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Antonnick
October 27, 2017, 10:33am Report to Moderator


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During the winter months and as part of my 13/60 convertible rust bucket Restauration, I want to convert it to LHD.

I have come across a Problem with the steering column clamp attachment. Referring to theexploded view, part 34 Bracket  ( page 4-208 in the Workshop Manual and fig 11.10 on page 179 in the Haynes Manual) is bolted to a steel Piece just under the demister. This steel Piece is fixed to the main Body but seems to either be an invisible welded bit or perhaps rivetted in some way. I Need this bit on the LHS.

Before I try to cut it or drill it out  I wanted to ask if anyone is in the know about how it is fixed?


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Mark Hammond
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Hi I have (a very long time ago) converted a LHD 13/60 to RHD.  I was lucky enough to obtain a NOS bulkhead (virtually given to me by my local Triumph Dealer), and I bought a second hand dash and steering rack from a breakers.  IIRC this is all you need (apart from a locking button for the door on the new driver's side)!  This is the easiest way forward as the pedals and the battery need swapping sides and all the metal-work is wrong and difficult to alter.  Some of the wiring will need to be extended but the job isn't hard.  The only giveaways on mine were the heel mat was on the wrong side and the RH sun visor still had a mirror in it!  Incidentally, that car (ONK339P) is still around and owned by a CT member.  I think that 2 of us did the conversion over a weekend.

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Antonnick
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Do you still have the old bulkhead ?????   >

Perhaps I should do an online build thread? - it certainly will take me, even with help, more than a Weekend to do. It is more than likely help will be needed from the Forum.

I did some work  this afternoon cutting out the battery cradle and temporary removing the coil. The battery cradle where it was, presumably, welded to the Body was completley rusted. So I have cut out two rectangulat holes ready for welding. Fortunately where the battery used to sit and where the clutch and brake pedals will go, is nice and solid and after cleaning up will look OK.

Pictures are better than words - I will see if I am able to upload Pictures - here as a test  if it works,  is one of the interior



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Early nineties, my brother, a friend and myself were on a mission to London to pick up a mint Hillman Imp for 1100 pounds. On the way back to the ferry we saw a fairly rusty 13/60 convertible for sale. The owner accepted 300 pounds and off we went. Had a hard time getting in time for the ferry as the engine was making lots of noises and broke down two times. Not sure how we made it home but one of the first thing done to that poor Herald was to exchange the engine for a better one. A month or so later my brother changed it to LHD using an old scrap dash. Did that in my garage and I am sure no welding was needed.
He sold the Herald some time later, I am not sure if it has survived as it was quite bad (rotten lower chassis near the diff mounting if I remember correctly).
The Imp - I also converted that to LHD and used it for a few years, then on a holiday in Wales nearly wrote it off when some idiot ran into the front end. I sold it, it got repaired and it still survives.


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Mark Hammond
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No, I threw the LHD bulkhead out.  It was around 40 years ago!   The car wasn’t that old at the time....

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Antonnick
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This is the Problem Piece. I have discovered that it is handed and does not readily make itself fit for the LHS. I think i will have to think up a Special solution using steel angle or something. In between times I have removed the brake and clutch cylinders as well as their respective foot pedal inside the car.and cleaned them up. Both platforms left and right Hand side have Surface rust to deal with as well as a previous over zealous coating of underseal. So a lot of scraping and grinding has been needed before coating in Fertan.



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Antonnick
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....and this was the metal bracket welded on (as arrowed) to which this Piece was bolted to on the RHS. I did think about cutting it out and rewelding on the LHS but due to the handed nature this is pointless - probably it would not be possible to cut it cleanly out anyway.



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Antonnick
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Some Progress, slow but sure and sometimes unsure.  First the RHS stripped of the clutch and brake mechanisms, accelerater pedal/cable and speedo.

The accelerator + cable has been reattached on the LHS even though there are supposed to be handed parts for These items. The facia has been given to my local Schreiner for making a new mirroe imaged one. The windscreen wiper Motor + rearboxI had taken off, cleaned up, regreased, painted and replaced.

If the battery is going to be positioned with the terminals facing the front then the cabling will have to be longar. Thus I would prefer to place the terminals to the rear i.e adjacent to the bulkhead and take care to insulate the positive terminal which would be at risk with a short circuit contact with the bonnet. I have seen picutes of other LHD models using both methods. I wonder which one was original?

Having treated the rust on the platform and scraped off the underbody seal which was splattered everywhere, it was then painted in White hammerite. The holes left from the clutch/brake mechanisms I intend to cover with GfK from the underneath.



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Antonnick
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Now the LHS with similar Treatment and the clutch mechanism just installed. Perhaps I should have made a Picture before , just to compare and see the improvement. I had to cut out the original battery cradle which left big holes in the platform. I have brazed 0,75mm steel cut to size to the openings.



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Bitumen Boy
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Quoted from Antonnick


If the battery is going to be positioned with the terminals facing the front then the cabling will have to be longar. Thus I would prefer to place the terminals to the rear i.e adjacent to the bulkhead and take care to insulate the positive terminal which would be at risk with a short circuit contact with the bonnet. I have seen picutes of other LHD models using both methods. I wonder which one was original?


My 1200 came with the battery terminals facing the front, but I made up some longer cables to have them facing the rear. My main concern was that they looked rather close for comfort to the battery retaining clamp, probably not a problem with the original Lucas type cable ends which were more compact but there can't be many cars around that still have those fitted.

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RobPearce
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I think the original fitment for all small chassis cars was with the terminals to the front, where (as Bitumen Boy says) they're rather close to the clamp. My three now all have 063 type batteries fitted (beefier then the 038 and cheaper too) which puts the terminals at the back. I've not had any trouble with the cable lengths but it helps to tweak the fitting of the clamps for easier orientation. Of course, if you're converting from RHD to LHD then you'll be making up new cables anyway, won't you?


Current fleet
1967 Vitesse 2L conv "Tessa"
1970 Spitfire Mk3 (project) "Toby"
1972 GT6 Mk3
Not enough time or space
Recently sold:
1972 2.5 PI estate "Harry" (gone to russell on here)
1973 Toledo 2-door "Spike" (gone to a club official)
Used to have:
1968 Vitesse 2L saloon
1980 Dolomite 1500
1977 Dolomite 1850
1980 Dolomite Sprint
1982 TR7 DHC Sprint
1975 2500S saloon
1971 Herald 13/60 Estate (with 1500 Spit engine)
1975 Stag
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Martin M
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Hi,
did the conversion recently.
The y-Piece is handed. LH or RH. You cannot just put the RH one to the LH side. Guess why I know, demisters will not fit. I was lucky to buy a LH one.
You have to "mirror" it or search a LH one.
It is connected with screws to the bracket welded to the windscreen frame.
Thus I drilled out the RH one and put it to the LH side after ´measuring a lot.
There is a LH bulkhead at present for sale in Germany.
BR
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Antonnick
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Hallo Martin - I had it in mind to heat up and rebend the Y Piece to make it suitable. Drilling out the welded bracket is an idea but where did you see that a LH bulkhead is for sale here?

Edit - I have found it in the Germany Forum, thanks.


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Martin M
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Hallo zurück,
I would not re- bend but make a new one. If you start bending the one you have, you lose the pattern.
I think it is as well possible to mount the stering column  to the dash (holes for LH are there), and then fabricating a sort of T-Piece that is then screwed to the upper part of the bulkhead. This welded bracket is not very solid, thus srews should do.
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Antonnick
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Hallo Martin - this was also my original Intention. First however, I Need to complete the Brakes Fittings and then fit the new steering rack cleaning and rustproofing as I go along........


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Antonnick
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Next Problem.

I have refitted or rahter put in Position the new steering rack I got from Rimmers. The grease nippel plug seems to be M7 thread - a very strange size, but that is by the way.

I really should have checked before I took the old unit off but now I have the "locating plates" which are bolted to the "U" bolt Arrangement in the Hand.

But I cannot tell from any of the exploded views or Pictures available whether These plates go on top of the flanges of the Chassis or indeed underneath.   The Manual makes it known that the distance between the flanges on the U-bolt Arrangement and that on the steering rack itself should be 3mm but how important this  Dimension is?

Can anyone enlighten me please?


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RobPearce
November 21, 2017, 3:51pm Report to Moderator

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The plates with the diagonal slots go underneath the chassis where the lateral slots are. The idea is to butt them against the folded down bit of the chassis to help hold the U-clamps in place.
The 3mm dimension is a maximum, really. My approach is to clamp the flanges together with mole grips to compress the rubbers on both sides (four grips used simultaneously) then tighten the clamps down to the book torque (having first slid both the diagonal-slot plates into place) before removing the grips.


Current fleet
1967 Vitesse 2L conv "Tessa"
1970 Spitfire Mk3 (project) "Toby"
1972 GT6 Mk3
Not enough time or space
Recently sold:
1972 2.5 PI estate "Harry" (gone to russell on here)
1973 Toledo 2-door "Spike" (gone to a club official)
Used to have:
1968 Vitesse 2L saloon
1980 Dolomite 1500
1977 Dolomite 1850
1980 Dolomite Sprint
1982 TR7 DHC Sprint
1975 2500S saloon
1971 Herald 13/60 Estate (with 1500 Spit engine)
1975 Stag
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Antonnick
November 21, 2017, 4:14pm Report to Moderator


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Many  many thanks - I will get on with it now


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Einar
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Have you solved the «Y-piece» issue? I ran into the same problem and extended the RH a bit with two simple flat iron around ½” wide and 1½”  - 2” long. Turned them into correct position, fitted them to the bracket just under the windscreen and tightened. That worked very well, however I located a LH-one after some years and changed it. Anyway, the (temporary) solution worked out very well. There are some pics of the LHD-conversion at this link, but not very informative according to details: http://vitesse.no/Garage%202006-2007.html


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Antonnick
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I have only solved the issue in my mind using steel tube etc, similar to the design for the 1200 Herald Version. But I am very grateful for the link to your on conversion which is so detailed and inspirational. At the Moment I am in China on Business for a few weeks so will not be able to do any more work for a while, perhaps no more this year  

I do not have the fixed attachments on the LHS but have thought about Fixing two steel angle pieces to bolt on to.

In any case, I am thinking about completely removing the whole facia in order to get better Access to the area.



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Einar
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I was in a bit «better» situation as the car was originally LHD (Swiss car) and converted to RHD when imported to UK during the early 90’s. The bracket/fixing attachment on the LHS was therefor still there. As far as I can remember I though “lucky me” as I did not need to weld on a new bracket. Further – as I remember – the facia need to be removed to get access to this. However, it is more than 10 years ago I did the conversion, so I do not remember it all. Good luck with your work, and just get in touch if you have question – I may be able to remember specific issues and provide help. However, apart from this welding/bracket issues (which I partly was save for) the conversion was straight forward – no major problems, just to calm down, take my time and be patient. FYI I also had the LHD facia and wooden plate from the previous owner – that also eased the conversion of course.


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Antonnick
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Hallo Eimar,

firstly greetings from China - and that is why it seems I am writing this at 3 o'clock in the morning! Before I left the snow behind in my village, I re-routed  (or tried to) the speedo cable . Because the attachment to the Gearbox is on the RHS, it seems the cable will not be Long enough. Did you have this Problem?


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RobPearce
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I think the speedo cable is different between LHD and RHD for exactly that reason.


Current fleet
1967 Vitesse 2L conv "Tessa"
1970 Spitfire Mk3 (project) "Toby"
1972 GT6 Mk3
Not enough time or space
Recently sold:
1972 2.5 PI estate "Harry" (gone to russell on here)
1973 Toledo 2-door "Spike" (gone to a club official)
Used to have:
1968 Vitesse 2L saloon
1980 Dolomite 1500
1977 Dolomite 1850
1980 Dolomite Sprint
1982 TR7 DHC Sprint
1975 2500S saloon
1971 Herald 13/60 Estate (with 1500 Spit engine)
1975 Stag
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Einar
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Hi, no I didn’t experience that problem. I was prepared to change this and some wiring, however I concluded – at that time - that they have kept the original LHD cables and wiring (when converted from LHD to RHD in the UK) – but not sure. Anyway – as far as I remember everything fitted very well – no need for any modifications. However, I recall that I got in touch with Rimmer or Canley classics but they replied that the speed cable were identical for LHD and RHD (hope I remember correct). I’ve changed the tacho cable to the distributor as it was far too long. I had it tailor made at Canley Classics. Maybe they can also tailor make the speedo cable – if necessary.


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Antonnick
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Is it so a Long time since I last posted? Certainly since I did any work. The original Problem of the steering Support has been resolved. I fabricated this from 0,75 mm steel sheet in the first pic  and then fitted it the bulkhead using rivets. Have reused the original bracket but cold bent the feet to get the right angle. Then the steering column in place. It seems to work and is very solid



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Antonnick
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A friend, who is a joiner made a new facia for me and I collected it yesterday. It uses the old one as a mirror Image template and he made it out of water resistant multiplex plywood. It is about 15mm thick. i made a quick Trial Fitting, just to see what it would look like and probably some trimming of the edges is necessary. Just to get an Impression of what it will look like , I put in the main instruments, including the professionally refurbed Speedometer, which now reads and records in km - so hopefully no more guessing when on the road.

Very pleased.....so far.




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Einar
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Good to see that you do progress with the LHD conversion


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Antonnick
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Here we are with the necessary components in Position and connected up.

I do not have the benefit of the complete dash Panel, pressed out of cardboad material so have been forced to improvise. I had cut most of the front out, leaving only the edgeswhich will Support the Fixing screws of the new solid wooden facia. The glove box I cut away fron the left side as carefully as possible and then cut out the aperture on the right side. It is glued in place using Gorilla Glue and once cured is as solid as anything - Needs painting though.




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Antonnick
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The facia is now also fixed in Position together with the instruments and Switches. Some modifications were needed due to the facia Wood being thicker than the original. The whole area Needs tidying up but I could not resist showing it off.




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Looking good - nice work  
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