Review of goods used Holden
The harder it is believed, it’s official. The Commodore is a classic! Having blown out the candles on his 25th birthday cake, VB Commodore is eligible to register for special clubs, which makes Holden’s first new age a classic in the eyes of the car club movement.
Cars must be at least 25 years old to qualify for a club license, a cheaper registration that limits the use of cars for club-related activities.
Among the models released within the VB range in 1978, there is a striking pattern on the head and shoulders above other models. It loves SL / E and it’s the model that will most likely be sought by classic enthusiasts.
The Commodore was born in Europe, but was bred right here in Australia. It came as a result of difficulties experienced with oil supplies when war broke out in the Middle East in the early 1970s.
It was a rude awakening for all carmakers who desperately sought to make their cars more fuel-efficient after fuel prices soared following a supply issue.
Because of his solution, Holden turned to German cousin, Opel and joined the V-Car program, resulting in VB being released in October 1978.
It was the beginning of a new era for Holden, starting with a bang with the Wheels Magazine’s ‘Car of the Year’ award for the best new car in 1978. After starting off, there would be a lot of many lows in the coming years and it takes nearly 20 years for Goods to win the hearts and minds of Australian car buyers.
To create an effective Commodore Holden took the Opel body and chassis and redesigned them to accept the existing power train itself.
There is also some reinforcement done in certain areas of the body so that it can combat the abuse it will receive on bushy roads, and the suspension has been adjusted. back to suit local conditions.
With MacPherson Struts for the first time in the front – there’s a traditional direct-holden shaft in the back – VB is a sharper handling car that matches what comes from Europe more than the previous Holden reality. It still rides comfortably and handles rough and difficult Aussie roads with surprises.
The train was a problem for Holden that would exist and get worse, in the 1980s. The daring red 6-cylinder engine was introduced in 1963, at EH, so it There was a bit long in the teeth at the time it saw the service in VB Commodore.
With growing demand for greener engines that use less fuel, the six old Holdenes need to change, but with the technology originating in the 1960s, it needs major changes to meet demand. new.
Instead of spending big and developing all-new engines, Holden would have been tinkering with the old engine and coming up with a really good compromise. Under the limitations of rudimentary emissions control systems, the old red became a nasty engine running rough and still using too much fuel.
Similar to the V8 engine, introduced in 1968 in HT. Although it is as old as six V8s, it is still a relatively old engine and was unhappy to be lean and sluggish when emissions control systems created it.
Engine problems would become more urgent in the 1980s, but in 1978 when VB arrived Holden was full of optimism for the future.
The VB is a smartly styled car with lots of European chaos and the SL / E is the epitome of a European sports car, an appealing blend of elegance and performance.
At launch, the SL / E comes with an 87-liter 87-liter V8 engine as standard, with a 5.0-liter 5.0-liter option, but since 1979, you can also get an SL / E with a 6-liter engine, 3 liters 3.3 liters.
A three-speed T-bar is standard, as well as four-wheel disc brakes, power steering, 15 x 6 alloy wheels with 60-series steel radial, air-conditioning, velvet trim, wood grain. , AM / FM Blaupunckt radio audio cassette, full instrument, and for a true European touch, it also has headlamp washers and wipers.
It was a sharp car after that, and remains to this day.
Donith hopes to find a VB SL / E hidden behind your local used car dealer, most likely he sent it to the recyclers. The best place to look for a Classic Store is in the classifieds where you’ll have lots of options.
Take your time, don dive in and buy the first car you see, unless of course it’s a gem. When you find the car for you to negotiate difficult because VB is difficult to change, they end up effectively at the end of their useful life and are only interested in classic car enthusiasts.
IN THE STORE
Paradise soon charming old age paradise. Rust is a big problem and it can often be seen at the bottom of the guards and doors, below the rear windows and the floor can be a problem if the windows are leaking.
Color paint is a big problem if it is not taken care of, Metal color is the worst visible because fading usually occurs on the original merchandise.
As of now, the body has been dropped or is in the process of being done, the doors have been sagged and the dash has been cracked from the sun. At that time, automobile manufacturers moved from metal decoration to plastic, high quality plastic parts.
At first, alloy wheels looked like a treat, but they were so detailed in their design that it was almost impossible to clean the brake dust off the nooks and they soon looked bad. The only way to keep them looking good is to regularly remove dirt and grime, but very few owners have chosen to do this and they suffer the consequences.
Mechanically, VB suffers the same problems as other Holden. V8 engines are prone to oil leakage from the rear main crank shaft seals, oil seals, timing seals and deformed aluminum intake manifolds.
Camshaft wear is also a problem, especially on the lobes at the rear of the shaft where there is a problem with the oil supply.
Leakage from the cylinder head gaskets can also be a problem, usually due to a problem with the clamping head on the block due to the cylinder head bolt pattern, which allows the head to be deformed.
Early emissions control systems, primarily intended to reject engines desperately needed sparks and cut fuel to a minimum while still allowing the engine to run, robbing Holden engines with most of their power. and their performance and make them run strong.
The automatic transmission, Trimatic is fitted to six and small V8 engines, and the US Turbohydramatic 400 (later 350) is fitted to the 5.0-liter V8 engine, which is mostly powerful and reliable.
Similar to the rear end, this has caused a lot of trouble, but look for vibrations in the drive shaft that could signal articulation on the way out.
Most of the parts are available, either NOS from dealers or experts like Rare Spares, so there is no big problem in restoring VB. Keep in mind though, that most classic car enthusiasts spend too much money on restoration without being able to recover pocket money.