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PostPosted: Thu Sep 03, 2020 12:57 pm    Post subject: RHD conversion Reply with quote

What is needed for a RHD conversion? Is it just the pedals and dash, or do I need anything from the front beam?
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 03, 2020 2:18 pm    Post subject: Re: RHD conversion Reply with quote

the wiring loom might need to be extended/relocated, the steering damper bracket on the beam will need relocating. The pitman arm needs to be swapped as will IIRC the steering damper itself and possibly the track rods. You will also need a reinforcing plate for the pedal to floor mounts
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 03, 2020 2:28 pm    Post subject: Re: RHD conversion Reply with quote

Don't forget door mirror!
I think the interior mirror can just be spun 180 degrees.
You may want an armrest on the now-driver side, too.
And brake lines, of course.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 03, 2020 4:30 pm    Post subject: Re: RHD conversion Reply with quote

marklee is pretty much on the mark, but I would think that the steering damper is universal, only the mounting point needs to be cut off and re-welded on the opposite side.

There were a number of changes over the years and you didn't specify the model, so you need to look at OACDP documentation and look for differences between LHD and RHD models.

http://oacdp.org/type1part.html

It is all do-able but you will need to start searching for RHD pedals as these can be difficult to source. Parts for RHD pedals are more difficult to find e.g. bushes especially at the moment where shipping from overseas locations seems to be problematic.

I can help with photos or measurements if you need more help.

Edit: mine is off a '68 Euro spec with standard discs not drums but that should not complicae the issue for you.

Here's a photo of mine in re-assembly.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 04, 2020 1:06 am    Post subject: Re: RHD conversion Reply with quote

can I ask why?
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 04, 2020 2:41 am    Post subject: Re: RHD conversion Reply with quote

finster wrote:
can I ask why?

Nein! Das ist verboten! Shame on you Laughing

I was kinda curious myself. Figure one would probably need a donor car to get most of the needed parts. Speaking of which, I believe I recall reading that the master cylinder is also different for RHD cars if one is considering dual circuit; the ports for the brake light switches are on the opposite side.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 04, 2020 2:50 am    Post subject: Re: RHD conversion Reply with quote

RHD masters are available from Heritage VW in the UK. Try and get the ATE one.

https://www.heritagepartscentre.com/uk/
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 04, 2020 1:37 pm    Post subject: Re: RHD conversion Reply with quote

I just picked up a trashed 61 beetle that is RHD, I just want to get the parts I need and scrap the rest. I dont want to toss anything that may be needed.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 04, 2020 2:02 pm    Post subject: Re: RHD conversion Reply with quote

Looks like the glove compartment is RHD specific as well, but maybe folks consider that to part of the dash.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 04, 2020 3:00 pm    Post subject: Re: RHD conversion Reply with quote

finster wrote:
can I ask why?

There's only one reason: to be different. Unfortch a lot of Bugs get hacked for this reason, most of the RHD conversions I've seen over the years are uncompleted hack-jobs. Perhaps one done nicely would look nice.

Edit: I came to my senses and deleted some off-topic blather Wink


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 04, 2020 3:01 pm    Post subject: Re: RHD conversion Reply with quote

You need the pitman arm and tie rods. It would be easiest to grab the front beam to get measurements for the exact location of the steering box and damper. The steering is not quite a mirror image on LH and RH cars.

Then there is the frame mods for the RH pedal cluster and master cylinder. Also grab the passenger side foot rest, if available.
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