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Hi everyone,

I'm in the middle of buying a LHD split bus project which I've asked them to convert to RHD before shipping. Is this a mistake? Probably a lot of work and may de-value the bus?

Help?

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The loading doors will be on the wrong side.

It might be risky asking someone you don't know to do major surgery for you. It might be better to get it done here. Or drive it first to see if it's worth the hassle.
 

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Thanks Pete.

I think I'll keep it LHD - not like i'll be overtaking much anyway. I have mega cheap labour out there but not necessarily air cooled specialists!! Anything worth getting them to do prior to shipping? I was thinking of a custom roof rack?
 

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Mines a Lefty - imported from US a few months ago, I had a bit of a worry before buying her, but now I wouldn't change it for the world. I've driven lefties before (mostly abroad though, that was the main source of my early worries) so I knew I could do it - it was just the issue of doing it on UK roads.

Needn't have worried, take some time to get your mirrors set up properly - even if you think you are taking too long about it - and take it easy the first few trips. You'll no doubt attempt to open the door on a couple of gear changes (sometimes the left hand just insists on reacting when your brain says change gear!:D).

If it's a camper/kombi then the windows on the right hand side mean you don't need to be blind when you come to a roundabout.

For me it enhances rather than detracts from the experience of owning something just that little bit more different. Plus the fact you can put a kid (if you've got one - if not I'll lend you mine!;)) in the front on the "drivers side" and watch the look of horror on the face of the guy next to you at the lights as a minor piles off in a 40+ year old bus!!

Joking aside - unless you know the guys importing are going to do a great job I'd stick with the lefty - there is a whole heap of work involved - from a mental checklist I got...

Cab Floor modification (new holes making and old ones fixing)
Suspension (not sure if steering box mount are ambidextrous?)
Steering box (new one) - new RHD ones are rarer!
Brake pedal and master cyl relocating (and re-piping)
Clutch pedal and cable relocating and re-routing
Accelerator Pedal relocating and re-routing cable
LHD dash taking out
RHD dash putting in
re-routing of all the electricals and switchgear from left to right
swapping over "driver" and "bench" seat mounts etc.
:eek:

Daresay someone will correct me if I've missed something...

Then after all that lovely work - no matter how well it's done some know-it-all will know it's a conversion in about 2 milliseconds 'cos, as pete says above, the cargo doors will be on the wrong side!:rolleyes:

My twopenneth - keep it as a lefty or wait and spend the extra brass you'd have spent on the conversion on a RHD from South Africa or Australia if you're looking to avoid the devil tin worm!
 

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Yep - I'd agree with that - Just about to hit Wolfsburg West with an order for about $1000/£500... it's even worth laying the shipping!
 
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