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  • Bedford Vehicles


    Bedford Vehicles, usually shortened to just Bedford, was a brand of vehicle manufactured by Vauxhall Motors, which was ultimately owned by General Motors (GM). Established in April 1931 and constructing commercial vehicles, Bedford Vehicles was a leading international lorry brand, with substantial export sales of light, medium, and heavy lorries throughout the world. It was General Motors Europe's most profitable venture for several years. Bedford's core heavy trucks business was divested by GM as AWD Trucks in 1987, whilst the Bedford brand continued to be used on light commercial vehicles and car-derived vans based on Vauxhall/Opel, Isuzu and Suzuki designs. The brand was retired in 1991; subsequent GM Europe light commercials were branded as either Vauxhall or Opel, depending on the market.

  • Iron Duke engine


    The Iron Duke Pontiac engine VIN code A (also called the 2500, 151, Pontiac 2.5, and Tech IV, though the decal on the air filter assemblies actually reads "4 Tech") is a 2.5 L (150.8 cu in) I4 piston engine. All Iron Dukes were built by Pontiac beginning in 1977 and ending in 1993. After this time, the GM 2.2 L OHV 4-cylinder replaced it across the entire lineup of vehicles that offered it. This engine is not to be confused with the Chevrolet 153. Early Iron Dukes had a Chevrolet V8 bellhousing (also shared with its third generation inline six) instead of the Buick-Oldsmobile-Pontiac bellhousing bolt pattern until the early 1980s when the later versions were installed in FWD applications where the 2.8L bellhousing bolt pattern was phased in. Cylinder head design had the intake manifold mounted on the passenger side, and the exhaust manifold on the driver side. This 151 was also used by American Motors (AMC) starting in 1980, as the base engine option in the RWD Spirit and Concord, and continuing in both cars through 1982. The AWD (4x4) Eagle carried the 151 as standard equipment for 1981, and carried it midway through the 1983 model year. It was also available (as the Hurricane) in economy model Jeep CJs. When coupled to a Chrysler Torqueflite transmission a special version of the TF904 with a Chevrolet V8 bellhousing was manufactured when optioned with AMC/Jeep vehicles; this also holds true with the manual transmission bellhousings. AMC replaced the Iron Duke 2.5L I4 with a 150cid Inline-4 derived from their own six. Applications: 1977 Pontiac Astre 1977–1979 Pontiac Phoenix 1977–1980 Pontiac Sunbird 1978–1980 Chevrolet Monza, Oldsmobile Starfire 1980–1982 AMC Concord 1980–1982 AMC Spirit 1980–1983 Jeep CJ 1980–1984 Oldsmobile Omega, Pontiac Phoenix 1980–1985 Buick Skylark, Chevrolet Citation 1981–1983 AMC Eagle 1982–1985 Chevrolet Camaro, Pontiac Firebird 1982–1989 Chevrolet Celebrity 1982–1991 Pontiac 6000 1982–1992 Buick Century, Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera 1984–1988 Pontiac Fiero 1985–1987 Chevrolet S-10 Blazer, GMC S-15 Jimmy 1985–1993 Chevrolet S-10, GMC S-15/Sonoma 1985–1990 Chevrolet Astro, GMC Safari 1985–1987 Buick Somerset 1985–1991 Pontiac Grand Am, Oldsmobile Cutlass Calais 1986–1991 Buick Skylark 1987–1994 Grumman LLV (USPS delivery vehicle) 1990–1992 Chevrolet Lumina Year hp (kW) lb·ft (N·m) 1978 85 (63) 123 (167) 1979 90 (67) 128 (173) 1980 86 (64) 128 (173)

  • GM F platform


    The F platform, or F-body, was General Motors' small rear-wheel drive automobile platform from 1967 until 2002. It was based partially on the GM X platform, which was used for compact applications instead of the sporting intent of the F-Body. The only two vehicles to have been built using the F-Body platform are the Chevrolet Camaro and the Pontiac Firebird. The fourth character in the Vehicle Identification Number for an F-body car is "F", on Fourth Generation vehicles. Earlier Camaros and Firebirds had differing VIN codes, but are now commonly referred to as F-bodies.

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