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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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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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James Doulton commented on Liam Bourne's photo

2nd manifold nearly there

"That's looking good, nearly there."
James Doulton commented on Liam Bourne's photo

Start of the 2nd manifold

"Have you had much luck with those pipe expanders? I bought a set and broke the first one the first time I used it. I put the expander about 1/2" into the pipe but as I tightened it then one of the plates broke in half. It looks like you slotted…"
James Doulton commented on Liam Bourne's photo

2nd manifold tight fit

"Eek, not a lot of room!"
James Doulton commented on Liam Bourne's video

A little trip out in the Dutton Malaga V8

"Nice. You can certainly hear the engine and no wind noise. But I suspect that there was wind noise and it was just that the exhaust was a lot louder than it. It goes nicely too."
May 7
James Doulton liked Liam Bourne's photo
May 7
James Doulton commented on Liam Bourne's photo

2nd exhaust can fitted

"Nice. I bought a couple like that today to go on my V6. Where did you get those from and how long are they?"
May 6
James Doulton replied to Paul Sheridan's discussion NEW DRIVING SEASON
"BTW Paul's car looked and sounded fantastic. As he left, which required manoeuvring over the steep edge of the grass, then we all got to see that it is just as spotless underneath as it was on top. "
May 6
James Doulton replied to Paul Sheridan's discussion NEW DRIVING SEASON
"The weather was really good except for a few of us who got a bit red in the sun yesterday doing gardening under orders of our other halves. Actually that might have only been me. There were fewer stands in the halls but there was a throng of…"
May 6
James Doulton commented on Brian (up north) Morris's photo

melos engine bay

"Is it just that it is red or is it actually a very tidy car?"
May 4
James Doulton replied to Jay's discussion Disaster strikes the sierra
"That is a terrible pity, but better to happen now than to go as you are leaving Stoneleigh to go home."
May 4
James Doulton replied to Jay's discussion My dusty Sierra rebuild
"Daryl, you read my mind! Well done, Jay. I looks fantastic too!"
May 2
James Doulton replied to Steve Kerswell's discussion New build
"Wow. That is eye-wateringly expensive."
May 2
James Doulton commented on Brian (up north) Morris's photo


"It must be real - you wouldn't make it up!"
May 2
James Doulton replied to Jay's discussion My dusty Sierra rebuild
"Good luck with the MOT."
May 2
James Doulton replied to Darren (Fl@pper) James's discussion Engine/gearbox location.
"The hole in the bonnet looks like the sort of thing that people do if they have a crossflow, but it is rather far forward if that were the case. so the front of the engine would be near to the cross member that has been cut out. It is unlikely to…"
May 1
James Doulton commented on Adrian Southgate's photo

Phaeton edit 1

"Do the long wings keep the road grit out of your face better? The one time that I drove my Melos I got all sorts of crap thrown up by the front wheels."
Apr 29
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Apr 29
Adrian Southgate commented on James Doulton's video

Slow Motion crash

"Just under a metre to give the floor room to clear the front turrets. Here's a plan as I see it. I can strip and prep the repair unit up here, including lifting the body off. It's half done already.  You need to remove your interior,…"
Apr 29
Darren (Fl@pper) James liked James Doulton's photo
Apr 29
Daryl Heasman commented on James Doulton's video

Slow Motion crash

"Don't take the doors off James or else the body with break when lifting it off "
Apr 29

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 81 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 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…


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!


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