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jay1600e 23rd July 2017 00:16

revival of the unloved (dutton)
 
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hi all this is my first post so i though i would ad some picks of my rebuild.
I no dutton's arnt everybody's cup of tea but i've got a real soft spot for them. my car is a 1970 dutton sierra. Different strokes for different folks.
this is still a work in progress but i will ad picks as i go.

jay1600e 27th January 2018 17:41

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]A wee update thats the new paint starting to go on the car. Been away from her for a while now(busy with other cars) I'm hoping I can have her ready for stoneleigh this year. Fingers crossed

Paul L 28th January 2018 16:17

jay1600e - A very belated welcome to the forum, as I missed your first post.

Your car should look very different when it is all painted that bright red. :cool:

http://www.madabout-kitcars.com/foru...3&d=1500765129

Good luck, Paul. :)

jay1600e 28th January 2018 16:38

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Originally Posted by Paul L (Post 93049)
jay1600e - A very belated welcome to the forum, as I missed your first post.

Your car should look very different when it is all painted that bright red. :cool:

http://www.madabout-kitcars.com/foru...3&d=1500765129

Good luck, Paul. :)

Thanks Paul it's taken a lot of work to make the dutton Sierra straight. Nearly 40 year old fiberglass is a challenge in it's self.
I've taken 4" out of the front bumper. And made the grill and bumper on piece. It's a real shame how some of these cars get treated. They seem to be the laughing stock of the kit car world lol.

redratbike 28th January 2018 17:12

Or maybe that they last so long and were well made they take more abuse than other kit cars ??

jay1600e 28th January 2018 17:26

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Originally Posted by redratbike (Post 93054)
Or maybe that they last so long and were well made they take more abuse than other kit cars ??

Could well be. But that's my point abused is the word. I've seen some really nice duttons i have friends that own some lovely duttons. They are a great affordable way into kit cars (as long as you don't get carried away) I have had mine a while and yes I've done and still doing work to the car. And for me that's where the enjoyment of these type of cars comes from. It doesn't need to be a Ultima or a Italian replica to be well thought of. I spend days walking around cars at shows admiring other people's ingenuity and at the same time cringing at other people's workmanship.

Mick O'Malley 29th January 2018 11:36

Great Cars!
 
I bought mine in '94 for 100, bolted a cut down XR3 spoiler (car boot sale, 5) to the back of the roof, brush painted it matt black (my mates dubbed it 'The Stealth') and replaced the 1300 x-flow with the 1600 from my scrap MkII Escort Ghia. I ran it for five years which included three trips to the 24 Heures du Mans and one to battlefields of the Somme. It never missed a beat.

I sold it for 60 as it had lost first gear and half the stick, over which I'd slipped a length of steel pipe to compensate. The bloke I sold it to brought a 'Nellie Knowall' mate with him to drive it back, it took him six attempts before he managed to pull it away in second! Two weeks later I saw him at the Castle Combe Kit Car Show and he had the gall to complain that the breather was blocked!!! WTF does anyone want for 60 notes?

Regards, Mick

Mitchelkitman 29th January 2018 19:35

Great to see you're restoring this, and I'll look out for it at Stoneleigh.
I had a Melos in 1982? which I built as my first kit car. Lots of fun, did what it said on the tin for the price. Despite some criticism, Dutton did a lot for the kit car movement.

jay1600e 29th January 2018 19:40

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Originally Posted by Mitchelkitman (Post 93085)
Great to see you're restoring this, and I'll look out for it at Stoneleigh.
I had a Melos in 1982? which I built as my first kit car. Lots of fun, did what it said on the tin for the price. Despite some criticism, Dutton did a lot for the kit car movement.

Could not agree with you more mate. I'm at stoneleigh most years. Love the show.

jay1600e 18th February 2018 19:29

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A few more picks. New carpet fitted paint work almost done she's getting there now

jay1600e 24th March 2018 07:22

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Another quick pick

jay1600e 24th March 2018 07:24

Back end

jay1600e 24th March 2018 07:26

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She's getting there

JG 24th March 2018 09:55

Transformed, great job. A bit of kit car history saved.

jay1600e 24th March 2018 10:31

Thank pal. Means a lot spent a lot of hours on the wee car but she's starting to look good.

Mitchelkitman 24th March 2018 10:37

Will you get to Stoneleigh with it?

jay1600e 24th March 2018 10:40

Yeah defo. All the paint work is finished. New trim is in so hopefully she should be there a lot of small jobs still to do but should be ok.

jay1600e 24th March 2018 19:01

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Originally Posted by Mitchelkitman (Post 93929)
Will you get to Stoneleigh with it?

After today's shift on the car she's now back in one piece well pleased

jay1600e 13th May 2018 16:40

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Well she's now in one piece moted and looking as good as any Sierra I've seen. Unfortunately we had a breakdown going to stoneleigh but there's always next year

Mitchelkitman 13th May 2018 17:20

I looked out for you/it at Stoneleigh and one of the other members said you'd been unable to get there. Look forward to next year!


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