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1965 Ford Mustang Right-hand-drive Conversion

The Problem

Many classic cars originate in the USA where they’re designed to drive on the right side of the road. This presents a challenge for motor enthusiasts who want to drive such vehicles on Australian roads.

One classic car aficionado contacted Absolute 3D for help to convert his 1965 Ford Mustang from left-hand-drive to right-hand-drive. The dashboard in this car is straightforward, so owners often simply swap the parts from left to right to perform a conversion. However this is not an ideal solution, since the parts are not completely symmetrical.

Original dash

Original dash

The Solution

To make this American classic look like a true right-hand-drive, the parts had to be scanned, mirrored and 3D printed. First we scanned both parts using a Creaform GoScan 20 scanner. Then the raw scan data was imported into Geomagic Design X and converted from polygon format to a NURBS-format CAD model so modifications could be performed using SolidWorks.

Redesigning the section above the steering wheel that houses the speedometer, tachometer and other gauges was the most challenging part of the process, since all the features on the back of the model had to remain in their original location in order to house the gauges.

To ensure the gauge holes lined up accurately, the front of the model had to be mirrored while the back remained unchanged, with slight modifications to ensure all parts would fit together.

The original components had a leather-like texture. To replicate this look we scanned the texture at an ultra-high resolution, recreated it using Pixologic ZBrush mesh modelling software, and then added it to the models. This guaranteed that the 3D printed models would be ready to install immediately.

Raw scan data

Reverse engineered dashboard – SolidWorks format

The Result

Our client was delighted with the outcome. Instead of a poorly fitting dashboard swap, the Ford Mustang was retrofitted with elegantly created new components, custom designed to ensure all parts were correctly aligned. Using our powerful 3D scanning technology, the task was completed quickly, accurately, and cost-effectively.

Reverse engineered dashboard. SolidWorks format. Front mirrored, back original

New 3d printed model shown above original