General Information

On this page I'll discuss some basic information you need to think off about before attempting a project like this. The first thing to consider is that if it's worth it. In my case I think it is. The Celica GT-Four is only offered in Europe in 1994 till June 1996. Only in Japan the car is offered till August 1999. Since 1996 there have been two minor facelifts. The first facelift in 1996 incorperated different ABS, projector headlights, different side skirts and rear spoiler. With he second facelift in 1998 the Celica received another steering wheel, interior trim colours, side steps and the two post rear spoiler was back. The GT-Four that I have is a 1998 model, so it has all the gimmicks. The Celica was never offered in LHD after 1996, so when I'm done I've got a unique car.

The steering wheel is on the wrong side

Here's a list of parts that need to be changed:

  • Dash panel
  • Wiper reinforcement
  • Wiper motor hole
  • Support for steering column
  • Supports for heater, blower and aircon unit
  • Support for dashboard reinforcement
  • Steering rack
  • Steering column
  • Clutch pedal
  • Clutch master cylinder
  • Clutch lines
  • Brake pedal
  • Brake master cylinder
  • Brake booster
  • Brake lines front
  • Accelerator pedal
  • Accelerator link
  • Aircondtioning system except compressor
  • Heater
  • Blower
  • Dashboard
  • Front seats
  • Mirrors
  • Hood lock and hinge
  • Hood lock line
  • Fuel door line
  • Back door line
  • All of the wiring

Quite a list, right? Many of the LHD parts I needed I could use from my previous Celica, a ST202. The rest I bought new from Toyota or I bought them form the scrapyard.

To convert the car to LHD the entire enginebay needs to be empty and all of the interior needs to be removed. So while the engine is out it's a good idea to perform some maintenance. I've changed the following:

  • Clutch plate, disc and bearing
  • Timing belt w/ pulleys
  • Checked and adjusted valve clearance
  • Camshaft oil seals
  • Distributor cap and rotor
  • High-tension cords
  • Fuel filter
  • Revision of steering rack
  • Valve cover gaskets
  • All liquids

After the dash panel has been switched, the car is going to be painted. So when this project is completed, the car will be as new.