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Holden Short Motor 28 Oct 2021 10:42 #227350

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Holden Short Motor 28 Oct 2021 19:19 #227377

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Running out the greypiles once the red had made them obsolete.

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Holden Short Motor 28 Oct 2021 21:42 #227383

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I remember Pa fitting a Repco Gold Star reco long motor in his FC Holden. It had a gold star decal on the block. Dont remember seeing it again after it was fitted. I do know he was very happy with it.
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Holden Short Motor 05 Nov 2021 08:50 #227621

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I had a Repco Sports Gold Star engine in my FC too, slightly bigger bore and mild cam than the standard Gold Star engines. Ended up with a modified head with Chev Blue Flame valves on it and twin carburettor, etc, etc . . . 

That being said, this is a REAL short Holden engine: 


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Holden Short Motor 05 Nov 2021 08:55 #227622

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And Short Lived Too PDU.. Thankfully.. Underpowered POS that they were,,
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Holden Short Motor 05 Nov 2021 09:06 #227624

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They got a bad rap generally, I've owned two of them (VC and VH Dunnydores) and short lived? They lasted until 1986 in New Zealand I believe.

Check this: www.uniquecarsandparts.com.au/holden_starfire_4

Also, here's one for Morris, complete with Starfire engine (why would you?). :blink:
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Holden Short Motor 05 Nov 2021 09:38 #227625

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A cousin had One & a Good mate of dads also had one. Both went from 202 Powered Holdens to the Starfire.. Both hated them..
Gutless & used the same amount of Fuel as the old 202 were common themes with Them..
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Holden Short Motor 05 Nov 2021 09:45 #227626

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Lang, Yep those Old Grey Motors were worn out by 60-70 Thousand Miles, Yet today even the Cheap & cheerful Cars are good for a couple of Hundred thousand K's...
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Holden Short Motor 05 Nov 2021 10:30 #227628

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Hayseed

I always laugh when I hear people talking about quality and reliability of the old vehicles. They don't make them like they used to - thank God!

30,000 miles/48,000km was in most service manuals, well into the 60's, time  for a valve grind and anybody who was there knows a vehicle with 60,000miles/96,000km was basically worn out and looked upon by a buyer as a Corolla with 250,000km would be today.

There will be people who respond to these comments with :Uncle Bill had an FC Holden that did half a million miles. True enough but most of the FC Holdens in wreckers yards in the late 60's and early 70's had not even reached 100,000 miles. I saw the other day Hyundai offering 700,000km warranty on some model as a special deal. 300,000km is pretty common now.

Lets not talk about power, safety, handling, brakes, comfort etc etc. Most people had a flat tyre at least once a year, now most people have never had a flat tyre and some cars don't even carry a spare.

It is what we had at the time and in another 50 years people will roll their eyes when they think of us as they are walking out to their lifetime gaurantee unlimited mileage vehicle powered by sunlight hydrogen with kangaroo dropping extract for extra spring off the mark.

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Holden Short Motor 05 Nov 2021 19:59 #227657

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They got a bad rap generally, I've owned two of them (VC and VH Dunnydores) and short lived? They lasted until 1986 in New Zealand I believe.

Check this: www.uniquecarsandparts.com.au/holden_starfire_4

Also, here's one for Morris, complete with Starfire engine (why would you?). :blink:


Thanks but No thanks PDU I saw this on Gumtree or eBay a few days ago. The seller appeared to be proud that it had no brakes (fitted). It appears to me to be the ruin of a restorable LC3.
I have my shoulder to the wheel,
my nose to the grindstone,
I've put my best foot forward,
I've put my back into it,
I'm gritting my teeth,

Now I find I can't do any work in this position!

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