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Old 01-10-2017, 08:12 PM
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LHD to RHD conversion specialists

Hi there, I'm new to Z ownership and I have looked all around this forum trying to find info about conversions but can't. Sorry if this has been asked many times before but:

Who in the UK (preferably north but will go anywhere for good job) specialises in doing LHD to RHD conversions complete with all the bits like dashboard etc.?

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Old 01-10-2017, 08:13 PM
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a member on here makes all the panels, you could drop him a pm to see if he'd do it.
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Old 01-10-2017, 08:28 PM
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Who in the UK (preferably north but will go anywhere for good job) specialises in doing LHD to RHD conversions complete with all the bits like dashboard etc.?

Thanks in adavnce.
Andy
In short, no one

The parts for the conversion are not easy to come by these days, and it takes time to do properly, read expensive!

People can spend many months amassing the right parts, its not as simple as it might first appear

That said, as Franky mentioned, there is someone re-manufacturing some of the panels which helps enormously, but you need more than that, for example...

steering rack, wiper linkage, scuttle panel, throttle linkage/parts etc etc
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Old 01-10-2017, 09:54 PM
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Any competent classic garage 'should' be able to do it ... but how deep are your pockets? They won't have a clue where to start though ... but plenty are doing it now and plenty have done it before ... not sure there's a comprehensive write-up though anywhere on what it all entails.

MZR in Bradford (that's oop north) work on Zs, but whether they'd do it I have no idea - not sure whether their restored cars are originally RHD or LHD. But again, it's second mortgage time. After after you've done it all and paid for it, you might as well have bought a RHD one in the first place!
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Old 01-10-2017, 10:17 PM
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Any competent classic garage 'should' be able to do it ... but how deep are your pockets? They won't have a clue where to start though ... but plenty are doing it now and plenty have done it before ... not sure there's a comprehensive write-up though anywhere on what it all entails.

MZR in Bradford (that's oop north) work on Zs, but whether they'd do it I have no idea - not sure whether their restored cars are originally RHD or LHD. But again, it's second mortgage time. After after you've done it all and paid for it, you might as well have bought a RHD one in the first place!
After he's done it he should have left it LHD.

If you're yorkshire way, MZR would be the best place by far.
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Old 02-10-2017, 07:23 AM
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I'd be willing to help after I've finished my restoration. Probably in a month or so?

Not done one before but know what needs to be done and would be a fun project. Plus I'm tempted to do another in the future for myself.

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Old 02-10-2017, 07:54 AM
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If you're not familiar with the current talks in the pipeline with respects to how modified classics will be treated in the UK it may be worth waiting to see what transpires in the coming months with respects to the new BIVA rules...it may be fine but worth keeping an eye on before you commence your project.
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Old 02-10-2017, 08:06 AM
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If you're not familiar with the current talks in the pipeline with respects to how modified classics will be treated in the UK it may be worth waiting to see what transpires in the coming months with respects to the new BIVA rules...it may be fine but worth keeping an eye on before you commence your project.
Good point.

However if conversions like 'left to right' are of concern then a lot of people in the Classic world are going to be affected and it will be a nightmare for the authorities.
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Old 02-10-2017, 08:27 AM
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I'm in the process of converting a LHD 280z to RHD and I don't consider it that difficult. I have just started though and I'm sure I come up against numerous little issues. So far I've installed a new plate for the brakes and steering colum, fitted the pedal box and steering then test fitted the dash to make sure everything is in the right position. As my car will be quite modified I'm not concerned at all about originality or it looking factory it has simplified the job. I'm planning to do another car shortly but this will be more factory looking. I must add that this is certainly not a job I would do on someone else's car as there are too many decisions to make on how to things are done. I can see this job being very time consuming and expensive for a customer that want everything finished to look factory.
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Old 02-10-2017, 08:48 AM
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I'm in the process of converting a LHD 280z to RHD and I don't consider it that difficult. I have just started though and I'm sure I come up against numerous little issues. So far I've installed a new plate for the brakes and steering colum, fitted the pedal box and steering then test fitted the dash to make sure everything is in the right position. As my car will be quite modified I'm not concerned at all about originality or it looking factory it has simplified the job. I'm planning to do another car shortly but this will be more factory looking. I must add that this is certainly not a job I would do on someone else's car as there are too many decisions to make on how to things are done. I can see this job being very time consuming and expensive for a customer that want everything finished to look factory.

Would it be possible to list what you can move and what you need to aquire?
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Old 02-10-2017, 09:28 AM
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Good point.

However if conversions like 'left to right' are of concern then a lot of people in the Classic world are going to be affected and it will be a nightmare for the authorities.
I would also suggest that there's a good argument to say that the conversion of a Z is non-structural as it can be done without chopping the bulkhead about; most of the changes involve removing and adding/shifting spot-welded components (with the exception of drilling the steering and master cylinder holes and welding up their LHD equivalents), rather than interfering with the structural integrity of the bulkhead, which is what sets off the DVLA.

Alternatively, Woody's complete bulkheads offer another solution that retains total structural integrity and factory correct look. Any DVLA entanglements (in the rare likelihood that it got flagged, which could only be through self-incrimination as it would look original) can be rationalised by the fact that repairs are allowed to shells. As it happens, my project, which will be RHD converted, has rust damage to the bulkhead in the battery tray area (unfortunately I discovered evidence of perforations yesterday), so if I went down the route of bulkhead replacement, there is a demonstrable justification. Under the points system, you might lose 2 for switching left to right; the aim is to not lose the 5 for the body shell.

Some cars require much more chopping and reshaping and run a risk of being flagged IF caught (Porsche 911 guys are worried for a start). And that is the thing - as with all British bureaucracy, volunteer the bare minimum of information to them and certainly don't proactively ask questions, lest you bring a world of unnecessary hurt down upon yourself and other owners!

I continue to obsess and read over this whole MOT change issue, and tbh, I can see a good likelihood (hopefully) that what will happen will be that for the majority it will just be a case of requiring an MOT to tax if you declared your car modified. There will be so many owners ticking that option that it will not be viable for the DVLA to pursue everyone for clarification. They don't have the time and resources. Thus, it will become a non-issue, unless someone is really obviously taking the pi55 or they engage in random spot checks.
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Old 02-10-2017, 09:48 AM
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MZR in Bradford (that's oop north) work on Zs, but whether they'd do it I have no idea - not sure whether their restored cars are originally RHD or LHD.

But again, it's second mortgage time.

After after you've done it all and paid for it, you might as well have bought a RHD one in the first place!
Except that an original UK market car will have been patched over the years.
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Not all,still a few about but as some people are hell bent on originality it shouldn't matter,but then where do you draw the line on that one
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Old 02-10-2017, 12:00 PM
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Except that an original UK market car will have been patched over the years.
Largest RHD market? Japan.

If you really *must* have an original RHD S30-series Z, at some point Japan becomes a potential source.
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Old 02-10-2017, 12:08 PM
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Largest RHD market? Japan.

If you really *must* have an original RHD S30-series Z, at some point Japan becomes a potential source.
At some point, cost must also become a factor - purchase*, shipping and customs.

*those that come up in auctions you have previously stated can be dogs so needs to be a referred and confirmed good quality purchase.
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