Ruddspeed Mustangs?

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redranch
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I'm doing a little research into Ruddspeed and in particular looking for anything on the Ruddspeed Mustangs that were converted to RHD...does anyone out there have one? know of one? or have any details, stories and photos...any help would be welcome.

I've attached a copy of an old Ruddspeed Autocar ad from January 65

Many Thanks

Peter

Ruddspeed Mustang

GreaseMonkey (not verified)

Can't help you with Ruddspeed Mustangs I'm afraid, and although there must be someone out there who knows, it seems unfortunately they are unlikely to be reading this. I have tried posting items of a similar specialised nature, and apart from the irrelevant banter that you expect on all internet forums, have recieved no useful info. If this forum could get better known and reach a wider audience we may yet find that sort of knowledge forthcoming. I had a LHD '66 a long time ago in London, and I don't remember ever seeing a RHD one. Your best bet would be to contact the Mustang Owners Club. Meanwhile, on the subject of RHD Mustangs, I can say we have plenty here in Australia, and it seems that the most common conversion uses readily available Falcon parts, as the Australian built RHD Falcons of the sixties were presumably a mirrored version of the American Falcon on which the first series Mustangs were based. I wonder if Rudd were importing Australian parts to use in their conversions. Of course then there is still the dash and wipers to change. Interestingly though I was discussing this a while ago with a local steering and suspension specialist who had a 'Stang in for such a conversion and although he was happy to do the job, he said he always advised the owner that there was a downside. Apparently using the RHD Falcon parts does in fact alter the geometry slightly resulting in a much wider turning circle. I can enquire further as to why exactly that is, if you are interested.

Good luck,

Chris Martin

GreaseMonkey (not verified)

Of course another RuddSpeed highlight was the alloy head conversion on the Ford Zephyr six-cylinder motor as fitted in a few AC Aces. Not sure if that fits your research, but a top car too.

Chris Martin

redranch
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Thanks for all the comments so far and sorry I've not responded
sooner but I've been traveling on business and internet access isn't
always possible.

In fact any Ruddspeed information is always welcome...I'll be able to post a few photos in a week or so, but I have a borrowed Ruddspeed in my garage at the moment (not a Mustang)...more to come later.