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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old Nov 16th, 06, 09:39 PM Thread Starter
 
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Hallo from Australia

Hi all,
I am originally from the UK but recently relocated to Australia and am seriously looking at importing an early Camaro.
Looking forward to chatting with you guys/girls on here to learn more about the brand and making some friends
Rob
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old Nov 17th, 06, 04:35 AM
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Hay back to ya, and welcome!
I take it there is not any 1st gen Camaros in the local paper. I know there is a few from Australia that are on the site. I would like to import anonther to my garage from anywhere. Enjoy your hunt.
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welcome and good luck, have a Fosters on me

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Welcome and good luck also. I'll get the next round. Ask away!

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Welcome...Im across the 'pond' m8
If imorting, check out the local State regs on left hook cars and converting to right hook
Camaros where not designed for univeral left/right hook.
Also check out costs of doing the cobersion..it canbe very expensive 10 grand plus....AND check out the workmanship, there are cowboys who do some very unprofessional work
There is a crowd in Tauranga (NZ) who are tops..the also contract to do Humvees and other cars to supply world wide.

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Cowboys doing right hand drive conversions??? No..!

Id prefer a rusty beater with a good conversion than a show queen with a bad one.

Out of all the conversions I have seen. 7/10 suck, 2/10 are OK, and 1/10 are a bit better.

Better still, leave it LHD..

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Hello back at you from the States!

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post #8 of 13 (permalink) Old Nov 18th, 06, 03:32 AM
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Hello,
From Mississippi, but currently in Brasil. I worked offshore of Australia, been to a few places, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Karratha, Darwin, Broome, and a few others... even spent the night on Barrow Island (its just an oilfield island off the coast of Karratha)
Good luck in your search. I was trying to round up some 350s /454s to ship to one of our Aussie workers, but he was transferred before we got everything lined up. Said it would be cheaper to buy them like that than in Australia.
Did see a few Corvettes Camaros and Mustangs in Perth. The Red 66 Stang convertible had the big "Caution, Left hand drive" decal on the back. He cruised "Point Park" pretty regular.
Still have a good friend I email quite a bit who lives toward Fremantle.
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Welcome. Good luck with your search.

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post #10 of 13 (permalink) Old Nov 18th, 06, 11:56 AM
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Cowboys doing right hand drive conversions??? No..!

Id prefer a rusty beater with a good conversion than a show queen with a bad one.
That makes the show queen the cowboy.

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Out of all the conversions I have seen. 7/10 suck, 2/10 are OK, and 1/10 are a bit better.

Better still, leave it LHD..
Yep full agreement.

My Spelling is not incorrect...it is creative

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post #11 of 13 (permalink) Old Nov 18th, 06, 05:02 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Hallo from Australia

Thanks for all the welcomes.
Not planning to convert to RHD. I don't think there will be any issues with getting a road worthy cert on a LHD.
My plan is to get a RS/SS and use it sparingly as a toy.
Always been a Ford man really-Cosworths etc-but have always had a soft spot for the early muscle cars so I think it's time to scratch that itch and after deliberation between Mustangs and Camaros I think the Camaro has the edge.
Suppose I shouldn't really use the "F" word on here .
Thanks again.
Rob
PS I'm based in QLD on the Sunshine Coast.
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Not planning to convert to RHD. I don't think there will be any issues with getting a road worthy cert on a LHD.
Good man...I have driven mine as a daily for 26 yrs in NZ...and still left hook
Driving with the driver in the center of the road is down right dangerous...one of the biggest ripoffs in history..
Passengers:
The gear stick in the right hand is quick to used to.
The strangest thing for a passenger, since they are on the 'drivers' side is the rear vision mirror..one has a natural tendency to look up at it and can only see hood lining lol...
Going around cnrs, the line is different, as a passenger, turning left they think u are going to clip the kurb...turning right u will leave heaps of space

Driver:
If u have the quick ratio steering box, watch u dont clip the curb on a left turn with the back wheel.
U will have a tendency to drift out to the center line..yep sounds strange...keep left.
On the highway, heading down a hill, with a right bend at the bottom and hill going up...there is a blind spot for the road going up the hill blocked by the rear vision mirror...dont cut the cnr.
parrell parking..reverse in...once u have the knack of this, u can put the 1st gen Camaro in a bery small parking spot that even small jappas like a toyota corolla cant get into.
Open road, in a line of traffic...since everyone is right hook, the car up front all tend to stagger a little towards the center of the road...being Lhook stay to the left and u can see well ahead up the inside.
When passing, stay well back from the car /truck in front..if the road is clear from your position to the left (above comment) pull to the center double check, then GO...in most cases u will not need to cross the center line because sitting next to the car u are passing one can pass a lot closer to it.
Winding narrow back roads are great with left hook, u can cut close on inside cnrs, and safe and wide on the outside.

Once u get used to the differences, u will love the ease and safety of driving of driving left hook on right hook roads.

The Stupid desk jockeys will a string of degrees who dream up things having to put warning bumber stickers on (dont need them in NZ) and restrictions on importation and conversion of L hooks.....if they had 1/2 a brain they would die of confusion
Historically (where countries have converted the national fleet from right hand to left hand driving) a stastical eveidence of miles driven/accident(Gov and insurance companies) shows driving next to the curb is far safer and saves lives.

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post #13 of 13 (permalink) Old Feb 18th, 07, 04:45 PM
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Just saw your post.

I'm in Melbourne. Have a factory 68 SS/RS 325 HP Big Block Car.

Did you end up getting a car?
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