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
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!!!
Chevy Vega in car camera (Milan Dragway Gen I SBC)
Bad start, car ran like crap, I lost, but it was in car footage!
This year is going to be sooo much faster than last.
Vega is now running GM LS based motors doing 8's. Check my entire channel
of Vega videos. http://www.youtube.com/wonway551
800+ Hp Chevy Vega burnout!
A friends 434 Smallblock Vega doing a burnout in front of Sonics (You can
see the manager in the background). Sounds much meaner in person,sound is a
little distorted. Go pro videos soon to come of this car!
Hudsonville Hot Rods HD
Please join Hudsonville Hot Rods July 31st, 2010 for the 1st Annual
Hudsonville Classic Car Show benefiting Pediatric Oncology Resource Team at
Helen Devos Children's Hospital.
Great cars, live music, food, games...
July 31st, 2010
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1972 chevy vega 427bbc
my vega i am building it have a full studded 427 big block with 11.5 to 1
pop ups, forged crank, closed chamber heads, roller rockers, gear drive
timing, big mother thumper cam, tunnel ram and two 660 holly carb. It hase
the hooker motor mount and trans mounts and hooker super comp headers.
trans is a built 350 with 3500 stall. car is back half with a nine nich
ford rear. is a work in progess and will post more as i do more to it.
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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1972 V8 Vega GT
1972 Vega GT--20k original miles, mostly original paint, original deluxe
interior, genuine 1970 350/360hp LT-1, matching block, heads, intake,
carburetor, distributor and air cleaner, TH350, Hurst Auto Stick II
shifter, 12 bolt posi, 4.10 gear, Stewart Warner Green Line gauges, Cragar
s/s wheels and Goodyear Polyglas tires. Found car this way years back. Had
been garaged since the mid 70's. Fun little car to drive on the street.
1972 Chevrolet Vega - Hot Rod for Sale
1972 Chevrolet Vega (hatchback) Hot Rod
ENGINE: 8 Cylinder - TRANSMISSION: Automatic - TITLE: Clear
WARRANTY: None - CONDITION: Excellent - MILES: 400
EXTERIOR COLOR: Cortez Silver - INTERIOR COLOR: Black
This is an excellent example of a well built, streetable Chevrolet Vega
(Hot Rod). It has show quality good looks and it's streetable, reliable and
very fast. I'm selling it because I'm getting something else and don't have
the space for both. Details are as follows: Brand new professionally built
10:1 SBC 427 stroker-roller motor (400 miles on it), Milodon oil pan, Dart
SHP block, Eagle crank and rods, Probe pistons, ported and polished
Edelbrock Performer RPM heads and Edelbrock Performer RPM Air Gap intake,
Comp Magnum cam, Holley 750 Street HP DP carb, K&N X-treme air cleaner
system, Hooker Super Competition headers (ceramic-coated), all MSD
ignition, custom Matson's aluminum radiator with fan and trans cooler,
Continental 10" 3000 stall converter, Custom built manual reverse valve
body TH400 with a trans. brake mated to a Hurst Pro Stick shifter, aluminum
drive shaft, 12 bolt rear end with Summers axles, Richmond 3.73's and an
Eaton posi, S-10 spindles & brakes, line locks, exquisitely done 3" Exhaust to the Flowmasters and 2.5" pipes over
the axle that dump out behind the MT ET Street Radials on Centerline
wheels, 6-point padded roll cage, beautiful aluminum dash with all Auto
Meter Sport Comp gauges including a Monster tach with shift light, push
button start, all new Painless wiring, new Corbeau racing seats and
harnesses. Car has many NOS parts like parking lenses, tail lenses,
bumpers, glass, moldings and much more.
New Additions as of 09/2013: New Wilwood Forged Dynalite Pro Series 15"
front and rear brakes, new Billet Specialties "STREET LITE" front and rear
wheels, new Kumho front tires, new Mickey Thompson E.T. Street Radials, new
Motive Gear 3.08:1 rear end gears, QA1 adjustable rear coil overs, Moroso
battery switch (mounted behind license plate), and Moroso battery jumper
terminals (underneath the car).
***Correction on stats: 427ci SBC engine & 457hp and 549ft/lbs torque at
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
unique, here's your opportunity to own one of the nicest and most
underappreciated cars on the planet! Call, click or visit
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