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Old 08-12-2010, 04:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I know this is a dumb question, but someone once told me there are no dumb questions, just dumb assumptions. Which brings me to the question; I am reading an Original, official Ford 1966 Comet, Falcon, Fairlane, Mustang shop manual page 3.8 re: adjusting the toe by turning the connecting sleeves Figure 10 and 12 are the illustrations in question. Are they both referring to the same right and left and which way should you be viewing the car. It would be so much easier if they just said driver side is left and passenger side is right. But I couldn't find that reference anywhere I looked, (I must admit I have not read every word in the book) .
Any of you know the correct definition of right and left?
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left is driver as far as i know
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I run into this on the phone a lot, you are far from the first to ask this.

Always the left/right side of the car, not the person.

If you were using the 'person' standard, and standing on the 'drivers side', you'd have a left bumper and a right bumper, and the passenger door would be on the rear.

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It's from the perspective of the person sitting in the car. The person's left hand is toward the left side of the car. In the old days the driver would point to the left to turn left ...the left turn signal lights are on the left front and left rear. In some countries the right side is the driver side, but the left side is always the side toward the left turn!

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I run into this on the phone a lot, you are far from the first to ask this.

Always the left/right side of the car, not the person.

If you were using the 'person' standard, and standing on the 'drivers side', you'd have a left bumper and a right bumper, and the passenger door would be on the rear.

WTF ?
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I run into this on the phone a lot, you are far from the first to ask this.

Always the left/right side of the car, not the person.

If you were using the 'person' standard, and standing on the 'drivers side', you'd have a left bumper and a right bumper, and the passenger door would be on the rear.

That explanation fits the car
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Major confusion here, Batman!

Left, Driver side, Stage left, all from perspective of the driver, in America.
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I learned long ago the ref right or left is based on the "operating position" to which you use or drive something such as an appliance or a car. It's based on where to stand or sit to use something like riding lawn mower etc.
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I learned long ago the ref right or left is based on the "operating position" to which you use or drive something such as an appliance or a car. It's based on where to stand or sit to use something like riding lawn mower etc.
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Major confusion here, Batman!

Left, Driver side, Stage left, all from perspective of the driver, in America.
Why in America? In countries where the driver sits on the other side isn't a left turn in the same direction? A motorcycle driver/rider sits in the center. Left is left even in Australia!
So why would the left side depend on the country?!!

Do people have a different hand called left in Aussie? If you face backward and make a left turn the car doesn't know where you are sitting! Would it make sense to put a right light that includes the right turn signal on the left fender?

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Left hand drive cars have the driver in the left hand side of the car so that would mean everything on that side is the left.
LHD is the standard for the majority of the world except the UK, Australia and Japan(?)
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I run into this on the phone a lot, you are far from the first to ask this.

Always the left/right side of the car, not the person.

If you were using the 'person' standard, and standing on the 'drivers side', you'd have a left bumper and a right bumper, and the passenger door would be on the rear.

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