Dutton Kit Cars and their owners

hi folks just wondering what fixing some of you guys are using on the legerra soft top front fixing the ones that are on mine are a bit fiddely to get located and locked down i wid be soaked by the time i had managed to get the roof on i had removed the fiddely ones and replaced them with m6 bolts and thumb screws makes it a bit quicker and easier but interested what other folks are using  thanks in advance 

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Comment by rob saul on March 14, 2018 at 22:46
No "liner" existed just the bare shell
Was only designed for the outer surface to offer a better support for the soft top
Comment by Adrian Southgate on March 14, 2018 at 22:07

I never had the inner liner if one even exists. Rob Saul would know.

Now then, about this coupe roof... Will you stop reading my bloody mind Scott !

Are you thinking fastback with a tailgate or a notchback like the ferrari 308.

I think it's too short for a fastback, the angle will be steep, may try something in photo shop.

Comment by James Doulton on March 14, 2018 at 22:02

I think that the 'natural' shape for a hard top would be with a little bulge (much more than the Dutton top has) because that is what the air does to my soft top. This is at about 35-40mph, it increases with speed.

However, some of the Dutton lids had sunroofs fitted - I think that Dave Adams' has one. I think that you might find that there is insufficient ventilation If you have the standard sliding windows in the doors, so you might need to add some vents somewhere to save yourself from suffocating - I get quite a lot of engine heat in mine and there is no air movement within the cockpit because there is no air inlet at the front of the cockpit.

Comment by Scott Grimson on March 14, 2018 at 20:13

i know i have the GRP roll bar cover, is there in inner section to it, only have the outer bit? I plan to use the existing hardtop as a base to build a whole new mould, plan to make it more curvy and maybe even more of a fast back to it, like  the Mustang fastback.

Comment by Adrian Southgate on March 13, 2018 at 22:39

The GRP roll bar cover does make the roof tighter, both across the back and front to back. Any gaps you have at the front will just get bigger. I am in the process of getting a new roof made for mine to accommodate both the roll bar cover and extended sides to help prevent leaks on those front corners.

I tried velcro but had issues with getting it to stick to the vinyl roof. Maybe a bit high tech but neodynium magnets and small steel strips on the frame maybe a better solution.

Comment by James paton on March 13, 2018 at 22:03

like the roof bar molding adrian looks quite smart . wouldn't mind one do they hold the soft top in place better ?? i have noticed that there are gaps on mine at the front door inner lip . i have started to repair the hard top with a view to using it for a month or so till the better weather arrives  on the soft top does any one use velcro tape to hold the top of the doors in ? i imagine they would let waft a bit with the wind and let the rain in  

Comment by Adrian Southgate on March 11, 2018 at 20:01

DOH... no pictures on file but will have a root around in the unit to see how many are there. 

I do know I have one for XSC still attached to the old roof remains that I can use to get a copy made if needed.

Comment by Adrian Southgate on March 11, 2018 at 17:42

If you are using the hard top - MAKE GUTTERS ! or at least extend the sides slightly so they go past the ally window frames.

Also add a ridge bar to the inside or it will droop and puddle with time.

Comment by Adrian Southgate on March 11, 2018 at 17:38

I was discussing that with someone earlier. I only have one roof bar moulding and it's on the green leggy, it's wider than the Phaeton and Melos bar. When I originally built the green one I ran it with no cover but the roof flapped, fitted the cover and it tightened it up.

If Rob doesn't have the moulding already I can probably get a duplicate made. We have some laminators in Skelmersdale who might take that job on. 

This is the only real shot I have showing the bar in place and none of it off the car.


Comment by Scott Grimson on March 11, 2018 at 12:49

don't think so Daryl, loads of bits missing, having to fabricate all sorts of stuff.  Will probably go with the soft top to start then work on a re-designed hardtop with smoother lines.

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