The Conversion Process
HOW THE CONVERSION PROCESS STARTS
Hi, my name is John Bakker, owner or American Automotive Australia, and let me tell you how the conversion process starts.
Were just standing here in the workshop talking through what the process of when the car comes in… it will be jacked up, put on stands and then disassembled for the conversion process, all the component that comes with the car will be stored in compartments… We always put plastic over anything that might get sort of rubbed or touch during the process…
The parts will be stored in a dedicated bay, along with corresponding vehicle number, to prevent mismatch. Storing the car parts is a good way to keep them safe and dust-free after being removed from the vehicle during the car conversion process
AIR CONDITIONING AND HEATING CONVERSION FROM LEFT TO RIGHT HAND DRIVE
Did you think right hand drive conversion is easy as changing the steering wheels? Then you’re wrong! Let me tell you that there is a lot into it than just transferring the steering wheel from left to right.
We are in an area where we do the heater conversion for the Chevy pick-up… this is one of the most difficult part of the conversion process… this whole heater box sits on the driver side of the vehicle and it has to be all built the other way around to fit in the other side of the vehicle and work correctly… it is quite a large part of the process…
UNIQUE QUALITY CONTROL CONVERSION PROCESS
My company, American Automotive Australia, goes through this unique quality control conversion process before handing the unit back to the clients and makes sure everything is completed.
I’m just going to run you through the paperwork side of the conversion… this just a documentation to do with keeping a quality assurance system and conformative production in order to make sure that every vehicle is put together the same way…and to make sure that everything is ticked-off so there is nothing missed, forgotten out of the procedure we do out of the process…
Basically, what this can do is to eliminate any issues if we have someone that has made a mistake… we can go back through the system and have it checked… it also enables us to retrain the guy who has done the mistake.
ELIMINATING SQUEAKS IN A LEFT TO RIGHT HAND CONVERSION
American car imports to Australia need to go through right hand drive conversion process. However, squeaks and rattling of the parts needs to be avoided by the technicians after the process.
What I want to show you here is a pre-manufactured dash bar, this holds the air bag in position… what we do is use all the original fixtures that the car was originally manufactured with; to avoid squeaks and rattles in the dash…We essentially use everything that was fixed in the vehicle the same way to eliminate the squeaks and rattle in the future… We use extra body deadener that you heat up and mold into the shape of the vehicle.
INSIDE THEIR CONVERSION SPARE PARTS ROOM
I’m in the conversion spare parts area… I’m just going to show you some of the components that we make… we actually got thousand components that we make for the conversion process of various different models.
Everything is sort of pre-folded, pre drilled… this will give you conformative production and make sure every component is exactly the same… and when we put a car together it all becomes in a kit for, so there’s no mistakes when its put together.
AMERICAN AUTOMOTIVE AUSTRALIA CUSTOM BUILDS THEIR RIGHT HAND CONVERSION PARTS
The company builds the parts to be used on a right hand drive conversion project… everything is pre-folded, pre-drilled and cut to make sure that all components are exactly the same… it is made sure that your car will look exactly the same once the parts are in place after the conversion process… everything is part-numbered and can be replaced very easily.
AMERICAN AUTOMOTIVE AUSTRALIA CUSTOM BUILDS THEIR RIGHT HAND CONVERSION PARTS 2
We got every thousand components we manufactured these days on all the different models… it ranges from all sorts of things from spaces, pre tapped all put together in little bundle so what goes on the car is exactly the same each time and there no mistakes of what goes where… all the way through the pedal boxes, the smallest of little spaces we might have here… just to make sure that wherever that goes, it’s going to be exactly the same on every vehicle…
This ensures that quality is spot-on and the consistency… this enables the customers to be assured that if anything falls or has to be replaced, it has a part number and can get the part very easily and guarantees conformity of production.