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 January 28, 2017 at 16:33
After little bit of further research i think the inlet cam can be indentified by the cam reference position marker being on that cam. So if I look at the 130 cams I have obtained then the inlet is the one with the marker lump. I was just trying to see how to tell which is which when they are lying in a cardboard box. By the way, the engine is a late silver top. It is a silver top with a black cover.
Comment by Big Vern on January 28, 2017 at 13:34

Depends on which version of Zetec you have as to what the differences are regarding camshafts. The mk1 (silvertop) 1.8 medium output 115hp had different cams to the 1.8 high output 130hp. the mk2 value (blacktop) 1.8 120hp replaced both the mk1 versions.

Comment by Paul Sheridan on January 28, 2017 at 9:51

On the 2ltr cams..... Inlet 9mm lift   Exhaust 8mm lift      as far as I am aware there is only one profile on all standard zetec cams.

Comment by Dave Price on January 28, 2017 at 9:17
Zetec cam question. I have a 1.8 zetec RKC engine 115bhp and have now got a set of 130bhp cams. The question is are the inlet and the exhaust cams the same? Or how do I know cam to put where, or are they both the same? I know that I need to get the car on the road first and engine will follow later, but I am trying work on the Zetec are I rebuild the car, so it can go in soon after it is on the road.
Comment by Steve Kerswell on January 23, 2017 at 15:11

Progress is progress Dave, looking cool :-)

Comment by Dave Price on January 23, 2017 at 12:43

Some work done to the colour and stripes.  Now painted the screen surround black.

Progress is still slow

Comment by Dave Price on December 10, 2016 at 8:54
The menu sign board that can be seen in the background of the photo will become the dash board. I was inspired by Paul's use of signage material.
Comment by Dave Price on December 5, 2016 at 13:29

Another view of work in progress.  You can see the wheel colour

Comment by Dave Price on December 5, 2016 at 13:28

Painted boot lid

Comment by Dave Price on November 28, 2016 at 21:31
Daryl, if you think the floor is bad, you should see the workbench - or not.

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