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Dear Knowledgable lot out there. I'll apologise first for the lengthy explanation and the shock as you all read the thread title. Ok I admit I'm a newbie with AO but I need your help. I have a little bit of a conundrum. I am sadly due to leave these fair shores to begin life in Stockholm Sweden with my soon to be engaged partner (it will all become clear), but having worked bleedin hard to be able to afford a GT JTD (in what I believe is the best colour of Ivory Mist with Tan Momo! ;) ) I have a choice to make. I have owned the car for 4 years and become very attached as well as broke on the depreciation. I tried advertising said car with minimal interest for an immaculate model with 42k blah blah for 8.5k, anyway got bored of tyre kickers and silly offers. So, the obvious choice is to keep it. Now I could, obviously, before you all reply, just take the RHD with me and that would be that. But as there are so many interchangable parts I had the bright idea of changing the dashboard and steering/ pedals etc to a LHD from parts off a breakers GT in Holland etc. My train of thought was that as i'd end up giving it away and left hookers seem to be going for silly money (even more if you buy new) and the fact that Alfa dealers wouldn't get me a new LHD (well Donalds in Peterborough gave me some **** and bull about EU law but just may be Alfa UK not wanting to import) I thought I'd save some dosh, (hence the extra money is needed for the flippin ring as mentioned initially!) and convert it myself/ take it somewhere for the conversion depending on cost. Whats everyones opinion on this approach? stupid idea? is it too costly, time consuming or parts are not interchangable etc? should I cut my losses and save up for 25% VAT in Sweden on a new one! Many thanks +ve/ -ve feedback welcomed.
 

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For what it may cost to convert the car it may be cheaper to buy a LHD one is Sweden. However I like your thinking on not wanting to give up on your beloved car. Sorry I can't be of more help but I would love to follow a LHD conversion on here if you went through with it. Good luck :)
 

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Thanks Skell18. I'll be honest after writing the post last night I was awake in bed thinking about all the ancillary bits and pieces and the task became more "challenging" (read daunting) I forgot about the electrics for the door/windows/switches need changing aswell and fitting a new loom may not be that easy. However I do think it can be done chaper than buying another one as long as I can find the parts in say Holland (easier as I work over there). Not many Alfas in Sweden especially GT's (maybe the harsh winters ;-) ). Finding another £10k after selling mine doesn't seem an option. Don't really want to have to buy a focuzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz (even if they do handle ok).
Anyway come on chaps someone must have some thorough knowledge on the subject!
 

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Hi just a thought but have you tried sourcing a LHD in the UK which would be cheaper and then taking that with you? There are a couple of specialists who do sell Left hookers in the UK.

Out of interest i drove a LHD Audi TT for a couple of years in the UK and you may find that you will soon get used to driving that in Sweden. That way it will cost you nothing

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David
 

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David, yeah I know fair point. I did take the car over to Nijmegen for a couple of years so have done the opposite of you and you're right it one does get used to it. I guess i'm looking for a project and dont want the hassle of the "reversing into car park" tolls:lol: Just thought someone might have some info really but guess by the looks of it i'll be estimating whether its work it on my own. It is loads of hassle and I did see a silver LHD GT JTD in the classifieds on an 05 plate recently but the cheeky LHD dealer wanted almost £22k which was just ridiculous. I could of course source one over there but then you dont know the history etc and I really do like mine in the colour it is and havent seen that many. Anyway I'll keep people posted on the possibility of the "project" and if I go ahead then i'll blogsvilleusa on AO to show the hassle factor (incl the skinned knuckles pics :cheese:
 

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I seem to remember this issue was discussed on here last year - although for some strange reason it was in relation to a BMW someone wanted to convert.

A few people who seemed to know what they were talking about guestimated it would cost at least £8k to do in parts and labour - even assuming you could find someone who could do it properly - and even then it probably wouldn't be very satisfactory.
 

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Thanks Quadro, I'll be honest was thinking about doing it myself but even so I s'pose its lots of hassle. Didn't think the parts would be so expensive If I could find one in a breakers overseas. I'll have a ring round in Holland when I'm over there tomorrow. Still I appreciate your advice and at least I've got a usable reply with some figures! cheers :thumbs:
 

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We have converted many over the years,it is not easy for diy and especially if it is a road car.Food for thought.........at the right handside of the bulkhead you are going to be left with a big hole and at the left handside you have to cut a big hole and graft the panel from the left hooker,but before you do all that you have to totaly empty the engine bay and the interior of the car.
Do you want me to carry on?:)
All the wiring loom-front to back is different,dash,steering rack,pedal box,abs,cylinders,switches,lights,seats,etc,etc.:(
 

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If you do decide on doing it or want to kit out your new alfa if you buy one i will be more than happy to order and post parts :)

Thanks

Jason Hill
 
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