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James Doulton
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  • Bristol
  • United Kingdom

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  • Richard ellis
  • Paul Regan
  • Liam  Bourne
  • Scott Grimson
  • Patrick Buchfink
  • Neville Smith
  • Brian (up north) Morris
  • Laurence Beattie
  • christophe
  • Mark
  • Dave Parlett
  • Jim (across the pond) Adamek
  • Simon J Brown
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James Doulton's Discussions

V6 Steering Column

Started this discussion. Last reply by Daryl Heasman Sep 7. 16 Replies

I've been looking at the…Continue

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Legerra Bonanza on ebay

Started this discussion. Last reply by Adrian Southgate Jun 14. 3 Replies

There are now TWO fully working Legerra's on ebay. One was Ed Townend's "Peggy" and the other is a familiar blue XF. Both look good. If only I didn't have a broken one on my drive!Continue

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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Long Bay NSW

"450Kgs, that is impressive! No wonder it goes well. "
Oct 2
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"That looks like a well sorted bit of kit there, bet it goes well."
Sep 30
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"How was it? What is the engine size and tune? I'm pretty jealous of the empty road too!"
Sep 30
James Doulton liked Andrew Griffiths's photo
Sep 30
James Doulton replied to Daryl Heasman's discussion R.I.P the Handbag ?? -:))
"I'd pity the guy behind me in traffic - his paint peeling on 'tick over' and then his windscreen shattering when the after burner goes on. It would be a hoot though! Nice one, Steve, good to see you back on this site."
Sep 23
James Doulton replied to Daryl Heasman's discussion R.I.P the Handbag ?? -:))
"Like this you mean... If only the chassis twist and front end parallelograming was as easy to fix."
Sep 23
James Doulton replied to Daryl Heasman's discussion R.I.P the Handbag ?? -:))
Sep 22
James Doulton replied to Toby Fitzgerald's discussion I return!... and with questions
"You are also missing the roll bar which would have helped to hold the two sides of the chassis together. I'd want to put something across the back to provide some protection against a rear end shunt, as well as a smaller tube to hold the tank.…"
Sep 20
James Doulton replied to Toby Fitzgerald's discussion I return!... and with questions
"Is the tank going below the boot floor? There is probably enough space for it there and boot space is always useful for putting hoods and tools in when going on trips. I would support it using steel tube or angle iron going from the tube visible at…"
Sep 19
James Doulton replied to Daryl Heasman's discussion R.I.P the Handbag ?? -:))
"Unfortunately, I just don't have the time, Daryl. Look at how long it took for me to get the opportunity to visit you. If I was retired, and I am really looking forward to that, then I might well have the time to repair the Leggy but that is…"
Sep 18
James Doulton replied to Daryl Heasman's discussion R.I.P the Handbag ?? -:))
"Basically, it needs serious work on the chassis which I know I'll never get around to doing, so I'm hoping that Ade will take it off my hands. It was such a pity that I had only just got the engine, exhaust and the plumbing all sorted and…"
Sep 18
James Doulton replied to Glenn Ryder's discussion Any help on getting the engine running smoothly???
"When you say it was running rich, how long did you run it for? I think it would take my Pinto nearly 3 miles to come up to temperature in a free flowing 30-40 mph traffic, so I'd only remove the choke completely as I arrived at my work. If you…"
Sep 18
James Doulton replied to Glenn Ryder's discussion Any help on getting the engine running smoothly???
"I have a Vernier pulley on my Pinto, with a high lift cam, which I run with 6 degrees (crankshaft degrees) of advance. That is supposed to increase the low end torque (by closing the inlet early) but I have never run it any differently so I…"
Sep 17
James Doulton replied to Glenn Ryder's discussion Any help on getting the engine running smoothly???
"An air leak would have more effect when the engine was ticking over (i.e. high vacuum) than when revved and it would lead to whitish plugs (or maybe just one white plug). Glenn has black plugs, so it doesn't sound like an air leak to me. What…"
Sep 17
James Doulton replied to Glenn Ryder's discussion Any help on getting the engine running smoothly???
"With the Pinto running the standard cam, the valves can't hit the pistons even if the cam is completely wrongly timed. So the worst that can happen is that it doesn't work."
Sep 16
James Doulton replied to Scott Grimson's discussion front spring ratings?
"On my Melos, which had a similar arrangement to your current set up (i.e. with the damper fixed to the TCA), I worked out that the wheel moved 1.45 times as far as the damper did. I measured the spring rate as being 180lb/in. I thought that my Melos…"
Sep 16
James Doulton replied to Glenn Ryder's discussion Any help on getting the engine running smoothly???
"It sounds like you have found something there, and certainly enough to cause the symptoms you were having. I think you are just a couple of hours work away from having a really good blast and getting a big 'Dutton' grin!"
Sep 13

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 85 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 10:39 on August 30, 2018, Glenn Ryder said…
Thanks. Yes I did buy it... Moment of madness... Rainy day and ebay, bad combination. Picking it up from the guy tomorrow evening. Bit nervous about driving it home but hopefully I'll be OK. Everything is done on the car so I can tinker later. All new parts and no rust!!! Looking forward to getting the top off and having fun. Hope to be an active member of the club and will post more pics.
At 8:33 on March 8, 2018, James Burgon said…

Hello James, No, thers not many here. There is an old Dutton sierra that has been here forever and that is about it. My phaeton is from 1980 and runs but needs a bit of work. It has a small petrol tank in the boot so I suspect its been used for hill climb type events. I guess I would need to put a proper tank in if its to go back on the road.

All the best, James

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.

 
 
 

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