Skunk Malone

Skunk Malone

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Philippo

Original Poster:

102 posts

180 months

Sunday 27th November 2016
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Hello

I'm a big fan of Morgans and have an S1 Aero 8 (lhd) and 1935 MX2 Super Sports.

However about 15 years ago I test drove a Skunk Malone and was most impressed. I'd now like to buy one secondhand if possible but haven't come across any for sale. If someone knows of one please would they email me at the address in my profile.

Cheers

Philip

Ambleton

5,059 posts

153 months

Tuesday 29th November 2016
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I have never seen one for sale either - and I keep pretty up to date with what's on the market most of the time.

There is currently a Blackjack Zero for sale - and Mark Grinnall has several Scorpions in that he has for sale (really nice guy and I'd recommend visiting his workshop).

There are usually several citroen varients on the market too - Pembleton, Lomax, Blackjack Avion etc.

Then there's the ford engined Buckland B3 - which are now built by John Wilcox of Penguin Speed Shop in Flintshire - Again, a thoroughly decent chap and id recommend a visit if you're ever in that part of the world.

A member on here has a Malone - Mike Veal (not sure if it's a Skunk or f1000).

If you're set on a Malone, I'd try to contact the manufacturer and buy a kit/complete car direct - otherwise you might have a very long wait...

Philippo

Original Poster:

102 posts

180 months

Tuesday 29th November 2016
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Ambleton

Thanks for the reply.

I know the other three wheelers, but for various reasons it's the Skunk I'm after.

Building one myself not ideal as I live in France and it would be impossible to register here.

Will keep looking.

Cheers

Philip

Equus

10,114 posts

62 months

Tuesday 29th November 2016
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Philippo said:
Building one myself not ideal as I live in France and it would be impossible to register here.
Does it just have to have been MSVA'd and registered to its first owner here in the UK?

If so, I'm sure that the manufacturer would be receptive to selling you an ex-demonstrator.

Philippo

Original Poster:

102 posts

180 months

Thursday 1st December 2016
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Equus, thanks for your reply.

Any vehicle I buy will be kept on UK plates. Don't really want to go down the new/nearly new route due to cost.

Cheers

Philip

Equus

10,114 posts

62 months

Thursday 1st December 2016
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Well, as you've already discovered, there are few to no Malones on the market, and they have an excellent reputation, so the likelihood is that when one does come up, it will be very strongly priced.

I wouldn't be surprised to find that - like Westfield Elevens and Trikings - the asking price for a secondhand example will be higher than the cost of building one new.

You'll be in for a long wait, I fear.

Philippo

Original Poster:

102 posts

180 months

Friday 2nd December 2016
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You could well be right. That said I waited 2 years to find my Aero 8, so I am prepared to wait for the right car!

Have sent an email off to Malone and waiting for a reply. Think I'll need to ring them, and of course hope they're still very much in business!

Cheers

Philip

Ambleton

5,059 posts

153 months

Friday 2nd December 2016
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I've never seen one for sale in the last 6 years! Good luck with the manufacturer!

mikeveal

3,688 posts

211 months

Thursday 15th December 2016
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Just come across this.
As far as I'm aware the Malones are not currently making any kits.

There are roughly ten completed cars, and a few incomplete cars (not finished and possibly not a full set of parts available).

There is a very quiet Yahoo group called Skunk_Owners that I still administer. The last post was 4 years ago.
If you want to join, sort out a yahoo login, apply and I'll approve. This is your best chance of reaching out to current owners. I've no idea how many are still using their email addresses from four years ago, but you're welcome to try.

ETA, I'm not selling. Sorry. And if memory serves, I think Stefan has bagged first place in the queue if I ever do.

Philippo

Original Poster:

102 posts

180 months

Monday 2nd January 2017
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Hello

Have tried to find the Yahoo Group to request membership, but I can't find it. Could you send me a link please.

Many thanks

Philip

mikeveal

3,688 posts

211 months

Thursday 5th January 2017
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Try:
uk.groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/skunk_owners/

anotherdom

535 posts

129 months

Saturday 4th March 2017
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You could be in luck!

I started building a Malone ST-F1000 some years ago - and to a very high standard. I'm a Chartered Engineer, and normally work in aviation. Indeed, if you look hard enough you'll find quite a few aerospace spec fixtures and fastenings included in the build.

As ever, life throws up a few changes along the way. I've now got a family and am finishing off an extension to the house, that has required a detached double garage to be removed. So I've got nowhere to finish the build, and with 2 young kids my other fun cars (Noble M12 GTO 3R, Maserati GranSport LE, E61 M5, Clio Trophy etc) have been replaced by a Japanese camper van!

So realistically the build is not going to get finished. It's at about 95% completion, requiring the engine/instruments loom, rollover bar and manifold/exhaust to be fabricated and installed, before prep and paint. Boot/bonnet, windshield and rear lights have been fitted, so not too much bodywork required. It's built to a high specification; the engine is a low miles Fazer 1000, it's got Image billet wheels, Protech shocks, Aim Mychron dash, Quaife reverse box etc. All mechanicals are connected, the fluids have been in for a few years (!) and rotable parts are exercised regularly.

While it's not yet registered, you could feasibly pay a company to finish the build, MSVA and register then pop over from France and drive it back. And let's face it, there aren't a lot of alternative options if you're set on one of these!

I've got loads of photos, though the car is in an ISO off-site while the house build is progressed, so these are from during the build.

Get in touch if you're serious about getting your hands on one of these awesome trikes. And before you ask, given I'd not previously considered selling I've no idea what to ask - make me an offer!

Dom.


mikeveal

3,688 posts

211 months

Sunday 5th March 2017
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Hello Dom!
byebye

anotherdom

535 posts

129 months

Monday 6th March 2017
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Hey Mike. Hope all is well with you.

Work has finally allowed me to return to live at home again, but as my earlier post some extensive building work will make finishing the Skunk quite a challenge. AB Performance are about 8 miles away, and I know they've completed one of these previously. Could be an option, as Philip is only after a registered example - and there's not many of those to be had!

Dom.

mikeveal

3,688 posts

211 months

Monday 6th March 2017
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Yeah all good this end, great to hear from you. Congrats on getting chartered. I should do that, I've filled the forms in half a dozen times.

My Skunk is currently off the road with a poorly engine. I know it's one or more valve on #4. I know it's not the seats, so it's stem oil seals or guides... Just need some garage time.

I trimmed it a couple of years ago, making it "complete" at last. I did the cockpit and had the seats done professionally in leather. Expensive, but it looks the part.

Shame to hear that you won't be finishing yours, I hope you find it a home.

anotherdom

535 posts

129 months

Monday 6th March 2017
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We'll see, the Skunk may yet get finished. The house build has been going on for about a year, but we're soon to start decorating and the end is in sight. I've done nothing to actively try and sell the car; I just saw Philip's thread and thought it may be sensible at this juncture. Of course, if I came to regret it (as I do selling my Noble) then I'd never find another one!

Scunc

1 posts

40 months

Saturday 9th September 2017
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Hi Mike and Dom,
Gary here - long time no speak.
I've only just joined PH and am still in the noobie grace period re forum posting so bear with me.
My Skunk is still unfinished but feel free to message me outside this thread if you'd like to talk more about the ins and outs.

mikeveal

3,688 posts

211 months

Sunday 10th September 2017
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wavey
Hi Gary,
Long time no squeak, all good with you?

So, do you have all the parts to finish? If so, what's the excuse?

I'm back on the road again. Valve stem oil seals on #4 exhaust had gone. I replaced them and it still burnt oil, but only when overfilled, which is weird. It's dropped to half full on the sight glass and just stayed there. About to move to a project house (I hope) so tinkering time will become a rare commodity. Going to have to build a new double garage too.

Skunky17

2 posts

38 months

Thursday 9th November 2017
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Hi folks, I've just found this post. At last found some owners of some Skunks! I am part way through a build of an XJ900F version. It's got the body on in primer and suspension etc all fitted. I'm struggling to obtain any info on wheel specs. I can see most seem to fit image wheels but can't find any information on offsets etc. If anyone could help me out it would be much appreciated! The only main bits I need to sort out are the wheels, get an exhaust and roll bar made and the normal trimming and wiring etc. I intend to msva it before I paint it incase I need to alter bits to pass! Any help would really be appreciated and spur me on to get it finished!!!

mikeveal

3,688 posts

211 months

Thursday 9th November 2017
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Hi,
Where are you based? Sounds like you have purchased an unfinished kit, mind if I ask who's kit you acquired?

Wheels (like everything on a Skunk) are a bit complicated.

EDIT: Front wheels.

The prototype was designed to run on 16" motorcycle wheels. The Malones decided this was too small, and to be best of my knowledge, all chassis built since the proto are designed to take 17" wheels. The original idea was to put motorcycle tyres on. Jon Malone's car runs on 17" motorcycle tyres, using custom rims built by Image wheels.

However, these custom rims required special tooling from Image. A 17" car tyre rim is actually 17.1" whereas the motorcycle rim is 17.0". It's impossible to get a 17" motorcycle tyre onto a 17" car rim. Believe me, I tried.
When Image realised that they weren't getting any orders for these specials, they scrapped the tooling to make the 17.0" rims.
So there is no source of rims to run the tyre that the car was designed for.

There are three options:
1/ Revert to 16" rims, fit motorcycle tyre. To maintain ground clearance you will need to increase ride height. This will limit droop in suspension and isn't a good option.
2/ Move to 18" rims, fit motorcycle tyre. This is what I have. Works fine.
3/ Stay at 17" rims, fit car tyre. This is what Jerome Malone runs, he says it's fine too.

Technically 3/ is the best solution. Motorcycle tyre side walls are not designed to take the loads present in a cornering car.

I know of one guy in Devon who wasn't happy with the ride height at 17". He tried to wind the car up in the air and had issues with droop. Eventually he redesigned the front suspension entirely. That's why I say option 1/ won't be good.

When I asked Jerome about roll centres, he told me that they notionally hit the ground a long way outside the track, so you don't have to worry too much about offset.

You will also need to think about mudguards. Jerome still has the moulds for my 18" motorcycle guards (I don't expect he even remembers.) Guards for 17" car wheels should be easier to get hold of.

That help?

EDIT REAR WHEEL:
Is a 15.0. I run a 195/55/15, which is the biggest you can fit (without modding the bodywork). I know that I don't have the offset figures for this wheel. Sorry.

Edited by mikeveal on Thursday 9th November 14:35