Yeah,i agree, but the only reason it was grey was because they couldn't agree on which shade of green to use and i think the paint(ex-WW11) came out of the States via Canada as well.
Yeah,interesting read,looks like a lot of the Info. was sourced from earlier books if it wasn't published until 1998.
I agree about GMH having the capacity to make blocks,Harnett was in charge of that side of things for the Govt. during WW11.
Again this someones surmise. And he reckons Holden produced engines in 1948, where every other article says early 49!
The early cars never had the Australian content, that was worked up too over a few years. If they had they probably would not have started producing until about 1952, and GM would have canned the project.
By about 52, the update the cars had Oz manufactured, starters generators, wheels, engines, etc.That had gradually came on over the previous years. I feel sure some switches etc were still imported, they are the same as a Chev. If local they were a direct copy.
It was a large project to make the cars here, something near impossible to do from scratch.
Ford and the rest had it easier, several years later and the supplier chain was more advailable making it easier to start. And Ford engines were US made until 1972, both 6 and 8s. And to verify that read the XA parts book!
As for Holdens, read the 48-HR parts book, there is numerous changes on those early engines, from e/n such and such. So long since I have done it now I forget. But real early, early FE, FB were the major changes for various reasons. There was other minor changes and often a superseded no. In fact the real early parts books would even be better and then compare part numbers as by the 48-HR book most of the superseded numbers were already there. Though I ever only worked with the 48-HR as I am too young! Though chasing supersessions was then a daily part of the job in a GMH [and Ford] main parts dealer.
Again books written in the 60s, 70s 80s are far more factual than current ones, more fact less myth! As it is closer to the actual time.