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Old April 24th, 2008, 12:11 PM
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Convert Right Hand Drive to Left Hand Drive

I've searched a bit and can't seem to find any threads that answer this but how difficult a task is it to convert a right hand drive truck to left hand drive? I know some dash and cosmetic parts would be hard to find but in reality the bulkheads have the same holes do they not?

I would assume that you would have to switch the stearing column and wiring as well as the heater box under the hood, would there be more that I am missing?

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Old April 24th, 2008, 02:08 PM
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Old April 24th, 2008, 02:51 PM
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Other than using the drive-thru, why switch? It cant be worth the $$$ or the hassle.
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Old April 24th, 2008, 04:00 PM
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Pedals...move the pedals
LOL. Sound advice. Purely curious about the extent this kind of project would take. Would love a 109 or 110 but only seem to be able to afford RHD and don't like the idea of driving that around town.
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Old April 24th, 2008, 04:26 PM
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[font='Times New Roman','serif']You will need new swivel housing, steering box and drop arm, new steering rod end at the steering box, transmission stick for a manual, heater box, and wiper arms and tubes. [/font][font='Times New Roman','serif']All the interior dash parts are readily available in the US. Iím doing the conversion on my 1984 itís really nothing other than nuts and bolts. The cost is really to what level of rebuild are you going to conduct doing the conversion. You miles as well put a new chassis under while youíre at it.[/font]
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Old April 24th, 2008, 05:36 PM
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The expensive stuff is the lhd heater box,the dash parts, and the lhd 4 bolt steering box (used ones are everywhere). Once the master and slave are moved over new brake lines need the be made to mate with the existing stuff but it isn't rocket science if you have a sound bulkhead.
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I did the conversion. lots of small stuff
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Old April 24th, 2008, 06:46 PM
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I actually like the RHD. I say get the 109 or 110 and try it!
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Old April 25th, 2008, 09:12 AM
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RHD Hasn't bothered me, I don't plan to switch.
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Old April 25th, 2008, 08:49 PM
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Hi Alex, conversion is easy the major problem is never the big stuff its all in the little brackets and ods'n sods you don't think about until you try to bolt it up, as it happens they tend to be the most expensive.

why dont you look on the UK ex-military suppliers websites loads of LHD 109's & now early 110's
are available to you, it would make more sense to buy a lhd rather than buy a rhd and convert it.
its an easy thing to do in the uk where lhd stuff is binned, but in the US you pay through the nose.
as a guide I have seen lhd 109's ex-mod in running condition from £1k I dont know how much it would cost to ship but it would be a damn site easier.

speaking as someone that is 2yrs into a 300 tdi 90 auto build.!

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Old April 26th, 2008, 12:48 PM
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Hi Alex, conversion is easy the major problem is never the big stuff its all in the little brackets and ods'n sods you don't think about until you try to bolt it up, as it happens they tend to be the most expensive.

why dont you look on the UK ex-military suppliers websites loads of LHD 109's & now early 110's
are available to you, it would make more sense to buy a lhd rather than buy a rhd and convert it.
its an easy thing to do in the uk where lhd stuff is binned, but in the US you pay through the nose.
as a guide I have seen lhd 109's ex-mod in running condition from £1k I dont know how much it would cost to ship but it would be a damn site easier.

speaking as someone that is 2yrs into a 300 tdi 90 auto build.!

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Anyone have sites that they know of or have had a good experience with? I would assume the import process would be the same as any other truck. But I have made incorrect assumptions before.
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Old April 29th, 2008, 04:41 PM
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PA Blanchard deals in ex-MOD and often has LHD units available.
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No quantities of LHD in UK!

There is no real availability of LHD in UK,any that are about command a premium price now,correct year Defenders are +++++£££££,and if you ask Blanchards how much.....you would then consider RHD again in a hurry
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Wow, that's some thread resurrection. Alex bought a 110 years ago, and still has it AFAIK.
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Old March 8th, 2015, 03:38 AM
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Did not see the date

Yes,did not see the date,was looking for a LHD conversion kit for a customer,and stumbled across that old posting.Hmmmm better go back to sleep now!
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What is your budget? I have a white 1987 with 60,000 miles LHD listed on ebay plus an ex Belgian Military 110 which is basically the same as an MOD car. It is awaiting a full respray and new interior. The plan is to turn it into an Overlanding/Expedition vehicle on Wolf wheels and Exmoor interior full rack etc. It has the locker compartments on both sides.
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what in the name of Lazarus...

Thought for a min that Alex was looking for another defender
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Ooops must admit not seeing the dates on it.
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