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James Doulton
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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

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

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 James Doulton's blog post KitNet track day at Castle Combe
"I had a look at the car briefly last night and I tried the brakes - they were fine. The pedal wouldn't go down more than a short distance and it was perfectly firm. Any residual movement felt like it was flex of the bodywork. So after a 10 mile…"
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Roy Kemp commented on James Doulton's blog post KitNet track day at Castle Combe
"Must have a crack at this track day malarkey sometime. I am just concerned that the red mist appears... "
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James Doulton commented on James Doulton's blog post KitNet track day at Castle Combe
"Today was another Kitnet track day at Castle Combe. I had spent the weekend fitting my new Intatrim seats ready for a day's racing... The day started off wet but dried up by 10:30 and stayed dry for the rest of the day.  After my son drove…"
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James Doulton commented on Roy Kemp's blog post £20 DIY Corner Weight Measurement
"@Roy you can calculate the spring rate if you measure the wire thickness, the spring diameter and the number of turns. There are online calculators, like here."
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James Doulton commented on Roy Kemp's blog post £20 DIY Corner Weight Measurement
"@BV so yours was heavy on the same corner as Roy's - interesting. Just a fluke?"
Friday
James Doulton commented on Roy Kemp's blog post £20 DIY Corner Weight Measurement
"Roy, I think that I'd try turning the car around to see if you get the same difference again."
Aug 10
James Doulton liked Roy Kemp's blog post £20 DIY Corner Weight Measurement
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James Doulton commented on Roy Kemp's blog post £20 DIY Corner Weight Measurement
"I used 4 scales from Tescos for £4 each. They were only up to 130Kg each so I used two for each wheel with a plank to spread the load. I weighed one end at a time with wooden blocks under the other wheels to keep the car level (which was…"
Aug 9
James Doulton left a comment for Toby Fitzgerald
"Welcome to the site. I always liked that straight six. What condition is it in, roadworthy or a 'project'?"
Aug 7
James Doulton commented on Roy Kemp's blog post Autotest Phaeton - updates Aug 17
"I'd be interested to hear about the corner weights. Peugeot wheels are good because they are usually lower ET than FWD Ford ones, so less spacing is needed."
Aug 7
James Doulton commented on Dave Adams's blog post dutton B Type
"Looking at track day videos, it seems that a fwd is more forgiving if you go into a corner a bit too fast, so they tend to flatter the driver more. There were lots of examples that I saw of pretty poor drivers doing just that. It seems that it takes…"
Aug 2
James Doulton replied to James Doulton's discussion Throttle Sticking on Weber 32/36 DGAV
"Yeah, right! On the way home from the MOT I had to race a BMW from the lights, just to show him who's a pussy. I've never done a standing start with my track day tyres on before, but I managed to spin the wheels nicely. He ate my dust! (or…"
Aug 1
Daryl Heasman replied to James Doulton's discussion Throttle Sticking on Weber 32/36 DGAV
"There you have it Mr Dalton  you drive like a pussy -:))"
Aug 1
Big Vern replied to James Doulton's discussion Throttle Sticking on Weber 32/36 DGAV
"This happens a lot on progressive choke carbs where you drive like a pussy so the second choke hardly ever gets used and the throttle shaft starts to corrode making the action stiff. Strip the carb right down and clean everything then carefully…"
Aug 1
Daryl Heasman replied to James Doulton's discussion Throttle Sticking on Weber 32/36 DGAV
"Yeah sack your mechanic"
Jul 31
Paul Sargisson replied to James Doulton's discussion Throttle Sticking on Weber 32/36 DGAV
"I think I would try a thicker gasket or try lapping the flanges it looks like you are distorting the card body which is causing the binding."
Jul 31
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Throttle Sticking on Weber 32/36 DGAV

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 am driving sensibly - I back off and the engine just keeps on. The only cure is to stamp on the accelerator and then drop it again.I have had a look at the mechanism and everything seems fine - the shaft is just binding. Undoing the carb mounting bolts pretty much cures the binding but that'll lead to air leaks. I have tried fitting a second larger spring around the standard one and it improves the situation ... but does not cure it.Should I just keep adding springs or is there something else that I should do?See More
Jul 31
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Jul 28
James Doulton commented on James Doulton's blog post KitNet track day at Castle Combe
"The Legerra passed its MOT today. Harrah! Then I broke the exhaust on a speed bump in a car park on my way home. Boo! Now I need to fit extra bonnet fixings where the bonnet widens to stop it flapping up and down at 90mph, then fit my new Intatrim…"
Jul 28

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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 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…

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KitNet track day at Castle Combe

Posted on August 15, 2016 at 23:21 72 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 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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