Dutton Kit Cars and their owners

For those days when your parts just can't arrive quick enough, for sunny days when the transit just isn't 'fun'...

Project X...

Coming soon to a shed near me.

1997 DOHC, weber TC, MT75 box and Sierra fixed 3.72 diff in a Phaeton 3/4 hybrid.

I did some playing on gear calc and the theoretical stats look like this.

Gear   Mph per 1000 RPM  Mph @4000 RPM Mph @6000 RPM
1 4.91 20 29
2 9.17 37 55
3 14.24 57 85
4 19.08 76 114
5 23.27 93 (buttock clench) 140 (new pants)

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Comment by Dave Price on September 13, 2017 at 19:25
Ade, if you are thing of bike carbs, I can sort you out a good deal on some bike carbs. I have 3 or may be more sets that currently going spare. Send a message and we can discuss. Dave
Comment by Adrian Southgate on September 12, 2017 at 20:41

I have decided on tyres for the front rims but as I have a pair of cast off westlakes in the right size they have been fitted just for setting the chassis / engine height. I went for 205/50/15 on the rear and 195/50/15 on the front. It was tipping down so they have yet to be fitted. All four wheels have been tarted up but I wouldn't call them refurbished by any means. They are different, I've not seen many other kits using them. 

I moved the engine and box out of the underbench storage area ready to bolt back together so they can then be sized up for mounts, clearance on the sump and cam covers, think it's going to be a snug fit. The original plan was to use a DGAS however this will increase the chance of having to cut the bonnet, something I am trying to avoid. Bike carbs or twin side draughts seem to look a lot more sensible on the Phaeton body. This DOHC is new territory for me as it has an ECU :( Apparently everyone has these now so I suppose i'd better get with the program. 

This is the first time I've tried to make a car to fit the image in my head. I was working with more set parameters on the Legerras. This time I feel like I need to do something other than a standard S3/S4. I'll get some pictures of the restoration as it continues. Slow working on two at a time but swapping when you get stuck means no idle hands :)

Comment by Big Vern on August 11, 2017 at 10:27

Steve, as you may have already discovered the MX5 rear track is much wider then the b type, Not only would there be considerable body mods to cover the rear wheels but you would need to widen the front track as well to match. If you use the mx5 rear you then you might as well make new front bones to get the wider track. You will always have a compromise on steering geometry due to the different wheelbase but then that existed anyway, still think its a shame not to go down the restoration route on this one though.

Comment by Steve Kerswell on August 11, 2017 at 7:44

Mazda MX5 engine box and hybrid front suspension. Not to certain on the back end yet, I would like to try MX5 but this live axle is almost brand new, apart from sitting unused for 30 years. Work in progress :-)

Comment by Adrian Southgate on August 11, 2017 at 0:56

@ Steve - They are 7x15 rims with 205/50 and they still make the tyres evidently. I could do with a pair of 195's for the fronts but I have a collection of used 15's to chose from now.. The offset is unmeasured but the backs are a different offset to the fronts. Been round tonight slapping some proper paint stripper on the front ones. Both pretty corroded under the powdercoat but they'll spin up to look as good as the backs. I'm trying out a new brand of paint before we start selling it in the shop, that one is 'Bavarian Anthracite' and they do one darker, two lighter including a chrome effect. Waiting on them getting some clear to top it off.

Taking the driveshafts into work tomorrow to clean up and fit new boots after finishing off the brake master cylinder recon for the chap from Enwins motor channel and his Quantum. 

Whats the score with the DOHC Steve? full car or just the lump?

Comment by Big Vern on August 10, 2017 at 17:52

@SteveK ah the 70's, my dad told kme about them LOL

Comment by Big Vern on August 10, 2017 at 17:51

16v Dohc in bug eye Granada James though I thought they were 2.3L (I have a new one of those if you're interested Ade)

Comment by Steve Kerswell on August 10, 2017 at 17:49

Think it was mid 70's

Comment by Big Vern on August 10, 2017 at 17:47

thats a long time ago Steve :))))  These days Federal 595 rsr seems to be the way to go for quick on a budget

Comment by Steve Kerswell on August 10, 2017 at 16:36

they look good to go Ade. SP Sports were the tyre when I was a (fast) Mini boy :-) Size of rims Ade?

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