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40 Years Old!!!


Hullo All,
This 250 cid McKinnon was transplanted into the Malibu in 1982 and never worked until 2008.
It was manufactured in 1969.  It is running daily as my personal transport and has never been overhauled.
It had just completed a 1289Km journey through the Mountains.
While testing my own Heater design, I looked at the Oil pressure and other
readings and just said to myself "This engine is too stupid to know when to Quit!!!
Look at the readings and the McKinnon square!!! Pardon the dirt!! It has a 85°C Thermostat fitted. (ASCII Codes work!)
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-- Edited by Johann65 on Friday 15th of May 2009 11:08:14 AM

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Ah yes! I remember it well!!! (With Pictures)

  1. 1965 Malibu 4dr Sedan L6 (Original)
  2. 1975 Chevrolet Kommando 305 (Monaro Clone)
  3. 2000 Peugeot 406 2.0L
  4. 1996 VW Golf Chico


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It's bullet proof.

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Is that an auxillary rad you have attached to the heater hoses? You've done a great job on the engine compartment!


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I love looking at those RHD pictures! Just can't get enough of the "backwards" (to me) look!!

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Cool engine pics! Love the custom job!

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I also think it has a lot to do with the owner. Who looks after his car with great respect and pride. Good on yea ! Love that valve cover. What manufacture is it ?

Ian K

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69Laurentian wrote:
Is that an auxillary rad you have attached to the heater hoses? You've done a great job on the engine compartment!

I also think it has a lot to do with the owner. Who looks after his car with great respect and pride. Good on yea ! Love that valve cover. What manufacture is it ? Ian K


The radiator and the tappet cover comes from a 1978 Chev Commodore. These were the last South African Chevs (Opels) to have McKinnon engines.  After that they changed to Opels Engines. I had one what a disapointment!  2.8L no go!

The aux radiator is a bolt on/bolt off heater that will deliver warmth to the car without drilling holes in the firewall and will have a fan to deliver airflow to the interior!  Will hopefully show you all  later! My Creativity!aww

The tappet cover is a GM product that came standard on the "Blueflame" engines.  Offenhaus?

It has just received its first buff and polish!

Thanks for the nice comments

 



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Ah yes! I remember it well!!! (With Pictures)

  1. 1965 Malibu 4dr Sedan L6 (Original)
  2. 1975 Chevrolet Kommando 305 (Monaro Clone)
  3. 2000 Peugeot 406 2.0L
  4. 1996 VW Golf Chico


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Just to show the link between McKinnon and Motherwell (Machining Plant) South Africa. 
Motherwell started machining in 1965 but got the castings from McKinnon!
The engine in the Malibu is a 1969 unit cast by McKinnon and machined
at Motherwell South Africa. From there the ZBG code!!!
Z= ZA = South Africa
BG = 1969 to ? 
PS! My floorshift comes from the same donor 1978 vehicle and fitted perfectly with no modifications to the links required!  Engine and Gearbox were Canadian!

South Africa

GMSA were still selling everything under the Chevrolet brand in the late 70s. Up until 1978 (and through that year), GMSA offered two "big" models: the bigger being the Kommando/Constantia/Caprice models based on the Holden HJ series, and the smaller being the "Chevrolet 2500/3800/4100" series, which used the 72-77 Opel Rekord body, but was fitted with locally-manufactured Chevrolet engines (153, 230, and 250-cube to Americans).

GMSA was producing a mishmash of Vauxhall, Opel, and Holden designs and the company decided to concentrate strictly on Opel products. So by late 1978 the Vauxhall Viva derivatives were gone, and both the Holden-based and Rekord-based models would be replaced by local versions of the Opels Rekord, Commodore, and Senator.

The first to appear, in July 1978, was the "Chevrolet Rekord" available in "L" and "GL" trim levels, and powered by a 2.3-litre 90-horsepower (68 kW) four-cylinder engine derived from the big Chevrolet 230/250-cube six. A wagon followed later.

The next model was the "Chevrolet Commodore", which, like its Aussie counterpart, matched the Rekord body with the Senator's long nose. It too came in "L" and "GL" trims and featured either the 3.8-litre 120-hp (88 kW) or 4.1-litre 132-hp (97 kW) Chevrolet units.

During 1979, the "Chevrolet Senator" was launched, using the Opel body, but with the 132-horse 4.1-litre engine matched to an automatic transmission.

GMSA sourced some of its components from Holden, namely body panels.

Those old Chevy-based engines were tough as nails, and could eat up endless highway miles with no stress. They had a reputation among the South African public for being long-lasting and reliable, and it was popular to refit Land Rovers with these torquey units. But the big-block designs had their roots in the early 1960s (local manufacture started in 1965) and were quite thirsty. GM decided to gradually supplant them with imported Opel engines.

For 1981, The Rekords were available with a choice of either the 2-litre Opel cam-in-head unit, or the old 2.3-litre o-h-v Chev motor. Midway through 1982, the Chevrolet Commodore "2.8 GL" was added, using the German base Senator engine with a new five-speed gearbox.

GM retired the old Chevrolet motor for 1983, concentrating solely on the Opel engines. That year, the Senator got a big power boost, when the fuel-injected 3-litre Senator engine was fitted to local models. GMSA had reintroduced the Opel brand in 1980, with the launch of the Kadett, and for 1983, the Opel Ascona replaced the Chevrolet Chevair, which was an Opel Ascona with a Manta front clip. To streamline things, the Rekord, Commodore, and Senator dropped Chevrolet badges in favour of Opel that year

-- Edited by Johann65 on Friday 15th of May 2009 02:32:13 PM

-- Edited by Johann65 on Friday 15th of May 2009 02:47:20 PM

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Ah yes! I remember it well!!! (With Pictures)

  1. 1965 Malibu 4dr Sedan L6 (Original)
  2. 1975 Chevrolet Kommando 305 (Monaro Clone)
  3. 2000 Peugeot 406 2.0L
  4. 1996 VW Golf Chico


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Thanks for posting that. Very informative.  My dad had a early sixties Opel in Germany and was shipped over to Canada when we were posted to Winnipeg. Wish I had this car today. Travelled across Germany and Canada pulling a home made tent trailer. Not sure if it was a GM six back then but he always used a lot of GM parts on it.



My dads Opel Kapitän   , My Mom and sister.
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Johann, do you have pictures of those 70's GM of SA models that you mention?

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Astro Jet wrote:
Johann, do you have pictures of those 70's GM of SA models that you mention?


Morning,

Visit this site 
http://www.africanmusclecars.com/Chev.html

The real important site is down at the moment

http://www.moby302.co.za

 



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Ah yes! I remember it well!!! (With Pictures)

  1. 1965 Malibu 4dr Sedan L6 (Original)
  2. 1975 Chevrolet Kommando 305 (Monaro Clone)
  3. 2000 Peugeot 406 2.0L
  4. 1996 VW Golf Chico


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Hey Johann, do you want an aluminum  Clifford 4 barrel intake for that thing along with a set of headers?  I used to run a 292 with this stuff in my 1939 buick but I finally swapped it out for a 327.  I probably will never use it again.  I am keeping my 70 Chev truck with the 250 cid strictly stock because it works just fine like that.

(The only mod I've done to it is to change the the points over to  Pertronix CDI type of igntion and it doesn't show at all.  Runs better too.)

It would be one heck of a conversation piece although I/m not sure how driveable It would be.  When I had the Holley 600 cfm carb on it it was kind of a thirsty beast.

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69 Chevy CST pickup

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Ken, I would die to have the manifolds! Problem is to get them here! Cost would be prohibitive and I can't afford them. Thanks for the offer!

Johann

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Ah yes! I remember it well!!! (With Pictures)

  1. 1965 Malibu 4dr Sedan L6 (Original)
  2. 1975 Chevrolet Kommando 305 (Monaro Clone)
  3. 2000 Peugeot 406 2.0L
  4. 1996 VW Golf Chico


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Yeah you're probably right.  I have never sent anything that far so I have no clue.

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38 Willys pickup electric

39 Buick (327 with 700 r4)

66 Beaumont 4 door hardtop

69 Chevy CST pickup

1976 GMC 23'  motorhome

1994 Impala SS (temporary, according to my wife)



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http://www.moby302.co.za

Moby's site is up and running!  There is all there is to know about the Canadian chev's and Pontiacs that came to South Africa!  Site is great! Go take a look, Dale is a great girl dedicated to this website!

 



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Ah yes! I remember it well!!! (With Pictures)

  1. 1965 Malibu 4dr Sedan L6 (Original)
  2. 1975 Chevrolet Kommando 305 (Monaro Clone)
  3. 2000 Peugeot 406 2.0L
  4. 1996 VW Golf Chico
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