Dutton Kit Cars and their owners

Today I bought another Dutton. This one has a 3.1 litre Essex V6. It's MOT has lapsed and it has a number of issues, the biggest one being that it has had a front end shunt which has upset the suspension geometry, and the bonnet fit, and the steering. The last 6 inches of the main rail is crumpled, moving the ARB. Finding a good reference to work from to restore the geometry looks to be an interesting puzzle. In this picture you can see that the nearside wheel has a different camber to the offside. It was the nearside that was hit.

I will do some investigation over the weekend and post some pictures of the damage. It was dark by the time I got home, and I was worn out. The journey was 400 miles in total, all but a handful were motorway : M5, M42, A42, M1. The car was about 15 miles south of Sheffield.

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Comment by Daryl Heasman on February 4, 2019 at 7:37

I don't think I would remove a safety feature James especially with your track record -:)))))

Comment by James Doulton on February 4, 2019 at 0:29

I know - even if the car went fast enough the wing would be in turbulent air.

it would only be for the look of it, and to intimidate other road users!

Comment by Daryl Heasman on February 3, 2019 at 23:29

But its not needed James , It just wont be fast enough to even work 

Comment by James Doulton on February 3, 2019 at 23:10

That picture shows that it NEEDS a big tail wing!

Comment by James Doulton on February 3, 2019 at 23:08

It is a pretty solid affair with two extra braces going backwards to the boot floor. It is definitely not the Dutton one. The main loop is a little wide for the chassis and its lower mounting flanges very nearly touch the inside of the rear tyres.

Comment by Daryl Heasman on February 3, 2019 at 18:46

Your rear roll bar , Is it a proper item or the Dutton look a like made from exhaust tubing

Comment by James Doulton on February 3, 2019 at 18:34

The upright is a front roll bar - it goes from the floor, through the dash and then hugs the windscreen. There is quite a lot of extra metal in the chassis around the cockpit and the lower mounting for the front roll bar will probably foul the cockpit brakes. With a front and rear roll bar, I'm surprised that there is no T bar. I don't think that I want the front roll bar, so I'm expecting to change that area.

There is no room to move the transmission tunnel as the box is snug next to it. The lump in the floor next to the transmission is in both footwells and was to clear the 3-into-1 exhaust manifold which merges at about that point. I shall be removing the existing rusty exhausts in favour of cast manifolds (yuk!) and fitting side exhausts, all in order to increase the ground clearance.

I don't really expect a bought pedal box to fit straight off but it might be possible for me to modify it without ruining it. I think that modifying that area will require the whole windscreen and dash to come out. I shall have to be brave and just hope I will remember how it all goes back!

Comment by Daryl Heasman on February 3, 2019 at 17:33

That's an odd one Steve I've not seen that in any other Dutton , There is something amiss in pedal area , its far too tight there ,pedals are also  too low 

Comment by Steve Kerswell on February 3, 2019 at 17:17

what is that tubular upright James? plus you have a few bumps in your pedal area, are they being used or could you make some space. I fiddled with a pedal box for ages for John Wilkinson, more effort than it was worth. Cutting and shutting etc. ended up scrapping the pedals ad made new from flat bar on edge and small foot bars, worked first time.

Comment by Daryl Heasman on February 3, 2019 at 17:12

Would have thought round your way with all those speed humps that anything hanging below the floor would  damage the Councils attempt to slow you down James-:))  pm your address

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