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Started this discussion. Last reply by James Doulton Apr 27. 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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Dutton Phaeton in CKC

Started Oct 13, 2016 0 Replies

It is out now (for subscribers) November edition. There are 7 whole pages devoted to Paul's Phaeton restoration, and there is a promise of more photos next month. Wow! Well done Paul.Continue

CKC photos

Started this discussion. Last reply by Daryl Heasman Sep 17, 2016. 1 Reply

With the caption "Very nicely restored Dutton Phaeton", there is a picture of Paul Sheridan's Phaeton in CKC (October edition) taken at Knebworth. There is also a blue Melos with a red stripe.On…Continue

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James Doulton replied to Daryl Heasman's discussion Melos hidden on Ebay
"That sounds rather good - it started and could be driven around. It is in Bristol."
22 hours ago
James Doulton commented on Daryl Heasman's photo


"What diameter are they?"
Jun 18
James Doulton commented on Bert Nieuwenhuizen's photo


"That is looking very nice. Is that exhaust noisy? I thought that you had it on the other side of the car before."
Jun 12
James Doulton commented on James Doulton's blog post KitNet track day at Castle Combe
"So, with the pressure at work finally easing, I have finally had a weekend off. I finally got back in the garage this afternoon and picked up on where I had got to on the Legerra. I have been replacing the cam follower mounting posts for longer…"
Jun 11
James Doulton replied to Tony's discussion Melos project for sale
"Definitely a project, but looks like everything is in place so not necessarily a difficult job if the engine is usable."
Jun 11
James Doulton replied to Paul Sheridan's discussion Wonderful Engineering
"It is interesting that in the top picture, there are extra ties added to the doors to stop them flapping and letting in road muck. Is that a common problem?"
Jun 11
James Doulton replied to Paul Sheridan's discussion Wonderful Engineering
"That's interesting. The two threads are not parallel to each other so there must be a bit of flexing when the screws are turned unless one end is floating."
Jun 6
James Doulton replied to Daryl Heasman's discussion Dellorto flooding
"Do both carbs have the same jets? Are they all in place? Have they ever worked while in your possession before? If they have then I'd suspect the float. On bike carbs, people often mess around with the fuel height as a way to change the…"
Jun 4
James Doulton commented on Steve Kerswell's photo

oh no

"Nice one, Steve. That'll keep you busy for a few weeks. Gotta have something to be doing to keep out the way of housework and shopping."
Jun 3
James Doulton replied to Mike's discussion Insurance
"My kit cars cost £179 each, Fully Comp. The trouble is that there is a permanent gypsy camp very near to my estate so things often don't stay where you left them. If you ever see them riding around on their pony and trap then don't…"
May 22
James Doulton replied to Mike's discussion Insurance
"£127 Graham? Does that include fire or do the exclude that for TVR's?"
May 22
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May 10
James Doulton commented on John Tighe's photo

29th November 1972 (2)

"The 'factory' looks much more like a scrap yard than I imagined. I thought the cars would be indoors and that they'd bring it out on a forklift and put it on your trailer. I didn't expect them to be sitting on soft wet muddy…"
May 8
James Doulton commented on John Tighe's photo


"That looks really nicely looked after."
May 8
James Doulton commented on Steve and Matt Pegrum's photo

just some build photos that never made it up

"It has come a long way - you probably can't get a pot under the front spoiler now, I'll bet."
May 8
James Doulton commented on John Tighe's photo

BT 137

"That looks a tidy Dutton."
May 7
James Doulton liked Daryl Heasman's discussion New ultra lightweight Pinto sandwich plate discovered
May 7
John Tighe left a comment for James Doulton
"Thanks for your welcome James, yes I have quite a few photos and am working on a video for YouTube,"
May 7
James Doulton left a comment for John Tighe
"Welcome John, not had it long then! That is a proper historic car. Do you have any more photos?"
May 7
James Doulton replied to Steve Kerswell's discussion Stoneleigh 2017
"'92 was shortly after I was deported from Stevenage to Bristol. I am now being paid 4 times what I was back then."
May 7

Profile Information

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 65 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…


KitNet track day at Castle Combe

Posted on August 15, 2016 at 23:21 52 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 -…


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 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.
At 9:15 on October 22, 2016, Richard ellis said…
Hi James thanks for the welcome. You could call it a project which is miles from being classed as a car. Literally the body and chassis is in Bolton and the engine is in Kent. But hoping to get started with the project soon.
At 13:08 on October 15, 2016, Paul Regan said…

Many thanks James.

At 15:49 on October 12, 2016, Paul Regan said…

Thanks James. The Phaeton is a new project, currently in bits but (mostly) complete. It has a 1600 pre-711M crossflow at the moment with a Rocket ’box, but my Melos has a Kent engine so I think I'll go another route. Blank canvas at the moment!

At 21:37 on October 10, 2016, Eric said…
Thanks Daryl, yes I saw that it looks ideal but looks a bit too good though so i suspect it may go over budget!
At 21:29 on October 10, 2016, Daryl Heasman said…

There is a tidy B Type on ebay at present Eric  also tax exempt 

At 21:25 on October 10, 2016, Eric said…
Hi James, well I'm looking for something useable that needs tidying, i can mange most mechanicals and electrics, but very poor at welding! Prefer the B type and Phaeton S1/2s, nothing too mental on the engine front though the,1600 x-flow S1was scary enough...

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