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Toby Fitzgerald
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  • Middlesex
  • United Kingdom

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Leaf springs up for grabs

Started May 22 0 Replies

Since I have had my rear suspension done I now have a pair of leaf springs and…Continue

Collapsible Steering Columns

Started this discussion. Last reply by Pete Clayton Mar 15. 1 Reply

I’m not particularly happy with having a solid steel rod running from the very front of the vehicle aimed straight at my heart so I’m looking to chop it about a bit and fit a collapsible unit.Does…Continue

Anatomy of a Phaeton 2

Started this discussion. Last reply by Toby Fitzgerald Nov 10, 2019. 2 Replies

One of my next upcoming big jobs is going to be completely re-wiring the car from scratch. My original idea was to cut the scuttle off and then create a system where it is easily removable for ease…Continue

Paint/protection for the underside

Started this discussion. Last reply by Toby Fitzgerald Nov 10, 2019. 2 Replies

So my rear suspension upgrades are progressing well with Dave at Track Developments.I have given him a tin of…Continue

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Toby Fitzgerald posted a discussion

Leaf springs up for grabs

Since I have had my rear suspension done I now have a pair of leaf springs and fittings lying around. Space is tight atm so I was going to weigh them in but wondered if they might be of use to someone.Free to a good home, just let me know and come and collect them from Ruislip. (I assume postage will be horrific on them but if anyone knows better then I'm all ears).See More
May 22
Pete Clayton commented on Toby Fitzgerald's blog post Status Update
"The bulk head comes out from the front, you need the engine and box out and then its a case of just tilting it to the correct angle to get it to come free."
Mar 15
Pete Clayton replied to Toby Fitzgerald's discussion Collapsible Steering Columns
"I was planning on using a Sierra column in mine but they seem expensive these days, mx5 columns are really cheap (around £15) and look easy to mount."
Mar 15
Brian Victor Arthur Pratt commented on Toby Fitzgerald's blog post Status Update
"Toby the inner tub will not come out unless all the other body work  is off the chassis and even then you have to get rough with it , cleaning up the chassis use an angle grinder with a rotary  wire brush , knotted type  not the cup…"
Mar 15
Toby Fitzgerald posted a discussion

Collapsible Steering Columns

I’m not particularly happy with having a solid steel rod running from the very front of the vehicle aimed straight at my heart so I’m looking to chop it about a bit and fit a collapsible unit.Does anyone here have any experience with them? Has anyone fitted one to their own Dutton?See More
Mar 14
Toby Fitzgerald posted a blog post

Status Update

I’ve really got my mojo back within the past couple of months.Brake lines have been removed. Loom as been cut out. Steering column has been removed. Scuttle has been cut off (previously was bonded to the bulkhead).Left hand side aluminium side skin has been removed.Tried to remove the bulkhead and foot wells but they won’t fit out of the chassis as there are lumpy bits of fibreglass in the way. Does anyone know how this were originally fitted into the vehicle?I’m tempted to just lop the side…See More
Mar 14
Toby Fitzgerald replied to Paul Regan's discussion Original or period-looking Duttons for a photoshoot
"Hey Paul. It's great to hear that the Duttons are going to get some coverage. I would love to help but unfortunately I'm part way through fully restoring mine and as such is not in driving condition. I hope some of the other members are…"
Mar 5
Toby Fitzgerald commented on Toby Fitzgerald's blog post A Major Leap Forwards
"So the inner tub needed to be cut about a bit, see here and here, but will still take up less space that the leaf springs used to so should be a net gain."
Dec 19, 2019
Pete Clayton commented on Toby Fitzgerald's blog post A Major Leap Forwards
"Does the inner tub still fit ok or does it foul on the trailing arms Toby?"
Dec 14, 2019
Brian Victor Arthur Pratt commented on Toby Fitzgerald's blog post A Major Leap Forwards
"Interesting setup"
Dec 10, 2019
Toby Fitzgerald posted a blog post

A Major Leap Forwards

The rear suspension is done!Dave Gallop at Track Developments has done an amazing job on it.He took my rough design for what I was planning and promptly (but politely) binned it. Instead he took a while and worked it all out himself and is now confident it should be good. The maths certainly looks good to me.Trailer-ed her to her new temporary home at my parents place. Dad has move a small mountain of junk useful stuff to create the space for her to live before they move off out west. This…See More
Dec 9, 2019
Toby Fitzgerald replied to Toby Fitzgerald's discussion Anatomy of a Phaeton 2
"Ah ok thanks, That's very interesting about mine. Not sure if this might shed some light, the guy I bought it off said that mine is a "Phaeton 6" as it had the triumph 6 cylinder engine. There's even a (albeit badly faded)…"
Nov 10, 2019
Adrian Southgate replied to Toby Fitzgerald's discussion Anatomy of a Phaeton 2
"The 'spare' matches both the scuttles I have recently had in my possession.  One was definitely S2 the other was probably S1 (collected with an S1 body) I'm not familiar with your design of scuttle at all. "
Nov 10, 2019
Toby Fitzgerald posted a discussion

Anatomy of a Phaeton 2

One of my next upcoming big jobs is going to be completely re-wiring the car from scratch. My original idea was to cut the scuttle off and then create a system where it is easily removable for ease of maintenance in the future. Seeing that Paul had done this with his car has reinforced my thinking however I know he changed the layout of his quite a bit whereas I'd like to keep mine as original as possible, IE made with fibreglass in the original shape.I have a spare scuttle that came with my…See More
Nov 10, 2019
Toby Fitzgerald replied to Toby Fitzgerald's discussion Paint/protection for the underside
"Ok excellent, Thanks for the advice, I shall look into and get some when the time comes."
Nov 10, 2019
Adrian Southgate replied to Toby Fitzgerald's discussion Paint/protection for the underside
"When I did the green Legerra I used gold hammerite smooth, minimum of two coats and in some places a third coat using an aerosol. It lasted a couple of years but most has just worn off with being battered by spray from 47000 miles of abuse. Tetrosyl…"
Nov 3, 2019

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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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Status Update

Posted on March 14, 2020 at 15:46 2 Comments

I’ve really got my mojo back within the past couple of months.

Brake lines have been removed.

Loom as been cut out.

Steering column has been removed.

Scuttle has been cut off (previously was bonded to the bulkhead).

Left hand side aluminium side skin has been removed.

Tried to remove the bulkhead and foot wells but they won’t fit out of the chassis as there are lumpy bits of fibreglass in the way. Does anyone know how this were originally fitted into the…

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A Major Leap Forwards

Posted on December 9, 2019 at 18:55 3 Comments

The rear suspension is done!

Dave Gallop at Track Developments has done an amazing job on it.

He took my rough design for what I was planning and promptly (but politely) binned it. Instead he took a while and worked it all out himself and is now confident it should be good. The maths certainly looks good to me.

Trailer-ed her to her new temporary home at my parents place. Dad has move a small mountain of…

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Keeping this show on the road.

Posted on September 25, 2019 at 21:34 2 Comments

Hey all, I'm back...again. I'm going to try not and make a habbit of this back and forth-ing lark.

The story so far (cliff notes addition); kit kept at my Grandads, he died middle of last year denting morale and motivation, house on the market (been a nightmare in its own right), realised I now had nowhere to keep the car, parents are buying a house in Somerset with a garage and have said I can move my Phaeton to there and although it means it will be 145 miles away it's practically…

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Well that's that then

Posted on July 15, 2018 at 14:42 3 Comments

Wednesday 11th near midnight, my Grandad past away after going into hospital for stomach pains a few days prior. My family has set about getting the funeral arranged and looking at clearing the house to put it on the market. It's a big place with a lot of "treasures" (as my Grandad called them) from charity shops, but also quite a lot of important family related docs/pics/items so will actually take quite a while to fully sort through. This gives me a little time to make arrangements for the…

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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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