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Beginnings 72 Coupe Resto
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Finally got around to getting some photos of my midlife crisis part 2 project sorted.

After buying the vehicle a few months ago on a whim and getting it past the wife who seems to like it so far my initial excitement is somewhat subdued by the enormity(including cost!) of what is ahead although I'm sure many have been there before. Hopefully the missus doesn't get wind of the cost!

Being a garden variety coupe this will not be a concours restoration or a show car but a restoration of sorts with a few modifications.
At the moment will be replacing the cowl panels and both side floor pans - see pics below

My main problem is going to be sorting out the rough incomplete RHD conversion and getting it through the engineering/registration process
At this stage I will have to ditch the Falcon steering set up and install a RHD RRS power rack & pinion
Main reason is PO hasn't installed it correctly and I don't have the skills to modify the chassis or get the geometry right
Much easier albeit costly to go with the rack set up

Okay here are some pics below
   
Front view with panels removed
   
Rear view
   
RH firewall mess from PO
   
Left side of cowl rust
   
Underside of left cowl
   
upper cowl removed showing lower cowl
   
upper cowl - many spot welds!
   
Underside of left lower cowl showing new non air con cowl
   
lower cowl - note 2 air con brackets
   
view of the rusty floor
   
this is why you should remove seat platforms - yuck!

Will update with more pics but better get back to work


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#2
I thought they changed the law in oz so that you could drive a left hand car if 25 years or older?
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red351;286166 Wrote:I thought they changed the law in oz so that you could drive a left hand car if 25 years or older?


Yes they did but if you want a daily driver the LHD car is just a bit harder to live with so there is still some reasons to have a RHD conversion.

I think Ozcoupe has bought the car with a partial RHD conversion commenced and no doubt got it pretty cheap as a result thumb
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Hux;286177 Wrote:
red351;286166 Wrote:I thought they changed the law in oz so that you could drive a left hand car if 25 years or older?


Yes they did but if you want a daily driver the LHD car is just a bit harder to live with so there is still some reasons to have a RHD conversion.

I think Ozcoupe has bought the car with a partial RHD conversion commenced and no doubt got it pretty cheap as a result thumb

You're spot on I bought it RHD partly completed but badly done. Too late to put back to LHD now and too much work.
Seems it was several owners previous that started the conversion but gave up so hopefully I can get this done but will be a massive challenge!
I have a big job ahead of me trying to sort out the steering and brakes set up so it all works.
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Been busy last couple of months replacing floors, redoing firewall sections and replacing cowl panel among other things.
Finally got all the RHD stuff to line up including having to modify the original Mustang pedal box with a section of Aussie falcon box plus it was better to use the falcon pedal which matched the falcon booster for travel. Went for the RRS RHD power rack & pinion which is a bolt in fit (only had to drill some holes) which although expensive was far better than the unknown steering setup that came with the car and I'm no expert at steering geometry anyways.
Anyway back to work and a few pics below. Mick
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Hi Mick,

thumb   Good work  thumb
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#7
You are going to have a clearance problems with the wiper linkage on the driver's side. It needs room in the vent bowl. I made that mistake and spent a frustrating time trying to 'clearance' with a long punch and hammer after the cowl was all back together. I would cut out the bowl and cover it flush.

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(03-13-2017, 03:02 PM)computercarguy Wrote: You are going to have a clearance problems with the wiper linkage on the driver's side.  It needs room in the vent bowl. I made that mistake and spent a frustrating time trying to 'clearance' with a long punch and hammer after the cowl was all back together. I would cut out the bowl and cover it flush.

Thanks for the tip. I'm not sure if I will have problems yet but will check the wiper linkages before welding in the top cowl. The covers I made for the vents are the same size as the vents so don't see how they would get in the way? Perhaps you mean the pivot partially sits in the bowl? If this is the case then you are right and I will just remove the riveted cover I made and make a cover for the lower part of the bowl. Some people doing RHD conversions have radically altered the cowl by moving the wiper motor across to the right but from what I gather from others is they just modify or extend the right side wiper arm. I'll stick with the modified wiper arm. Regardless it won't be easy! Cheers Mick
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Probably wouldn't be a bad idea to assemmble the linkage and just set the upper cowl in place. Don't forget to work it back and forth. I think it needs almost 1/2 inch into the bowl. Just the drivers side.

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(03-13-2017, 06:29 PM)computercarguy Wrote: Probably wouldn't be a bad idea to assemmble the linkage and just set the upper cowl in place. Don't forget to work it back and forth. I think it needs almost 1/2 inch into the bowl. Just the drivers side.


No worries i will do this. Not sure if I would have checked all this and probably would have just got excited to get the upper cowl welded in.
Luckily for me this forum has vigilant members who have been down this road and this is one less mistake i will make on this journey.
Thanks again!
By the way did you put in a new cowl non a/c into a/c vehicle? I think Dynacorn is releasing an a/c cowl soon but only differences I can see is one vent blocked on a/c type and if using factory air you will need to use brackets from your old cowl.
I'll be using an Old Air air con kit hence blocking both vents.
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