In an effort to help folks help themselves to a vast selection of performance parts for their Series 1 (92-95) L-27 and VIN-1 (L-67) 3800 V6’*, here is a list of vendors that would allow anyone to put together an engine to eat most other offerings talked about here for breakfast.
The key to these parts and how they relate directly to our GM powerplants, is to first understand that Holden-Australia were licensed to produce the very same engine in at their facilities for the Commodore. You can read some history here:
Some GM history here:
The Commodore designations in question are VP, VR, and VS. Another well known designation by the Aussies for the Series 1 is S1 or Pre-Ecotec. Given the rather narrow window in which these engines were offered within the Holden environment, one can rest assured you ARE getting parts that indeed DO fit your L-27/VIN-1 (OK – if you insist, L-67).
Although I initially looked into purchasing parts for my engines from Australia a few years a go, it was not until recently that I became confident enough to do just that. I would also like to point out that Series One Performance (DrJay) at:
…has done his own legwork to source and offer the same series of parts. This was noteworthy, because as I spent the bucks on long distance phonecalls to contact these fine folks to either corroborate PN’* or discover new ones, in most cases DrJay had already spoken to them. A fellow gearhead on extended vacation in Sydney has also been able to ensure the following list indeed relates directly to our Series 1 engines. Seems DrJay and myself have started the Australian market to look further at supplying known Series II vendors with some (or more) of their parts. Anyways, if you are squeamish about ordering from Aussie-land, talk to DrJay who is in your own back yard so-to-speak. Enjoy:
CAMSHAFTS, VALVE SPRINGS, RETAINERS, KEEPERS, AND STRENGTHENED PUSHRODS
1.7:1 AND 1.8:1 ALUMINUM ROLLER ROCKERS
(website out of date)
ROLLER TIMING CHAIN
There may be a timing gear set from the same folks shortly
FORGED PISTONS, BILLET RODS
The other day I finally confirmed through GM Parts engine rebuilding facilities that neither version of the Series 1 engines offered from 92 to 95 employed forged pistons in any form. A couple of GM know-it-alls I spoke to disagreed, but only after they did some legwork did they realize this is correct. Kind of amusing I thought.
Stay tuned here, as there are at least two more outfits about to release similar kits. I’ll forward them when the information reaches my inbox.
FUEL PUMP RE-WIRE
At Intense, look for kit CHK-152. May requires some mods – but very effective at increasing OEM fuel pressure.
This should get you where you want to go, if I find more time I might compile a list of PN’*. But you guys I’m sure are smart enough to do precisely the same thing…