Thanks for the welcome James. I'm currently looking into (hopefully) buying a Dutton, most likely a Phaeton or a Melos. Until about a year ago i poured blood, sweat, tears & money into a 1975 MG Midget, but since selling I've been itching to get something else and finding I've got time on my hands.
However, with a baby on the way, it might not happen just yet (!) but the money from the sale is set aside for another car, so fingers crossed it will be sooner and not in 18 years' time...!
No not my handy work. I have recently acquired the Melos and am working through it back to front! It has had a 5 link rear conversion at some time so I am stripping it all down. Zetec install is not that good as it is on Zenith carbs that arn.t properly jetted or set up, so that's the next task!
Hi James thanks for the welcome. You could call it a project which is miles from being classed as a car. Literally the body and chassis is in Bolton and the engine is in Kent. But hoping to get started with the project soon.
Thanks James. The Phaeton is a new project, currently in bits but (mostly) complete. It has a 1600 pre-711M crossflow at the moment with a Rocket ’box, but my Melos has a Kent engine so I think I'll go another route. Blank canvas at the moment!
Hi James, well I'm looking for something useable that needs tidying, i can mange most mechanicals and electrics, but very poor at welding! Prefer the B type and Phaeton S1/2s, nothing too mental on the engine front though the,1600 x-flow S1was scary enough...
I think the configuration is okay. The bike engine is powerful and in fact I am a biker so the connection with my (other) love is guaranteed. And yes, one of the characteristics of a bike engine is that the power comes out at the higher revs, compared with a car engine.
But due to the low weight of a kitcar I think it is acceptable.
So, I need more revs but not 12.000 and at the same time, I like it! The sound comes with the revs. :-).
Yea James I realised that after I had sat in it. I knew it was going to need some modification. Rather than making it be a squeeze by doing small changes I decided that the guy who was fitting the engine mounts and rose jointing the back end would be better extending the cockpit be adding length into the chassis. Il put up pics of the extension as soon as I get it back. But I think the wheelbase is still only about 76-78" and essentially I have a car I can drive with ease. Unfortunately it means a lot more work as I have to fabricate a new tub and build a new rollcage as it has a full cage.