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Hi people

perfect day for a spin in the Dutton 

hope to do some modifications very soon uprate my rear breaks for discs and sort my dodgy wiring out !!!!!

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Added by Steve cooke on May 9, 2020 at 16:50 — 1 Comment

Melos is now sold!

Updated 18 June 2020:

Thank you to all those who made comments and expressed interest in my lovely car. Sad to say, but my car is now sold!

Sad for me, but not for the new owner or for my car, which will now get to be used regularly again and give the same pleasure to its new owner as I had for over 15 years! It now lives in Warwickshire, not a million miles from Stoneleigh, so it should continue to make an appearance on the Owners Club Stand. I look forward to seeing it when I…

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Added by Chris Chester on March 14, 2020 at 17:00 — 2 Comments

Dutton Phæton Series 1. Year built 1979

After more than 30 years in storage I have finally transported my beloved Dutton to my home in France. Now to start the restoration of the car. At first look at the body reveals lots of gelcoat blisters and stress cracks, so a major cosmetic job is planned, but the original colour will be retained.

The chassis looks like it has survived the 30 years intact, I did paint it with Hammerite when I built the car and used Waxoyl in the tubes where I could. I will find out more when I remove…

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Added by Harry Newton on January 31, 2020 at 10:30 — 2 Comments

Anybody interested in rescuing her?

Added by Jack Findon on January 27, 2020 at 10:57 — 6 Comments

Phaeton S2 rebuild

Well the rear axle is now in ,however I need the get the chassis height  set up with blocks to get the top position for the shock absorber bracket ,I forgot to take the height of chassis before I took it apart so if anybody has an S2 Phaeton  on cart springs can you please post the road to chassis height on here please , At present the height is set at 125mm but  it means my link bars point downhill slightly …

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Added by Brian Victor Arthur Pratt on January 1, 2020 at 18:40 — 2 Comments

Work continues on the B Plus.

The box of parts that I was sold as a Dutton B Plus has now been assembled and with some drilling, hammering and bending most are now assembled together. The plan is now to strip it down and then reassemble a second time, not normal behaviour I know. Anyway I’m planning to be on the road early next year and hoping the Northern Duttoneers have some planned outings. Happy New Year to everyone keeping a Dutton on the road or warm in a garage.

Added by Andrew Pounder on December 31, 2019 at 6:46 — 1 Comment

Dutton phaeton chassis number

Hi I have just bought a phaeton less the V5c it's not been used since 1991 but the last 2 digits on the vin plate are badly scratched is there a way of getting the chassis number from the reg number so I can fill in the v62c request form p. S. Hi Adrian haven't talked for a while Trust you are well

Added by Allan Gilroy on October 21, 2019 at 20:50 — 1 Comment

trimmer

message to Andrew pounder .saw your blog and I am a trimmer by trade if you need any help or work doing

Added by Paul barford on April 30, 2019 at 14:04 — 7 Comments

New Owner

I have finally taken the plunge and purchased the remains of a Dutton B type. In addition to my head looking at I think I’m in need of some weather gear. Is there any thing out there? Or is there a company out there making new items? 

Added by Andrew Pounder on April 10, 2019 at 21:05 — 5 Comments

my dear wife

For all who know Margaret. On Saturday night not to well. Sunday watching the rugby taken ill again.

Monday morning big yellow box with flashing lights outside my house for an hour saved her life. Another huge episode yesterday in intensive care. Not well enough for op yesterday. Under going big op this morning, promised she will be fit again soon. Bit of plumbing and rewiring and right as rain.

Added by Steve Kerswell on February 14, 2019 at 8:39 — 6 Comments

Phaeton S3 Autotester - 2019 update / ST170 lump!

Hello all, and belated HNY to everyone!

I didn't manage to get the Phaeton out as much as I'd have liked last year, and I'm still waiting for that first win. Even in little events where it's me versus three Micras... quite embarrassing.

Anyway, I got the rear leaf spring mounts beefed up nicely after on failed. One rear damper was shot so it's on new spax gas adjustables at the back, and polybushes on the whole rear end. Other than that, we didn't really upgrade…

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Added by Roy Kemp on January 10, 2019 at 20:00 — 6 Comments

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 — 42 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.…

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Added by Andrew Kettell on July 18, 2018 at 9:17 — 3 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…

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Added by allan wheatley on July 10, 2018 at 19:35 — 11 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…

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

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

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 — 54 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

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