This is essentially how the car launched as a 1971 model. Understeer is much more pronounced negotiating 90 degree turns under maximum conditions." 1976 PRO STREET VEGA WAGON 377 Roller / Aluminum Heads 94 octane Powerglide trans Brake 4 link 9 inch ford 457 gears. Motor Trend '71 Buyers Guide said, " Engineering and styling the Vega from scratch in four different body styles was a total effort far more demanding in manpower than the Pinto or Gremlin programs." 3. Below the cam carrier is a 16-valve cylinder head constructed of an aluminum alloy using sintered iron valve seats. It requires nothing more to be an enjoyable, functional piece of transportation...It's readily apparent from the overall impression of the car that some very basic concepts of driver and passenger comfort have been built in from the ground up, with efficient flow-through ventilation being the most noticeable on the desert. He retired the same month. A 16 gallon fuel tank replaced the 11 gallon tank. 1967 and 1979 Fuel Injected. 19761976 models had 300 changes. Prophetic words indeed. When first introduced, GM Board Chairman James Roche stated that there would be no major changes in the Vega for four years. The majority were built in the United States at Lordstown Assembly in Lordstown, Ohio. It turns heads every time i drive it. The Astre used the Vega 140 CID engine through 1976. Eudell Jackobson from GM engineering confirmed the problem involving the engine's valve-stem seals: "After the engine had been in production for a while, customers would go back to the dealer complaining about oil consumption... the mechanic would peer down the bore scope and observe cylinder scuffing. Ed Cole was the chief engineer and Bill Mitchell, the vice-president of the design staff, was the chief stylist. A similar system secured the Cosworth engine EPA certificate in 1975. The 76 and 77 would have the “Durabilt” 2.3, which is fine with those miles. Translated into actual driving expenses, the three Vegas averaged a per-mile cost of 2.17 cents. Unwilling to face fuel efficiency criticism that Mazda withstood, GM felt it could meet 1975 emissions standards with the engine tuned to provide better mileage. Six v-grooves on the outside of the belt drive the water pump and fan. Everything is always pressed down flat in the corners, there's no roll steer of any kind, tied in with car's refreshing neutral steering give the GT some exciting handling characteristics;" "Normal braking is smooth, straight and usually fade resistant." "The Vega is going to be built at a quality level that has never been attained before in a manufacturing operation in this country, and probably in the world. Two new models were introduced mid-year — the Estate Kammback Wagon included wood grain vinyl side and rear trim with outline moldings. The Monza Estate, like the Vega Estate wagon it replaced, features wood grain sides and rear trim with outline moldings and the custom interior. "Chevrolet conducted an advertised 60,000 miles in 60 days Durability Run of the 1976 Vega and its Dura-built 140 engine. "1976-'77 Dura-built engines had redesigned seals that reduced oil consumption by fifty percent. With its lower roof line and useful fold-down rear seat, it accounted for nearly half of all Vegas sold.Road & Track, September 1970 said, "Will the real Ferrari 365 GT 2+2 please stand up? It has many other good qualities, but the roadholding impressed and surprised me most of all. The Chevrolet Vega is a subcompact automobile produced by the Chevrolet division of General Motors for the 1971 to 1977 model years. This proved costly for Chevrolet. I like it; I like it very much. A new 2-postion door check added an intermediate door hold-open postion. The body was then dried, wet-sanded, sealer-coated and finally sprayed with acrylic lacquer and baked in a 300 °F degree oven. 3,000 1975 "Lil Wide Track" packages were sold. A facelift included a revised header panel with Chevy bowtie emblem, a wider grill, revised headlamp housings and bezels — all made of corrosion resistant material, and new tri-color taillights for the Notchback and Hatchback. Chevrolet and Pontiac divisions were working separately on small cars in the early and mid 1960s. " It has a high degree of craftsmanship...I think the ride and handling of some of the imports is quite mediocre. A key consideration in the engineering design of the XP-898 was the advantage of improved crash worthiness of the sandwich construction technique. "The Vega will get you there without generating any unscheduled stops;" "While there is sufficient power available to negotiate traffic and most hill climbing requirements, the 90 horses under the hood are pretty much out of it above 55 mph when it comes to any rapid passing," "Handling on the road is a slick compromise between a very comfortable ride and the necessity of keeping it all on your assigned strip of pavement. Many service operations were intentionally designed so that they were able to be performed by Vega owners. Check it out! Vibration and noise levels were reduced by a revised exhaust system and better driveline damping and the rear shock absorbers were revised. 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It started as a Street Freaks 1972 Chevy Vega wagon. Pontiac's trademark split grill and front emblem, Astre nameplates, an upgraded interior trim and a Pontiac steering wheel with emblem helped to differentiate itself from the Vega. In 1968 GM chairman James Roche announced that General Motors would produce the new mini-car in the U.S. in two years. As the engine development progressed at Chevrolet, it became known (in closed offices) as "The world's tallest, smallest engine" due to the tall cylinder head. Vega body styles were used to produce several rebadged variants. 4 cyl ENGINE. 6. The four-speed manual was standard with all engines. Conservative estimates had placed the cost of bringing the Vega from drawing board to production reality at a staggering $200 million (a billion in today's money) compared to about $5 million for the AMC Gremlin.Motor Trend awarded the Vega 1971 "Car of the Year" after a 4-day ride and drive that saw 10 of Detroit's finest put through a 1000 mile wringer. On this car over 80 percent are automated so you eliminate the worker carrying a heavy welding gun around. The front end was redesigned three years later to cosmetically accommodate the larger (aluminum) 5-mph bumpers required for the revised 1974 pendulum bumper impact standard. The chassis received the Monza's upgraded components including the box-section front cross-member, larger rear brakes, and torque-arm rear suspension which replaced the four-link design. Imported automobiles were also not changed every year, and since the Vega was designed to battle the imports, it could be free from the curse of the annual model change. 8. The two-speed Torque-Drive required a manual upshift but had no clutch pedal. Be the first to comment on this 1974 Chevrolet Vega Panel Express Wagon Chevy build thread! Old, rare, muscle cars, street rods auctions, 1971 CHEVY VEGA WAGON, CHEVY VEGA GASSER, DRAG RACING, 1972 Chevy Vega Panel Wagon V8 hot rod drag, 1971 Chevy Vega Kammback Wagon LS3 LS powered Sleeper 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976, 73 vega rare panel wagon v-8 speed shop delivery vehicle. In fact it handles better than many sports cars. Safety regulations and crash tests resulted in the Vega being nearly 300 lb heavier than the original goal. Here's the history that I've been able to dig up. As the program progressed into development, the market changed, and so did the product: December, 1968 – Hatchback, wagon, and panel delivery styles added. "In spite of the understeer, for a wagon the handling is quite good." ", Road and Track editor John R. Bond praised the Vega in a 1970 "Technical Analysis & Driving Impression" saying, "I think the Vega is beyond a doubt the best handling passenger car ever built in the U.S. In May 1974 under a revised 50,000 mi engine warranty for 1971–1975 Vegas, Chevrolet informed the 1.3 million owners that it would repair, at its own expense, any engines damaged by overheating. With the Vega nameplate canceled, the Monza 'S' was marketed as a price leader for the Chevy Monza line. In 1973 the U.S.-built Saginaw three- and four-speed manual replaced the Opel-built manual transmissions, and the Turbo-Hydramatic had replaced the Torque-Drive and Powerglide. In placing a single individual, the chief vehicle engineer in charge of the entire program and having the entire car – including engine, suspension, and brakes – designed by engineers specifically assigned to the Vega. Can be built as a station wagon or as a panel. From Massena, the cast engine blocks were shipped as raw castings to Chevy's engine plant in Tonawanda, New York. All 2,061 Cosworth Vegas for the 1975 model year had black exteriors with black or white custom vinyl or black custom cloth interiors All featured gold accent striping, gold-colored aluminum wheels, gold "engine turned" dash bezel and gold-plated plaque with Cosworth ID and build number. In November 1970, GM paid $50 million for initial licenses to produce the Wankel rotary engine, and GM President Ed Cole projected its release in three years, initially targeted for an October 1973 introduction as a 1974 Vega option.Popular Science magazine in a May 1972 article stated, according to GM, the Wankel had so far proven more reliable than four, six, and eight-cylinder engines — GM-rotary engines were run up to 500,000 miles showing only minimal wear, and the engine's fewer moving parts assured its reliability. The Vega engine is a 140 CID (139.6 cu in) aluminum-block OHC inline-4.The Vega competed directly with its domestic rivals from Ford and AMC and imports from Toyota and Datsun as well as the rear-engined VW Beetle. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. A recurved distributor, headers, mild cam, a Quadrajet sitting on a Chevy intake, and She ran 13:20’s day in and day out on skinny tires. Have GT dash and real good dash pad. When the corporation started seriously talking about a U.S. built mini-car, Cole's version was chosen with the proposals from Chevy an… The real story never came out, but some combination of corporate politics ("You don’t need another cylinder head – mine will work just fine") and additional program investment killed the program. I bought a new Chevy Vega panel delivery in 1971 and drove the living hell out of it and had zero problems. The deluxe seats in the GT car are extraordinarily comfortable. While I love the Vega wagon, this one is a stumper. ", 1972 Vega Hatchback CoupeMotor Trend October, 1971. The front bucket seats accommodate two adults very graciously with little difficulty getting in or out...Back seat room in the wagon is restricted but livable." August, 1968 – XP-887 Dummy clay models complete, Surface scans and digital tapes released to Fisher Body R&D Department for purpose of building prototype bodies for coupe, sedan and station wagon. 9” 4.11 spool, 31 spline QP axles, coil overs not tubbed, factory 4 link/ moly bars, Weld Draglites, Moroso Drag specials 5.50x15, M/T 26x8.5x15 slicks,Front discs Chevy pattern, adjustable front shocks, Drive shaft loops, SBC motor plates, set up for a glide, removable aluminum tunnel & dash, factory tilt wheel, buckets. And since all other cars suffered the same inflationary rise, less expensive cars were in greater demand than those with higher prices which helped Vegas sell. "Moist debris and salt would pack into this area rusting through the metal in a few years. The China Syndrome might have overhyped the TMI (Three-Mile Island) incident as bad press might have exaggerated the Vega's woes. Warranty on the engine was 5 years/60,000-miles. "Vegas, in summary, are a striking quartet. A simple fix eliminated the problem but not before the car's reputation was destroyed. All four Vega models share the same hood, fenders, floor pan, door lower panels, rocker panels, engine compartment, and front end. They'd harden, split, fall off, and oil would leak down past the valves and into the combustion chamber. View our entire product catalog online, get tips from the Goodmark experts, take a look at our projects, get to know the Mark of quality! Economy really means economy with an illusion of luxury. A turbocharger kit was available separately for the Vega's 140 cu in engine.Road & Track April 1971 said, "A turbo-charger and other good things transform the Vega into a sports car. DeLorean mentioned to the studio chief as they were leaving that “Zollie sells more Chevrolets than anyone else on earth – he knows what the customers like.” The car went to production exactly as it was revised that afternoon. Its final cost was higher than the optional four-speed due to the tooling investment and production volume. The Cosworth was offered in eight additional exterior and two additional interior colors mid-year, but was canceled in July after only 1,446 were built for the 1976 model year. Air Conditioning option added; predicted production was 10%, actually ran at 45%. The 140 engine was named Dura-Built 140 in 1976. GM admitted fuel economy for the rotary was sub-standard and postponed production in favor of further development. chromoly 8.50 cert. The engine develops its maximum power at 5,600 rpm and is redlined at 6,500 rpm where the SOHC Vega engine peaks at 4,400 rpm and all is done at 5,000 rpm. 1973 Vega GT Hatchback CoupeMillionth Vega special edition, 1974 Vega Hatchback CoupeSpirit of America special edition, 1975 Cosworth Vega Twin-Cam Hatchback Coupe, 1976 Cosworth Vega Twin-Cam Hatchback Coupe. The third and primary coating was hard iron, 0.0007-inch thick. New options included a Borg Warner five-speed manual overdrive transmission and a houndstooth type seat trim named "sport cloth" for an additional charge of $18. Despite the continuous development program and efforts to improve the car's image, Chevrolet cancelled the Vega and its aluminum engine at the end of the 1977 model year. The Chevy Vega was conceived in 1968 as a simple, low-cost transportation vehicle to utilize the newly-developed all-aluminum die-cast engine block technology. The Vega's front disc and rear drum brake system copied an excellent Opel design including 10-inch diameter single-piston solid rotors designed especially for the Vega and 9-inch diameter drum rear brakes, utilizing the leading-trailing design. 1973The 1973 Vega had over 300 changes, including eight new exterior colors, four of them exclusive to Vega, new interior colors and new standard interior seat trim. Final rating is 110 bhp. He shaped a piece of plastic for each side windo 1972 Vega Wagon Mod {Made Into Panel Wagon} - Swifty's Garage Several pre-prototype cars were built this way at his insistence, and all of them were dismal failures from a cooling perspective. "Chevrolet installed stopgap plastic deflectors in late 1973 and full plastic inner fenders in 1974. But apparently no one thought to run granny tests anyway. NOS 74 75 Chevy VEGA Wagon RH Quarter Panel GM . Includes a blown 454 Chevy engine, tubular chassis and includes pre-lettered slicks and authentic decals. Click the "add comment" button above to comment. All have two doors and hold four passengers, with the exception of the panel delivery which is designed for one passenger. Ed Cole, GM's executive vice-president of operating staffs, working on his own small-car project with corporate engineering and design staffs, presented the program to GM's president in 1967. Toyota HiLux Surf SSR-X Limited 3.0 turbo diesel Landcruiser / 4Runner. A revised rear panel on Notchback and Hatchback models had larger single unit taillights and ventilation grills were eliminated from the trunk and hatch lids. ignition was introduced on 1975 engines. The granny test would have taken time, which the Vega's development engineers didn't really have. GM Research Labs had been working on a sleeveless aluminum block since the late '50s. Service Station Management and Motor Service magazines in a 1972 survey, the Vega was voted –"Easiest to service, least mechanical problems and best overall in its class" by independent servicemen. Three medium orange Vegas start their engines. See more ideas about chevrolet vega, vega, chevy. The computer was also utilized in making the hundreds of necessary engineering calculations including vision angle, field of view, rear compartment lid and door counterbalance geometries, structural stresses, deflection calculations and tolerance studies. An owner with a damaged engine had a choice to have the short block replaced with a brand new GM unit or a remanufactured, aftermarket steel-sleeved unit. If a part begins with the letter "G" under "PART#" it is referring to fiberglass. With a machined weight of 36 pounds, the block weighed 51 pounds less than the cast-iron block in the Chevy II 153 CID inline-4. "Unlike the import competition, seating is low and comfortable.The Vega seating placement and design permits a feeling of sitting down inside the vehicle, surrounded by warm, reassuring Detroit steel." The certification process requires a 50,000-mile test. The Torque-Drive transmission was discontinued. The GT sport stripes option was changed — side stripping replaced the painted hood/deck stripes. 7,500 were built through May. Car and Driver readers voted the Vega "Best Economy Sedan" 1971, 1972 and 1973 in the C&D Annual Reader's Choice Poll, unseating the incumbent import's eight year winning streak. The two-barrel version (RPO L11) produces 110 hp. Yenko had his staff rent a racetrack but at the last minute, he decided not to go through with the testing. The pleasabilty group would check continuously on the vehicles on the assembly line. Plating the piston skirts was necessary to put a hard iron skirt surface opposite the silicon of the block to prevent scuffing. It was as GM president that Cole oversaw the genesis of the Chevrolet Vega. Motor Trend nominated the 1971 Chevrolet Vega to the "Motor Trend Hall of Fame" announced in 1973. The structure and appearance of the car were designed so that the body could be assembled using four lightweight molded outer skin sections. For example in our body construction, on a typical car, built either here or Europe or Japan, about 18 percent of the body welds are automated. "Under normal driving conditions, the wagon is well behaved and takes you where you want to go with a minimum of fuss and maximum comfort." "From a styling standpoint, it is a winner... As a total concept, the car looks like it will be a winner because of several factors. Handling on the highway is a pleasant surprise. October 1968, there was only one body style – the "11" style notchback sedan, one engine, one transmission – the MB1 Torque-Drive manually-shifted two-speed automatic, no headliner, one base trim level, a bench seat, molded rubber floor covering, no glove box, no air-conditioning option, ventilation only through the upper dash direct from the wiper plenum, and exterior paint on the interior. In a road test of the basic sedan, MT editor Jim Brokaw said, "The low dollar Vega is a complete automobile. But most owners tended not to check the coolant level often enough, and in combination with leaking valve-stem seals the engine would often be low on oil and coolant simultaneously. Pete Estes succeeded Ed Cole as GM President and never showed any special interest in the Wankel or in the perpetuation of Cole's ideas. Vegas were also built in 1973-'74 at the GM of Canada plant, Sainte-Thérèse Assembly, Quebec. Jerry L Brockstein, assistant to Henry Haga, head of the Camaro/Corvette studio where the Vega prototype was restyled, recalls finalizing the Vega bodies. Has good grille no breaks or cracks. 1973 models are 3 inches longer due to the front 5 mph bumper. The overall ratio is 22.5:1 and the curb to curb turning circle is 33 feet. It has some minor rust spots but everything is good as a whole. After having one seize up while he was driving it at the Milford proving grounds one Saturday, he backed away from his theory and allowed the design to continue with a conventional cooling system. They also have the updated galvanized metal in the trouble areas of the early cars. All Vega models have a 97.0-inch wheelbase and a 65.4-inch width. Reynolds Metal Co. developed an alloy called A-390, composed of 77 percent aluminum, 17 percent silicon, 4 percent copper, 1 percent iron, and traces of phosphorus, zinc, manganese, and titanium. Yet, in more than 180,000 miles of total driving, the cars used only 24 ounces of coolant, an amount attributed to normal evaporation under severe desert conditions. 19771977 models were carried over from 1976 with a few revisions. I bought this car as a daily driver, around town parts getter. note: 1973–1974 Pontiac Astre (GM of Canada) N/A. The Pontiac 151 CID (2.5 L) OHV Iron-Duke inline-four engine was used for the final 1977 model year. ", The Vega was popular with the automotive press, winning awards and praise for its innovative engineering, timeless styling, and sports car-like handling. The hone-pressure problem was solved before engines actually went out the door, affecting only pre-production engines. And the test system back then didn't let things fail. Has a 12 bolt posi 373 rearend Turbo 350 transmission. The five-speed manual with overdrive and three-speed automatic transmissions were optional. After the National GM strike (9/70-11/70) ended, bright roof drip moldings were added to base "11" notchback; moldings were sent to dealers to update units already in the field in December. Total sales fell to 206,239. floor-level ventilation added. This was a significant departure from the leaf spring suspension used in the Camaro and Chevy II Nova. Vega production at Lordstown was projected at 100 cars an hour from the beginning: one vehicle every 36 seconds. and when certain accessory and trim groups were ordered there was still more noise insulation. Low weight to provide good vehicle weight distribution. Five years later, after GM had spent millions to replace thousands of sets of rusted-out Vega fenders in the field, the plastic fender liners were reinstated as a mid-model change during the 1974 model year. So, the Chevrolet Vega 2300 is Motor Trend's 1971 Car of the Year by way of engineering excellence, packaging, styling and timeliness. Production began on June 26, 1970. Carpeting and headliners added for hatchback and station wagon. I paid $1775.00 out the door and sold it with 30,000 miles on the odometer. In February the "Spirit of America" limited edition hatchback was introduced featuring a white exterior, white vinyl roof, blue and red striping on body-sides, hood and rear-end panel, decal emblems on front fenders and rear panel, white "GT" wheels, A70-13 raised white-letter tires, a white custom vinyl interior and red accent color carpeting. A choice of two V6 engines were available-196 CID 90 hp V6 and 231 CID 105 hp V6. Motor Trend September 1974, editor John Lamm said, "Incidently, because present problems with overheating and warpage of the Vega engines have been caused by owners driving around with too little coolant, all Vegas will have an instrument panel light warning when coolant is down one quart.". Chevrolet Vega GT Kammback (man. The camshaft is supported by five conventional pressed-in bearings and is driven from the crankshaft by an externally mounted continuous cogged belt and sprocket system. But at a cost review meeting the finance department cancelled the liners, as they would have added $1.14 per side, or $2.28 per car to the product cost. Pontiac's 151 CID OHV 'Iron-Duke' in-line 4 was standard. No. Fisher Body Division was very proud of its Elpo primering process, which should have prevented rust, but didn't. American Iron and Steel Institute awarded the Vega in 1971 for–Excellence in design in transportation equipment. Compression ratio for the standard and optional engine is 8.0:1, as the engine was designed to operate on low-lead and no-lead fuels. The overall chassis suspension was to be tuned to a new A78 × 13 tire that was being developed concurrently with the vehicle. Even the SCCA says so." One of the program objectives was to produce a 2,000-pound car to sell for $2,000.00, and every penny was watched. Chevrolet and Pontiac divisions worked separately on small cars in the early and mid 1960s. One morning John DeLorean (GM Vice President and Chevrolet General Manager at the time) brought Zollie Frank, the owner of the world’s largest Chevrolet dealership (Z. Frank Chevrolet in Chicago) into the styling studio to show him the clay and get his thoughts on the design. Have seats for it as well black or blue your choice both need new covers. The 2.3 liter engine, named Dura-built 140, received improved cooling and durability refinements and a 5-year/60.000 mile warranty. "GT coupe is a jewel—whether going flat out or through the corners." ", The Hatchback Coupe, first and foremost, is a styled subcompact. This was a brutally short time to design and engineer a new car, especially one that borrowed almost nothing from any other. 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