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James Doulton
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James Doulton's Discussions

Scumbags operate in this area

Started this discussion. Last reply by James Doulton Feb 3. 11 Replies

Last night, before going away for the night, I moved my Legerra out of the garage and parked it on the drive under my deluxe car cover. This morning it was gone!It has two sewn-in straps which go…Continue

Throttle Sticking on Weber 32/36 DGAV

Started this discussion. Last reply by James Doulton Aug 1, 2017. 5 Replies

My Pinto engine Legerra has developed a rather irritating carburettor problem, where the secondary throttle does not close fully unless I snap the throttle shut. Normally this manifests itself when I…Continue

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Ebay - DUTTON ROVER 3.5 V8 MANUAL ROAD, RACE CAR HILLCLIMB BARGAIN

Started this discussion. Last reply by James Doulton Apr 27, 2017. 2 Replies

There is an interesting V8 Dutton on ebay which looks pretty good - 122459510528The guy is asking £3400 for it,…Continue

Side Exhausts

Started this discussion. Last reply by Paul Sheridan Oct 19, 2016. 3 Replies

I have a V6 Malaga B+…Continue

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ANDY HAYCOCK left a comment for James Doulton
"hi well not to sound greedy I have 2. one is complete all finished and road worthy with a 1600cc crossflow that I would like to change to something more modern and another that is complete less engine and box but in kit form as the previous owner…"
9 hours ago
James Doulton left a comment for garret
"Welcome Garret. Do you have any recent photos of your Dutton?"
yesterday
James Doulton left a comment for ANDY HAYCOCK
"Welcome Andy, what is the condition of your Melos - is it on the road or a project?"
yesterday
James Doulton commented on James Doulton's blog post My New Dutton
"The metalwork at the back of the cockpit steals about 20mm from the overall length. It is a bit annoying but I don't think I'm going to cut about the chassis to change that."
Sunday
James Doulton commented on James Doulton's blog post My New Dutton
"The trailing arms are directly below the top chassis rail all the way along, so they don't steal any space, apart from needing a little clearance. I did wonder about changing them to an oval profile or maybe a D shape, just to give them more…"
Sunday
Dave Adams commented on James Doulton's blog post My New Dutton
"i had often considered making the trailing arms longer.....but could not see the overall benifit from doing it... for one it makes the seating area much narrower and since that is where your looking to gain space it would be well worth your time…"
Sunday
Dave Adams commented on James Doulton's blog post My New Dutton
"that is a little like the mods i do to my cars....it does stiffen the rear a lot. Yours however is wasteful of the interior space, if you look at my rear chassis mods you can pinch a fair bit more interior space and make the seat back slope back a…"
Sunday
Steve Kerswell commented on James Doulton's blog post My New Dutton
"Dropped it Daryl. Forgot the combination, cannot open it :-))"
Sunday
Daryl Heasman commented on James Doulton's blog post My New Dutton
"I hear Mr Kerswell has opened his wallet and caused an earthquake down West"
Saturday
Steve Kerswell commented on James Doulton's blog post My New Dutton
"That is a lot of metal work James, someone has thought of it for the V6 I'd say. Wire brush and paint coming up :-)"
Saturday
James Doulton commented on James Doulton's blog post My New Dutton
"I've managed to get the tub out after cutting off the return on the top of the seat which went under the bodywork. This has revealed the chassis, which looks different from what I had expected - the trailing arms are longer than I expected and…"
Saturday
Jay left a comment for James Doulton
"Oh and thanks for the welcome folks"
Feb 13
Jay left a comment for James Doulton
"Not road Worthy yet but getting there. She was in a bit of a state when I bought her but she's coming on in leaps and bounds. She now stars stops and drives. I've started a light restoration of the car. Hopefully she will be at stoneleigh…"
Feb 13
James Doulton left a comment for Jay
"Hi Jay, welcome to the site. What is the state of your Dutton - is it roadworthy or a project? Post some photos when you get a chance."
Feb 13
Daryl Heasman commented on James Doulton's blog post My New Dutton
"James my Malaga is jointed across the tub in line with the gear lever , its overlapped  by about an inch"
Feb 11
James Doulton commented on James Doulton's blog post My New Dutton
"I have battled with the seat tub until my back hurts but I don't think that I can get it out in one piece. The front of it goes under the scuttle/dash at the sides and the floor part goes under the footwell and the gearbox covering - it is…"
Feb 11
Daryl Heasman commented on James Doulton's blog post My New Dutton
"That looks fairly tidy for you James "
Feb 10
James Doulton commented on James Doulton's blog post My New Dutton
"I had checked that there is enough room to widen the seat in the moulded tub, so I have started to remove the tub. Most of the fixings have come undone surprisingly easily. I think that I have about 20mm spare between the tunnel on the drivers side…"
Feb 10
James Doulton commented on James Doulton's blog post My New Dutton
"I spent the afternoon getting to know the car - chasing the wiring, finding where the pipes go etc. I discovered quite a lot of interesting things. The engine breather doesn't go into the carb but into a catch tank. The rear axle has a plastic…"
Feb 10
James Doulton commented on James Doulton's blog post My New Dutton
"Today I finally got the Malaga B+ into  somewhere that I can work on it. Since the photo, I have jacked it up onto ramps, so that I can get under it more easily. It doesn't look like I have a lot of space in the photo but it is enough to…"
Feb 10

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Duttons owned
Melos II (sold)
Legerra ZS
Malaga B+
Engine Type and Transmission Type
Melos: 2.0 Pinto, 4 speed
Legerra: 2.0 Pinto, 5 speed
Malaga: 3.1 Essex V6, 4 speed
Post code
BS34 5HR

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My New Dutton

Posted on September 2, 2016 at 23:26 79 Comments

Today I bought another Dutton. This one has a 3.1 litre Essex V6. It's MOT has lapsed and it has a number of issues, the biggest one being that it has had a front end shunt which has upset the suspension geometry, and the bonnet fit, and the steering. The last 6 inches of the main rail is crumpled, moving the ARB. Finding a good reference to work from to restore the geometry looks to be an interesting puzzle. In this picture you can see that the nearside wheel has a different camber to the…

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KitNet track day at Castle Combe

Posted on August 15, 2016 at 23:21 80 Comments

I went to the KitNet track day at Castle Combe today in my Legerra. It was cracking weather and I had a good day. There were positives and some negatives. So starting with then the positives: My new tyres performed well and took 5 seconds off my lap times (down to 1m 35sec), I finally got the Legerra over the ton at 100.3mph on the straight, I met a load of nice chaps and did a lot of chatting plus, to round off the day, I drove it home at the end of the day. Two of the chaps were Duttons -…

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Nice looking Melos on ebay

Posted on July 17, 2013 at 20:54 0 Comments

There is a very nice looking blue Melos on ebay item no 161066547569. It has beautiful seats. Does anyone know what they are or where they come from?

Handbag Legerra Developments

Posted on April 16, 2013 at 22:51 115 Comments

After getting the Legerra home a few weeks ago, I have been using it as my daily commute. I have done a few things to it to 'improve' it:

1) I have removed the centre console because I could not take my foot off the clutch with it in place because I have to get my knee next to the steering wheel and my calf was hard against the edge of the console. I have still got to find a place for the dials and switches that were there. When removing the heater controls I found that the outer…

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At 18:29 on February 20, 2018, ANDY HAYCOCK said…

hi

well not to sound greedy I have 2. one is complete all finished and road worthy with a 1600cc crossflow that I would like to change to something more modern

and another that is complete less engine and box but in kit form as the previous owner stripped to restore but never got round to it

who has less common engines fitted ?

cheers Andy

At 22:00 on February 13, 2018, Jay said…

Oh and thanks for the welcome folks

At 22:00 on February 13, 2018, Jay said…

Not road Worthy yet but getting there. She was in a bit of a state when I bought her but she's coming on in leaps and bounds. She now stars stops and drives. I've started a light restoration of the car. Hopefully she will be at stoneleigh this year.

At 15:42 on October 16, 2017, Paul Browne said…

Great welcome from everyone cheers.

Its a fully MOT'd and road legal Phaeton so I'm using it with my son as a home education project.

At 11:52 on August 25, 2017, Steve Kerswell said…

Welcome Paul, some good chaps and some banter on this site.

At 7:04 on August 25, 2017, Paul Redfern said…

Thanks for the welcome James. I'm currently looking into (hopefully) buying a Dutton, most likely a Phaeton or a Melos. Until about a year ago i poured blood, sweat, tears & money into a 1975 MG Midget, but since selling I've been itching to get something else and finding I've got time on my hands.

However, with a baby on the way, it might not happen just yet (!) but the money from the sale is set aside for another car, so fingers crossed it will be sooner and not in 18 years' time...!

At 20:24 on May 7, 2017, John Tighe said…
Thanks for your welcome James, yes I have quite a few photos and am working on a video for YouTube,
At 9:06 on May 5, 2017, Graham Boulter said…

Thank you James, I'll see what I can find.

At 21:11 on April 2, 2017, Paul said…

Hi James,

No not my handy work. I have recently acquired the Melos and am working through it back to front! It has had a 5 link rear conversion at some time so I am stripping it all down. Zetec install is not that good as it is on Zenith carbs that arn.t properly jetted or set up, so that's the next task!

At 23:23 on February 25, 2017, Kevin Thomas said…
Certainly not a project and it's MOTeed.
 
 
 

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