The bombadore came out with the harsh rattly 3.8 V6 in 88. It was a front drive engine in a rear drive car. And I think were imported from the US.
Then in 90 they went to what many call the VP engine. A equally harsh rattly thing that at least had the thermostat at the front! It was improved slightly update VP and for VR.
I have seen the 60s Buicks as well, so many versions and even and staggered crank pins. Though having played with Leyland [Buick] V8s it is still the same basic thing.
The Holdens used the staggered crank pins,, and they break cranks! Though at racing RPMs.
The VS Ecotec is just another version, entirely different block and heads and not much interchanges, it went until 05 in the VY. The VZ on used the Saab engine. An asthmatic thing, well at least dragging the Fatadore around.
There is a speedway category,, Wingless Sprints powered by those gunkers running on methanol. Yes they really do! A friend builds a few for his son and a few others and have been on the pace. Strangely they seize oil pumps regularly. Even street engines do it. How? I have no idea as an oil pump should be the most over lubricated piece of the engine.
And NO they never had carbs here in Oz. Ever. Last carby Holden 6 was VK and V8 at the end of VL.
I believe though you can buy a manifold aftermarket to do so.
Edited by Lee Nicolle, 23 May 2018 - 06:09.