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:
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..
"Be who you are and say what you feel...
Because those that matter...
And those that mind....
don't matter." -
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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