Dutton Kit Cars and their owners

Been playing in the shed for a while, following on from Ade's Sierra I'm going the Pinto route. Finally got all the parts and ready to start. Just tried it loosely all together and it appears to fit, phew, its a big old lump, I can hardly lift it back onto blocks. Anyway measurements all taken and need to make up a gearbox crossmember and move a few bits around. Dave Adams has pre warned me about the starter motor. So I'll leave that until all is settled in the car. Ah, the car, I am tempted to remove the whole front body work and make it into a flip front. Still out on that decision. Need new doors or a lot of fabricating, Its gonna be a long winter. Oh, and it may get a different set up in the back axle, minimum 5 link or the old jag back axle wot sit.

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Comment by Steve Kerswell on April 28, 2016 at 12:57

had to nip along to Buckfastleigh, thought, take the Sierra, been a bit grumpy and terminal sounding lately ! 3 miles inand its missing a bit when first flooring the throttle (being a 1300 it lives on the floor) engine rattle seems to have gone. Hit the A38 and keep the speed at 50, wheel wobble, bad, slow down to 40, gone! Cannot drive on a duel carriageway at 40 for 20 miles so grab the wheel, grit the teeth and Hi Ho silver away (eventually), get up to 60-65 wheel wobble flattens out, get up to 70 alls well, sounding better then it has for a long time, running a bit warm, forgot to switch the fan on, toasty inside though. And that was it, Flew up and back, running well, still drinking juice. Oh, and found out that stick on weights on the alloys, dont, stick that is. Plus, I got to my son's place and he say's "what you grinning about?" you'll never understand son :-))))

Comment by Adrian Southgate on February 3, 2016 at 12:48

Back end of mine is fully polybushed but yet to do the front, Rack is on poly mounts but ARB and TCA are still rubber as the TCA's are relatively new (3 years). Back end is definitely quieter and takes our Bolton roads with less hassle now.

Comment by Steve Kerswell on February 3, 2016 at 12:37

Number 3. And, it's now coming up on the computer. So that end is sorted too. I really thought I was going to have a long drawn out war this year, but, life in the old dog yet. The tester reckons poly bushes have helped, every thing is now bushed, May bring it to Stoneleigh !!

Comment by Adrian Southgate on February 3, 2016 at 12:14

Well done Steve, that MOT #2 or #3 while its been with you?

Comment by Steve Kerswell on February 3, 2016 at 12:11

Quick shuffle with the servo, took it down the MOT man's for an appointment, fit you right in sir, gulp! Straight through no advisories, happy chap am I. So that is me sorted one way or the other in Dutton land for the next Year :-))

Comment by Steve Kerswell on February 3, 2016 at 9:51

Found it ! Looks like the brake servo diaphragm. Plugged the hose and normal service has been resumed. Brakes need a good hoof now though. Funny how you get used to things.

Comment by Dave Adams on February 2, 2016 at 21:28
Fueling....backfires are generally a sign of weak mixture....air leaks ...blocked jets..
Comment by Steve Kerswell on February 2, 2016 at 20:16

Just hurtling home (well not quite!) if I gently squeeze in the gas all is well, but if I floor it, it spits and farts and just doesn't wanna play. Yet coming down the parkway over Sainsburys I cruised up to 75, but it wont pull under full throttle, weak? rich? plugs look sooty if anything, but it hasn't been pulling proper. Ticking over on 4, revs with no load fine. All ideas greatly received? I'm having my tea first :-)) 

Comment by Steve Kerswell on January 31, 2016 at 12:54

Just nipped out in the Sierra with these new tyres, they are not wet tyres!! I got the thing sliding on the local roundabout, need to rethink these Koyo's I think.

Comment by Steve Kerswell on January 30, 2016 at 20:47

Just been out and had a measure, the V8 will not fit in the Sierra.............unless, I cut out the struts and go wishbone and TCA like them there slow Duttons got fitted :-)) Daryl, just measured the bores and they are 3.5 inch and look in good nick actually, but its dark and the candle was a bit dim :-)) However, the V8 is a doddle to pick up, the wife hardly struggled at all :-)) just put it over there love, yeah right.

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