One of the really irritating things for me on the FHC was that it had the wipers and indicator stalks on the "wrong" side, so there were several times when I indicated to turn and the wipers came on instead. Apart from being embarassing it was also potentially dangerous so I wanted to swap the switches around. All the cars made from the next year onwards have theirs on the "normal" side - indicator on the left so I wanted to swap them over. I already had a set of the switches from my original old red TR7 that I had broken for spares. The ignition lock was also on the left which sometimes had me fumbling to get the key in, so I wanted to swap that over as well. I needed the plastic cowl that covers the ignition switch but Steve Wilcox at S&S Preparations supplied that from his huge stocks of all things TR7.
It was not a difficult job and only took a couple of hours, the most difficult part was getting the security bolts out that hold the ignition lock assembly. They are the sort that are made to shear off when you tighten them up, presumably to deter car thieves. I had to use a Dremel to put a slot in the head and a centre punch to start them turning but they came out easily enough.
|Right side and left side ignition key assemblies|
|Ignition key where I like it!|