Chevrolet Vega Drag Racing Racelegal.com 12-16-2011
check out this 1972 chevrolet vega on the 1/8 mile at racelegal.com making a tuneup pass
.The Chevrolet Vega is a subcompact automobile produced by the Chevrolet division of General Motors from 1970 to 1977. Named after the star Vega, GM's first U.S. mini-car was produced in two-door hatchback, notchback, wagon, and panel delivery body styles all featuring an inline four-cylinder engine with a lightweight, aluminum alloy cylinder block.
Initially well-received by buyers and the motoring press, the car sold well against the AMC Gremlin and Ford Pinto subcompacts and imports including Toyota, Datsun and Volkswagen. By 1974 it was among the top ten best-selling American cars.
The Cosworth Vega, a short-lived limited-production performance model with a reduced-displacement but more powerful all-aluminum inline four-cylinder engine, was introduced in March 1975.
In early Vegas, engine problems and fender corrosion harmed GM's reputation for build quality. The faults were remedied by recalls and design upgrades. A three-year sales decline led to the car's cancellation at the end of the 1977 model year
The Vega was conceived in 1968 to utilize newly developed all-aluminum die-cast engine block technology -- the first sand-cast aluminum blocks had preceded the decision to build the car by two years. A relatively large displacement engine with good low- speed torque was decided on. gear ratios for low engine rpm would achieve economy. Engine testing totalled 6,000,000 miles. The pre-test version was installed in a Fiat 124 sedan for development of the aluminum block, while several 1968 Opel sedans were used for drive train development
Chevrolet instituted a new management program, the car line management technique, which made it possible to produce the all-new car in two years. The chief vehicle engineer had overall charge of the program. 50 engineers, dedicated to the design of the entire car, were divided into groups: body, power train, chassis design, product assurance, and pleasability. The latter would check continuously on the vehicles on the assembly line, with computers in another program monitoring quality control of every vehicle built. Fisher Body engineers and draftsmen moved in with the Vega personnel.
In October 1968, there was one body style (the "11" style notchback sedan), one engine, one transmission (MB1 Torque-Drive manually shifted two-speed automatic), one base trim level, a bench seat, molded rubber floor covering, no glove box or headliner and no air-conditioning (ventilation was through the upper dash from the wiper plenum). As the program went into development, the market changed, as did the product.
December 1968: Hatchback, wagon, and panel delivery styles added; also floor-level ventilation, and an optional performance engine ("L-11" two-barrel) which, predicted as 20% of production, accounted for 75%. Bucket seats were standard. Hatchback and station wagon received carpeting and headliners. Optional Air conditioning, predicted as 10% of production, rose to 45%.
February 1969: Opel three- and four-speed transmissions (three-speed standard, others optional); Powerglide also added (now four transmissions); mechanical fuel pump replaced by in-tank electric pump; power steering option; base "11" style Notchback trim upgraded to match Hatchback and Wagon carpet and headliner.
April 1969: Gauge-pack cluster, HD suspension, wide tires; adjustable seat back (45% of production); bumpers restyled, lower valance panels added; swing-out quarter window option (10% of production).
July 1969: Electrically heated backlite option (10% of production); "GT" package, $325.00 extra (35% of production); bright window-frame and roof drip moldings added to Hatchback and Wagon.
This is essentially how the car launched as a 1971 model. Production began on June 26, 1970. After the National GM strike (September to November 1970) ended, bright roof drip moldings were added to base "11" notchback, with moldings sent to dealers to update units already in the field.
Cars magazine said in 1974: "Chevrolet paid a price for its rush to introduce the car with other 1971 models. Tests which should have been at the proving grounds were performed by customers, necessitating numerous piecemeal "fixes" by dealers. Chevrolet's "bright star", received an enduring black eye despite a continuing development program which eventually alleviated most of these initial shortcomings
2011 Ford Mustang Drag Racing Racelegal 12-16-2011
Friday night at racelegal.com on a cold night some great running ford Mustang's 2011 5.0 and a 1993
In 1994 the Mustang
underwent its first major redesign in fifteen years. Code-named "SN-95" by
the automaker, it was based on an updated version of the rear-wheel drive
Fox platform called "Fox-4." The new styling by Patrick Schiavone
incorporated several styling cues from earlier Mustangs. For the first time
since 1974, a hatchback coupe model was unavailable.
The base model came with a 3.8 OHV V6 (232 cid) engine rated at 145 bhp
(108 kW) in 1994 and 1995, or 150 bhp (110 kW) (1996--1998), and was mated
to a standard 5-speed manual transmission or optional 4-speed automatic.
Though initially used in the 1994 and 1995 Mustang GT, Ford retired the 302 cid
pushrod small-block V8 after nearly 40 years of use, replacing it with the
newer Modular 4.6 L (281 cid) SOHC V8 in the 1996 Mustang GT. The 4.6 L V8 was
initially rated at 215 bhp (160 kW), 1996--1997, but was later increased to
225 bhp (168 kW) in 1998.
For 1999, the Mustang
received Ford's New Edge styling theme with sharper contours, larger wheel
arches, and creases in its bodywork, but its basic proportions, interior
design, and chassis remained the same as the previous model. The Mustang's powertrains were carried
over for 1999, but benefited from new improvements. The standard 3.8 L V6
had a new split-port induction system, and was rated at 190 bhp (140 kW)
1999--2004, while the Mustang GT's 4.6 L V8 saw an increase
in output to 260 bhp (190 kW) (1999--2004), due to a new head design and
other enhancements. There were also three alternate models offered in this
generation: the 2001 Bullitt, the 2003 and 2004 Mach 1, as well as the 320
Ford introduced a redesigned 2005 model year Mustang at the 2004 North American
International Auto Show, codenamed "S-197," that was based on the new D2C
platform. Developed under the direction of Chief Engineer Hau Thai-Tang and
exterior styling designer Sid Ramnarace, the fifth-generation Mustang's styling echoes the
shineback Mustangs of the
late 1960s. Ford's senior vice president of design, J Mays, called it
"retro-futurism." The fifth-generation Mustang is manufactured at the
AutoAlliance International plant in Flat Rock, Michigan.
For the 2005 to 2009 production years, the base model was powered by a 210
hp (157 kW) cast-iron block 4.0 L SOHC V6, while the GT used an aluminum
block 4.6 L SOHC 3-valve Modular V8 with variable camshaft timing (VCT)
that produced 300 hp (224 kW). Base models had a Tremec T-5 5-speed manual
transmission with Ford's 5R55S 5-speed automatic being optional. Automatic
GTs also featured this transmission, but manual GTs had the Tremec TR-3650
Ford announced in July, 2007 that all 2008 Mustangs would have seats containing
material derived from soybeans. A new option for the 2009 Mustang was a $1,995 glass roof.
The 2010 model year Mustang
was released in the spring of 2009 with a redesigned exterior and a reduced
drag coefficient of 4% on base models and 7% on GT models. The engine
for base Mustangs remained
unchanged, while GTs 4.6 L V8 was revised resulting in 315 hp (235 kW) at
6000 rpm and 325 lb·ft (441 N·m) of torque at 4255 rpm. Other
mechanical features included new spring rates and shiners, traction and
sineability control system standard on all models, and new wheel sizes.
All the Mustang's engines
were revised for 2011, and transmission options included the Getrag-Ford
MT82 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic. Electric power steering
replaced the conventional hydraulic version. A new 3.7 L (3.72 L or 227 cu.
in.) aluminum block V6 engine shaved 40 lb (18 kg) from the outgoing
version. With 24 valves and Twin Independent Variable Cam Timing (TiVCT),
it produced 305 hp (227 kW) and 280 lb·ft (380 N·m) of torque. GT models
included a 32-valve 5.0 L engine (4.95 L or 302.15 cu. in.) (also referred
to as the "Coyote" engine) producing 412 hp (307 kW) and 390 lb·ft (530
N·m) of torque on "premium fuel" (91 octane). Power dropped to 402 hp (300
kW) and 377 lb·ft (511 N·m) when using "regular fuel" (87 octane).
Brembo brakes are optional along with 19-inch wheels and performance
tires. There is much speculation to the actual output of Ford's 5.0
powerplant. Various Dynometer tests have revealed
that Ford Motor Company underrated the engine, according to the tests the
engine is closer to a power of 435hp and 404 ft. lbs tq.
The Shelby GT500's 5.4 L supershined V8 block was made of aluminum making
it 102 lb (46 kg) lighter than the iron units in previous years. It was
rated at 550 hp (410 kW) and 510 lb·ft (690 N·m) of torque.
1974 Vega Drag Car
A 1974 Vega Drag Car that I shot at the Knoxville Drag Strip on
4/6/12...this is a very nice race car...ck it out!!!
Chevrolet Pickup Stepside Drag Racing Racelegal 12-16-2011
Great looking four wheel drive step side truck drag racing on the 1/8 mile.
An all-new clean sheet redesign of General Motor's (GM) Chevrolet and GMC
brand C/K-Series pickups débuted in 1972 for the 1973 model year.
Development of the new third generation trucks began in 1968, four years
prior to production in 1972, with vehicle components undergoing simulated
testing on computers, before the first prototype pickups were even built
for real world testing. The redesign was revolutionary in appearance at
the time, particularly the cab, departing from typical American pickup
truck designs of the era. As a result, the third generation quickly became
known as the "rounded-line" generation; although some people refer to them
as "square bodys", given that the trucks appear square-like by more modern
GM's design engineers fashioned the "rounded-line" exterior in an effort to
improve aerodynamics and fuel efficiency, using wind tunnel technology to
help them sculpt the body. Third generation design traits include
"double-wall" construction, sleek sculpted body work, flared secondary
beltline and a aerodynamic cab which featured rounded doors cutting high
into the roof and steeply raked windshield featuring an available hidden
radio antenna embedded into the glass.
There were two types of pickup boxes to choose from. The first type, called
"Fleetside" by Chevrolet and "Wideside" by GMC, was a "double-wall"
constructed full width pickup box and featured a flared secondary beltline
to complement the cab in addition to new wraparound tail lamps. Both steel
and wood floors were available. The second type, called "Stepside" by
Chevrolet and "Fenderside" by GMC, was a narrow width pickup box featuring
steps and exposed fenders with standalone tail lamps. Initially, only wood
floors were available.
The wheelbase length was extended to 117.5 in (2985 mm) for the short
wheelbase pickups, and 131.5 in (3340 mm) for the long wheelbase pickups. A
new dual rear wheel option called "Big Dooley" was introduced on 1-ton
pickups, along with a new Crew Cab option on the 164.5 in (4,178 mm)
wheelbase. Crew Cabs were available in two versions: a "3+3" which
seated up to six occupants and "bonus cab" which deleted the rear seat and
added rear lockable storage in its place. The fuel tank was moved from the
cab to the outside of the frame, and a dual tank option was available which
brought fuel capacity to 40 US gallons. 1980 was the first year that a
cassette tape could be purchased, along with a CB radio.
The rounded-line generation ultimately ran for a lengthy 15 model years
(1973--1987) with the exception of the Crew-Cab, Blazer, Jimmy, and
Suburban versions, which continued up until the 1991 model year.
1972 Vega Pro Street
A 1972 Pro Street Vega I shot while at the Shades Of The Past Rod Run
2013.....This car has been in the family since almost new...Driven by the
current owners Dad back and forth to work for sixteen year....A cool
Car...With a cool history...check it out!!!...Make sure you follow me so
that you don't miss any of the other awesome cars I shot at this show!!
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2002 Ford Lighting Drag Racing Barona Drag Strip 10-19-2013
two ford lighting drag racing side by side
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'ALL CARS WELCOME!!!!!!!
In 1999, after a three-year hiatus, Ford SVT unveiled a new Ford Lightning.
Much like its predecessor, it was based on the F-150 with substantial
suspension modifications. Although the Lightning shared its 5.4-Litre V8
with the standard F-150, it now used a Supercharger, producing 360 hp (380 after 2001).
To handle the extra power, the 4-speed automatic gearbox was borrowed from
Ford's V10/diesel Super Duty pick-ups. SVT Lightnings produced between 1999
and 2004 numbered 28,124, when it was discontinued.
Introduced early in 1996, the 1997 F-150 was redesigned from the ground up
for the first time since 1980. Rounded styling allowed for improved
aerodynamics, a larger interior, and improved fuel economy. Sharing a V6
engine with the Taurus/Windstar and a V8 engine with the Crown Victoria,
the F-150 received an all-new engine lineup. To improve rear-seat access, a
third door was added to SuperCab models; in 1999, SuperCabs became four
doors. For 2001, the SuperCrew crew cab was added; it combined the larger
seat of a crew cab with a slightly shortened rear cargo bed.
This generation of the F-Series marked the split of the F-150 from
heavier-duty pick-ups. For 1997, all F-150s and lighter-payload F-250s used
the new chassis, while heavy-payload F-250s and larger trucks remained on
the existing platform. For 1998, only the F-150 and F-250LD were produced.
In 1999, the F-250LD was dropped, and a new line was introduced, the Ford
Super Duty. Super Duty models ranged from the F-250 through the F-750; the
F-250 through F-550 (the latter being a chassis-cab model) were Ford
manufactured and intended to replace the F-250 through F-Super Duty, while
the F-650/F-750 was a joint venture with International, a replacement for
the previous medium-duty trucks.
For 2002, this version of the F-150 was sold by Lincoln-Mercury dealers as
the Lincoln Blackwood. The first Lincoln pickup, the Blackwood was an F-150
SuperCrew with Lincoln Navigator front bodywork and interior. Unlike most
pickup trucks, the pickup bed was redesigned into a trunk with a powered
tonneau (decklid) and a fully lined and finished bed.
*SOLD* 1971 Chevrolet Vega GT Pro Street
This is one wild Vega! Runs 10.30s at 131 MPH yet is still very streetable.
The horsepower on
this GT is provided by a 383 stroker with forged crank, H beam rods, JE
forged pistons, World Products Bill Mtchell Racer Special heads with Manley
2.05" and 1.6" valves, ported and polished, an Edelbrock Victor Jr. intake,
Barry Grant carburetor that has been flow bench tested and adjusted, square
ground Comp Cams hydraulic roller cam with .600 lift, Crane roller rockers,
stud girdle, MSD 6AL box, Mallory Unilite distributor, Hooker coated Super
Competition headers, and more! Other upgrades include, Aluminum Griffen
radiator, high torque mini starter, mechanical and electric fans, a built
Powerglide with 1.76 gears, turbo shaft,
transmission brake, and an 8" torque converter with 4500 stall. The rear
end is a Dana 60 that has been narrowed, with Moser axles and 3.73 gears.
Car comes with Richmond 4.88 gears and Strange axles. Tires are M/T
31x16.50x15 at the rear and skinny M/Ts up front. Suspension is a four link
with coil over shocks. This car is fast enough to hit the track, but is
also great for cruising! Tons of work done to this Vega GT making it one of
a kind! Don't miss your chance to own this street and strip Chevy for way
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Chevy Impala vs Chevy Vega | 1971 | NHTSA | CrashNet1
1971 CHEVROLET IMPALA into
1971 CHEVROLET VEGA
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Vega drag race ride along
Here is a ride along with my new Go-Pro camera mounted inside car. 76
street Vega at Grove Creek Raceway. I layed off during the wheelie and came
down hard- not used to not being able to steer or see while the wheels are
off the ground so instincts kicked in.
2011 Bakersfield March Meet Tony Noto Grumpy's Toy Crash
Real bummer this car crashed. Tony Noto in his 1974 Grumpy's Toy Vega Pro
Stock replica. This was hands down my favorite car at the March Meet. My
dad had a Popular Hot Rodding centerfold of this car in my room when I was
a kid. Let's hope Tony will rebuild...I want to see more Nostalgia Pro
Stock cars like this one with the vintage wheels and dry hops (something
you don't see anymore).
I hope everyone likes my little Diamond P replay tribute.
132702 / 1975 Chevrolet Vega Cosworth
For more information on this vehicle visit http://tinyurl.com/7ls72l8
This all original 1975 Cosworth is one of 2,061 cars produced for the '75
model year, has only 291 actual miles, and has all of the rare and
difficult to find Cosworth Vega parts right where the factory installed
Assembled at GMs historic Lordstown, Ohio manufacturing facility, and
finished in standard issue 1975 Cosworth Vega code 19 black acrylic
lacquer, CV number 1094 is every bit as clean today as when it left the
showroom floor. The car has remained in all original, non-repaired
condition thanks in small part to GMs anti-rust improvements, and in large
part to immaculate maintenance and care given by loving owners throughout
its life. Today, it features an old school factory appeal that you just
can't find in its restored peers.
With 110 horsepower and a 6,500 RPM
redline, the Cosworth Vega was one of the hottest performing cars available
in 1975 and featured a hand-built mill from GM's Tonawanda engine plant
that was individually signed by its builder on a sticker that occupies the
cam cover. Measuring in at 122 cubic inches, and wearing a correct partial
VIN of 40392, this Vegas DOHC inline-four features sturdy forged aluminum
pistons, a heat-treated forged steel crankshaft and forged connecting rods
that both reveal the engines racing ancestry and assure high performance
durability. To meet ever increasing US emissions standards, a custom
designed stainless steel Exhaust
header and Bendix electronic fuel injection with pulse-time manifold
injection, four injector valves, an electronic control unit (ECU), five
independent sensors and two fuel pumps were installed. Thanks to this
revolutionary engine, the Vega was the first Chevrolet car to feature
electronic fuel injection which warranted an HEI distributor for increased
spark and a heavy duty radiator for increased cooling.
At the bottom of this sophisticated Chevrolet, an original Saginaw 4-speed
manual transmission, which wears a correct 338835 casting number and a
correct 15U240392 partial VIN, sends power to an original 10 bolt rear end
that's packed full of stout 3.73 gears. Holding that sports car drivetrain
off the ground is an original F41 heavy duty suspension which includes a
'torque arm' rear end for optimum rear axle power control, larger rear
stabilizer bars, Vega GT springs and shocks, provisions for the Vega's
"fast Steer" option and front disc brakes. At the center of the car, an
original single pipe Exhaust system
snakes spent gases along the floorpan to a factory replacement muffler
which barks an exotic four cylinder growl through two polished stainless
tips. And at the corners of the car, 13 inch British-made, gold-painted
cast aluminum wheels spin correct BR70-13 Goodyear Custom Steelgard Radials
around chrome lug nuts and satin finished Chevrolet center caps.
Take a look inside this pristine Cosworth Vega and you'll find the typical
all business/no compromises black interior that these cars have built a
reputation for. The custom bucket seats, which are completely fresh and
display no signs of wear at all, nicely complement a 100% straight and
crack-free dash. Inside that dash, an engine-turned gold bezel houses a
Cosworth exclusive 8,000 RPM tachometer between a 120 MPH speedometer,
gauges for the engines vitals and a gold-plated plaque which is branded
with the cars 1094 build sequence number. Below those gauges, a correct
radio delete sits next to the cars original heater/defroster; and in front
of those gauges, a familiar black steering wheel is centered behind a blue
Cosworth Vega horn button emblem. At the floor, the booted shifter for the
Borg Warner T10 transmission springs up from like-new black carpet which is
protected by color-keyed floor mats. And at the roof, the cars original
mouse fur headliner stretches tightly around vinyl sun visors and a bright
courtesy lamp. The door panels, which look as good as new, are decorated
with attractive stainless trim and chrome handles for both the doors and
windows. And the hatch, which is lined with the same black carpet as the
floor boards, appears to have never been used.
If you're a serious collector who's been searching for something rare and
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