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Holden Torana LH LX 6 cyl 1974 1978 Gregorys Service Repair Manual

About the Holden Torana LH

The Holden Torana is actually really a car ended up being produced by General Motors-Holden's (GM-H), the Australian subsidiary of General Motors (GM) from 1967 to 1980. The name was produced from an Aboriginal word meaning "to fly". The most important Torana (HB series) appeared in 1967 and must have been a four cylinder compact vehicle which in fact have its origins along at the British Vauxhall Vivas associated with the mid 1960s. Whilst 1969-73 (LC and LJ) automobiles are in the more popular, longer wheel base six cylinder versions; and 1974-77 (LH and LX) eight cylinder versions the four-cylinder versions continued to get the entire production life belonging to the Torana and were called the Holden Sunbird from 1976. Giving an answer to the dominance of Australian motor sport by Ford Australia, Holden released the GTR XU1 Torana in 1970, that has a performance enhanced drive train and handling. Made by this time until the release associated with the Holden Commodore, the Torana remained Holden's most successful sports/performance vehicle. With the introduction belonging to the Commodore in 1978 the eight cylinder Torana was discontinued and in 1979, the Torana in its final guise (UC six cylinder)was also phased out, followed by the four cylinder Sunbird in 1980.

March 1974 saw the first completely new Torana body, with all the arrival belonging to the larger mid-sized LH series, produced in four door sedan style only. Regardless of the odd larger external size, the actual vehicle was relatively cramped by mid-1970s standards. It resembled other GM products of the company's generation, notably the Opel Ascona. It seemed to be unique in that, as soon as the addition of a 4 cylinder option in May 1974, precisely the same body style was available that has a choice of inline 4, inline 6, or V8 engines, specifically, 1.9 litre Opel four, 2.85 and 3.3 litre Holden 'red' sixes, and 4.2 and 5.0 litre Holden V8s. 1974 LH Torana SL/R 5000 L34 sedan. Note the round headlamps fitted path of the L34-all other LHs were factory fitted with rectangular lights.

The 5.0 litre engine was reserved for all the sporting LH Torana SL/R 5000 sedan. A special build derivative belonging to the SL/R 5000 was the Bathurst-intended 'L34 Option', of which only 263 were built, by having a higher compression motor with stouter components for much more power and durability in competition use. The most known external feature belonging to the L34 was the bolt-on wheel arch extensions, that is designed to accommodate the more expensive racing rims and tyres. The L34 proved to be fast and successful, yet fragile, in Australian touring car racing. That it was superseded next to the evolutionary A9X option made available in the LX Torana series in 1977. The LH Torana in L34 form won the famed Bathurst 1000 touring car race with Peter Brock and Brian Sampson in 1975 may be overweight Bob Morris & John Fitzpatrick in 1976. Prototype wagon and hatchback versions belonging to the LH Torana were built, but never reached production. Overall, a total of 70,184 LH Toranas were built.

New Zealand assembly got off to a troubled start. GMNZ, which still were built with a wide four-cylinder Vauxhall Viva/Magnum line available for purchase, had planned a 2850 six 'S' model with bench front seat and three-speed column manual shift and the 3300SL with bucket seats and four-speed manual or three-speed Trimatic floor shift. On the other hand NZ government imposed a 60% florida sales tax (a post first oil crisis measure) on cars with engines over two litres just as GM launched the LH in mid-'74 and only a few of each were built. The LH was then withdrawn temporarily and relaunched some months later with all the Opel 1.9-litre I4 and floor shift manual or auto (SL only) gearboxes. Six cylinder Toranas would never again be built in NZ and were only very rare imports after this. GMNZ also built a few unique local 'sports' special editions but the changes were only cosmetic.

Holden Torana LH and LX series Service and Repair Manual 1974-1978 Gregorys 1975 1976 1977


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