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Old 11-17-2014, 11:39 PM   #21
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Gorgeous interior
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Old 11-18-2014, 01:43 AM   #22
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Will be converted to Right Hand Drive in New Zealand on way to Australia. Far Cheaper. And do a trip around New Zealand.
Very cool. Would love to see some pics when that is done.


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It will be over 12 months till Right Hand Drive Conversion, so here are some pictures of my 2012 Ram Laramie 4x4 6.7 litre diesel drw longbed.











Right Hand Drive is quite involved, requires complete dash rebuild, new wiring harness and aircon vent rebuild, door panels changed, mirror angles changed, steering column moved, etc. and very expensive, over AUD$40,000 in Australia or NZ$28,000 in New Zealand(which equates to AUD$25,000 Australian.)

I bought the 2008 Ford van diesel e350 for USD$7,350.

Still to have motor & transmission to be rebuilt.

I have a special import license to Australia. This is the only one.

Yes, the engine is here in the F Series.

I know 6.0's have had their problems. I will probably also have a rebuild kit shipped with vehicle,
when it leaves the US. I'm a little more confident.

But from my research, these Ford SMB's can go to lots of remote locations, with managed operator care.
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Old 11-18-2014, 05:22 AM   #23
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Re: Sheriffdoug's Sportsmobile

Very cool, thank you.


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Old 11-18-2014, 08:04 AM   #24
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I'm sure you've looked into it, but I'm having a hard time picturing the E-van with RHD, since the "cockpit" is asymmetrical, with the doghouse offset to the right/passenger side. Seems like it would be really tight to get brake and gas pedals in there and still have room for your left foot.

Were E-vans sold anywhere in the world as RHD?

Many vehicles designed for world-wide sales have symmetrical dashboards, allowing much easier conversion. My old Isuzu Trooper, for example, was like that.
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Theft must be a huge problem or you got cited for parking on your own driveway
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Do they, like, have to see it in person? Or will a picture do:

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Z, that's cheating.

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Z, that's cheating.

I wish the Right Hand Conversion was that easy!
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Hi, only a 4 inch lift, so smb wlll fit in seacontainer after three US trips 4-6 weeks each, over 18 months. Intend to meet some of you guys . .Going to Overland Expo, April/May next year.
No issues with a left hand drive vehicle in Australia? I remember seeing a right hand drive, mid-late 60's Mustang, when honeymooning in Australia. The thought did cross my mind to buy it and ship it back, but I wasn't sure how well my wife would take it if I bought a vehicle on our honeymoon.


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Just came across this site, after thinking more about the Mustang I saw.

http://www.desertclassicmustangs.com/RI ... DRIVE.html


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Doug: I just stopped by SMB west and they have your van on display.....it looks great!

I crawled around it a bit, you have the exact same setup as my van (Advanced 4X4); Kingpin Dana 60. I'm very curious about the extra springs that you added to the rear leafs as my rear end is a bit saggy. I see that you have posted some info above, I'll investigate that.

The front brakes on your conversion are identical to mine (my van is also a 2008) and the rotors that Randy installs are smaller than the stock 2008 E350 rotors. I'm presently talking to Bajasportsmobile about the bigger rotor upgrade. If you are interested hopefully the conversion and other findings will be in this thread:

http://sportsmobileforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=16064
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