Dutton Kit Cars and their owners

Well i have i just arranged delivery of my donor for the Sierra so the fun begins and i will probably have the chassis out again to do a few mods . I may even post a few tantalising  pics of it on here     

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Comment by Daryl Heasman on January 6, 2013 at 20:29

Need to get this  Alfa stripped for transplanting  and get shot of the body , bits seem to make good money on ebay .Used gearknob made £49.00  ,shame the veloce bodywork bits are damaged

Comment by Daryl Heasman on January 6, 2013 at 20:24

Still no bl--dy engine crane or welders ,time to kick son's backside hard!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Comment by Paul Sheridan on December 28, 2012 at 0:07

I agree with Ade, either that or make a new loom up your self, it can save a lot of time if you have problems with the engine to diagnose. And lets face it you dont need all that spageteeeeee under the dash. But in saying that, is it ecu controlled? 

Comment by Adrian Southgate on December 27, 2012 at 23:55

If you strip the Alfa loom down to its component wires and just select the bits you think you need to get it running, then add the lighting circuits, then the aux circuits and keep them three separate would that do the trick? normally the only common components are earth connections and positive supplies. 

I used my spare premier loom as it was destined to be quicker, in the end its worked out that I now need to add ALL the auxilliary circuits separately anyway so will still end up with two nearly separate looms under the dash at least.

If you intend to refurb the alloys completely then its probably worth having them acid dipped professionally and just repainting and polishing them yourself.

Comment by Daryl Heasman on December 27, 2012 at 18:43

Well i had the Alfa  running today for the first time as i have had to tidy up a lot wiring where the sellers took the interior out. I made one discovery in that the key that came with it only fits the petrol cap (oh sh-t) so i coupled up a spare universal one i had . The original ign switch is u/s as is the steering lock , but the first time it run it was as sweet as a nut ,no knocks ,on white smoke (lots) ,or strange noises ,second time it was on 5 cylinders but i think that was more to do with the amount of Redex i had chucked down each plug hole ,also it had not run for 3 years . I was a bit concerned when i found only the rev counter was working and it had no oil pressure at all although i soon found out from the forum i joined that Alfa's have electrics worse than Vauxhalls and known for these antics , gearbox seems fine  . Oh yeah i locked myself in and could not get out (go on you swine's laugh) but a neighbour came to the rescue . I was going to use the Alfa loom complete but there is just too much stuff on it with the central locking etc so i have to rethink that one . Anyone got any idea how to remove black paint from the alloy wheels without damaging them         

Comment by Daryl Heasman on December 18, 2012 at 20:20

Not looked you Paul  but i doesn't matter either way i have stacks of room  but the gear lever linkage could prove a challenge 

Comment by Daryl Heasman on December 18, 2012 at 20:16

Grip fill , PU glue is better but may need to buy another welder as i only got 4 ,how many do i need Steve  

Comment by Paul Thomas on December 18, 2012 at 19:57

Daryl  Isn't the gear box at the rear of the car, this should be intresting if your thinking of the same configaration.

Comment by Dave Thomas on December 18, 2012 at 17:34

I used to borrow a truck brake drum off the scrap pile at work to put in the boot of my mk2 escort for winter, that used to give it plenty of grip in the snow !

Comment by Big Vern on December 18, 2012 at 16:42

"Anyone used concrete blocks to hold the rear wheels  down?"

I usually put a couple of bags of gravel in the boot of the MX5 when it snows for some extra traction.

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