Join Date: May 2016
Location: Victoria, Australia
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While the engines in the Holden HR was generally reliable the body work was not.
Holders at that time came out of the factory with absolutely no rust proofing in the door/tail gate panels. For instance, if you took off a door panel and looked at the inside of the door skin you'd see a coating of bitimus paint. This was NOT to aid rust prevention, it simply stopped the door panel " drumming".
If you looked down/up/right/left through the door opening you'd see BARE metal. When a customer received his/her NEW car it was already rusty inside the panels.
Inside the tail gate (near the bottom) there was a U shapes channel that faced up. Then, when it rained water with dust (mud) included would flow down the back window straight into this open channel. ALMOST ever Holden at that time was rusted. (I suspect this was deliberate as this channel could have been turned upside down an still achieve any door strengthening that was required).
The Holden HR I had was a manual. This had 3 forward gears with a gear change selector mounted on the steering column (3 on the tree). There was NO SYNCRO on first gear. To select 1st you'd operate the clutch pedal and wait 2-3 seconds THEN select 1st. I'd bypass this by selecting 2nd or 3rd gear then straight into 1st. (I'd do this without thinking).
On occasion, if I let someone drive my car I'd explain what was required then THEY WOULD crunch the gears going into 1st (needless to say, very few were allowed to drive my car).
Then the Japanese cars came on the scene.....Oh what a difference. It's no wonder I stick to Japanese cars.
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