Dutton Kit Cars and their owners

Started getting Daisy in shape for the coming year. found the ignition switch fault, the weight of the keys being in the steering lock caused the ignition to cut off if you accelerated to quickly. So decided to bin the lot, steering lock and all. Going to wire in a simple key switch. Already got a kill switch and battery cut off fitted.

Found the bad vibration at 67 mph + rear UJ is knackered, this as also done for the diff seal and rear gearbox seal. thank goodness I don't have to lay in the damp and cold outside anymore to do these jobs.

Did a full check on the chassis, no rot found, just needs a good clean and fresh coat of paint. A few mod's needed to the fuel line and brake line under the chassis, they need re-routing.

Up front replacing the top wishbone bushes, and replacing the brake hoses + fitting brake pipes from the caliper to a bracket yet to be made.

12 weeks to the first big run out to the Yorkshire Dales with the rest of the Norther Duttoneers.

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Comment by Adrian Southgate on March 28, 2017 at 18:42

James. Phone the GP's and explain the situation, If required then stretch the truth a little although I don't see why you should have to as both of you are now technically 'housebound'. They can't refuse to treat you and certainly should be able to make a house call. There are people out there who contribute far less the the balance of payments than you do and they get away with all sorts. If you can't get to a doctor under your own steam and no one is around to take you then call the ambulance service before it gets so serious you can't even move. 

Comment by James Doulton on March 28, 2017 at 12:39

So yesterday I could move around and go to work and I could get comfortable in a couple of chairs. This morning I was completely buggered and can't get comfortable anywhere. Can't get to the doctors and they wouldn't dream of coming here so just a telephone consultation. NHS crisis? what crisis, I'm not even an emergency!

Comment by Steve Kerswell on March 27, 2017 at 17:03

James, get yourself a sports physiotherapist, not a chiropractor, a genuine sports physiotherapist, best investment I ever made. They want you to get better, tough treatment sometimes, but worked for me over the years. Get well soon :-)

Comment by rob saul on March 26, 2017 at 22:27
That's sciatica ! First time I did it I turned my body (torso) with a roll of carbon on my shoulder to pass to a colleague who was standing in a doorway to my left
Three days later when I went to the doctors he was like " does it hurt here ? " an touched the exact spot you described.
Second time it happened I don't know what I did (an I hadn't been doing anything strenuous) I just stepped in the back door,thought "that feels strange" as my back became uncomfortable and I couldn't find a nice possition.
Within ten minutes I was on my hands an knee's crying and I couldn't of moved or got up even if you had offered me a million quid
Get to the doctors if you can cos trust me you don't want it to get worse !!!
Comment by James Doulton on March 26, 2017 at 20:45

I was in a meeting and I was twisted to the left to see the presentation. When I got up to go, I had a stabbing pain on the left hand side, just above my pelvis and about 2 inches from my spine. Subsequently, I have also developed numbness on the outside of my left thigh, as well as having the original pain (which hasn't changed). I can get comfortable in some chairs and lying on my back. Haven't been to the doctor's because I haven't been able to get an appointment - I am not bad enough to be an emergency as I can still function (slowly).

Comment by rob saul on March 26, 2017 at 20:23
What have you done James have done my sciatic nerve twice and wouldn't wish that on anyone ! Second time it went into spasm and I literally couldn't move till the doctor had injected me with muscle relaxant and pain killers
Comment by James Doulton on March 26, 2017 at 18:28

It has been a frustrating weekend for me because the sun is out and it would really inspire me to get my cars going, but I hurt my back nearly 2 weeks ago and I am still like a crippled old man. If I find a position where I am comfortable then my mind turns to doing cars, but as soon as I start to get out of my chair I know it's not going to happen. I hate being old, it's just better than the alternative!

Comment by Dave Taylor on February 12, 2017 at 22:01

Fan and halogen, Paul, get warm quick. I wanted a wood burner in there ready for next winter.

It was 14 year ago next month I found Daisy in a Manchester scrap yard, and a part from constant maintenance and updating, she's not had a good check through underneath in that time. A tin top would be well gone by now, or at least feeling it's age.

I was beginning to wonder about the condition of the chassis, and all of it looks, sounds and feels solid, all the welded joints are sound. So clean and paint are the order of the day. 

Once it gets warmer weather  I'll set about the body again, better prep, no dampness. BRG Metallic paint sitting here ready.

Comment by Paul Sheridan on February 12, 2017 at 21:46

Good to see some sighs of life from the winter hibernation's. Supposed to be getting warmer again this week!

Have you got some heating in your new mancave Dave?  

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