3.3 Black

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Page created by T Aug 18th 2011:

Original submission by T Mar 23rd 2007:

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3.3 Casting on a black block. Click to Enlargen. Photo by T.

 

3.3 Black:

The Black 3.3 Litre Engine replaced the Blue 3.3 Litre Engine and first appeared in VK Commodores and later model WB's. The Black 3.3 Litre Engine had the 6 Counterweight Crankshaft, an improved flow 12 Port Head and came with either EST or EFI. The Black 3.3 Litre Block had 3 Mounting Holes for the Alternator. Some Black 3.3 Blocks had no Mounting Hole for the Fuel Pump because they were specifically designed fof EFI VK's.   

A Black 3.3 Engine from a Calais VK Commodore. Note the 3rd Alternator Mounting Hole (red circle) Click to Enlargen. Photo by VkanaSvz.
   
A Black 3.3 Engine from a Calais VK Commodore. Note the 3rd Alternator Mounting Hole near the bottom of the Waterpump. Click to Enlargen. Photo by VkanaSvz.
 
 
The 3 holes cast into the block at the front on the manifold side are for mounting the Alternator. This shows this is a blue or black block. Red blocks do not have the upper 3rd hole. Click to enlargen. Photo by weekendwarrior.
 
3.3 Casting on a blue block. Note the Alternator is mounted on a Bracket which is held onto the Block by 3 Bolts. Click to Enlargen. Photo by WB LJE.

 
Holden red 3.3 block. Click to Enlargen. Photo by Tom1569.

 
Holden red 3.3 in marinised form. Click to Enlargen. Photo by The Red Baron
     

 

Block Identification:

Blue and black blocks have 3 holes at the front of the block on the manifold side for mounting the Alternator. Red blocks do not have the upper hole.

3.3 Litre Specifications:


202 Cubic inches displacement (3300 cc's), 6 cylinders.
Bore 3.625"
Stroke 3.250"   Red 3.3 engines first appeared in UC Toranas, HZ Kingswoods and Premiers. They also appeared in VB Commodores.
Blue 3.3 engines first appeared in VC Commodores and WB Utes, Vans and One Tonners. The blue engine is the improved performance version of the red 202 and uses the same bore and stroke but it has double valve springs, a dual throat carburettor, HEI, a heavier duty crankshaft and a 12 port head among other features. Black Engines first appeared in VK Commodores. They have improved Cylinder heads and the EFI VK Engine has improved coolant and oil flow as well as tougher pistons.

 

 

 

 

    Red 3.3 Identification Table

 MODEL  Introduced
mm/yy
 Finished
mm/yy
 Engine prefix  Capacity
CuIn (cc)
 Trans  Power
bhp(kw)@rpm
Torque
ft.lbs.(Nm)@rpm 
 Compression
 HZ  10/77  9/78  QL  202(3300)  Auto  118(88)@4000  185(251)@2100  9.4
 HZ  10/77  9/78  QL  202(3300)  Manual  109(81)@3900  185(251)@1400  9.4
 HZ  10/77  9/78  ZL  202(3300)  Auto  118(88)@4000  185(251)@2100  9.4
 HZ  10/77  9/78  ZL  202(3300)  Manual  109(81)@3900  185(251)@1400  9.4
 VB  9/78  3/80  VM  202(3300)  Manual  76(57)@3600    7.5
 VB  9/78  3/80  VM  202(3300)   Auto  83(62)@3800    7.5
 VB  9/78  3/80  VL  202(3300)  Manual  88(66)@3600  157(213)@2000  9.2
 VB  9/78  3/80  VL  202(3300)   Auto  95(71)@3800  164(221)@2100  9.2

  Blue 3.3 Identification Table

 MODEL  Introduced
mm/yy
 Finished
mm/yy
 Engine prefix  Capacity
CuIn (cc)
 Trans  Power
bhp(kw)@rpm
Torque
ft.lbs.(Nm)@rpm 
 Compression
 WB        202(3300)   Auto  95(71)@3800  164(221)@2100  9.2
 VC  3/80  9/81  VM  202(3300)    105(79)@4000  170(231)@2400  7.6
 VC  3/80  9/81  VL  202(3300)    111(83)@4000  170(231)@2400  9.0
 VH          Auto      
 VH                
82VH's Shed
SleakVH's Shed
 
3.3 Litre (3300cc) blue six in a VH Commodore. Click to enlargen. Photo by 82VH.
 
Black 3.3 block and Crankshaft. Click to enlargen. Photo by merc9112006.
 
A 3.3 Engine in a WB. Click to Enlargen. Photo by WB LJE.
 
A 3.3 Engine from a VC or VH Commodore. Note there are undrilled bosses for the Unused Air Injection Ports above each Exhaust Port in the Head. Click to Enlargen. Photo by SleakVH.
 
A 3.3 Engine from a VC or VH Commodore with Carter Fuel Pump, Trimatic, 3 hole Rocker Cover and with the Oil Pump Cover removed. Click to Enlargen. Photo by SleakVH.
 
 
EST VK 3.3 Engine. Click to Enlargen. Photo and Info by Stuart.
 
EFI VK 3.3 Engine. Click to Enlargen. Photo and Info by VKanaSvz.

 
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.
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3.3 VK Engine. Photo by Faust Fuhrer. Click to Enlargen.
  
3.3 EFI VK Engine. Grub Screws in the Exhaust Ports make the head suitable for use on both EST VK and EFI VK's. Air Injection Pipes screw into the Grub Scew Holes on the EST VK. Photo by VKanaSVZ. Click to Enlargen.
 

 

2850 Cylinder Head on a black 3.3 Engine. The Upper Alternator Mount Bolt Hole is evident. Photo by Cameron Rutter. Click to Enlargen.

Metric Timing Gears:

Submission bty HQJeff. Metric Pitch Timing Gears were introduced on 6 Cyl VK (black Engines). End of submission by HQJeff.  

Links:

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Stuart's Shed

VkanaSvz's Shed 

Cameron Rutter's Shed

Clinton George's Shed

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