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  1. Note the RHD conversion was performed by the importer, and so explains the less-than-inspiring dash design. Other aspects of the conversion left the reviewers less than impressed, such as the windshield wiper pattern is unchanged and original left-hand mirror remains adjustable, while its mate on the RHD driver's side is not. It's fun to get the British take on the rather peculiar (and yet still typically American) Pacer. Here's what they had to say regarding the issue of the Pacer's doors : "More fundamental is the Pacer's major gimmick--its unequal size doors--is negated by the change [to RHD]. The doors are massive (so heavy in fact they can be an effort to open) and that on the right hand side is 4in longer behind the window than its opposite partner. The intention is to allow easier access for the rear seat passengers from the (right hand) kerb side. In practice, unless the front occupant is at the most forward point of seat travel it is not possible to get into the back without tipping the front seat. As a driver's door, however, it can present considerable difficulties of exit in a confined space. The door's width, plus the long trailing edge mean that it is not possible to get out with the door opened, say, a foot clear of the body--potential owners with narrow garages beware!"
  2. This creation represents an Argentinian-market Ford Model A Phaeton (four-door convertible) that had been been modified at some point in its career into a pickup, as was common there. Mine is a composite of several I've come across on various vehicle sales sites. Condition of vehicles in those listings vary from nice restorations to rusted out hulks. Mine is somewhere in the middle. This project is a combination of Revell "Rat Rod" pickup and AMT woodie/pickup kits. Because of the mix, some components came out a bit less than straight and true, such as the front axle. It would appear that cars in Argentina were assembled with RHD up until the '40s, so I converted the Revell front axle and steering gear to RHD. The curved cab back wall is actually the front seatback panel. This was represented by a Monogram '60s Corvette Stingray windshield. Modern aftermarket turn signals have been added, and weathering was accomplished using rust-colored paint along with artists' pastels and colored pencils. (BTW: I have no real connection to South America...I'm just fascinated by the variations of vehicles down there.) More images can be found here... https://www.flickr.com/photos/brian_w_austin/sets/72157634893359388/page3
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