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At 12:37 on December 28, 2018, David Middleditch said…

So, £60 quid in foam and leatherette and a superb job by the mother in law sewing them up, and here are the new seats. I've used sticky backed velcro on the back to make them removable as they will get wet and muddy trialling. All good to go for the Exeter trial next week.

At 19:47 on November 30, 2018, Adrian Southgate said…

Worthwhile fitting a drain pipe at the lowest point (not found a dutton that doesn't leak somewhere yet) 

Also worth sealing up any sort of wood used for the seat base, maybe fitting a couple of 1cm bits of closed cell foam under it too, just to lift it out of any water that may creep in.

Seat belts should mount to captive nuts under the chassis (normally just nuts welded to flat plates, welded to the rails.) but not sure they were fitted to S2's.

At 18:46 on November 30, 2018, David Middleditch said…

Ok, no problem. I didn't get time to look, but will need to remount the seat belt lower fixings. Will there be a weld but on the body or need some spreader plates?

At 18:19 on November 30, 2018, David Middleditch said…

Drops down

At 17:33 on November 30, 2018, David Middleditch said…

Here's the pic with seats removed. I sat in and just cushions would seem appropriate. Confirmation from the experts please?

At 18:19 on November 26, 2018, David Middleditch said…

Yes, triumph front end, Cortina rear end. I'd just been researching and concluded it must be an S2.

At 9:58 on November 26, 2018, David Middleditch said…

I think I need to pull the seats out on Wednesday and have a proper look at my options. I've been looking on youtube and ebay and foam, leatherette and a ply wood base seems a simple way to make a seat at minimal cost.

At 9:08 on November 26, 2018, James Doulton said…

Mine has 'seats' moulded into the GRP tub and the only padding (other than my extensive food reserves) was a slightly padded seat cover that was stuck there.

At 0:49 on November 26, 2018, Adrian Southgate said…

I've got a set of back seats from a peugeot cabriolet to be cut and shut into my S2. Just going to savage the foam out with a sharp knife until they fit in the gap.

I always thought the S1 S2 and B types were just 'cushions'.

At 21:42 on November 25, 2018, David Middleditch said…

I just searched the site and found some pics and dimensions. I'll have to make some (or get someone who's a lot better than me to see some...)

At 21:23 on November 25, 2018, David Middleditch said…

Thanks Daryl, anyone got a picture of one of know a good way to make one?

At 21:20 on November 25, 2018, David Middleditch said…
At 21:11 on November 25, 2018, David Middleditch said…

Here's the one I took for my profile. 1st problem, I don't fit in with the seat. What seat are other people using. The one fitted is pretty small, but I need one even lower and with the hip further back.

At 7:13 on November 22, 2018, David Middleditch said…

Looks good doesn't it. I've been trialling a 1977 Midget but it's irreparably broken (chassis bent from the abuse, and was rotten anyway), so hoping the Phaeton will be more reliable and more capable on the hills. So i'm completely new to Duttons, where do I find info on the construction, original build instructions, ways to identify my exact model etc? Can't see any obvious links.

My Dutton has had a bit of a facelift (it's now red), but is basically the same as the one in the video. It has pedigree having won the overall national trials comp in 1990, so hopefully I can be at least competitive in it. There are several people using Melos' at the moment in trials but I don't think I see anyone on this site. 

I spent 6 hours on building a carport yesterday, need to keep the rain off the car and allow me to work on it in the winter without getting wet. Should be just about ready for when the car arrives Saturday.

At 20:57 on November 21, 2018, James Doulton said…
At 20:48 on November 21, 2018, Adrian Southgate said…

You tube link here. Jump to 22 minutes to find the Phaeton.

At 20:46 on November 21, 2018, Adrian Southgate said…

Nice one David.

Just watched the whole episode on you tube. Had to laugh at how easy the Phaeton made some of those hills look and the fact that the BBC used it as a camera car, brilliant.

Look forward to hearing more and seeing pictures, that old girl must have some stories to tell.

At 6:18 on November 21, 2018, David Middleditch said…
I get it Saturday, fully working and light restored trials car. Formerly well known car ran by John Boswell, appeared on Top Gear 1990 episode 4. Check the YouTube out! Photos to follow once I get it.
At 21:29 on November 20, 2018, James Doulton said…

Welcome to the site. What is the condition of your Dutton - a driver or a project?

At 20:55 on November 20, 2018, Dave Taylor said…

Welcome to the site David

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