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Rear springs

After the bottom leaf of my rear spring snapped and fell off on Sunday, (See Making a winged Sump Blog) yesterday I took the 2 halves to Mancunian Springs in Old Trafford, Manchester. The guy said as I walked in CAPRI, CORTINA, ESCORT? it's always the bottom leaf that snaps. They will be ready Friday.

9:30 this morning he rang saying they would be ready at 11:00 £30 for the pair, and they are heavier duty.

They will be fitted after I get back from holiday. Then we can see what the… Continue

Added by Dave Taylor on July 22, 2009 at 17:57 — 3 Comments

Making a shortened winged sump for the X flow

Finally got the job going, I have put up with an oil leak since we did the Lakes in March, but Thursday night run out with Steve saw a flashing oil light and a constant drip (Oh and the grief at home because of the state of the block paving and oil stain), but mainly the flashing NO OIL PRESSURE Light was the prompt.

So to Ade's to pick up a 1300 sump, and so to work.

The idea is sample, cut 2" of the sump bowl off split it down the middle, move these to each side drill and cut slots… Continue

Added by Dave Taylor on July 4, 2009 at 20:05 — 12 Comments

Sunshine+Dutton= Duttoneering

Good run out yesterday, even better today.

Moved my seat back 2" I now fit in again after replacing the Steering joint I gained an 1" in the shaft, (some would say that's a good thing, especially the spam E-mail I keep getting) but it just meant I couldn't get a good driving position.

Also finally cut the gearstick down to size (Here we go again). I have cut the damper rubber out and re-threaded it, can't believe I have driven it for 6 years with my hand hitting the dash in 1st and… Continue

Added by Dave Taylor on June 14, 2009 at 22:30 — No Comments


Dave caught a virus this morning after opening a youtube link which was sent to him on facebook, For the next few days don't open any video links on here, use the menu link to the video pages instead.

Added by Adrian Southgate on May 30, 2009 at 17:20 — 3 Comments

Oh Yes another happy year to look foward to...

Well after putting it off for the last couple of weeks because of family commitments, I have had Daisy Dutton MOT'd this morning and the good news she passed.

I need to replace the rear spring hanger bushes and the steering column UJ.

Oh and the bad news I still have an oil leak from the sodding sump, so I think I will have to make a new winged one to give more ground clearance. Ade if you've still got the 1300 sump i have a cunning plan.

So legal again, and can't go out tomorrow… Continue

Added by Dave Taylor on May 9, 2009 at 13:03 — 12 Comments

I'm Back

The old girls back on the road, Taxed and ready to go. Non of the job done, but then theres always the summer.

Added by Dave Taylor on February 27, 2009 at 20:18 — 6 Comments

Boxing day - more car fettling?

If I can get away with it I am off to work on the car for a bit today. I need to lift the back suspension on the shocks due to the new back tyres touching on corners. Now fitted with 15" wolfrace alloys and 195/60/15s on the rear 195/50/15s on the front. I don't paticularly like the look of these wheels but its so hard to find 15" ford fitting rims with a sensible offset. Makes a bit of difference to the grip though having quality tyres on her. The old 13's are going to be cleaned and polished… Continue

Added by Adrian Southgate on December 26, 2008 at 10:49 — 1 Comment

Roll bar cover for Legerra needed

Specifically the fibreglass panel that covers the roll cage, anybody got a spare?

Mine parted company with the car this afternoon on the M61 at a speed in excess of 65mph... flipped off and landed in lane 3 behind me, Looked back ro see it skidding and bouncing along behind me. Not enough space to stop and go back for it and after just having bought and fitted a new soft top too... GRRRRRRRRRR.

The HATO's have been to look for it but say there is no trace, I think whats left is hidden… Continue

Added by Adrian Southgate on December 24, 2008 at 16:54 — 2 Comments

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas & Happy New year to all the Duttoneers.
Lets hope to see more projects finished in 2009.
All the best.

Added by Dave Taylor on December 21, 2008 at 16:14 — No Comments

Getting old disgracefully.

Well... its official, I am old. At 8.03 am on wednesday morning I became a grandparent to Poppy Southgate, 7lb 4 1/2 oz. I am taking the legerra all the way to kent to visit my eldest, his better half and my new grand daughter.

(chuffed to bits)

Added by Adrian Southgate on November 19, 2008 at 22:21 — 3 Comments

Where is everybody

Very quiet on line at the moment

Added by Dave Taylor on November 15, 2008 at 19:32 — 1 Comment

Saturday 8-11-08

Its Drizzling outside and windy, Its warm in here and comfy....looks like I need to get cold and wet.
The new soft top arrived from Polyfacto but I need to move the front bar from the old one so I'm off to work to abuse the large warehouse and a big heater for the afternoon.

The hard top lets in more water than the old soft top, especially when you forget to fit the seals...

I'll take some photos at work when it's fitted.

Added by Adrian Southgate on November 8, 2008 at 10:40 — 2 Comments

The Boot lid as arrived

Collected the boot lid from Coventry today. I is in good condition and the right colour BRG.
So work can begin this weekend, the Dutton is in the back garden under cover.
New carpet found at Coverdale car Carpets Wigan,

Added by Dave Taylor on November 4, 2008 at 22:24 — No Comments

Official News

It's official Daisy Dutton is SORN'd

Added by Dave Taylor on October 31, 2008 at 17:54 — No Comments

Hard Hat

OK we have action again, I have a Boot lid on the way, so I can start to rebuild the Long hard top. I am still un-decided whether I am going to SORN the old girl, and start the repaint and interior replacement. But I still want to drive her, so I may do the roof first, and prep the car at the same time...

Added by Dave Taylor on October 22, 2008 at 20:42 — 1 Comment

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