[ROVERNET - UK] eBay P5 near Philly

Kent Kinard kkinard at wcc.net
Sun Sep 3 20:40:00 BST 2006

On Sun, 3 Sep 2006 08:43:02 -0500
  Stephen JC Beer <stephen at beerinc.com> wrote:
> Interesting.
> How difficult would it be to make into a left hand 
>drive, I wonder?
> S>

Hi Stephen,
I think I addressed this matter for P5B's, but will go 
over it again for the Mk. II's as there are some 

Gathering all the separate pieces would be a nightmare, 
but Mk. II saloons are realatively plentiful and most of 
the ones in North America are LHD, so that helps. 
 Assuming you have a saloon parts car, the following would 
be necessary:

Change power seering box and idler.  Pump and reservoir 
can stay put.  High and low pressure hoses must be 

Splice wiring harness using LHD harness pieces where 
necessary.  This is the part that's easier on the Mk. II 
 because you have a parts car with most of the harness 
parts you need.  Keep in mind there are some differences 
between Coupe and saloon.

Change steering column, dash(it cannot be changed as a 
unit but must be disassembled), glove box (only one, as 
this coupe has a radio which you can keep if you can get 
it to work) and column drop.

Change shift linkage (this is harder than on the V8 
because the V8 has a floor shift).  Linkage adjustment 
with the DG (Three band) gearbox is critical.  If the 
parts car has stick and OD, consider changing gearbox, but 
that is it's own can of worms.

move pedals, master cylinder, and brake line from MC to 
booster.  The other parts of the brake system are OK as is 
except that this car has non-functional brakes.  Figure a 
brake rebuild into the mix.  The booster rebuild kits 
(Girling) are available from Moss (Austin Healey) but Ruth 
says the Lockheed boosters (as on P6) can be substituted. 
 The proper blanking plates for the old MC hole and other 
bits can come from the saloon.  Coupe firewall should have 
all the proper new holes in place already.

Change throttle linkage and pedal (actually one of the 
harder parts of the job).

swap handbrake brackets move handbrake handle and change 
handbrake idler pulleys

swap carpets

I think that's it.

Not too hard, just time consuming (four years and 

Kent K.

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