Dutton Kit Cars and their owners

Spring is here,so i've fitted it to the Sierra,

Yes i've fitted the new spring today,managed to get around the seen and unforseen snags of replacing a multileaf spring with a monoleaf , the thing that disappointed me though was that the polybushes that had been fitted to the multileaf springs don't fit the monoleafs, luckily i have enough rubber bushes to get by. So now i need to do the other side as soon as i can.


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Comment by James Doulton on March 25, 2013 at 23:14

I swapped multi-leaf for multi-leaf. I was not sure what I had got as they were different and I was not sure which, if either, was right. I thought that one was a replacement and was too stiff and that the other one might be suspect if the original one had broken. I got a pair of Mk1 Escort springs of ebay for about £58 with postage. I am using the rubber bushes that were already in the springs. I didn't want to mess around with polybushes because I don't know what effect they would have. Also I could fit them at a later date if I got that keen. Plus I am not sure that I want to keep the leaf springs, I rather fancy a 5 link conversion, so they might just be extra expense. I have already bought and ruined a spring lowering kit, so I just played it safe.

Comment by Dave Thomas on March 25, 2013 at 22:45

Thanks James, i thought it was a good one ,a play on words and all that, did you swap like for like or as i have, multi to single leaf, as i said i was hoping to use the polybushes  out of the old springs but they don't fit the single leaf springs,not happy about it but not a lot i could do, i wanted the car usable because the MOT has run out on the other one. Well springs should be changed in pairs James, the same goes for shockabsorbers, i will change my o/s spring as soon as i can,by the end of the week is the plan.

Comment by James Doulton on March 25, 2013 at 19:21

Nice title, wish I'd thought of it - I replaced the rear leaf springs on my Melos a week ago and could have used the same pun, damn! Replacing mine was much easier than I had imagined (in the warmth of my garage). I replaced both of mine because one had been replaced by a previous owner and was a completely different shape to the other original one.

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