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Toby Fitzgerald
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  • Middlesex
  • United Kingdom

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I return!... and with questions

Started this discussion. Last reply by Adrian Southgate Sep 21, 2018. 11 Replies

Hey guys, I return from my hiatus with renewed determination and motivation to do this right! My goal is to have it roadworthy to the best of my ability by Stoneleigh next year.With that in mind I am…Continue

Pleasure to meet you

Started this discussion. Last reply by Adrian Southgate May 10, 2018. 2 Replies

Was great to see you guys at the Stoneleigh show, thanks for all the great advice and inspiration as well as for making me feel welcome, has definitely given me renewed energy to get my Phaeton…Continue

Dutton History

Started this discussion. Last reply by James Doulton Feb 6, 2018. 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

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(Probably) The end of the road.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Toby Fitzgerald Jan 13, 2018. 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

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Adrian Southgate replied to Toby Fitzgerald's discussion I return!... and with questions
"Lets be fair, the standard back end on an S2 leaves a little to be desired in the 'structure' department .."
Sep 21, 2018
Toby Fitzgerald replied to Toby Fitzgerald's discussion I return!... and with questions
"I've actually already got a new roll-over bar bent up and ready to be welded on. Planing what to do with the rear suspension and how to do it and then will do it all at once. Yeah I think I'll put a bar across at the back to support the…"
Sep 21, 2018
Adrian Southgate replied to Toby Fitzgerald's discussion I return!... and with questions
"Still got this Toby. Be useful for sizing up even if not fit to weld back in."
Sep 20, 2018
James Doulton replied to Toby Fitzgerald's discussion I return!... and with questions
"You are also missing the roll bar which would have helped to hold the two sides of the chassis together. I'd want to put something across the back to provide some protection against a rear end shunt, as well as a smaller tube to hold the tank.…"
Sep 20, 2018
Toby Fitzgerald replied to Toby Fitzgerald's discussion I return!... and with questions
"I was originally intending to replace it exactly as it was, mounted throug the boot floor. But mounting it underneath is a good idea and would cure a lot of issues. However as I will be changing the rear suspension set-up I need to do that first to…"
Sep 20, 2018
James Doulton replied to Toby Fitzgerald's discussion I return!... and with questions
"Is the tank going below the boot floor? There is probably enough space for it there and boot space is always useful for putting hoods and tools in when going on trips. I would support it using steel tube or angle iron going from the tube visible at…"
Sep 19, 2018
Toby Fitzgerald replied to Toby Fitzgerald's discussion I return!... and with questions
"Yeah I have an idea to add brackets to come off either that rail or the chassis to support it from underneath but figured there should probnably be some sort of protection for the fibreglass floor of the boot. A guy at work mentioned about how…"
Sep 19, 2018
Toby Fitzgerald posted a discussion

I return!... and with questions

Hey guys, I return from my hiatus with renewed determination and motivation to do this right! My goal is to have it roadworthy to the best of my ability by Stoneleigh next year.With that in mind I am deciding to persevere with the upgraded rear suspension whilst it's all in bits and before I  start to buy and weld stuff. I'm (hopefully) working with a guy who knows about that sort of stuff from the KitNet forum.My other attention at the moment is the fuel tank. I have…See More
Sep 19, 2018
James Doulton commented on Toby Fitzgerald's blog post Well that's that then
"I am sorry to hear of your loss. Knowing that it is coming doesn't seem to reduce the impact when it happens. It takes a while to regain your balance and to understand what will make you happy in the long term, and going through his things in…"
Jul 18, 2018
Adrian Southgate commented on Toby Fitzgerald's blog post Well that's that then
"Sorry to hear about your Grandad Toby.  I'm of the same mind as Daryl and Dave, persevere with it.  There is a 'certain grin' that will happen every time you drive it, we all get it, I'm pretty sure your Grandad would…"
Jul 17, 2018
Toby Fitzgerald posted a blog post

Well that's that then

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…See More
Jul 15, 2018
Toby Fitzgerald commented on Toby Fitzgerald's blog post Race against time
"I think you might be right :/ I'll see if Paul gets back to me with his designs but if not then I might give up on 5 link. On that point, my old shocks are unusable (I had to cut the top off the studs to remove them from the old roll bar) and…"
Jun 28, 2018
James Doulton commented on Toby Fitzgerald's blog post Race against time
"I'm sorry to hear about your Grandfather. Because of the unknown time scale, I think that you might be better off giving it a polish and trying to get it an MOT as it is if you want your Grandad to see it back on the road. I think that would be…"
Jun 28, 2018
Toby Fitzgerald commented on Toby Fitzgerald's blog post Race against time
"Yeah that sounds good to me, I could use all the help I can get. Drop me a link to the websites and facebook groups and I'll create accounts and such. Thanks"
Jun 27, 2018
Adrian Southgate commented on Toby Fitzgerald's blog post Race against time
"Toby, have you got any objections if I share this with the facebook group and kitnet forums giving your approximate location. I'm pretty sure this is something both the Dutton specific community and the general kit car community would be able…"
Jun 27, 2018
Toby Fitzgerald posted a blog post

Race against time

For quite a while now I've been battling with my rear suspension and replacing the rear shocks (as well as holidays etc). I originally just wanted to replace what was required to test drive it to decide if I liked the car. If I did then the plan was to upgrade it to a 5 link system as many have suggested. (Keep this in mind for a sec).However, cutting straight to the point; my Grandad has been diagnosed with terminal cancer in multiple places including the liver. The doctors don't know how long…See More
Jun 27, 2018

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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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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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Race against time

Posted on June 27, 2018 at 19:06 4 Comments

For quite a while now I've been battling with my rear suspension and replacing the rear shocks (as well as holidays etc). I originally just wanted to replace what was required to test drive it to decide if I liked the car. If I did then the plan was to upgrade it to a 5 link system as many have suggested. (Keep this in mind for a sec).

However, cutting straight to the point; my Grandad has been diagnosed with terminal cancer in multiple places including the liver. The doctors don't…

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Look ma, I'm famous!

Posted on April 23, 2018 at 19:48 1 Comment

So I wrote a letter into complete kit car magazine and got the letter of the month.

Gave a shout out to you guys too for being awesome.

Update

Posted on April 17, 2018 at 20:24 0 Comments

Wow I haven't done an update in a long time :/

Cliff notes

- New fuel tank ordered...issues encountered.

- Master cylinders refurbished, honed and now with new seals. Refitted.

- Pedals cleaned up.

- Brake calipers fully refurbished with all new parts including a repaint.

- Brakes refitted and bled...then one seized, assumed it only minor so temporarily ignored.

- Clutch slave cylinder refurbished, honed and now with new seals.…

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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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