Dutton Kit Cars and their owners
I spy a battery, close to a test start Dave?? Some progress in a week, well done.
here are some more pictures of where i have got to so far....
A little more bracing on the transmission tunnel is required (later today i think) and some tabs at various locations on the frames to support the panels, the hand brake lever has been fitted and the gearbox mount has been altered and refitted to the car.
as you can see the transmission tunnel is almost symmetrical, and using 1/2" square tube has given me at least 1" more space that the larger tube would have done.......also on the bottom of the picture the difference of the lengths of the transmission tunnel can be seen. The seating area is just short of 17" either side (it used to be different (and less) either side) the prop shaft runs about 1/2" from the seat side at its closest. This will have steel reinforcing here, in case the prop ever lets go....
I have been fitting the pedal box today and adding some bracing to the transmission tunnel,
I have altered the steering column angle slightly so that it is parallel to the dash surface and clears the pedal box position with out compromising the pedal position.
Dave have you altered the angle of the pedal at all as thats where i went wrong hence my knees came up tight to the steering wheel, it worked out with my pedal box that every 3mm at the top made them in inch towards your feet so for 3/8" on mine was 3"forward
I had thought to alter the pedals themselves but not the top mount.....I will have an experiment and post the results....mine may be as much as 3/8 of an inch out as well.
I have put about 3-5 mm of washers behind the top pedal box mount and it moved the pedals back by about 1" the pedals will still need cutting and reshaping to improve matters as there is not enough thread to put more washers underneath. i am reluctant to do much with pedals until the seats are back in.
Can you not change the studs Dave ,the pedalbox i had used was Ford which used a splined stud so i knocked them out and welded longer 8mm bolts in where they came out , be careful as your reducing clutch pedal travel ,im sure you have already thought of this and i dont want to appear to be teaching you how to suck eggs, I altered mine without thinking it through so came across these problems
a little more progress today just about finished the welding, and i have modified the pedal box some what. I have put it back where it was and cut up and re-welded the pedals, they are about 2" further back but they have the same travel.
Blimey Dave there is no way i could drive your car , if i braked in it i would hit the clutch and throttle at the same time, whats the pedalbox out of ,i dont recognise it ?
Dave, I see you've added all the extra weight:) tubing in the cockpit but not replaced the rollbar. Did you not learn anything from AndyS's ramblings:):)