How many changes to the original design have to be made for it to not be patent infringement ? Or has the patent been abandoned in the US ? Have to confess to knowing nothing about patent law. Seemingly one could come up with a design that would work with the old upper lower dash but incorporates the 02 design -something rover hasn't done. Seemingly injection molding would be the high volume cost effective way to go but seemingly low volume fiberglass would be cost effective and better end product. Seemingly if one had a cover made for a rhd lower dash to make it work as a lhd and a knock off made of the nla center vent cover part the other parts a readily available for reasonable cost. I went ahead and contacted Coverlay Manufacturing this morning.
Matt- dash/heater parts alone for a lhd conversion if you go out and purchase new exceed $5k, if you can find them. The steering knuckle and axle are the easy to source bits. I would estimate it takes 25-30hrs to do a conversion depending on the truck as each seemingly presents its own unique problems.
------ Follow up post added June 30th, 2013 09:58 AM ------
Originally Posted by don
Interesting - I have a pair of D1 axles that will go in that blue 110 eventually. When I do the build I was thinking of converting it to LHD. Will look into just doing Disco steering vs the Defender. That drop arm ball seems to split rubber boots as soon as you install them. What about clearance on the Disco setup? I thought the Defender setup wasn't as low hanging.
Just utilize the clamp on stabilizer bracket ala RTE and remove the stabilizer behind the axle setup and you are golden. Way mo betta/ robust