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Duttons owned
Dutton Melos
Engine Type and Transmission Type
1600 x/flow 4spd manual
Post code
IV2 7LA

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At 7:16 on November 5, 2016, Dave Adams said…

i have fitted the Zetec with OEM ECU and fuel injection into a Phaeton. (see my Si rebuilds posts) its easy to fit but with all the ancillaries fitted its a full engine bay. the Zetec is no longer being made by Ford......But it was a world wide engine and is readily available almost everywhere America included.

they are very strong and reliable engines and 200K+ mileages are not unheard of with the engine still showing no discernible wear. service parts should be available cheaply anywhere.

At 0:58 on November 5, 2016, Jim (across the pond) Adamek said…

lol, My old girl has a Humber Sceptre drivetrain. None of them were ever exported to the U.S.A. so most of my parts have to come out of England and the shipping cost is usually higher than the cost of the parts.

At 0:21 on November 5, 2016, Adrian Southgate said…

Currently the two on the road (Green Legerra and Blue Sierra) have pinto's on type 9's, the legerra I am restoring has a 1600 crossflow and the Phaeton will have a DOHC ford Sierra unit, Also looked a six pots like the iS200 lexus and BMW 2.8 / 3.0 but they would require the complete donor car for electrickery bits. 

If you plan to export then picking a common, more modern power unit is understandable. I would imagine that the supply of parts out there is restricted unless you know exactly who to get them from.

At 21:41 on November 4, 2016, Adrian Southgate said…

Hi Richard, welcome to the madhouse.

Crossflow... Parts availability? ...  The crossflow is still a well supported engine. All the 'basic' service items are cheap, More 'substantial' items are freely available from most decent motor factors. Maybe not on the shelves but still in the suppliers stockholding. 

Worth getting the head fitted with hardened exhaust seats and updating the distributor to an accuspark or similar.

Not trying to put you off the Zetec conversion, but unless you're going to do trackdays, is the extra BHP worth all that work? Others on here have done it though and seem happy with the results. 

At 20:59 on November 4, 2016, Richard Hedges said…

Hi guys,

  Thanks for the welcome, it's much appreciated. The Dutton I own is Q384FVT, a Melos For the last five years it has rested in my garage but I'm hoping to have it road legal again for the beginning of the year. I t has a 1600cc engine from the Cortina E but I'm looking to replace it with something more reliable and more availability for parts.

I'm thinking or the Ford Zetec. What do you guys think? I'm sure you've done it before and been asked countless times but here we go again. Is it an easy transplant? What modifications are required? Are there better (easier) alteranatives?

At 23:39 on November 3, 2016, Jim (across the pond) Adamek said…

Richard, These guys are great if you have any issues with your Dutton. My old girl here in Florida would not be on the road today if it wasn't for these guys.

At 22:46 on November 3, 2016, James Doulton said…

Welcome to the site Richard. What is the condition of your Melos, is it on the road or is it "a project"?

At 22:00 on November 3, 2016, Steve Kerswell said…

Welcome Richard, good set of lads on here.

At 21:44 on November 3, 2016, Dave Taylor said…

Welcome to the site Richard

 
 
 

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