What to do with ex-rural postal RHD Scout?

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  1. OregonMTB

    OregonMTB Farmall Cub

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    I got out of my Scout in a parking lot over the weekend and a retried guy walked up to me and mentioned he was a rural postal delivery-guy and did it in a RHD Scout that he still has in his barn. I asked what he was doing with it and his response was that he would sell it if he could--but thought no one would want it since it was RHD. Thoughts? Is there a market in the UK?
     
  2. 1975IH200

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    There is a market in the U.S.A.
    Pictures ....???
    Year, Model, engine, transmission, 4x2 or 4x4, ...??????
    Location ? ie. City & State ?
     
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  3. OregonMTB

    OregonMTB Farmall Cub

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    I'm in southern Oregon. I really did not ask any questions other than that it was a Scout II. No pics or anything as the guy just mentioned it to me. I thought it would be a little weird following the guy home! Curiosity--just got to me overnight.
     
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    FYI: Countries that follow Left Hand Drive (drive on the left) traffic laws:
    Oceania:
    • Australia
    • Christmas Island
    • Cocos (Keeling) Islands
    • Cook Islands
    • Fiji
    • Kiribati
    • Nauru
    • New Zealand
    • Niue
    • Norfolk Island
    • Papua New Guinea
    • Pitcairn Islands
    • Solomon Islands
    • Samoa
    • Tokelau
    • Tonga
    • Tuvalu
    Asia:
    • Bangladesh
    • Bhutan
    • Brunei
    • East Timor
    • Hong Kong
    • Indonesia
    • India
    • Japan
    • Macao
    • Malaysia
    • Nepal
    • Pakistan
    • Singapore
    • Sri Lanka
    • Thailand
    Africa:
    • Botswana
    • Kenya
    • Lesotho
    • Malawi
    • Mauritius
    • Mozambique
    • Namibia
    • South Africa
    • Swaziland
    • Tanzania
    • Uganda
    • Zambia
    • Zimbabwe
    Europe:
    • Akrotiri and Dhekelia
    • Cyprus
    • Guernsey
    • Ireland
    • Isle of Man
    • Jersey
    • Malta
    • United Kingdom
    South America:
    • Guyana
    • Suriname
    Caribbean Basin:
    • Anguilla
    • Antigua and Barbados
    • Bahamas
    • Barbados
    • British Virgin Islands
    • Cayman Islands
    • Dominica
    • Grenada
    • Jamaica
    • Montserrat
    • Saint Kitts and Nevis
    • Saint Lucia
    • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
    • Trinidad and Tobago
    • Turks and Caicos Islands
    • U.S. Virgin Islands
    Other Islands:
    • Bermuda
    • Falkland Islands
    • Maldives
    • Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan de Cunha
    • Seychelles
    • South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands
     
  5. scout2000

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    I've seen (more than several, but not quite many) people build out RHD Scouts. I've also seen a subset of those converted to left hand drive.

    Your new friend will never know what the market will bare, till he gets some pics out there to share. Along with the old, master-of-the-obvious comment, condition is everything.
     
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  6. Patrick Morris

    Patrick Morris Lives in an IH Dealership

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    Been to some of those places. I can confirm it's true. :)
     
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    I think it's a specialized market but they are neat Scouts! I doubt whether the value would justify shipping it overseas, but prove me wrong! I saw a guy some time back with a Postal Jeep restored back to PO splendor, complete with faux packages and letters inside and an owner who walked around the show in a vintage uniform (he was a retired mail carrier). It was all very cool! Also very geeky but people loved the hell out of it! Would love to see a Scout presented that way. Scouts had their day in the postal sun, even though they were eclipsed by Jeep (actually the Commercial Products Division of Kaiser, later to become AM General).
     
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    I was going to say, I thought those postal jeeps were made by AM General. But I didn't know how far back they went as a company.

    And speaking of blasts from the past, I saw this interesting bit of news on LinkedIn:

    Today in Tech History- June 29th,1974 – At 8:01 AM, a supermarket cashier scanned a 10-pack of Wrigley’s chewing gum across a bar-code scanner at Marsh Supermarket in Troy, Ohio. It was the first product ever checked out by using a Universal Product Code. UPC consists of 12 numeric digits that are uniquely assigned to each trade item. Wallace Flint proposed an automated checkout system in 1932 using punched cards. Bernard Silver and Norman Joseph Woodland, a graduate student from Drexel Institute of Technology (now Drexel University), developed a bull's-eye-style code and applied for the patent in 1949.
    In the 1960s and early 1970s, railroads in North America experimented with multicolor bar codes for tracking railcars, but this system was eventually abandoned and replaced with a radio-based system called AEI.
    In 1973, a group of trade associations from the grocery industry formed the Uniform Product Code Council (UPCC) which defined the numerical format that formed the basis of the Uniform Product Code.

    Hard to picture a world without barcodes now. Once something becomes established, after a few years, not having that thing is hard to picture. For example, right now I cannot imagine not using google and the internet to find, say, Scout parts. How was I finding parts in the early '90s?? How did I even hear about SSS and Gittum Up Scout? I can't imagine.
     
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    It takes more than RHD to ship a vehicle to a RHD country. Each country has their own lighting, emissions, and other specs that the vehicle has to meet (separate brake and turn lights for example). There are companies that specialize in conversions, but it can get expensive.
     
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    How bad is the body? Converting to LHD is a weekend job.
     
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    I have a hair brained dream that in retirement I could be a relief rural letter carrier with a LHD patriot clone Scout II. Too bad I’m 25+ years from retirement.
     
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    What is the best way to convert from right to left? I just picked up a rhd with a better tub than the last one I bought and am going to switch the 2.
     
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    Get the parts manual and determine exactly which parts were different. Go from there.
     
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    1. Remove RHD components.
    2. Install LHD components.
    3. Enjoy !
     
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    was referring to the differences in the firewall, trying to decide if I need to cut the holes or change out the firewall. Unless it’s closer than I think it is.
     
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    My .02 worth, buy it and enjoy it or sell it to someone who wants it. If it was closer I’d buy it. I think I’d be cool to have a lifted RHD Scout II to kick around in. Locally theres a rhd Defender 90 and a couple of rhd Nissan Skyline’s. For some reason they really grab my attention.

    And think of the fun and/or panic you could cause with a mannequin in the left hand seat. Mark
     
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    Cut out and swap 2 sections of the firewall. Booster/steering column and heater port. Cutting the holes, adding the flanges, and the fixed nuts would be 5x harder.

     
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    Thanks Darrell, I like that idea. Never seen that technique it should be pretty easy that way.
     
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    Sure. Make sure you include all of the reinforcement ribs in your cut out.
     

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