Right then, I have just bought a lhd 33 and want to use my rhd donor car to convert it. How easy or hard will this be. The wiring and dash I'm not too worried about, I have the pedal box also. My main concern is if any cutting of the shell is required, any advice gladly accepted.
You will need to do some cutting on the shell as many components will be on the opposite side.
You'll need a hole for the steering rack, pedal box/servo, and for the main wiring loom. You'll also need a slot for brake pipes from the master cylinder and will need to transfer the fuel filter bracket to the other side and also the battery mountings I think. You'll also need to install some captive nuts on the opposite side of the area behind the dashboard for the steering column assembly to attach to.
Presumably you have all the wiring and stuff to transfer from the RHD car? The engine loom for LHD cars is different as it goes the opposite way round and is not transferrable for RHD.
I don't think it should be too bad a job as you have both LHD and RHD cars to use as a reference but you'll need to be very accurate with cutting the holes.
Having thought about it you won't need to swap the fuel filter bracket over as its on the same side for both LHD and RHD.
Don't forget that you'll also need to swap the headlights (beams will dip the opposite way) and also the rear lights (fog lamp and reversing lamp are on opposite sides). The main wiring looms are actually different as the wires which go to fog/reversing lamps are different lengths (easily modified though), there may also be some other differences between the LHD and RHD looms.
You'll also need to swap the boot release over to the other side but it should be pretty simple, if I remember correctly the square holes for the captive nuts are on both sides of the shell
I think your conversion will require stripping both cars quite extensively in order to swap the stuff over. Its all fairly straightforward but probably quite time consuming.
Fog lights should be easy to swap over. I had to swap the feeds over when I registered a lhd 33 in the UK.
RHD carpets have the reinforcement on the other footwell. Mirrors will need swapping over. Interior door handles will need playing with to keep 2 electric window switches on the drivers door. Grab handle will need moving on the roof (drivers side doesn't have one normally). None of these are major issues, just things to remember.
All valid points lads, a lot of which I hadn't thought of! Either way the right hooker will be gettin stripped over the summer so I'll be able to gauge how much effort it will be.
First priorities are to get my 1.6 engine in and the respray done. Also want to enjoy it a bit before I pull it apart!