The Holden Grey motor is often referred to as the Holden side plate. The engine earned its name as they were painted grey from the factory. They came in 2 sizes, 138ci and 132ci. More engineering and after market modifications have gone into this engine than any other engine in Australian automotive history.

January 22, 2016

Norman Blown EK Wagon

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Being a greybeard and born In the early 1950s I've been lucky enough on have had a number of early FX and FJ's featured in hte early 70s and 80s Australian Custom Rodder magazine.   Our FX Ute was also pictured in a few mags at Lake Gairdner speed trials in the early 90s.  All were grey motored.  We thought that at the turn of the century, we might get a late model happening, hence the EK.

This is the car that I would have loved to have in the late 60s but couldn't afford it then!  We have tried to make is a period classic with nothing used ont he car later then 1970.  Body is stock apart from being lowered 2" all round.  Breaks are power assisted.  Inside trim is stock with addition of an Impala shifter, Smiths 3" tacho in a spun alloy case and Smiths 2" oil and temp gauges.

The engine is a grey with an Ivan Tighe came, stage 3 head, balanced bottom end, Ron Dalo headers, modified distributor and a Norman supercharger.  I drive this car to work every day and I find that greatest buzz is when you meet that one-in-a-million who is into Australian nostalgia and enjoys the car for what is is - my bit of Australian motoring fun!  The car's performance is satisfactory and it's great that our hobby is so diverse.  Thanks for your time
Lindsay Wilson


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