Downunder '81 Berlinetta RHD

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

  1. Liam Beale

    Liam Beale Member

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    Hi! The Big D, Automotive Central? :D
     
  2. Liam Beale

    Liam Beale Member

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    Yes apparently there were a few chain link conversions back in the day, the old man was saying. Said it scared him shitless when I told him it was RHD converted until he saw the way it was done.
    Wants me to digitally map the front suspension using a hand held CMM machine to check it against a mirror of the LHD specs. Think the old tape measure might have to do for now...
     
  3. Da-bigguy

    Da-bigguy Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    It would be nice to get a nice digital map of the front end but can see that probably isn't really required for our cars. I think a tape measure would give accurate enough measurements considering the level of accuracy that was available when they were built.
     
  4. Liam Beale

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    My thoughts entirely. Very excited to have these dimensions, it gives me a starting point now.

    I will have to update when the front end is reassembled and measured :)
     
  5. Burd

    Burd Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    theres a guy Big Rob at my place from Aus, he's got a 79 RHD T/A, I can't remember where he lives, you guys can meet up.


    He's from Broulee, Aus.
     
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  6. australian z28

    australian z28 New Member

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    Hi Liam , Da -Bigguy and Burd ,
    I haven't had my car out for a while , it has been HOT with above average temperatures here in Queensland (day time = 30 to 38 Celsius ) we live on a Brisbane suburb on the bay , car doesn't over heat but is really uncomfortable , this Friday is AUSTRALIA DAY , there is a car rally that we usually go to , depending if it rains , once again uncomfortable in a hot car with the windows up when it rains and don't like re cleaning before re garaging , if I go I will get a few photos to post , on Sunday the Chev Club are holding an All American car show , last year being the Camaro anniversary they had a line up of the various years , sorry didn't get any photos .
    Anyway Liam if I get the car out of the garage I could get a few photos of the front end if you still want , after that if you want specific photos of measurement we could arrange a time so I could get the car up on stands and communicate real time , the car is snug in my garage and to get it set up on stands will take a bit so if we bounce emails back and forth you could have the answers sorted on the one day, let me know?

    hey Burd , I have checked where Broulee is , may not drop in on your friend , his place is about fifteen hours drive away , may need to pack a lunch (ha ha), I am a member of the Australian Pontiac Club in Australia , there are heaps of Trans Am's compare to Camaro's in the second gen group in Australia, Firebirds and Mustangs are very popular in the Australian car scene .

    Since the influx of imported cars when the Australian dollar was strong a couple of years ago we have seen lots of different types come in , because you don't need to convert a car to RHD if it is over thirty years old it has opened up the American classic cars numbers , I have driven my friends 79 LHD Corvette a couple of times , it is an unusual feeling , alright on the highway but you really have to check before overtaking, I found I drove in the gutter / curb as I was afraid of hitting cars on the other side , one thing I find uncomfortable with my RHD car is that I think there is a bump in the foot well on the RH side front , I am a tall guy and find it cramped around the pedals area , not a lot of room if you are wearing boots , most of the time it is either or hot or mild on the cold side , we say you own one jumper / coat and you may only were it once or twice a year, the only snow we see in Queensland is when we open the fridge . Thongs (flip flops or jandels) are common if you are going on a social, I wear boots all day at work so the thongs come in handy in the cramped foot well of my Camaro , ie you kick them of , problem solved.

    anyway nice chatting with you , Wayne
     
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  7. Burd

    Burd Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Jeff(Aussietata) lives in Lilydale Victoria. He has a 79 10th anniversary. I think he in the Pontiac club there, he came here to see the Woodward Dreamcruise a few years back.
    I have a buddy also with a Sandman , he lives in Toowoomba.
     
  8. Liam Beale

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    Hi Wayne! i am just after some photos of your idler and pitman arms, and of the drag link please :) Your specifications have gone a long way - once the front end is back together I will measure it up.
    Yes foot well is very cramped. I think because the engine is off center to the right, makes the passenger have a lot of room and comfort in our style cars :)
     
  9. australian z28

    australian z28 New Member

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    hi Liam
    I have been out yesterday for a drive in my Camaro , I have taken a couple of photos but as discussed when you are close let me know so I can get car on stand and get more comprehensive photos as you require

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  10. budro6968

    budro6968 Veteran Member

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    I just read the whole thread sort of backwards. That is a lot of work. I was thinking of how you got registered B/C of the firewall being modified. The confidential VIN must have been destroyed or moved which here is a no no. Just curious as to what was done about that. Very interesting story.
     

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