Left hand drive conversion

Discussion in 'Modification/ Technical Questions' started by HYBRID GRANT, Nov 22, 2018.

  1. HYBRID GRANT

    HYBRID GRANT Registered User +

    hi all , I live in Spain and have scoured the selling sites not being able to find a single gt out here , il probably have to buy uk and import it here , my question is - is there a left hand drive conversion kit ? Or company that can do it uk or Spain ? Not the end of the world if not but I’d like to change it if possible cheers all
     
  2. SKINY

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    I've seen it done on a Gen 6 gt-4 Celica on the forum when it was exported to Lithuania, from memory they swapped the bulkhead, steering rack, steering column, dashboard looks and a few other bits. It's totally do-able provided you can find a LHD doner to chop up.
    Or just buy a LHD and build it into a GT
    If I can find the thread I will link it in :)
     
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  3. Calum122

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    I'd just say do the latter.
     
  4. Jay

    Jay Admin

    I'd just do this.

    Far less hassle than a bulkhead swap!
     
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  5. HYBRID GRANT

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    Thanks for the info , had a look about there’s a few starlet n/a around in Spain , I think that may be the most cost effective option buy a stock gt as a donor car in uk for much cheaper than it would be to import /register and change to lhd here . I could leave the bonnet of the n/a aswell as I’d be using fmic so wouldn’t need the turbo scoop . I could drive the gt over myself and just take it to pieces over here saves a lot on re register and change drive side . I think that’s the way forward cheers lads
     
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  6. Jay

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    PROPER project incoming :cool:
     
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  7. SKINY

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    keep an eye on gumtree, advertsie, fleabay etc, I'm trawling them all daily as a do lmao so will fire any links in here :)
    there is one on no mot and shit paint/dents etc but he's looking 2500£ lol
     
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  8. HYBRID GRANT

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    Will be keepin me eyes peeled too mate cheers and yea I’ve seen a few dreamers asking blood for shite examples ... but also saw a couple decent ones like this https://www.gumtree.com/p/toyota/toyota-starlet-gt-turbo-/1313091709 4500 but it’s got a lot of stuff I can use in the long run mite be a good idea to grab a smaller power one and build up from there allnthose little odds n sods add up quickly in €€€€. I’ll probably go 5e forged aswel so this 4e could be a backup lump or a 2nd project lol will keep a look out for decent priced stock one though for now get a decent base
     
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  9. SKINY

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    that's well speced out indeed ! Be a shame to pull it apart tho. Hard to beat a black quadlight with white wheels..... :)
     
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  10. HYBRID GRANT

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    have found a site in Peru with a few left hand drive turbo gt’s for sale I’ll have to look at the cost of importing one and weigh it against a uk to spanish transplant motor .. https://pe.tixuz.com/gallery/3/2670704 here’s the site
     
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  11. SKINY

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    couple of hundred you could drive one from here or English land, be some cruise too plenty of picture ops :) obviously you'd want it mot,ed.
    just out of curiosity what way is the law on rhd imports in Spain? I know a few country all cars Must be lhd/rhd
     
  12. HYBRID GRANT

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    You can get them registered in Spain but they are strict on the ITV (spanish mot ) and they don’t like rhd.. and Spain has loads of toll bridges and parking is mostly underground in the city’s which makes rhd a serious pain in the balls having to reach over the passo window to get ya tickets.. safe to say it’s just best to find a lhd be it swapping a motor and box and all the essentials from a uk gt to a spanish na starlet or much easier import a lhd and re register when it’s cleaned up and ready for mot here
     
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  13. Jay

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    Was just thinking of this last night, because the GT never came as a LHD you might find the like of the steering column, steering rack, dash loom, and a ton of other stuff I can't remember will not swap across to the LHD chassis. It'll be a case of working out what you can use and making do with what you can't. I don't know the spec of Spanish EP's but you could be kissing the PAS and adjustable column goodbye lol.

    Basically you will be fitting a 4EFTE to a LHD model and figuring out how to make it work.

    If you hit up the UK turbo conversion threads on here they should give you an idea on the electrics/wiring. Pretty sure the GT has a big following in Indonesia and other LHD markets (Holland for example) and it hasn't stopped them doing the conversions, 5 doors and all, you can see them amongst genuine Jap imports.

    The physical fitting should be relatively easy as the engine mounts and actual chassis will be similar.
     
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  15. SKINY

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    Indonesia is full of all sorts of ep porn, i follow a few of them on Instagram
    @therealslimskiny
    warning my page may not be to everybody's taste :)
     

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