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Jens
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Jens
02-26-12 07:24 AM - Post#2195352    

Hey guys...
This must be the year for getting 59 SDLs done. Jim Vanarey asked me to share a few pics of his newly finished RHD with you guys. Nice to see the guys -down under- doing such fine craftsmanship. Keep up the good work Jim. She's looking great!











Hobart
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Hobart
02-26-12 07:59 AM - Post#2195377    

Nice!
Bill

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'58 Delray windowed - SDL (Yellowstone Park Car - in progress...)
'59 Bel Air 2dr sedan
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cool59belair
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02-26-12 08:39 AM - Post#2195387    

FANTASTIC JOB !!!!
My BelAir

yeah, you've got a nice car....BUT IT'S NOT A '59 !!!

Jerry Acheson
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Jerry Acheson
02-26-12 10:03 AM - Post#2195420    

Wow! That's beautiful.
Links to:

59 Impala Sport Coupe

Blue Bomber
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Blue Bomber
02-26-12 01:02 PM - Post#2195479    

Beee-you-ti-ful! I usually don't care for painted bumpers, but I really like the way these turned out. I think it's the use of chrome accents and trim elsewhere. Very nice.
Blue Bomber

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oz59
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02-26-12 02:11 PM - Post#2195506    

Thanks for posting the pics Jens, it has been a long time coming but i,m happy with the out come.
Bruces 57
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02-26-12 03:10 PM - Post#2195524    

Hello;
Looks SUPER! Somehow, I'm just not comfortable with the steering wheel placement.

Bruce
Jens
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Jens
02-26-12 04:28 PM - Post#2195569    

You're welcome Jim. Totally amazing transformation. Doesn't even look like the same car anymore. Btw... tell us what happened to the old girl again, for the benefit of the new guys here.



Black SD
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02-26-12 06:12 PM - Post#2195609    

Hey jens

what kind of wheels are one the grey and black one?
oz59
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02-26-12 06:42 PM - Post#2195624    

Bruce here in Australia we drive on the right side so i had to convert it to right hand drive.
oz59
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02-26-12 06:44 PM - Post#2195626    

The wheels on the black and silver one which by the way is the same car as the gold one where Show wheels which i hated.
oz59
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02-26-12 06:50 PM - Post#2195630    

Well i had the sdl nearly complete and decided to take it for a drive, whilst out driving i was t boned by a learner driver which necesitated a rebuild and what i have finished up with i,m glad it happened, i had to replace the left hand quarter panel plus quite a bit of other work also and i think you will agree with me that it does look a lot better now.
Gav73
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02-26-12 11:43 PM - Post#2195731    

Great work Jim,
so where's the unveil, Munchies on Friday??
1959 El Camino, mostly! Just lots of holes.

oz59
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02-27-12 01:38 AM - Post#2195743    

No i wont take it there Gav, but maybe Harrys old school night.
crownsapphire59
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crownsapphire59
02-27-12 02:12 AM - Post#2195746    

Oz59 great job youve done there my Aussie buddy good to see another 59 in the country job well done.
oz59
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02-27-12 02:42 AM - Post#2195748    

I have owned it for over 16 years, and built it twice, this is it now no more as i,m retired from doing body and paint work.
oz59
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03-02-12 02:26 PM - Post#2197594    

30 miles and already have to pull gear box, no top gear, dam cars.
VintageCarryall
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03-12-12 07:49 PM - Post#2201777    

Factory right hooker or a conversion?
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oz59
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03-15-12 04:01 AM - Post#2202821    

I converted it to right hand drive.
alexm900
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alexm900
03-15-12 07:15 AM - Post#2202876    

wow, I am nearly speechless, what a beautiful and tasteful restoration, hat's off oz59. when you have a minute or more I would really appreciate if you could share some tips about the RHD conversion, in particular the dash (a modification I am considering for a 59 Elky). cheers.
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03-15-12 08:09 AM - Post#2202917    

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1960_Guy
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1960_Guy
03-15-12 08:23 AM - Post#2202923    

This gets a double WOW. Nice job.
oz59
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03-15-12 01:29 PM - Post#2203029    

Alex, the conversion was quite simple, i used an Australian delivered 59 steering box and all the components from a doner car and also used the right hand drive dash from the same car, I believe that back in the day Canadian cars were also right hand drive so you might be able to find one of them as a doner, by the way thank you for your kind words about my SDL, cheers Jim.
oz59
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03-15-12 02:56 PM - Post#2203077    

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oz59
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03-15-12 03:04 PM - Post#2203080    

A little trick guys, I was never happy with the way the rear wheels tucked in behind the front of the wheel arch, so when making the brackets for the 9 inch diff i made the brackets 50 mm longer so it now centralised the wheel in the centre of the wheel arch and i think it looks much better.
alexm900
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alexm900
03-17-12 05:49 AM - Post#2203694    

  • oz59 Said:
Alex, the conversion was quite simple, i used an Australian delivered 59 steering box and all the components from a doner car and also used the right hand drive dash from the same car, I believe that back in the day Canadian cars were also right hand drive so you might be able to find one of them as a doner, by the way thank you for your kind words about my SDL, cheers Jim.



Jim, thank you for the explanation. Indeed a small number of Oshawa cars CKD RHD, mostly or only sedans, were exported to Australia. I have owned such CKD RHD cars over the years, in particular a 1958 Biscayne. Was your donor car a sedan? I have also owned later years CKD RHD cars (65 Impala sedan and 65 Pontiac sedan) but those had a fiberglass dash. Do you or anyone knows on this subject if the LHD ones (65, 66) had a fiberglass or stamped steel dash? Over the years I have seen a few RHD 59/60 coupes, deliveries, wagons and utes but I was unable to assess if they were genuine RHD DOM imports (and there would be so few of them) or indeed converted like you have done with yours. cheers.
DonSSDD
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DonSSDD
03-17-12 08:19 AM - Post#2203735    

The 58 to 60's were easily convertible to RHD by GM, 61 and up RHD from Canada had a 61 Pontiac metal dash instead of the Chev dash, up to 63 or 64. After that, were they built in Aus by Holden? Seems to me a fiberglass dash would have been aftermarket, not factory?

Don
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oz59
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03-17-12 03:19 PM - Post#2203855    

Alex, the doner car was a sedan which had all the gear i needed for the conversion, a few years ago i also had a Canadian 61 4 door impala pillarless which as Don said had a Pontiac dash, the later model chevs that i have seen here all had Pontiac dashes which i think were quite plain compared to the American Chevys.
alexm900
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alexm900
03-17-12 05:28 PM - Post#2203900    


hey Jim, thanks for that, and sorry to bug you again. I have a couple more questions: I gather you had to modify (cut out) the firewall for the steering column? how did you mount the steering box on the other side of the frame (on other years i have heard instances of cracked chassis rail near the steering box for lack of bosses)? cheers. alex.
oz59
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03-17-12 05:54 PM - Post#2203915    

Alex i actually used the front part of the doner chassis rail, i pie cut the rail and welded it onto the existing rail and it looks like it was factory, as for the fire wall i cut the whole thing out and folded up a new one and welded it in, and dont worry about bugging me i,m pleased to help in any way that i can.
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