Dutton Kit Cars and their owners

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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 — 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

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 — 7 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.

Well, new project, really, as it needs a bit of work. 

But an interesting little bit of kit. Anyone…


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

Zetec issues

Hi all, hoping there's someone who can possibly shed some light on my engine problems. I have a zetec in the car running standard ford ECU and wiring.

A few days ago it suddenly dropped onto 2 cylinders on the way home, I found that it was fine once I was above about 3k rpm and accelerating. Ease off and it was straight back to 2.

Since then I have changed the coil pack and TPS (fault code in ECU). The engine had new leads and plugs 3 months ago.

I have tried unplugging the cam… Continue

Added by Aidan Flack on July 24, 2017 at 20:40 — 3 Comments

new toy...

The Legerra is still ongoing....but i got offered this for £500.....and i thought why not!

Its a GS500 with 12900 miles on a 08 plate.... drives really nice... also came with some spares. not keen on the colour but hey ho its a cheap bike. so i can enjoy some of this years good weather…


Added by Dave Adams on July 16, 2017 at 8:25 — 4 Comments

dutton B Type

I have a Dutton B Type fully registered, complete and a rolling chassis, modified for morris Minor front and rear axles.

it comes with a hood , windscreen and doors.

it is mostly dismantled and is in a rough condition, restorable but rough.

it need a good home, i have too much on my plate at the moment. any serious offers to rescue this car contact me...p.s. there is no engine or box with the car.......

i just dont have time.....i have my legerra in the wings and…


Added by Dave Adams on April 25, 2017 at 21:01 — 45 Comments



very kindly put picture of log book for all to see.

Added by Dave Adams on April 15, 2017 at 7:49 — 2 Comments

My Phaeton is an S1 not an S2.

Chatting with Dave Adams on facebook yesterday. Found out my old girl is an S1 not an S2. Just nothing to compare her to over here in Florida. lol, Real information learned after having her since April 2004.

Added by Jim (across the pond) Adamek on April 9, 2017 at 21:00 — 2 Comments

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