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Old 03-18-2017, 07:50 AM   #21
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One more page of the brochure, which wouldn't fit in the previous post (I already had 5 pictures).
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Re: parts listed in parts catalogs and photos in driver's manuals, I think these documents are printed up at least several months or more before the actual production begins, and certainly well before the cars, complete and CKD, were shipped out. There is a good chance that any changes in equipment, standard or optional, would simply be passed by, as reprinting and distributing changes would not be cost effective. These types of changes would likely be reflected in Service Bulletins, if at all. This could well be the case with the dash trim.

This Australian 1957 Sales Brochure definitely shows dash trim installed


This original 1957 RHD in Australia did not have the dash trim, or a radio.


This original 1956 in England did have dash trim (and no radio)


I think this is from England, 1955/1956?


Here's a 1955 from Australia


And a 1957 from South Africa, with radio and no trim


Conclusions from all this? Some RHD Tri Fives came with dash trim, some didn't. You can't just take LHD trim and put it on a RHD dash since the holes are different, so any originals either came from the factory (or CKD) that way, or the local dealer had to order it special for the car.
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Excellent references, David!

I can't be sure of any other RHD destinations, such as NZ and South Africa – maybe these countries did the upgrade to Bel Air dash trim as well? Don't know.

Australia enabled a few scenarios.

All CKD cars were 210 and all had the Bel Air dash trim. (And I believe all such cars were 4-door sedans with a 6.)

Then there were the imported cars. There was a bunch of these that were Bel Air 4DHT (56 and 57), so naturally these would have had the Bel Air trim as well – these may have come in as an order from GMH for GM dealers or for consular use/distribution. There were also some Bel Air sedans that would/could have come in via similar circumstances. Also, there was ability for individuals to order Chevs from the US as ready-made RHD cars – I know of two such vehicles, both were 57 4-door hardtops, one of which is a Bel Air. It may have been possible that some of these imported cars were 210s and had the standard 210 dash finish (without trim), but I am not sure – it's possible.

It's possible that some of the cars from the photos were originally Australian RHD CKD cars that have had dash trim later removed – either via modification or restoration.

Interestingly, the imported Bel Air cars would have had vinyl/cloth interiors, while the locally assembled cars would have had leather.
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KThere are currently 193 countries and territories recognized by the UN, Of these, 139 have right hand traffic and 54, (most, but not all such as Japan, former British colonies such as Bermuda and India). have left hand traffic. Of those with left hand traffic I would assume most have right hand drive cars but I have not been able to confirm which may have had imported rhd Chevrolets.
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This original 1957 RHD in Australia did not have the dash trim, or a radio.
I'm not too sure about this car being an original Aussie 57 RHD. For starters there is an aftermarket gauge stuck on the left hand side of the key, it only has two pedals meaning it's an automatic and the shifter has been moved from the column to the floor ?????
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(Historian) David Hayward wrote plenty about GM outside of the US:

http://www.gmhistory.chevytalk.org/index.html

I am sure some of his writing/posts both here and on Chevytalk would include information as to where GM assembled and distributed cars outside of the US, especially gown back years.

Where there ever any RHD cars assembled specifically for UK distribution, I wonder?

I know that some countries had car intakes that corresponded with military activity. The Phillipines, for example, had a number of Chevs due to the number of US servicemen there – and I think one or two 567s have found their way to Australia from there.

Interestingly, the Philippines was a RHD country until 1945, when the then president signed an order to change to LHD – due to better buying economics from the US car manufacturers.
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American AM radios are no good in Australia , our AM band goes up in increments of 9 - i.e. 981 - 990 -999 etc and yours is in increments of 10 so not all stations can be properly tuned in.
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Yes and no.

What Blacky says is true about the radio frequencies. The AM radio band runs roughly from 500 kHz to 1600 kHz. North American AM radio stations are spaced 10 kHz apart - e.g. 700, 710, 720, etc. The Australian AM stations are spaced 9 kHz apart, so they'd be 720, 729, 738, etc. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...s_in_Australia for a list of stations and frequencies.

AM radios in most cars built from the late 1980s onward have digital tuners. As you go up the dial, it'll read 700, 710, 720, etc. in cars built for the American market. So, Blacky is correct - these radios won't pick up the Australian radio stations.

However, tri-five radios have an analog tuner. It's completely possible to dial it in at 713 kHz, if you wanted to do so.

So, back in the day, if a radio station was slightly off their assigned frequency, you could still pick it up. Also, the radio's tuned frequency can drift slightly over a wide temperature range (despite a temperature-compensating capacitor in the tuning circuit), so you may have to adjust your radio's tuning for that as well. Tri-five radios don't have phase-locked loops or other nifty things in the tuner, so you kind of have to be able to do that.

John said he has an American AM radio in his '57, and it works just fine in Australia.

The only other thing to consider is the Q or selectivity of the tuning circuit. A 9 kHz spacing might require a bit more selectivity (think "margin of error") than a 10 KHz spacing. Inadequate selectivity would mean you might pick up a bit of the stations at 700 and 720 when listening to 710. Too much selectivity would mean you'd have to retune the radio after going over a big bump in the road.

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