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 Adrian Southgate on December 1, 2015 at 17:48

I might be Steve, I need an engine and box for the white Leggy. Keeping to a xflow would be less hassle and make the long trip viable. Might be able to combine trips with something else too so first dibs please...

Comment by Steve Kerswell on December 1, 2015 at 15:33

Just got the Saab back from the body shop, excellent job done. So now I can plan to start the rip out of the Sierra, however its due an MOT so do I go for it or wait until I've finished the bodge refurbishment :-) Got the first shiver of man flu about me so may hold off for a day or so, see what develops. Anyone interested in 1300 crossie and box?

Comment by Steve Kerswell on November 28, 2015 at 15:08

I now have lift off !! just got a 2 ton engine hoist for £50. I'll be swinging from the rafters tonight, or rather I wont have to. Woman wanted it out of her garage before she moved, lives alone, and had no idea what it was or where it came from. Well I told her where it was going and quickly, wheel barrowed it home with a few kids laughing and throwing stones along the way. For £50 they could call me a melos owner, it wont upset me.

Comment by Adrian Southgate on November 19, 2015 at 11:34

Sierra tunnels are 'high' in the body too, did this to mine as I needed room for the seats.

Dropped the 'flap' back down and reglassed it after bolting to that cross member.

Comment by Steve Kerswell on November 19, 2015 at 11:04

Forgot to mention, I am chopping out the front bumper tube, makes lifting the engine in so much easier, I hope !, Weld it back in after. Gearbox tunnel is plenty big enough for MT75 box but may make it detachable so I can get my oily mitts in there if need be. Still fighting the starter position issue, may get angry with it and reshape the whole starter holder, not really what I wanted, but it needs a cosworth pre engaged starter and as soon as you mention the C word up goes the price, a lot. Tried 4 starters now and still fighting.

Comment by Steve Kerswell on November 19, 2015 at 10:58

Yep, I agree. 1 ton chain blocks are cheap and ultra reliable. Forgot to say I've gained a V8 Rover motor, for nowt and a brand new pair of 70mm projector headlights still in the box, can I use them as they are without having to encase them??

Comment by Adrian Southgate on November 19, 2015 at 10:48

Thinking about sliding beams etc, I'd want a MUCH bigger lift motor if I went for sliding beams, something capable of at least 1000Kg.

Comment by Adrian Southgate on November 19, 2015 at 10:45

Comment by Steve Kerswell on November 19, 2015 at 10:42

Just sold the rusty 1600e and could of sold the B+ !! Not the Sierra however :-((. Off to look at a Classic Capri and a Bond Equipe now. Looked at the hoist Martin, but it would lower the hoist height to much, time I fitted everything, plus it would be static in my garage, so I would end up dragging the car around to slot things in, back to finding a engine hoist on wheels or make my own from some box section. Got a great set of castors sat here needing something doing to them :-))

Comment by Steve Kerswell on November 18, 2015 at 13:10

I have a shear leg in bits behind the garage. Used it over the years at work, needs a coat of paint.

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