Dutton Kit Cars and their owners

I thought it was time I logged the work to returning my Phaeton to the road

2011 - Car bought.  Not having been laid up for many year the car was going to need some restoration to get it back on the road.

2012 - Spent time wondering about changing from Pinto power.  Bought various V6 engine, Then sold the same many V6 engines.

2012 - Moved house.  Phaeton went into storage at a caravan storage yard for a few months

2012 - Phaeton relocated to our new double garage

2013 Summer - Front suspension fully rebuilt

- New poly bushes

- New wheel bearings

- New discs

- New dampers

- All new bolts

- Everything painted

2014 Engine cleaned up and back in

- Engine serviced

- Engine runs

- Radiator fitted

2015 Gearbox assessed

- Decided to upgrade to 6 speed

- Rear lights fitted

2016 Gearbox

- 6 speed trial fitted.  Work needed to clutch release - still to be done

2016 Rear axle

- Atlas axle, cleaned, oil changed and brackets welded.

- Springs re-bushed and painted

- Axle trial fitted

- Offside rear brakes rebuilt


- Chassis painted

Current work for the remainder of 2016

- Finish rear brake rebuild

- Axle fitted and tightened

- Rear dampers fitted

- Gearbox fitted

- Alloy wheels painted and fitted

- Fuel tank

- Dash and gauges

- Expansion tank and cooling pipes

- Steering column

Work for 2017

- New propshaft

- Wiring loom

- Brake pipes

- Pedal box

- Bodywork repairs

- Wipes

- Front lights

Could 2017 be the completion?

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Comment by Dave Price on October 5, 2017 at 21:26
James, it will be a new propshaft as I have also swapped to an Atlas axle.
Comment by Steve Kerswell on October 5, 2017 at 9:28

I'm about to approach this with the MX5 box, think I'm needing another crossmember to mount off.

Comment by James Doulton on October 4, 2017 at 23:14

Nearly there. I assume that the existing propshaft will need to be cut down?

Comment by Dave Price on October 4, 2017 at 13:10

Bracket made ready to fit.

Comment by Dave Price on October 4, 2017 at 13:09

bracket fabricated from 3mm flat bar and some 25mm box located

Comment by Dave Price on October 4, 2017 at 13:06

Mounting bracket for RX8 gearbox, this will then sit on two engine mounts sat on a Cortina crossmember, secured furtherback

Comment by Dave Price on September 26, 2017 at 12:35

Comment by Dave Price on September 26, 2017 at 12:35

Having to cut off the existing gearbox mounts from the chassis.  Going to fabricate some new ones and weld them further back along with a new mount fastened to the gearbox

Comment by Paul Thomas on September 23, 2017 at 20:02

When you put in the clutch plate the finger will move forward and so will your clutch fork

Comment by Adrian Southgate on September 22, 2017 at 13:11

Doesn't every dutton owner need to clean the garage out? I need a skip to do mine...

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