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James Doulton
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  • Paul Regan
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  • Patrick Buchfink
  • dave stott
  • 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

Throttle Sticking on Weber 32/36 DGAV

Started this discussion. Last reply by James Doulton Aug 1. 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

Tags: Weber


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

Tags: Exhaust

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

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James Doulton commented on Steve and Matt Pegrum's photo

Back on the road

"Those light below the bumper line that are on - are they DRLs? if so, how are they wired, do they go off with the headlights going on or are they just wired to come on with the ignition."
Dec 4
James Doulton replied to Toby Fitzgerald's discussion (Probably) The end of the road.
"I'm sorry to hear that you are going to have to give up your Phaeton. However, I'm pleased to hear that things have worked out for you with your partner and that is more important. I should aim to sell your car in the spring because…"
Nov 29
James Doulton replied to Roy Kemp's discussion Adjustable Panhard Rod issue / question
"If the wobble only happens every so often as you push it then that might help to diagnose it. The wheels go around once every 6 ft or so, depending on your tyre size. The prop goes around about 3 times as fast, so every 2ft. I'd guess the prop…"
Nov 25
James Doulton commented on Brian (up north) Morris's photo

just for daryl

"That is very considerate, covering your Melos so that it doesn't offend anyone. :-) 3 red cars ... does that say something?"
Nov 21
James Doulton commented on Adrian Southgate's blog post NTS Autoparts fast response vehicle
"I'm guessing that the pivot point of the gear lever needs to be in line with the centre of the selector shaft. That looks good Ade. Where did the lever on the end of the selector shaft come from or was it part of the original mechanism?"
Nov 21
James Doulton commented on Adrian Southgate's blog post NTS Autoparts fast response vehicle
"Getting there, Ade."
Nov 11
James Doulton commented on Roy Kemp's blog post New toy - not Dutton related.
"Ere, someone's put the steering wheel on the wrong side!"
Nov 11
James Doulton commented on Roy Kemp's blog post New toy - not Dutton related.
"That looks like a bit of fun. Is it meant to be a cross-country thing-a-me? It's not that I have a wheel fetish but I'd be wanting to change those if it were mine!"
Nov 6
James Doulton replied to Neville Smith's discussion Dutton Badges
"They look good. Are they stickers? Did you design them? What did they cost?"
Nov 6
James Doulton commented on Paul Browne's photo

Yes he does wear that hat every time we drive

"Goggles, helmet ... what, no gloves? "
Oct 18
James Doulton commented on Paul Browne's photo

Yes he does wear that hat every time we drive

"The mirror could do with some adjustment!"
Oct 18
James Doulton liked Paul Browne's photo
Oct 18
Paul Browne left a comment for James Doulton
"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."
Oct 16
James Doulton replied to Steve Kerswell's discussion New build
"That looks like it is getting closer. Are you keeping it symmetrical or offsetting the engine?"
Oct 14
James Doulton left a comment for Paul Browne
"Hi Paul. Is your Dutton on the road or is it a "project"? "
Oct 13
James Doulton replied to Paul Sheridan's discussion Moderators and Ning Problems
"I don't think that Faceache is any good for a car club. There is a bit of interesting stuff, like Steve's posts but most of the rest is pretty shallow or short lived. It also moves down the feed too quickly and you have to wade through a…"
Oct 6
James Doulton commented on Dave Price's blog post Q42 CPF - Progress
"Nearly there. I assume that the existing propshaft will need to be cut down?"
Oct 4
James Doulton replied to Dan Harding's discussion My Dutton Phaeton
"That looks like an interesting challenge! Do you know what was intended with the headlights? Was it registered and on the road ever or is it a track day car? The widened arches look good and those wheels look wild."
Sep 25
James Doulton replied to Steve and Matt Pegrum's discussion DIY Paint
"That is looking good. I like the idea of a roll bar that might be strong enough to really work. Where did that come from, or was it specially made? The tank looks a little larger than the original, I assume that you bought it. Is it foam filled? The…"
Sep 10
Steve Kerswell left a comment for James Doulton
"Welcome Paul, some good chaps and some banter on this site."
Aug 25

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 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 -…


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 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.
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!


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