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From Street Rodder July 1977........

 

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Great article! Thanks!

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I grew up building Vega's......my best friend built a '73 Vega. It was scary fast.

Here is Tracy's awesome Day2 Vega Wagon Build.

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I have a real soft spot for those. My parents bought one New in 71. Bright red with a black interior ,am radio and a power glide. We got a good one and were able to put 86,000 miles on the original engine before we sold it . Tho the front fenders ventilated themselves within the 1st 6 months of ownership(Chevrolet replaced them).I learned to drive in that car at age 11. My dad showed me how to work on cars with it as well. At age 8, I got to hand him wrenches help with oil changes tune ups etc!! I wish we could have kept it. I wanted to do a 327 swap with it. Dad said the front subframe was going in it about 1981.😕 10 years of tough Michigan winters with lots of salt lol.



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Lawrence,

Great story.....especially the part with you and your Dad - Priceless

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I have a set of nos hooker headers for vega/monza . Old school silver painted with the hooker heart logo stamped all the way around the collectors. Part kf the hooker swap kit. Wish I had the rest of the kit to make it complete. Mine is for bbc. 2 1/8" primary 3.5" collector. Left side chassis tubes. Right side chassis with 2 tubes out and around frame. They cost $600 new 30 years ago.

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Great article, brings back memories!  I also have a Vega story. One of the WORST automotive decisions of all time occurred when I traded my L72 Biscayne in on a '72 Vega station wagon. Not long after that the Air Force decided they needed me in Germany so off we went with the Vega coming along. I also suffered the ventilated front fender issue and they were replaced for me. I started taking auto repair classes that were held at the base auto hobby shop. Up in the attic there I found a 283 in pieces and rebuilt it in the class. I ordered a V8 Vega swap kit from Motion Performance. Turn around times for mail order parts were at least a month for us, how spoiled we are now with them arriving in days or sometimes even hours, but I digress. I got the kit with a front saddle, headers and a rear cross member and relocated the oil filter. I followed the 283 with a power glide as that was what I could find. My hot rodder skills were really developed as I had to find and adapt other parts from various German wrecking yards, some that specialized in American cars. I ended up with a Mercedes radiator, some Opel parts and tail pipes from a Mercedes truck that dumped in front of the rear wheels. It was a good running little car and got it's share of attention and I annoyed some German cars on the Autobahn with it. Then a guy from another base saw it and just had to have it. I resisted at first but when he offered to swap his '69 SS Camaro Convertible and $500 I gave in. Probably one of the BEST automotive decisions I've made. I had the Camaro for a couple years, built up the 350 and brought it back to the USA. But that's another story.



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Pat, Fantastic Story..... You were the GI V8 Vega Builder of Germany She may have been the very first and only Vega in Germany. I wonder if she is alive today How cool would it be to find her today

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Thanks!!  It wasn't the only Vega for sure as other GIs had them, but it was the only one with a V8 that I knew of between '73-76.



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Pat,

If you have any pics of the Vega.....please post them

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Here is an ad for Herbert Mounts in Street Rodder August 1972.........Vega kit is at $212.50

 

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That is more like it

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Cool story Pat...especially since your Vega involved your worst/best automotive decisions at the time.

LOL...Priceless, thanks for sharing.

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I always wanted a V8 vega. Still do
Before I bought my V8 Corvair. A vega is what I was looking for. But the vair came up first.


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image.jpegHere's my miniature Version I built in 1998



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With the right lighting and camera angles you could put that in a driveway and it would look real.

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Good idea I'll have to try that !

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