, checking if there is in fact everything, cleaning, then rebuilding as needed and finally reassembly. Easy, right. Be done in a week. Sure.

So, I did find the head, which was thought to be missing, and the speedometer with wiring harness and body shell ID plates. No key. Oh, well. On to other things.


Hrach Chekijian – Rest in Peace

Hrach and Peter

Originally uploaded by pbraun

The world is saddened to hear of the loss of Hrach Chekijian recently.
So many memories and stories, it’s too soon now.
Love you always, Hrach!

Finally done!


Wish the house was done, then I’d buy my friend Kemper’s partially restored Moke.

Moke shell

Moke shell all rebuilt








One of these fine days, there will be a Moke in my garage!

Jimini 2


Originally uploaded by pbraun

We just got back from our annual trip to the second home – Barbados. A great time was had by all. One of the things we did this year was to visit all the rum distilleries on this island, often known as the home of rum. Doing some research for a project.

At the Mount Gay Distilleries, Ltd., we had again another wonderful tour by the owner/master blender, and was happy to notice this well worn example of a Mini in the corner of a courtyard. It’s a Jimini 2 variant, fiberglass body, most likely assembled on the island back in the 90s, but maybe imported separately, as the Barton style hardtop is unusual.

We may be opening the “University of Rum” in Barbados, within the next several years, offering courses and certificates for the edification of rum fans. Research will continue and news posted here.