Just reading t he latest edition of Unique Cars and the subject of motors being f lung into ot her jobs got me thinking about the many diesel Holden Gemini
motors I have sold over the years (hav ing wrecked or driven over 700 !).
Of the 40 odd diesel motors t hat went on to live, only one ever made it back into a Gemini. The rest went into prov iding power for a sawmill blade, a boat, WW2 replica Jeeps, a Bobcat and a fork lif t. Si x went to an enterprising young bloke who used them to power a vacuum to suck out insulation from roof cav ities and blow new stuff back in. He had a rig made so as the motors deceased they could be changed quick ly.
And last ly, quite a few made t heir way into leafsprung Suzuki Sierras which were a ver y good f it being a relatively compact unit and cheap – a lthough ver y underpowered. One time, a mate rocked up in a Sierra wit h t he conversion done but needing a new motor. Popping the bonnet revea led a JDM-spec turbodiesel Gemini motor which then sparked a quest to discover what Oz rea lly missed out on Gemini-wise. Turns out there was an auto, turbo-diesel Gemini with cr uise-control, elect ric sunroof and other good stuf f. But t hat’s a stor y for another time! Cheers. Elky, Email