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Toby Fitzgerald
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  • Middlesex
  • United Kingdom

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Dutton History

Started this discussion. Last reply by James Doulton Feb 6. 1 Reply

Whilst reading a couple of kit car magazines a few weeks ago I spotted these pics.Bearing in mind that I knew relatively little about kit cars and literally nothing about Duttons when I bought mine,…Continue

Tags: Noob, Phaeton, History

(Probably) The end of the road.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Toby Fitzgerald Jan 13. 12 Replies

Big things have happened; some good, some not so good.I have finally moved in with my girlfriend and am now mostly settled. However this has brought a (not entirely unexpected) wave of sadness with…Continue

Cylinder Noob

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dave Adams Oct 22, 2017. 3 Replies

Hey guys.I want to put new master cylinders on my car but have barely any knowledge at all, I think I've worked it out but would like to double check it. …Continue

Tags: Cylinders, Master

Random Lever

Started this discussion. Last reply by Toby Fitzgerald Sep 26, 2017. 2 Replies

Flickr AlbumSo the one of the right is the choke which is connected and functionsThe middle one is a…Continue

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Dave Adams commented on Toby Fitzgerald's blog post Engine servicing progress
"early phaetons used Cortina Mk 2 pedal box's master cylinders may be from them as well....TBH its not hard to source new compatible cylinders for thirty quid or so...."
Feb 11
James Doulton commented on Toby Fitzgerald's blog post Engine servicing progress
"The master cylinder should have a part number on it. You might be able to get an overhaul kit for it. On my Melos, the brake fluid had solidified and I could not get it unseized so I had to buy another. It will be exciting to actually get it going…"
Feb 6
James Doulton replied to Toby Fitzgerald's discussion Dutton History
"As a teenager in the '70s, I remember seeing adverts for Duttons. At a time when cars often rusted beyond repair in less than 10 years, they were a way to recycle the parts into an everlasting car - and a sports car at that. The dream car!"
Feb 6
Steve Kerswell liked Toby Fitzgerald's blog post Engine servicing progress
Feb 6
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Engine servicing progress

So for the past couple of weeks I've been gearing up to fully service the engine.- Radiator removed and checked, seems in good condition with no leaks...until I tried to force the drain plug which split the solder and created a leak. Currently getting that fixed.- New water pump fitted along with a new belt.- Oil drained out and then spilt on the gravel driveway...genius. Sump plug came out okay which was a result as reading the Vitesse forums a lot of people have issues with stuck plugs.With…See More
Feb 6
Toby Fitzgerald posted a discussion

Dutton History

Whilst reading a couple of kit car magazines a few weeks ago I spotted these pics.Bearing in mind that I knew relatively little about kit cars and literally nothing about Duttons when I bought mine, imagine my surprise when I turn the page and see a picture of my car staring back at me, then later on followed by another pic of a classic kit car race with another Phaeton in it!After reading some of the articles (particularly ones about the history of kit cars and "the-good-old-days") I've…See More
Feb 6
Toby Fitzgerald replied to Toby Fitzgerald's discussion (Probably) The end of the road.
"Thanks man, that will come in very handy when I get round to the fuel tank."
Jan 13
Aidan Flack replied to Toby Fitzgerald's discussion (Probably) The end of the road.
"Here's the pictures, mine's a Phaeton S3. Basically I cut the bottom out of the recess for the fuel tank leaving enough space for a couple of bolts.  The pictures are attached showing the tank with 2 stainless straps as extra…"
Jan 11
Toby Fitzgerald replied to Toby Fitzgerald's discussion (Probably) The end of the road.
"Yes please that sounds very interesting. Which fuel tank tray did you cut a hole in?"
Jan 11
Aidan Flack replied to Toby Fitzgerald's discussion (Probably) The end of the road.
"Glad to hear that your project will live on. I see you're looking for a fuel tank to fit. What has worked for me is a MK4 fiesta one with standard sender. I cut a hole in the bottom of the fuel tank tray and underslung it. It fits nicely, gives…"
Jan 11
James Doulton replied to Toby Fitzgerald's discussion (Probably) The end of the road.
"Great news. I think that you will appreciate it more than a new owner would because of the family history. More power to your elbow!"
Jan 8
Adrian Southgate replied to Toby Fitzgerald's discussion (Probably) The end of the road.
"Well done Toby, you won't regret it in the long run."
Jan 7
Toby Fitzgerald replied to Toby Fitzgerald's discussion (Probably) The end of the road.
"So I'm not going to let this project die here. My Grandad has said that the Dutton can stay at his indefinitely so I don't have to worry about a place to store it. I have also decided that I really want to fully restore it as I was…"
Jan 7
Toby Fitzgerald commented on Aidan Flack's photo
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Cambridgeshire sunset

"That looks incredible, such a good photo. Those lights look awesome, but I also quite like the little ones in the grill."
Jan 7
Adrian Southgate replied to Toby Fitzgerald's discussion (Probably) The end of the road.
"Full V5 is enough. Other paperwork such as old MOT's etc are nice to have if available.  Running is a definite + point, driving / stopping would be 'stage 2'. with the final being MOT'd and cleaned.. With no workspace and…"
Nov 30, 2017
Toby Fitzgerald replied to Toby Fitzgerald's discussion (Probably) The end of the road.
"Yeah it's been a bittersweet move, things are going really well but unfortunately is leaving a few things behind, such is the march of time though. I think that leaving it is definitely a good idea, hopefully will tinker with it and get the…"
Nov 30, 2017

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Duttons owned
Phaeton 6
Engine Type and Transmission Type
Triumph Vitesse 2L straight six & Triumph 4 speed with overdrive
Post code
HA4 0AX

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Engine servicing progress

Posted on February 6, 2018 at 20:20 2 Comments

So for the past couple of weeks I've been gearing up to fully service the engine.

- Radiator removed and checked, seems in good condition with no leaks...until I tried to force the drain plug which split the solder and created a leak. Currently getting that fixed.

- New water pump fitted along with a new belt.

- Oil drained out and then spilt on the gravel driveway...genius. Sump plug came out okay which was a result as reading the Vitesse forums a lot of people have…

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At 21:40 on September 4, 2017, Daryl Heasman said…

The eccentric lives in Plymouth Mr Southgate

At 20:12 on September 4, 2017, Adrian Southgate said…

Welcome Toby.

Advice here a plenty, A few people on here with experience of that engine / box configuration, A few with much knowledge on the S1/2 Phaeton as well.

My advice would be as follows. Start a gallery on flickr to house your photo's and then link to them (there is a guide somewhere on how to do this if you haven't worked it out already) 

Start a discussion thread to ask questions and a blog thread to show progress. Keeping them separate doesn't fill your progress diary with technical stuff. 

I hoard a load of spares (as do a few others) and would be happy to quote you on any parts you may need or supply you with part numbers should you want to source them yourself. I'm up north a bit but own a motor factors and we keep new stock of some of the vital bits under most models of Dutton.(shameless free plug over)

Welcome to the slightly eccentric world of owning a Dutton. :)

At 19:45 on August 7, 2017, James Doulton said…

Welcome to the site. I always liked that straight six. What condition is it in, roadworthy or a 'project'?

At 19:40 on August 7, 2017, Steve Kerswell said…

Hi Toby welcome to the site, pictures are needed of your car and engine room, some dont do to well with wordz :-)

At 21:35 on August 6, 2017, Dave Taylor said…

Welcome to he site Toby

 
 
 

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