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Old 04-26-2007, 07:28 PM
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2008 Super Duties Now in Australia

Was driving along the Ring Road in Melbourne minding my own business and was passed by a brand new 2008 F350 Powerstroke dually King Ranch in white. Left hand drive still with trade plates. Decided to see where it was going (I knew it would be Ford or VDC) and unsurprisingly it pulled into VDC on Barry Rd.

Despite swearing to the contrary it seems like VDC are embarking on RHD conversions of the 2008 Super Duties. Now the question will be how much wil lthe damage be because the dollar is way higher now - still AUD150k?????

By the way, looked great! If VDC priced the trucks more like they did when the Brazil/Aussie trucks were still available they'd be onto a good thing I reckon. AUD140+ is arm ripping given an F450 is USD50k (AUD versus USD is around 0.83 at the moment so USD50k is AUD60,250). So shipping and conversion is AUD80k
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That is cool!

I am pondering about the idea of buying one myself in the US next year... and importing it at the end of the year (that is 2008).
I need to enquire about conversion costs though.
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Just a thought, is it mandatory to have it RHD? Up here in Canada there are plenty of Japanese RHD vehciles being driven on the road, nobody converts them to LHD.
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Old 05-04-2007, 01:19 AM
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Very limited exceptions for keeping a vehicle LHD unfortunately.
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Unless its over 30yrs old... pretty much no chance...
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Old 05-09-2007, 09:31 PM
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why is that? because of where you can see as the driver on the wrong side of the car? also how much does it cost to change that? gotta be pretty expensive to do that, i mean thats like re enginerring the entire front end of the vehicle isnt it?
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Yup, very expensive. Older cars are cheaper to convert. But to convert a SD you are looking AT LEAST A$20k+


And its due to the regulations here...
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20k, geeeeeeeeeeeees, thats insane, do they not sell ford SDs here? cuz i know that i have seen big ol F250s roaring around, are those bought in the states or can you buy some here?
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You could, up until late last year.
They were made in Brazil as RHD units. There are surprisingly a few of the 05+ getting around too. They are all conversion units from the US.

I have mucho respect for anyone willing to put down 120+ for a truck instead of a beemer!!!
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yeah seriously! i mean i love my ford, but idk if id be willing to shell out that much for one, especially a bone stock truck!!!
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It`s too bad Ford won`t/can`t build them instead of having them to be converted.
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Yeah well its confirmed by a source of mine that Ford Oz has killed the business plan to bring in 08-on models. So, we get left out in the cold a while longer. A shame given all the money and need for these things with our resources boom etc.
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