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rhd to lhd swap


Hi Arthur,

I converted mine a couple of years ago.

But at the same time i changed the steering from worm&peg to rack&pinion.

This took a long time to set up right.

I you keep the worm&peg system, all parts are Triumph TR3.

These should be available, although a reconditioned steering box could be expensive.

There are no chassis changes needed other than swapping over the pedalbox.

This is mounted on a plate that is welded to the chassis, i can't remember if you can re-use them as i made a new plate.

I could look that up if needed.

The rest of the chassis is already prepared for LHD.

Mechanically you'll need:

- LHD steering box

- a LHD throttle pedal assy, TR3

- new throttle cable

- new brake and clutch lines

- and a few other bits and bobs, nothing major if i recall correctly

 

The most difficult part to change is the dashboard, that needs cutting and fibreglass work.

Then you'll also need the LHD dashboard shell to put the dials and swithes in.

I had to make my own, as these weren't available back then.

That is a lot of work.

Nowadays Ian and Celia in the UK can make all fibreglass parts, but i don't know if they have any LHD moulds?

Then there's the wiring loom, but i haven't done that yet, my car is still under restoration.

Hope this is helpfull to you.

 

Cheers,

Erik

 

 



-- Edited by Erik V on Wednesday 29th of May 2013 12:54:19 PM

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so how crazy of an idea is it to swap a right hand drive to left hand drive??? i know in my spitfire/gt6 world it's no big deal, but since i've never seen a peerless or know how available parts are, i figured i better ask.  difficulty level? investment estimate? orginality issues? let me know what you all think.  thanks Arthur



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Hi Eric, long time no see....

Arthur:

If you are retaining the steering box, then be aware that the Peerless shaft length is shorter than a TR3.
You will find that spare P/W steering boxes are in very, very short supply!

The answer is to go for R&P as Eric has done, or to get a TR3 shaft (much more common, and longer)
shortened and fitted with a replacement worm.  Moss are quoting L and R replacement worms (at  price) if you
can find someone that is prepared to shrink it on.

I found that anyone who could do the work ran a mile as soon as they realised I wanted a modified
steering component.

Frank from Felixstowe



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yeah, i'd think it would make sense to upgrade to rack and pinion if doing the swap anyway. i got to wondering if a tr4 rack would be a close system to replace the tr3 worm and peg. fair amount of those around. i guy here in town just converted his tr3 to a Fiero set up...crazy engineer though.
so while that is a project that sounds like it could be tackled (probably have to do some more research) the fiber glass issue is another. so is the dash one fiberglass unit?? i need to search out some more pictures. and to be specific, should i be running further than the 1500 miles that already seperates me from the green RHD car in New York?? i'm not to scared of metal work and i've played with fiberglass in other applications, but that fender looks bad...and where is the rocker?? kinda scary.

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car # 145 in the for sale section...

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Pic attached arturo.

Shows the black dials binnacle and the bare dash in GRP

Hope it helps.



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Hi Arturo,

i may know to a LHD clock pod, I will ask. or keep your eyes open for a LHD car, they seem to come up more that RHD ones at the moment!



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hey, thanks nigel for responding to my dad's email, because he and i will be in this one together. waiting for the right car was what i figured i'd better do after watching the last ebay peerless sell. but i along with my dad worry that they will all go into hiding and A. be harder to find and B. more expensive. i'm worried the value may pass me by and i won't be able to afford one later. that's why we are eyeing 145. i am a firm believer that cars deserve to be restored but i have a hard time with modifying them... this isn't some dime a dozen spitfire. but...since it is not a dime a dozen i feel like i need to go for it while i have a chance.

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agreed they will only go up I fear. good luck and if it comes to it, you can always convert at a later date when you have shopped around for all the correct parts.



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