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 May 15, 2017 at 12:25

Headlight with yellow film.  Once I find the other headlight I will fit both, it is somewhere, I just can't remember where

Comment by Dave Price on May 15, 2017 at 12:21

The paint scheme, as seen in the rain

I wish I had used a darker grey, looks too much like primer

Comment by Dave Price on May 12, 2017 at 13:09
Made some more progress. Axle loosely fitted, wheels fitted ,then rolled the car out of the garage. Photographed the car in the rain.
Comment by Dave Price on April 21, 2017 at 12:56

Rear corner

Comment by Dave Price on April 21, 2017 at 12:56

Grey and black paint now on the rear

Comment by Dave Price on April 20, 2017 at 21:07
My progress is not following the programme plan I laid out. However, the bodywork is coming along, rear end now nearly sorted. I have uploaded photos separately. It's slow progress, but still it is progress
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 Graham King on January 28, 2017 at 13:25

According to this site: http://www.zetecinside.com/xr2/zetectune.shtml  the 130bhp models use a different camshaft.  I dont know if it is higher lift or longer duration

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.

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