Dutton Kit Cars and their owners

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legerra gearbox

im looking at possible options for a 5 speed box to fit in my leggera over the winter i could go for the type 9 box but they are getting pricey these days and i would have to change/do some chassis mods to get it in there .so i was thinkin mx5 or rx8 i believe these are both rwd boxes but im not sure of size in comparison to the type 9  also the prop could be an issue if they are different splines .any one with experience on this ??? your advice would be appreciated 

Added by James paton on July 19, 2018 at 0:20 — 33 Comments

After almost a decade in the garage, I have finally had the time and motivation to start getting my Melos back on the road. LED lights all set up for the front end now. Polybush suspension. New fuel …

After almost a decade in the garage, I have finally had the time and motivation to start getting my Melos back on the road. LED lights all set up for the front end now. Polybush suspension. New fuel tank and pipe work next along with silicone cooling hoses, new exhaust system required and interior to clean up. Replacing the pepper pot wheels with a set of smart 15" alloys in anthracite.…


Added by Andrew Kettell on July 18, 2018 at 9:17 — 4 Comments

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…


Added by Toby Fitzgerald on July 15, 2018 at 14:42 — 4 Comments

so it begins

so today it begines to look worse before better body work, not to bad most cracks were bad paint reaction dug out the star cracks and it was only in the gel coat so using the carbon fiber filler…


Added by allan wheatley on July 10, 2018 at 19:35 — 14 Comments

about time

well what can I say only just got back on this lol

2017 was a crap year for me dad got terminal cancer and found out on my birthday so was looking after him most of last year till he passed bonfire night and my best friend passed away nearly same time so no work on Dutton as no money to do anything , 

2018 came right got to get my arse in gear lots have happened to my Dutton 

got it though mot new brakes all round new exhaust full service and electronic ignition, new…


Added by allan wheatley on July 10, 2018 at 9:55 — 2 Comments

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…


Added by Toby Fitzgerald on June 27, 2018 at 19:06 — 4 Comments

Melos body

i have a Melos body with bumpers and a hard top need to move on let me know if you are interested.

Added by Nick carlin on June 11, 2018 at 23:50 — 1 Comment

Getting back on it

been digging foundations and relaying driveway ready to build mums 'summer house'

finished bike (mot pass / advisory rear tyre low) knobblies then next :) but they did snap my kickstart grrr

wood framing next to get rid of the wood to make space to get frame back inside - yay

Added by Darren (Fl@pper) James on May 27, 2018 at 10:32 — 1 Comment

Phaeton S3 Autotester - May '18 update

Can't remember if I updated the blog earlier this year or not, but last time I was out playing in the Phaeton I battered it over a cone and into a ditch. Not sure if it was the ditch or the cone, but I burst the radiator and put it out of action for the day.

So, not wanting to pay Mk1/Mk2 Escort tax on a new radiator, I ordered a 3-row aluminium radiator. Intended for a Honda Civic, but cheap at £59 delivered and looked like it could be persuaded to fit. Needed a bit of angle…


Added by Roy Kemp on May 3, 2018 at 13:33 — No Comments

Look ma, I'm famous!

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.

Added by Toby Fitzgerald on April 23, 2018 at 19:48 — 1 Comment


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.…


Added by Toby Fitzgerald on April 17, 2018 at 20:24 — 1 Comment

legerra soft top

hi folks just wondering what fixing some of you guys are using on the legerra soft top front fixing the ones that are on mine are a bit fiddely to get located and locked down i wid be soaked by the time i had managed to get the roof on i had removed the fiddely ones and replaced them with m6 bolts and thumb screws makes it a bit quicker and easier but interested what other folks are using  thanks in advance 

Added by James paton on March 5, 2018 at 20:09 — 67 Comments

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…


Added by Toby Fitzgerald on February 6, 2018 at 20:20 — 4 Comments

Dutton S3 parts

I have started to dimantal my car, If any body wants parts that are postable feel free to make contact

New hood trial fitted only  £175 posted

side screens as new         £120 posted

Added by Paul Thomas on February 5, 2018 at 20:06 — 5 Comments

ford vv crab vacume

 hi guys im fitting a ford v v carb to my legerra bought off ebay  was wondering if any one had a vacume pipe diagram or even a decent pic of how you had done it any help on this would be briliant . desprate to hear it running again :)

Added by James paton on December 13, 2017 at 22:15 — 8 Comments

Engine swap

Got hold of a engine and box from an mx5

how easy is the wiring side of it


Added by John Buckley on December 6, 2017 at 7:33 — 4 Comments

New toy - not Dutton related.


Added by Roy Kemp on November 6, 2017 at 11:57 — 5 Comments

Hello and Thanks for the great welcome!

Here is my fabulous Phaeton (no idea which model).

Bought will a full MOT and driven home from Reading to the Rhondda Valley with no problems.....

Its actually my step sons car, he's 15 and we home educate him, this is his major mechanical project over the next couple of years, he plans to use it as his first car.....crazy fool.

The plan is to keep it on the road but gradually bring it up to scratch and have lots of fun around the Welsh mountain roads till he…


Added by Paul Browne on October 16, 2017 at 16:11 — 1 Comment

£20 DIY Corner Weight Measurement

Just managed a couple of hours in the workshop. Been meaning to get the corner weights measured for a while, so have had a bit of time to thing about how to do it without handing over the car to a competition prep company or shelling out a fortune for proper corner weight scales. So... The Kemp Method. You will need:

8 pieces of 30mm thick decking board, cut to 320mm long. 4 need bevelled edges.

1 Salter Max Bathroom scale, rated to 250kg, or equivalent.…


Added by Roy Kemp on August 8, 2017 at 23:20 — 17 Comments

Autotest Phaeton - updates Aug 17

Unfortunately, not too much to report.

Steve's had her out again, another demo run at the Alford Speedfest and one Autotest, but I've still only managed one so far this year. Been so busy it's been a total bust, fun wise.

Anyway, in terms of upgrades, about the only thing we've done is get the Peugeot 205GTi 1900 15" alloys fitted to the rear. Needed 20mm spacers, although I reckon 15mm worth might have done. Also discovered the car was already fitted with the…


Added by Roy Kemp on August 4, 2017 at 21:31 — 2 Comments

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