EJ and EH Holden production build information database 

The EH Holden Car Club of Vic has started a database of EJ and EH vehicle details. This database will require a substantial number of vehicle details to make it effective. This is an ambitious project, and it will be of benefit to all EJ-EH owners.

It will enable to work out approximately the build date of your vehicle, and bring to light some trim and paint code and combinations. Please submit all details and we will hopefully be able to answer any questions for you. It will not hold any personal information, nor will the database be released to anyone.his info will go a long way towards helping others and yourself to find out more about EJ’s and EH’s.

If you are selling an EJ or EH on the EHCCV website, we request this info as a reciprocal gesture. If you have extra vehicles, body shells, service books etc. do not hesitate to include these details, as partial info helps also. Thank you for your time. Where will you find this info? 

Examples?. This is what the main Body ID tag looks like.

Chassis No. – (example) ‘EH12345M’
NOT the little tag below the BODY ID tag. It is found stamped in the engine bay skirt on the drivers side, or in original service book.

Original Registration No. – if known. Could be in original service book or on some old receipts

First Date of Reg. – from registration label, or original vehicle service book.

Original Engine No. – (Example) ‘H123456′
On engine block, rego label or service book or on some old receipts Also Required are all details exactly as listed on the BODY IDENTIFICATION plate, example shown above. The small plate with a number on it below the main BODY ID plate is a stock number. The following are the details required. Cut and paste the following section into an email to us and fill in the details you may have.
CHASSIS : (this is the most important number)

  EJ and EH Body and Engine ID Codes explained 

From a set of numbers we can establish some of the history of your EJ or EH. It is all relative to the amount of info you have. I will go through examples and explain what they mean. First of all I will start with the chassis number it is NOT the little tag below the BODY ID tag. It is found stamped in the engine bay skirt panel on the drivers side. A typical example would be ‘EH12345M’. The first two letters will state simply whether the vehicle is an ‘EJ’ or ‘EH’ .The numbers that follow indicate the number for that vehicle off the line at the plant it was built and/or assembled at. The chassis numbers started at 1001. This brings us to the final letter, which will be either 
 – Adelaide
B – Brisbane (assembly only)
M – Melbourne
S – Sydney
P – Perth (assembly only)
NZ – New Zealand (assembly only)

The codes as shown on a sample Body Identification plate below are explained as follows. The small plate with a number on it below the main Body ID plate is a stock number.

The BODY code on this plate holds most of the information. A typical example would be ‘EH 225A-1001M’ and can be broken up as follows.The first two letters will state simply whether the vehicle is an ‘EJ’ or ‘EH’ The next group of three or four numbers will indicate the body style 

215 Standard Sedan
219 Standard Station Sedan
225 Special Sedan
229 Special Station Sedan
235 Premier Sedan
239 Premier Station Sedan
2104 Panel Van
2106 Coupe-Utility

The ‘M’ or ‘A’ that follows indicates Manual or Automatic

The next group of 1-5 numbers is the number of that vehicle bodystyle off the line at the plant (including assembly) concerned in the last letter.The last letter indicates the plant that the body shell was built at. Bodyshells were built at these three plants only. Final assembly was done at a number of plants. This number starts at 1. 
 – Adelaide
M – Melbourne
S – Sydney

What about S4?

There were quite a number of special build codes and from time to time they are seen to be stamped for obvious reasons. S4 is definitley stamped on the S4 model EH’s, but has been seen stamped on other seemingly standard models as well. Other codes like s7, s9, s12 also pop up from time to time. It seems a couple of ex-railways panelvans have had S12, but what difference this means in actual build of the vehicle we are still not sure.

The Trim code is in two parts and the first part which is 3 or four digits indicates the paint scheme used. The second part starting with ‘B’ or ‘C’ followed by two digits indicates the interior trim itself.

  Listing of engine prefixes for Holden sixes

Have you ever wondered if the motor in your old Holden is the original or not? Well unfortunately I don’t have a list of all the numbers ever produced, but I have a listing of prefixes for different engine numbers in different models. I hope it can be of some use to you. There may be some reason as to why your prefix doesn’t match, maybe they ran out of a certain engine just at the model changeover, or it may be some other special model engine, spare parts sale etc. but this should cover most of them.

Note: (L) denotes Low compression (H) denotes high compression

132 Grey Motor: FX – no prefix, FJ – “U”, FE – “L” , FC – “L” .

138 Grey motor: FB – “B” , EK – “B” , EJ “J” .

149 Red motor: EH (L) – “Y” , EH (H) – “H” , HD (L) – “149E” , HD (H) – “149D” .

161 Red Motor: HR (L) – “161W” , HR (H) – “161R” , HK-HG (L) – “161L” , HK-HG (H) – “161H” , LC (L) – “2600L” , LC (H) – “2600H” , LC (GTR) – “2600S”

173 Red Motor: HQ (L) – “173L” , HQ (H) – “173H” , LJ (H) – “2850H” , LH-UC (H) – “2850D”

179 Red Motor: EH – “M” , HD – “179F” , HD (X2) – “179X” .

186 Red Motor: HR – “186A” , HR (186HP) – “186K” , HK-HG (186HP) – “186P” , HK-HG (186S) – “186S” , LC (XU-1) – “186S”

202 Red Motor: HQ (L) – “202L” , HQ (H) – “202P” , LJ (XU-1) – “202X” , LH-UC (H) – “3300L” ,

After HQ the second letter of the model code was used as the first letter of the engine prefix, ie: J for HJ; X for HX; Z for HZ