holden 186 turbo

1970s turbocharging – The Holden Strata 186 turbo

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Quite a rare sight in Australia these days is a running Holden 186 Strata turbo six. This one was at Dandy Engines after an engine freshen up before it will be going back onto the Holden HG that is was originally fitted to from new.

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Released in 1969, the Ferrari Dino 246 became Ferrari’s first high volume model, selling over 3500 units in around 5 years in the GT and spider GTS models. Making around 190hp, power came from a mid engine 2.4L DOHC 65-degree cast iron block V6 engine. These are certainly a rare sight in Australia and especially on an engine dyno. We caught up with the team from Dandy Engines who had previously supplied machining services, and were now giving it a final run in on the dyno. The engine itself is essentially a blueprint rebuild with a slight clean up of cylinder head ports, still retaining the factory 9:1 compression ratio.