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Original submission by T Apr 4th 2007:

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Holden 179 engine as used in an EH Holden. Click to Enlargen. Photo by Streetneat.

179 Motor:

179 Cubic Inches Displacement, 6 cylinders.
Bore 3.563"
All the red sixes have the same 3.00" stroke except the 201, 202 and 3.3 which have a 3.25" stroke.Red, blue and black 3.3's also have a 3.25" stroke.  See also HP Engine Blocks

These engines were originally fitted to EH Holdens, then HD Holdens. The cars carried an external 179 identification badge when this engine was fitted.
Used the adjustable hydraulic lifter valve gear that was used in 186 engines. 
Holden 179 engine badge as used on EH and HD Holdens. Click to Enlargen. Photo by Old Holden.
 
Holden 179 engine badge as used on EH and HD Holdens. EH shown. Click to Enlargen. Photo by Eddie 63.
Cutaway of Holden 179 engine as used on EJ, EH and HD Holdens. Shows the 179 casting identifier. Click to Enlargen. Photo by Jacks.
 
 
EH Holden powered by a 179 engine. Click to Enlargen. Photo by tufnuff.
 
 
179 Powered HD Ute. Click to Enlargen. Photo by Sargo.
 

 Red 179 Identification chart.

 MODEL Introduced
mm/yy
 Finished
mm/yy
 Engine prefix Capacity
CuIn (cc)
 Power
bhp (kw)@rpm
 Torque
ft.lbs.(Nm)@rpm
 Compression
 EH 8/63 2/65 M 179 (2950) 115(86)@4000 175(237)@1600 8.8
 HD 2/65 4/66 179F 179 (2950) 115(86)@4000 175(237)@1600 8.8
 HD 2/65 4/66 179X 179 (2950) 140(104)@4600 178(241)@2400 8.8
Holden 179 engine in HD Holden. The Engine colour looks original. Photo by Aaron Nelson-Mathews Click to Enlargen. .
179 Engine bored to 186. Click to Enlargen. Photo by HRAmbo.
Holden 173 Engine disembled, typical of all Red 6 Engines. Note the Rockers are Adjustable because it is a 149 Head. Standard 173 Heads use Non-Adjustable Rockers. Image by Bubsy. Click to Enlargen.

EH HP 179:

This is another myth that needs busting. The only 179 manuals made before Feb 1964 were the 120 or so S4s built for the Armstrong 500 (1963 Bathurst). All other 1963 179 motors were autos. From Feb 1964 onwards, 179 manuals were standard for Premiers & freely available as an option on all other models. All 179 blocks (whether auto or manual, the block is the same for both) had HP cast into their side. The 179 cast blocks did not appear until Oct or Nov 1964, so most EH 179 blocks had HP on their side whether manual or automatic. The rare part is the fact that it's painted black, because manual 179 Special were the most common version in 1964. How many that were made in black is anyone's guess. The rarest EH would be a black manual Premier wagon or a 179 Hydra-Matic panel van. Dr Terry

Block ID:


  Count the welsh plugs on the starter side of the block 3=149, 5 (3 big, 2 small) = 179,186,161 ect
Cheers
Q-ball. 
Screwless type 179 casting. Photo by Q-Ball. Click to Enlargen.
 

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