Dutton Kit Cars and their owners

My mate and the cars we bought BT 136 and BT 137 both blue in the yard outside Dutton's factory, early days

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Comment by Andrew Griffiths on June 1, 2017 at 13:13
Great posts on the B Type just the best Dutton ever built. I have to say Johns B sort of set me on the Dutton road as it was such a stunning original car not messed about with all period. They are after all a lotus S4 on a budget keep it original with trumph or ford power, smiths clocks, alloy sides, black and whites number plates and period wheels. You wouldnt messed up an S4 by modernising it so you shouldn't a Dutton either.

I am restoring P1005 with genuine Sprite 1098 a Series, four speed close ratio box, smith clocks and Dunlop D1 wheels on Michelin XAS radials, it will look like did when it rolled out of the pig shed in 1970.
Comment by John Tighe on May 31, 2017 at 9:05
Ok so here are the words as written in the original build sheet, "Rear Spring" Using a 6 inch G clamp dismantle leaf spring. Re-assemble with the 4th and 6th longest leaf upside down and UNDER the two main leaves. That is word for word and is for a standard Herald spring, so this gives a negative camber on the rear, handling is in my opinion good and I have never experienced tuck in, only doing something silly will cause tuck in, yes the car can be very twitchy on rough or bumpy surfaces but that's to be expected, I have standard Spitfire shocks on the front with an anti roll bar, and Armstrong adjustable at the hardest setting on the rear, hope this gives you a good insight as to my car and he original design
Comment by John Tighe on May 20, 2017 at 22:22
They are just there to give the roll bar extra strength, all the B Types I have seen have it but I don't think that the B+ has it, if you zoom in on my photo BT 137 you should get a better view, another fact was that in the build paper you had to cut 1 1/2 inches off the front springs, my B Type weighs in at 560 Kg
Comment by Paul Sheridan on May 20, 2017 at 18:32

Ok so what does it do? Where does it go?  any close up pictures?

Comment by Dave Adams on May 20, 2017 at 17:54

the car in front is the same style of roll bar.....

Comment by Paul Sheridan on May 20, 2017 at 16:54

As Dave has pointed out, what are those two bits of tube on the front of the roll bar? It looks like tube welded on just below the roof support bar sockets!    Never seen that before.

Comment by John Tighe on May 20, 2017 at 8:46
No extra bracing, what you see on my car is as it came as standard, we paid extra for a fully upholstered seat tub full weather equipment and flame proof fibre glass, and we had to take our steering column and prop shafts and dutton shortened the prop shaft and lengthened the steering column while we waited, when I started my build I drilled off all the ally panels and sanded and re painted the frame, so there is a bit more history,
Comment by Dave Adams on May 20, 2017 at 7:34

and is that extra bracing on the roll bar?

Comment by Dave Adams on May 20, 2017 at 7:33

interesting to see the Dutton factory fitted the ally side panels to the car before delivery.

Comment by Dave Adams on May 20, 2017 at 7:29

i do like the early Duttons and the Btype is a nicely proportioned car. a little narrower than the B+ and its variants (3" overall i think) and shorter as well by another 3" (mostly in the boot area) although i believe the wheel base is also shorter.

there were only a few hundred made and a good few of them are abroad now (or the log books are) they do still come up for sale. and if i had room i would get one. probably fit it with a suzuki swift 1300 and RWD SJ410 gearbox......

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