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Old February 2nd, 2014, 11:53 AM
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RHD Conversion and Truck Value

Does converting a vehicle from RHD to LHD do anything to the value of the vehicle? Understaining the cost of the conversion, like anything else, I am wondering if a majority of folks would want an original LHD drive vehichle when making a purchase.
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Old February 2nd, 2014, 11:58 AM
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I think it depends on the vehicle.
I dont think converting a RHD RR Classic to LHD will increase its value.
A 110 or 90 might be a different story.



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Does converting a vehicle from RHD to LHD do anything to the value of the vehicle? Understaining the cost of the conversion, like anything else, I am wondering if a majority of folks would want an original LHD drive vehichle when making a purchase.
it's always going to raise questions .... here's a question ... would you be happy letting you child ( assuming you have one ) drive a car where you had no direct knowledge of the quality of major conversion work?? ... or another way would you expect someone buying such a truck not to care?

Like salvage, re-color, different engines will always appeal to some and be a turn off for others ...
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it's always going to raise questions .... here's a question ... would you be happy letting you child ( assuming you have one ) drive a car where you had no direct knowledge of the quality of major conversion work?? ... or another way would you expect someone buying such a truck not to care? Like salvage, re-color, different engines will always appeal to some and be a turn off for others ...
I can't see how a RHD to LHD could be unsafe at least no more of a risk than any vehicle that has had any repair work done. It is not like it is a cut and shunt or welding involved.
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I can't see how a RHD to LHD could be unsafe at least no more of a risk than any vehicle that has had any repair work done. It is not like it is a cut and shunt or welding involved.
This is exactly what I was thinking, it's essentially just bolting on parts and cutting the footwell for new pedals.
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AFAIK, the conversion (done right) is about $7k. I doubt that conversion would add $7k in value to many rigs, with the possible exception of a very clean, low-mile 110.
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I can't see how a RHD to LHD could be unsafe at least no more of a risk than any vehicle that has had any repair work done. It is not like it is a cut and shunt or welding involved.
Agreed. Rhd to Lhd is complete bolt on of stock parts just on the opposite side so definitely not unsafe. If someone does not know there way around the mechanics of a vehicle they should not be restoring or rebuilding one
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Like so any updates conversions etc, this is one that never pays back it's cost when sold.
It's still a ROW truck and the vin will reveal its heritage.
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Thanks for all your opinions. Let me ask another way, I am looking at a 110 that has the conversion, I verified this through the VIN, it was originally a RHD truck. If I were to sell the truck 5 years from now, would this turn off other potential buyers?
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Like so any updates conversions etc, this is one that never pays back it's cost when sold.
It's still a ROW truck and the vin will reveal its heritage.
I'm not sure I agree...I've always thought (and from what I've seen from sales) that LHD adds at least $5K to the price. Assuming it was a proper conversion, of course. Leave the wipers going the wrong way however, and it's points deducted!
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Thanks for all your opinions. Let me ask another way, I am looking at a 110 that has the conversion, I verified this through the VIN, it was originally a RHD truck. If I were to sell the truck 5 years from now, would this turn off other potential buyers?
I reckon the LHD benefit would outweigh any doubt as to the workmanship.
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I have roughly $1.5k into my LHD conversion. I was already replacing the frame and while everything was off I swapped parts around and switched to LHD. The only piece left is to find a lower dash assembly (Although mine is modified to work as is and I have covers that I built to fill the voids on the right hand side. If I stumble on a LHD lower dash that is reasonably priced I will swap it out. Complete front axles can be had fairly cheap as well as good used steering boxes. I would not say the vehicle is anymore unsafe because of the conversion. Over the last 30 years there have been several professional mechanics that worked on mine and had no business doing so. Including the one that did the engine conversion prior to my ownership. If the conversion looks feels good to you then I am sure it will to the next owner down the road.
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Thanks for all your opinions. Let me ask another way, I am looking at a 110 that has the conversion, I verified this through the VIN, it was originally a RHD truck. If I were to sell the truck 5 years from now, would this turn off other potential buyers?
Yes. And no.

Some buyers would desire the LHD. Others would be asking the same questions you are.

Bottom line is you will limit the audience of potential buyers. Whether that will prevent you getting what you consider fair value remains to be seen.

Remember value is only what someone is willing to pay ... Not the price you are willing to sell at.
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Bottom line is you will limit the audience of potential buyers.
Don't you think that will be offset by those buyers who don't want a RHD rig & will prefer LHD?
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LHD will be easier to sell and bring more money than RHD.

Most people do not want to drive a RHD here in the states and even if they do not mind RHD their spouse / family might not be down with driving a RHD stick shift rig.
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Good LHD dash assemblies sell for ~$3k. A LHD disco front axle is approaching scrap price and steering boxes are readily available and not too expensive for a reman. If you are doing your own work, and the dash harness is an early one, you are looking at ~$4k in parts with things like steering lines and the proper LHD defender steering arm to drag link bracket. Short of a real beater, you should see that money back. If you are paying for labor, you might lose a little bit of money, but it is so worth it as driving RHD is less safe in my view.
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Good LHD dash assemblies sell for ~$3k. A LHD disco front axle is approaching scrap price and steering boxes are readily available and not too expensive for a reman. If you are doing your own work, and the dash harness is an early one, you are looking at ~$4k in parts with things like steering lines and the proper LHD defender steering arm to drag link bracket. Short of a real beater, you should see that money back. If you are paying for labor, you might lose a little bit of money, but it is so worth it as driving RHD is less safe in my view.
Exactly... Well put. Dash and heater parts are the most expensive.
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Interesting topic. I just bought an '85 110 with RHD. The RHD is a different in the US and speaks to it's origins - at least to me. I actually prefer it because it is not something you see or drive every day.
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Don't you think that will be offset by those buyers who don't want a RHD rig & will prefer LHD?
doesn't really matter what i think. only the data point that I wouldn't but a converted truck ..
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