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 Post subject: 55 Fireflite Steering
PostPosted: Sun Jun 20, 2010 9:39 pm 
Hi Guy's

I need some help!!!! Im from New Zealand and have a 55 291 Desoto that had been converted to rhd (poor attempt) around 40 years ago. Im in the finishing stages of returning it to lhd and need some information to help me complete this job.

•The chassis had been repaired and I cannot identify exactly where the idler arm bracket bolted on. I need some reference points that I can measure from so I can drill the bracket mounting holes.
• :? I don’t have an original idler arm bracket so either need to source one or I can make one if I can get the dimensions.

A simple drawing/photo's with this info would be greatly appreciated.


 Post subject: 55 Fireflite Steering
PostPosted: Mon Jun 21, 2010 2:40 am 
Welcome Brent. I am sure someone will help you out with this. I have a 53 but I believe the chassis diagram for the 55 in the shop manual would have a drawing to help you out.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 19, 2010 6:28 am 
Hi Brent,

Here is a picture of the aforementioned diagram in the shop manual. I hope that this will help. Good luck!



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 21, 2010 7:29 am 
Brent , i,m from nz to , will you be allowed to put it back on the road as a left hand drive , it sounds like its been here for quite a while as a right hand drive , and would be in the system as a RH drive , i know they are getting a lot stricter on LH drive

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