Downunder '81 Berlinetta RHD

Discussion in 'Project Progress' started by Liam Beale, May 24, 2017.

  1. australian z28

    australian z28 New Member

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    hi Liam

    I will try to get some photos , the car was converted by a guy strangely enough from our neighbouring suburb , it was done years ago , late 80's if I remember right , I ran into him at a car show about two years after getting the car , he said that he had owned the car and done the RHD conversion , I asked if he had any paperwork relating to the work done and certificates as I had nothing , it has the BLUE plate attached from Queensland Transport which had been enough to re register the car during its life , long story short he passed all the paperwork over to me which includes a certified drawing of the drag link which had to be cut , welded , X-Rayed and certified ,because the car drove straight and worked without issue (drifted a bit over the road )I didn't look into it that much, a few years ago I discovered the bushes were shagged out on the drag link when I done my front end up , I had bought a tube style A arms front end from a swap meet , changed my mind as smaller springs were needed to be made , put in the too hard basket , I raised the car a couple of inches as it wouldn't go over speed bumps without dragging the exhaust, I had the dilemma trying to find another and being told it was a one off , Pedders Suspension gave me a number to contact a guy who filled my exsisting units with resin type which can still be greased etc , I asked what life expectance would be , suggested 10years normal use .
    As I said I only tinker but a good friend helps with major mechanical repairs , he is a mechanic and has built three hot rods since I have known him , his explanation on Geometry to do with suspension as we done my car was informative , he is away for the week and it will take me a while to find the drag link plans , but can you run down all the issues you are having so I can ask him what he thinks ,
    next time I get the car out I will get under it and get photos and a number from the pitman arm if possible , and you can tell met the point to and from that you want measured , from your photos I can see similarity , I am still running manifold which seems to be more crowded than your extractors , you have done heaps more to your car than what I have done , mine was a love at first sight and have done bits along the way as time and money permits , house , family other projects
    thanks Wayne
     
  2. australian z28

    australian z28 New Member

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    Hi Liam
    took me 3 or 4 hours but I found my folder with documents relating to my Camaro , my conversion moved the heater and brake booster to opposite side , interested to know how your steering works and how the brake pedal pushes the booster , I have heard of cars using a bike chain set up , I had issues with the dash cluster when I got my car , car ran but , indicators and lights worked but the gauges and speedo were not working , at the time I worked for an auto wholesaler , their company had mechanics , auto electrician and aircon specialist ,at the time we found that the wiring had dropped down on the exhaust and shorted the wiring out , I used VDO after market speedo , tacho and gauges , my brother in law made a stainless steel back and then started one wire at a time to get the electrics sorted , none of the cruise or trick things work so car is seventies technology which suits me , I also had to hook up a micro switch on the reverse safety switch to get my reversing lights to work, I have included photos of plans , there is two page one with different dimensions , not sure why or which one is the right one to suit my car, will get some photos later
    thanks Wayne


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    IMG_2769.JPG page two , power steer mounts

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  3. Da-bigguy

    Da-bigguy Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    I could have used those drawings a number of years ago when I was planning on making my 71 a RHD car just to mess with people's heads as I drove it around!
     
  4. australian z28

    australian z28 New Member

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    because laws in Australia permit imported cars over thirty years old are able to stay LHD , people who are unfamiliar with the ins and outs of the car scene (BUT adore unusual cars ) get spun out when the see the a person on the right hand side ( our normal drivers side) firstly not having there hands on a steer wheel than not seeing any steering wheel , takes a second or so to realise what is hap,one of my friends has a79 LHD corvette , I always wanted to prank people while going down the free way with the passenger having a spare steering wheel then lifting it out above there head , my morbid sense of humour I suppose , I also have a 59 VW Baja and have had kids come up to me asking where the engine is when I have the bonnet up when filling up , they don't believe you and when you take them to the back to show them.
    regards Wayne

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  5. Da-bigguy

    Da-bigguy Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Love the bug for Halloween! I always thought it would be cool to freak everyone out with a RHD Camaro back home when I was younger and I even managed to order a template pattern to make the conversion from a company in New Zealand but unfortunately that disappeared many years ago and I've since decided that would be more work than I want to do at the moment. Maybe later on if I get another Camaro project car when my current one is finished I will consider doing it to that one.
     
  6. australian z28

    australian z28 New Member

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    thanks for your appreciation for my Beetle , I have had it since 1989 , rebuilt it in 91 and then had to have it rebuilt after my wife lost it on a rainy morning six years ago when it spun and went backwards into a tree , got back after written off as an uneconomical repairable wreck , spent five years rebuilding it , mainly because I didn't want to do the work but was attached emotionally, got it a point where I am happy with last year , great to have it finished and drive it around , how we have to chose which to take out , Camaro for cool or VW for cute .
    Wasn't my intention to spend time and money on the VW when I bought my Camaro in 2008 , I have a daughter in final year of high school next year so when she is off to University and not draining my finances I will put some money into it.

    Re RHD not sure what set up Downunder'81 has with his conversion , my conversion has everything on right put to the left and vice versa , firewall has been cut and welded , than all the bits set to work on the right side, from the photos posted the brake booster and heater set up is still same as it was originally LHD with the steering set on the right hand side , I have heard of some conversions using chain and cogs here in Australia but haven't seen any as most of the mods are hidden behind the dash .

    I put aftermarket gauges to replace original dash as the electrics were fried after cluster had dropped onto the exhaust before I bought it , the car is strong and reasonable rust free for its age but had been neglected , I have replaced most of the bolt on stuff for the engine , polished paint and bit of interior .
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  7. Da-bigguy

    Da-bigguy Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    I got the idea to do a RHD Camaro after watching the movie 'Corvette Summer', Mark Hamill's second starring role, after he did Star Wars if memory serves me. I don't know if you've ever seen that movie but they redid an early 70s Corvette into a pretty wild street machine, complete with a RHD to 'cruise the chicks on the sidewalks' and I thought that was pretty cool! Years later, I found out how they actually did and was pretty horrified at the shoddy work but then again it was for the movies. They basically used a bicycle chain to connect the steering wheel that they moved over to the original steering box on the left.
     
  8. Burd

    Burd Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Welcome from the D
    I don't think I've ever seen a RHD Camaro, I know a few that has Birds down under.
     
  9. Liam Beale

    Liam Beale Member

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    Wayne! Thank you SO MUCH!

    This is awesome material! Perfect!!
    Heater unit has been raised and is still on RHS of car. Brake booster remains on LHS with a 1" rod connecting the brake pedal to the booster. Works very well.

    I must've missed the email saying there was replies to my thread :)

    Car is up on stands at the moment, with all my parts arriving from the USA over New Years. LHS control arms are stripped down, and have got the new lower with poly bushings installed. I am wanting to get some SC and C adjustable upper arms. Have been hearing good things on the forum, but has anyone actually used them first hand? I want to get rid of the shims completely as I want as much wriggle room around the lower int shaft as possible.

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  10. Liam Beale

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