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Old 02-03-2019, 09:03 PM   #1
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Would you buy at LHD JDM car? (S15 Silvia)

So the long term goal is a S15 once US legal.

Been looking in ones in filipino land because they are already converted into LHD. As cool as some think a RHD in a LHD country is. I don't care and rather have a configuration that's easy to drive here in the states.

Asuming the work was done well for the conversion would you get a LHD drive or would rather keep it as is.

And no a car does not lose cool points being not RHD anymore. if that was the case the car was never cool to begin with.





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Old 02-04-2019, 01:38 AM   #2
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The idea sound cool, but I would rather make a list of every car I could buy here with the same amount of money. Then take a shit, eat sandwich, sleep on it, or jerk off. Or what ever you do to think about things. Then if all things say yes, why not.?
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Old 02-04-2019, 02:07 AM   #3
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I've never really liked conversions.

Here in AU we have been dealing with yank tanks being converted from LHD to RHD, apart from a instant loss of worth for classic cars, cars that are predominantly designed for LHD don't alway convert to RHD well, and visa vesa.

I would just roll it RHD, and yes if I ever wanted a yank tank I would keep it LHD.

Disclaimer: we now have Mustangs here in RHD, but, they are factory conversions, not, hammer/saw and welder conversions.

There is a Polish guy on Skylines Australia Forum that has converted a R33 GTR > https://www.sau.com.au/forums/topic/...-r33-gt-r-lhd/
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Old 02-04-2019, 03:11 AM   #4
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Guy did a good job but would have been nice to see be a R33 dash then a s14 one
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Converting S15 into left hand drive?
Thread: Converting S15 into left hand drive?

https://forum.s15oc.com/mechanical-a...d-drive-4.html

lvaleiron said:
20-04-2011 21:52
"i had to do the change to my car as well, lot of stuff needs to be changed (steering rack, heater core (you can modify your existing one), door locks, door controls, trunk/gas release stick, all electrical inside the car, door gommet button, seatbelt wiring, steering rack, modify the entire dashboard, air conditioner hoses, move abs unit, wipers, and some other stuff"

It's going to cost you alot of time, and if your not doing the fab work, alot of money.

From googling there are LHD vehicles for sale in the US.

If you do decide to pull the trigger good luck.
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Import it from EU. We have LHD S15s from the factory.
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I'd rather have a car that was RHD originally stay that way. Conversions are a tricky thing. Either buy the LHD equivalent or get an RHD one, but I would not want one that's converted.
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Conversion issues aside there are also a couple of other considerations to keep in mind when looking at 20+ year old cars. The rarer the car the more you have to think through all of the logistics of owning it.
The first and foremost is parts. Can you still get them and if so can you afford them? I have no clue what the availability of parts for these would be but doubt you can run down to the local Pep Boys and pick up even the basics. Can't even imagine what it would be like if you had even a minor fender bender and had to replace body panels. When a search for a 30 year old tail light lens turns into a two year quest the hobby can lose it's fun fast.
The other thing is pure age. Unless the car is 100% rebuilt and perfect things are going to be worn and will break. Not a huge issue if you are going to drive it causally a few weekends a year but can be a huge problem if you want to use it on a regular basis and god help you if you want to track. Bushings, bearings, hoses, and even simple fasteners need constant attention. An old car can suck up a pile of time and money just on ongoing small items so be prepared to spend as much time maintaining it as you do behind the wheel. You need to ensure you have the proper location, equipment and skills to maintain a classic car. It is not the same as taking care of or modding a new one.
I have had several classic cars as projects or even daily drivers over the years and believe me it is not for the faint of heart.
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Import it from EU. We have LHD S15s from the factory.
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So the long term goal is a S15 once US legal.
What about California legal? I see you live in solcal.
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I love older japanese cars but an S15 isn't one I'd personally bother with.

As said above, just buy one that was built as a LHD car instead of someone elses hackjob.
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Hmmm... I was expecting a discussion about owning a Toyota Cavalier from the thread title.
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