Monarch Stags - Plans for 2021
Looking ahead at 2021 there are a number of changes that I want to make to Monarch. Here's a short list of some of the changes that I hope to make during the year:
Full time / Part time
Monarch continues to be a priority, however, it still remains a business that I run alongside a full time job. This has it's issues, with the main one being responsiveness to customer queries. Currently I don't publish a phone number as I cannot answer calls during the day (I may be in a meeting, or away on business) and the best method is to send me a mail with your query and I will do my best to get back to you. It may take a couple of days - so bear with me!
New / Existing Products
When I purchased Monarch in 2018, it came with a catalogue of products that had been developed over many years. Some we supply now, but others are waiting on our shelves. These are products where we are having to find alternative suppliers, as many have retired (with such a small volume we are reliant on specialist one-man suppliers). Some products may need engineering modifications and testing, before we make them available for sale.
We want to make some of these products available againt, however, I want to personally fit every product before we make it available for sale, which leads me on to .....
New Project / Monarch Prototypes
The Rover V8 Stag (Blue) - we have completed a full body restoration of a 1975 manual Stag that will be fitted with a Rover 3.9 EFi engine. The shell has been repaired and painted, insulated with Dynamat and dashboard and carpets fitted. The running gear has been temporarily fitted to help with transportation.
The keen eyed will notice that it has been painted in Jaguar Sapphire Blue - and we're really pleased with the result. We have sourced a good Rover 3.9 engine and ancillaries, a Rover R380 2WD gearbox and a number of other parts to complete the project.
The car will have a number of our Monarch upgrades, and we hope to document our journey here, but also across social media. It will become the testbed for our Rover V8 related parts, and the intention is to have all the parts available again to complete the conversion.
But we also do Stag V8 upgrades ...
The Triumph V8 Stag (White) will be our next project towards the end of 2021. We have sourced a donor car and it's currently in storage awaiting completion.
Despite appearances, it is a very solid car albeit with some cosmetic damage. It will be fitted with the Stag V8 engine and feature our Triumph V8 upgrades, together with an automatic gearbox.
Holley 7-degree adaptor - just completing machining of the castings, as the original machined drawings had been lost. We will validate and check with an existing Holley conversion before making them available for sale.
Rear Track Control Kit - using new suppliers, the new components have been matched against the library parts. Project is underway - hopefully available during Q3.
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