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Early Red Motors

An old motor mechanic recently told me that the first batch of the early "red" motors (149 and HP) were made in Canada before they were produced here in Australia!
Is this correct?

Cheers, Mick.

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doubt it.

why?? did canada use our reds?? nope...

grey motors were being made here, its not like we didnt have the means and they were going to be made here for many years to come, just makes no sense... typical old wives tail imo

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The Aussie red engines used in the EH were derived from the USA Chevy II 194 cubic inch engine that were used in the assembled Canadian Acadian (Canadian version of Chevrolet II) and Beaumont (Canadian version of the Chevelle) models as well as US models. GM did have an engine plant at St. Catharines, Ontario from 1954 so these 194's were made in the USA and Canada. So I guess it's possible some prototypes engines were made in Canada or the USA but I can't find any confirmation of this anywhere.

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Regards Blue

I think it is based on the myth about the early grey motors being made in Canada see https://books.google...

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or perhaps they were thinking of the 6 cylinder slopers assembled in Australia from Canadian cars in the 1940's. See http://www.gregwapli...

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T

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Holdenpaedia, they're the brakes Mate.

I think it true for grey motors.

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Holdenpaedia, they're the brakes Mate.

Not even for the grey. See http://fefcholden.or... etc

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Regards Blue

The original idea of the Holden was a Chev to be marketed in the US.

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Holdenpaedia, they're the brakes Mate.

and page 116 of https://books.google...

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Regards Blue

The first grey motor was only produced a few months before the car went on sale?
To me, that would leave very little time for reliability testing and resolving any unforseen problems. Surely, there would have been prototype motors made somewhere earlier than July 1948?
David

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Old is good.

The first grey motor prototype blocks were cast in the USA in 1946. This is the same time as when the first 2 prototype 48 series cars were built. This allowed almost 2 years of testing before the release of the new Holden.

Dr Terry

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That makes much more sense to me than engines being first made a few months before the car went on sale.
David

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Old is good.

Remember GMH were making engines during the war (aeroplane, boat and torpedo engines ) so moving on to making a car engine was not the big step it might sound. But yes The prototype 48-215s had motors that were manufactured in Detroit (with the rest of the car).

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Regards Blue

Long discussion here http://forum.fefchol... and Dr Terry is involved too.

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