you mentioned engine mounts so I took these pics and also some other shots to give you a better idea of condition and provenance. Let me know your thoughts. I have about 3k invested which doesn't sound a lot but I am still hoping that I can get her back on the road.
So, the big question is what is she worth in her current state, I am not in a position to do much more and I am running out of options so I think I must prepare for the worst and let her go, hopefully to a good home where she can be saved. Anybody interested ? She has full weather gear, new brakes, tyres, is in running order.
Thanks for the welcome! My friend and I bought this as a winter project and are wondering if we have the only one? We usually are working on MG's and Triumphs' and would like to have a Caterham or Lotus 7 but, don't have the funds.
Adrian. Are you able to send the Legerra build plans by any chance. I am just about to get into some ground work and have planned a few fixes 1. Chassis strengthening. 2. Radiator move to eliminate hose fretting 3. Roof bolt hole fix for hard top and soft top. 4. Some bodywork repairs at doors and rear small prang issue.
Quick question - does the bonnet come off easy without damage. I need to take a covering off to see how it works but this is just purely advice on this issue at present.
thks for the photos they really help to understand the principle and your explanation is very good. I understand what the fix does and the cause of sagging - this may take a bit of time to sort out and especially handling welding with it all assembled. Bit of planning needed my side - I will be in touch when I am close to starting for a final check so no balls ups.
planning two new fixes for the next few weeks and would welcome any tips.
Have you had any experience of trying to fix the sagging doors, passenger side is worse so I would like to tackle this one first.
Also have put on the black vinyl roof and quite like the extra headroom it gives. Plan to put in some flanged rubber bushes in the front fixing holes in the frame. Do these standard hoods always come with two fixing positions as it seems to want to lift slightly in the middle at the front especially with excessive wind flow while driving. Extra waterproofing trim maybe useful and will consider this last.
Adrian, many thanks for the kind welcome. Yes pdf copy would be great - no panic though.
Good to hear there is a Leggy specialist about as I am sure there will be much advice requested in the future. This is a long term plan for me and good knowledge and background research I have always found to be essential and helps in reducing any silly mistakes.
i will send over some details on chassis number and engine number if this is ok.
i had signed up on the dutton owners club site and paid the membership fee but didn’t hear anything from that site. Is this site linked or is it not current as many posts seem very old.
The idea behind me joining the club before buying a Dutton/project was to gain some knowledge and hopefully some good advice. I enjoyed my time with the Phaeton back in the 80s but always wanted the earlier cycle type wings and wished I take up that option when I bought the kit new. I'm now returning to this interest with little to no understanding of how rare my ideal Dutton is to track down, I'm just hoping someone can point me in the right direction before I make an impulse buy. If required I am very open to picking up a project and building the car to my specification.
Hi Adrian. Thanks for the welcome. My estate is complete and running (although it has just run out of MOT - waiting to see if I can get it mot exempt). I’ve owned it for around 9 years. The drophead is a project that I picked up late last year. It is complete but has stood for at least 25 years. It’s slowly coming together as time allows, I will try and add a build up thread for it at some point.