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Mick O'Malley 26th January 2017 08:02

Mick O'Malley's Moss Monaco
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When this was launched in 1984 I was just starting building my first kit, a Dutton Phaeton II, bought new for £752. The Monaco, at £499 immediately appealed to me with its Triumph underpinnings so I sent off for the brochure and had a quiet daydream.

33 years and 15 or so kit cars came and went.

I'm on the Moss page on Facebook and on Boxing morning a post and picture appeared which I 'liked' and commented on to the effect that it was my dream car. A private message appeared on FB a few days later asking if I was interested in an abandoned project. It turned out that the owner didn't think he'd ever be able to finish it, and, as it had been given to him in similar circumstances, I could have it FOC on the condition that I completed it!

I went and had a look yesterday, it's eminently do-able and I'm collecting it on Monday on a low loader. As soon as my Tribute A352 passes its second MOT (imminent) I'll set to.

peterux 26th January 2017 09:09

Wow, that looks like a heap of fun!!

hurnleft 26th January 2017 09:10

Great project, I'll be following your progress updates

NeilF355 26th January 2017 10:27

Here's one at the Tatton Park Passion for Power show a couple of years ago.

Good luck with the project.

Car photographer 26th January 2017 15:51


molleur 26th January 2017 17:52

Nice! Mick 'O, should be a straight forward resto.

Mick O'Malley 26th January 2017 18:34

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Jumping the gun, I know, but this is the colour I fancy but with gold wires and grille.

molleur 26th January 2017 18:36

Absolutely agree with the color. Very period too.

redratbike 26th January 2017 19:12

They always looked like a dustbin on wheels to me but in a good way ha ha ...

I hope he negotiated a ride in the finished article?

Car photographer 27th January 2017 01:22


Originally Posted by Mick O'Malley (Post 85691)
Jumping the gun, I know, but this is the colour I fancy but with gold wires and grille.

I agree, but then I am biased :)

Paul L 27th January 2017 07:52

Mick - It certainly looks like a challenging project.

If it helps, Micky1Mo's Moss Monaco build thread is here:

And this is Car Photographer's colour scheme on his Fiorano.

Good luck, Paul. :)

Mick O'Malley 27th January 2017 08:11

Thanks Paul. I'm just signing up to Photobucket so future posts will be a little more viewer friendly.

I'm straining at the leash to get crawling over the Monaco, dismantling and making lists of jobs and purchases.

With spring and summer on the way I'll be able to make a decent start between sorties to Castle Combe, Shelsley Walsh and Prescott in the A352 'D'.

Happy Days :)

Regards, Mick

Mick O'Malley 27th January 2017 08:24

Testing, testing.

This is the inspirational picture posted on FB on Christmas Day.

Mick O'Malley 28th January 2017 09:38

Happy Days
Bit of a non-sequitur, but yesterday, whilst searching though my mountain of kit car photo's for Monaco ones, I found this.

I'd not long finished the blue Phaeton II, 1300 Triumph powered, when the grey one came to my notice. I paid £350. It was Ford 1700 V4 powered. This engine earned a few bob at the scrap merchants, all it was good for, to be replaced by a 1300 X-Flow and passed on to a club member. He completed it, had it sprayed, and promptly wrote it off.

My friend's red Phaeton started life in black with 1300 Triumph power, in the incarnation pictured it had a 1500 Triumph. He then painted in in Marlboro Mclaren dayglo and white and installed a 2500 Ford V6. We went to Le Mans in it in '91, blowing a half shaft on the way back. Its fourth and final incarnation was in BRG with a yellow centre stripe and a 3500 Rover V8. I took it round Castle Combe and can confirm it was a rocket. I'll post more pictures if I find any.

Regards, Mick

Mick O'Malley 30th January 2017 07:08

Which Kit Guide Winter/Spring 1991
I dug this out yesterday. I like the way the scanner has sepia toned it!

Regards, Mick

Mick O'Malley 31st January 2017 08:17

The Monaco Has Landed
Collected the new project yesterday with a thoroughly professional and competitive local one-man-band. Less than three hours for a 100 mile round trip!

I removed the body to reveal the Spitfire underpinnings. The existing chassis frame has been modified in an unacceptable fashion so I'm now in the market for a tax-exempt Spitfire, hopefully with sound underpinnings but rubbish bodywork.

The wings, their stays, the air scoop, the gearbox/transmission covers, the headlamp pods (which I'm advised are fashioned from 'unobtanium'), the prop-shaft, steering column/wheel and a spare gearbox I've stashed in my shed. I'll spread them on the lawn for a picture when the weather permits.

The engine turns freely. I'll Redex the bores, spin it without plugs until I get oil pressure, then run it for assessment, again when weather permits as the A352 is in my man cave awaiting the delivery of MOT related purchases.

That last one isn't very special!

Regards, Mick

oxford1360 31st January 2017 09:53

Holy cr*p, those rear suspension fixings look terrifying.

Looking forward to seeing this come together - the Monaco and Mamba were my "dream" cars when I was a lad. Of course there is no link that the first books I took out from West Norwood library were Herald and Spitfire Haynes manuals.

redratbike 31st January 2017 17:20

Rear wheel steering?

Can't the chassis be saved Mick?

Mick O'Malley 1st February 2017 05:52


Originally Posted by redratbike
Can't the chassis be saved Mick?

Only if I want the completed car to need an IVA. I think the likelihood of its passing one would be remote. Those modifications are certainly without the DVLA's parameters for a simple re-body.

Regards, Mick

redratbike 1st February 2017 16:16


Originally Posted by Mick O'Malley (Post 85844)
Only if I want the completed car to need an IVA. I think the likelihood of its passing one would be remote. Those modifications are certainly without the DVLA's parameters for a simple re-body.

Regards, Mick

I see what you meant now

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