Dutton Kit Cars and their owners

Evenin' chaps,

Out playing again tomorrow - my "home" event at the farm where the car's kept so no fudging about with trailers and towcars, just arrive and drive!

It was totally reliable last time out and handled well, so hoping for another solid day tomorrow. Got a new ITG air filter to fit, as the old one was utterly bogging and probably about 50 years old. Other than that, check the tyre pressures are correct (25 psi front, 60 psi rear), launch some fuel into it and go play.

I've also bought three double width brackets for the front ARB, and a pair of 20mm double with poly bushes. I'll shim the 19mm ARB out to fit the bushes properly. The poly ones will go on the sides and I'll use a rubber one in the middle for a third fixing point. But that won't be in time for tomorrow as it'll require brackets welding on. Will get this done at the same time as I get the adjustable bottom arms modified for the strut mounting.

Anyway, there's another two rear-drive entries tomorrow other than Steve and I. One's a guy in an MX5 who's pretty handy. Not sure who the other one is. Hopefully we'll find someone to have a bit of craic with instead of fighting over last and second last!

Will update tomorrow!

PS - Also found out about another autotest Phaeton that's sat since 2004. It's yellow, a crossflow with 40s and doesn't run when warm. I think the owner's now going to get it sorted so we can have a little banter between us. There's also another Dutton which sounds like a Malaga belonging to another club member, currently in bits in a shed. Would be great to have three cars out in an unofficial Dutton mini-challenge!

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Comment by John Allen on May 1, 2016 at 8:45
There's a barrel sprint at Santa pod this weekend.
Comment by Roy Kemp on May 1, 2016 at 8:35
Correct Dave - this is an Autotest. The Production Car Trial is next month! If I can convince them the Phaeton is a production car!
Comment by Dave Adams on May 1, 2016 at 8:26

ah......the cones out trials on a play ground.....not the crawling over rocky and muddy terrain type of trials....

yeah i can see where 60 psi might be useful.....

Comment by Roy Kemp on May 1, 2016 at 7:06
More important is the ability to light up the rear wheels and spin the car around a marker - 60 psi definitely helps with this!
Comment by Dave Adams on May 1, 2016 at 6:02

60 psi in the rear tyres? i thought the auto tests were about making it round a tricky course....i would have thought grip was more important, my car for road use is only 15-18 psi

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