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
Terry's Pro-Street Vega - Auto Body & Paint - Central Oregon May 2011
Minor Body Damage -WalMart Rash
Fenders Cut & Welded for Bigger Tires but Stock Appearence
Side Stripes, Rear Panel, Rockers & Hood ~ Black
Body ~ Silver Coarse Metallic with 4 Coats of High Solids Urethane Clear
All Parts were Cleaned, Polished & and/or Painted before Installation.
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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.
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
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How to build a Rotary Bridge Port engine
FullBoost Tech Files, Ep 1 ~ Rebuild
and Bridgeport of a 13B rotary engine @ Mr Parts.
We have started with a stripped down 1984 Mazda RX7 13BT engine, and will
run through the steps involved in bridge porting the engine, then assembly,
to the start up in its new home, a 1972 Mazda 808 (RX3). [
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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.
2001 Chevy S-10 580cid (1350hp) Prostock Drag Racing - Initial Testing
This video covers the initial passes and testing of our ProStock truck. The
engine was a 580cid Steve Schmidt Prostock motor and we ran a glide trans
to save on maintenance. This combination is capable of 6s @ 200+mph with a
5-speed manual trans.
Please check out my other automotive/racing videos on youtube and also
reference my personal web site at www.derekspratt.com for tons more stories
and info. Enjoy!
101mm TURBO CTS-V - 1200hp Cadillac!!!
This was probably the NUTTIEST car we encountered at the Pikes Peak Air
Strip Attack - this 1170hp 101mm turbo
equipped Cadillac CTS-V was turning heads everywhere it went. Hop into the
passenger seat as we race down the 1/2 mile raceway at over 180 mph!
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
1971 Chevy Vega GT "Jega"
A 1971 Chevy Vega GT built for Jegs Performance... The "LSX 454" under the
hood is just the frosting on the cake of this very nicely built Race
Car...I was able to catch up with the Car at the Detroit AutoRama
2013...Make sure you follow me so that you don't miss any of the other
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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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Hudsonville, MI 49426
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.