Find the best deals for Used Cars. Three medium orange Vegas start their engines. A single-barrel carburetor version produces 90 hp. 1973â1977 Pontiac Astres used all Vega bodies (and Vega 140 CID I-4 engines through 1976). In addition, there was an expanded engine availability. April, 1969 â Gauge-pack cluster option added, HD suspension and wide tire option added, adjustable seat back option added; ran at 45% production, bumpers restyled, lower valance panels added, swing-out quarter window option added; ran at 10% production. The overall chassis suspension was to be tuned to a new A78 Ã 13 tire that was being developed concurrently with the vehicle. 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. We have automatic inspection of virtually every single engine part and so we know it's going to be right." The front and rear script nameplates â "Chevrolet Vega 2300" were changed to block letters â "VEGA by Chevrolet" To meet the 5-mph front bumper standard required on 1973 models, the chrome bumper was extended 3-inches on stronger brackets. Final rating is 110 bhp. Ed Cole, GM's executive vice-president of operating staffs was working on his own small-car project using the corporate engineering and design staffs. View cart for details. 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. "The front suspension cam bolts would sometimes rust solidly in place, which prevented alignment adjustments. 7,500 were built through May. Musser said, "This was the first vehicle where one person was in charge and, under him â that is me â a group of guys did the entire vehicle." A 16 gallon fuel tank replaced the 11 gallon tank. Economy would be achieved through the use of low numerical gear ratios, which would keep engine rpm low. But rust damage also affected the rocker panels, the door bottoms, the area beneath the windshield, and the primary body structure above the rockers. Three new Vega hatchback coupes equipped with manual transmissions and air conditioning were driven non-stop for 60,000 miles in 60 days through the deserts of California and Nevada (Death Valley) using three pre-production models of the subcompact and nine non-professional drivers. The steering box and linkage are located ahead of the front wheel centerline. Bodies received extensive anti-rust improvements including galvanized fenders and rocker panels. Starting in 1976, extensive anti-rust improvements on the Vega's body included galvanized steel fenders and rocker panels and "four layer" fender protection with zinc coated and primed inner fenders and wheelwell protective mastic, zinc-rich pre-prime coating on inner doors, expandable sealer installed between rear quarter panel and wheel housing panel, and corrosion resistant header panel, grill and headlamp housings. He presented the program to GM's president in 1967. This was the only way GM could sell the car at a price competitive with imported cars made with cheaper labor rates.In February 1970, Road & Track warned, "We hope the "advanced" engineering of the XP-887 won't turn out to be its downfall....Assembly quality has a lot to do with the VW's success too, and this more than anything else is the bane of today's American car." Front and rear aluminum bumpers with inner steel springs replaced the chrome bumpers, and the front and rear license plate mountings were relocated. Not just little cars, but sports cars too. Handling on the track is quite another story though. In a size comparison with a 1970 Nova, the Vega has a 14-inch shorter wheelbase, 7 inches narrower width, 2 inches lower height, and (1971â1972 models) have 20 inches less overall length.As introduced, the Vega was one of the first Chevrolet vehicles to have as standard equipment front disc brakes, an electric fuel pump, side guard door beams, a double paneled roof, and foam-filled, hi-back bucket seats with floor mounted controls. US-built Saginaw manual transmissions and a new shift linkage replaced the Opel-built units. Chevrolet ads also emphasized this continuity, but most of them mentioned five years. 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. This car will out-handle almost any sports car built in Europe. To further that end, a "Do-It-Yourself" service manual was included with each new Vega. Kneisler feels Chevrolet could have anticipated some of the Vega's problems had there been time to run what he call's "granny tests", more formally known as failure mode analysis â involves ignoring coolant and oil levels, and rarely servicing anything. 5. Its final cost was higher than the optional four-speed due to the tooling investment and production volume. For more recent exchange rates, please use the. Find Used Chevrolet Vega For Sale (with Photos). Sealed Power Corp. developed special chrome-plated piston rings for the engine that were blunted to prevent scuffing. 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 metal body received a positive electrical charge, the primer particles carried a negative charge, and by leaving the body in the vat for two minutes even the most remote recesses get coated, theoretically. 3) , model year 1974, version for North America U.S. (up to September) manufactured by Chevrolet (USA) in USA. Comfort and ride are all tied up together, consequently much of the comfort is a reflection of superb ride qualities." Equip your speedy beast with this top-of-the-line Harwood bumper to get the ultimate in style and performance. This page was last updated: 22-Dec 19:50. Get both manufacturer and user submitted pics. Ed Cole, who had been very personally involved with the design of the 1955 Chevrolet V8 as chief engineer at Chevrolet, was equally involved with the Vega engine as GM president, and was a frequent visitor on Saturdays to the engineering staff engine drafting room, reviewing the design and giving direction for changes. The Pontiac Sunbird Safari Wagon produced for the 1978â1979 model years used the Vega wagon body style. 19721972 models were essentially carried over from 1971 with a few refinements and additions. Like any car, the Vega has its good points and bad. Chevrolet engineers and manufacturing personnel weren't pleased, especially since they knew Ed Cole wanted the job done quickly. It has many other good qualities, but the roadholding impressed and surprised me most of all. "The Vega was judged solid, warm and comfortable, with a good finish." Two new models were introduced mid-year â the Estate Kammback Wagon included wood grain vinyl side and rear trim with outline moldings. The car was offered with 2-door sedan, hatchback coupe, 3-door station wagon body shapes between the years 1971 and 1977. From 1972 on, ratings were listed as SAE net - 80 & 90 bhp respectively for 1972.The relatively large (for an inline-4) engine is naturally prone to vibration and is subdued by large rubber engine mounts. Listing 1-20 Of 146. Prophetic words indeed. He felt that coolant could simply be passed through the heater core, with outside air ducted through the core and exhausted under the car to provide auxiliary cooling. DeLorean said, "Our design concept was we wanted to build a car that does everything well, and if you drive the car you really will be very impressed. The LX Notchback included a full vinyl roof. The modelers were put to work on large, round lamps and DeLorean and Zollie came back later that day and approved the change. Transmission: 4-Speed Automatic. October 1968, there was only one body style â the "11" style notchback sedan, one engine, one transmission â 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. Bucket seats replaced bench seat as standard equipment. Introduced September 10, 1970 as the Vega 2300, its name came from a bright star in the northern skies and the engine's approximate displacement in cubic centimeters.Designed from scratch by a team of fifty GM corporate engineers assigned exclusively to the program, the Vega was available in four models: a notchback sedan, a hatchback coupe, a station wagon, and a panel delivery (thru 1975). "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. 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." Each camshaft is supported by five bearings and is turned by individual cam gears on the front end. ", Chevrolet's mini hits the road and we are thereâMT editor Bill Sanders said, "The Vega 2300 is Chevrolet's answer to Volkswagen, Datsun, Toyota, Fiat, Renault, and all others up the ladder. 1976-'77 Dura-Built 140 engines had improved engine block coolant pathways, longer life valve stem seals, redesigned head gasket, water pump, and thermostat, and a five-year/60,000 mi warranty.Despite its lack of success with the Vega, the liner-less aluminum/silicon engine technology that GM and Reynolds developed turned out to be sound. The 1972 Rochester DualJet two-barrel carburetor required an air pump for emission certification and was replaced in 1973 with a Holley-built 5210C staged two-barrel carb. But apparently no one thought to run granny tests anyway. One of the cars went on display in the 60,000 miles in 60 days exhibit at the 1976 New York International Auto Show. $24.67 shipping. Time left 4d 3h left. The overhead valvetrain is a direct acting design of extreme simplicity. White-wall tires, full wheel covers and bumper rub strips were standard equipment. The aluminum block inline-four engine was a joint effort from General Motors, Reynolds Metals, and Sealed Power Corp. "...It is appropriate that the final choice was a car that reflects Detroit's timely response to the people's needs instead of a copy writer's idea of what they should need. When we got an oil burner, we simply replaced the valve-stem seals, and that cured it. A custom cloth interior option was new and a glove box was added. Vibration and noise levels were reduced by a revised exhaust system and better driveline damping and the rear shock absorbers were revised. The block was cast using the Accurad process. The one-millionth Vega was produced May 17, 1973. GM engineer Fred Kneisler maintaines that too much emphasis had been put on overheating problems versus the real culprits: brittle valve stem seals and too-thin piston plating. The Pontiac 151 CID (2.5 L) OHV Iron-Duke inline-four engine was used for the final 1977 model year. He looked at the painted clay model, walked around it, then stood in front of it for a minute or so, and said: âGet rid of those wimpy-looking parking lights â they should be big, round things that look like european driving lightsâ. "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. Overall length was increased six inches compared to 1971-72 models. Dealer. Browse interior and exterior photos for 1974 Chevrolet Vega. 4.4 (22) CarGurus User. A facelift included a revised header panel with Chevy bowtie emblem, a wider grill, revised headlamp housings and bezels â all made of corrosion resistant material, and new tri-color taillights for the Notchback and Hatchback. Chevrolet "teaser" ads began in May 1970, not announcing its name, stating -You'll see. The Vega's front-engine, rear-wheel drive layout is the traditional one where the engine is located at the front of the vehicle and driven wheels are located at the rear. One Vega for the price of two" as it was advertised, was priced out of the market, and fell well short of its projected sales goal. 1977 models featured a new vertical design grill and aluminum wheels were a new option. In a road test of the GT coupe, MT editor Bill Sanders said, "The Vega GT with a 19 sec. 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. It has far and away the best handling of anything in its class. The 2.3 liter engine, named Dura-built 140, received improved cooling and durability refinements and a 5-year/60.000 mile warranty. In his statement Mr. Roche said, The power plant for the new General Motors passenger car will be a new and different engine, made possible only through important advances in technology. 2. Motor Trend in April 1974 predicted the final outcome – on September 24, 1974, Ed Cole postponed the Wankel engine ostensibly due to emissions difficulties. 19761976 models had 300 changes. Modular Construction Design reduced the number of joints and sealing operations resulting in stronger, tighter bodies, effectively contributed to vehicle quality and made possible a very high rate of production. 5,000 engines were built, but only 3,508 were used; GM disassembled about 500; the remaining engines were scrapped for a writeoff of $10K per engine.Car and Driver, October 1975 said, "The Cosworth Vega 16-valve four cylinder is the most sophisticated engine Detroit ever made. Chevrolet chose the 349-mile Southwestern desert route in order to show the severely criticized engine and cooling system had been improved in the 1976 model. His Vega Stinger II was the answer. The final design General Motors Rotary Combustion Engine (GMRCE) was fixed when responsibility for the power plant's manufacture was turned over to General Motors Hydra Matic Division in August 1972 â two rotors displacing 206 cubic inches, twin distributors and coils, and a switch to aluminum housing construction. 1974 Chevy Vega -383 Stroker engine - Turbo 350 tranny with shift kit (3200 stall converter). Iron couldn't match the heat-dissipating qualities of aluminum. The reason for the relatively small radiator was the aluminum engine block and its superior heat conductivity as compared to iron. A new 2-postion door check added an intermediate door hold-open postion. Although the optional L-11 engine became a mainstream part of the Vega development program in December 1968, the Chevrolet engine group had an intense dislike for the tall iron cylinder head with its unusual tappet arrangement and side-flow "Heron" combustion chamber design that had been thrust on them from GM engineering staff, and set out to design their own.The design evolved rapidly as a "crossflow" aluminum cylinder head with a single centrally-mounted overhead camshaft (OHC) and roller rocker arms operating intake valves on one side and exhaust valves on the other, remarkably similar to the Ferrari V12 cylinder head design of that period; it was almost 4" lower than the Vega production head, was a lot lighter, had true "hemi" chambers with big valves, and made excellent power. This 112-page manual gives detailed information and guidance on eight different service and maintenance areas including lubrication, tune-up, brakes, and minor trouble shooting. This time Chevrolet won the guessing game. Represents the "C (medium cars, compact)" market segment. It was white and had a luggage rack on top. It also meant the styling had to be right the first time. Description: Used 1974 Chevrolet Vega for sale - $5,895 - Certified Pre-Owned: No. A steel body-color filler panel was fitted behind the bumper. Regardless of the cause, damaged cylinder walls were common. The original design provided for the full inner fender liners from the beginning. The front suspension is classic General Motors short and long-arm. Not only did corporate management make the decision to enter the mini-car market, it also decided to develop the car itself. "Road & Track, November 1970 said, "The plain Vega sedan is as good-looking a car as you'll find in its class...with the Vega they've turned out one of the finest-looking compact sedans in the world." The lower control arm bushings were actually larger than those of the 1970 Camaro. From Massena, the cast engine blocks were shipped as raw castings to Chevy's engine plant in Tonawanda, New York. Only 7,835 Vegas had been ordered with the semi-automatic and it was dropped at the end of the 1971 model year. Could permit excessive end play and allow axle shaft to move inboard to point that "c" lock would disengage. All Vega models have a 97.0-inch wheelbase and a 65.4-inch width. The four-link rear suspension copied that of the 1970 Chevelle, and coil springs are used throughout. The SJ Hatchback and SJ Safari Wagon models feature soft nylon upholstery, cut pile carpeting, padded and cloth covered door panels, and a fabric headliner, plus rally instruments, the higher-output two barrel engine, four-speed (over a three-speed manual) gearbox or automatic and radial tires. The five-speed manual with overdrive and three-speed automatic transmissions were optional. Pure silicon provides a hard scuff and wear resistant surface, having a rating of 7 on the mohs scale of hardness, as compared to diamond which is 10. "...the wagon is VW-like in its simplicity. The Vega's body surface was the first accomplished completely through use of computers. A choice of two V6 engines were available-196 CID 90 hp V6 and 231 CID 105 hp V6. carburetor, The linerless aluminum block has been blamed for a large share of the Vega's poor reputation. This caused overheating which distorted the open deck block allowing antifreeze to seep past the head gasket, causing piston scuffing inside the cylinders.In response, Chevrolet added a coolant overflow bottle and an electronic low-coolant indicator in 1974 that could be retrofitted to earlier models at no cost. With the outer skin panels placed in a foaming mold, liquid urethane was injected between the panels where it expanded and bonded the body into a single, rigid sandwich structure. (corrected by inspecting and replacing axle where necessary. The Vega engine is a 140 CID (139.6 cu in) 2,287 cc inline-4 featuring a die-cast aluminum cylinder block and a cast-iron cylinder head with a single overhead camshaft (SOHC). The shaft is a cushioned two-piece unit. The all-new Vega was powered by a four-cylinder engine, but what could Yenko undertake and keep his performance legacy alive while retaining the Vega's four-cylinder engine to appease the insurance companies. (correct by inspecting and installing new muffler and components where necessary. Cole wanted a world-beater, and he wanted it in showrooms in twenty-four months. Both transmissions were shipped from Germany, 100 transmissions to a crate, and arrived in shipments of thousands of transmissions at a time. ... 1974 Chevrolet Vega for Sale. But the Feds intervened; The EPA informed him that the 155-hp Turbo Vega would need to pass EPA certification before it could be sold to the public. Dec 14, 2020. 23,000 cars built before the Sept 15, 1970 UAW strike were recalled April 3, 1971. This fact prompted Vega project engineer Bernie Ernest to say, "The Vega has reliability in excess of 60,000 miles, and therefore the corporation feels very comfortable with the warranty." Wild Pro Street 1973 Chevy Vega GT packs 565 cubes. GM even rolled out a brand new shipping method, Vert-A-Pac â hanging Vegas vertically in specially designed railroad freight cars. The certification process requires a 50,000-mile test. (High-energy) electronic ignition and catalytic converter. The two-speed Torque-Drive required a manual upshift but had no clutch pedal. Once the urethane hardened (which took about fifteen minutes), the suspension, drive train, hood and doors were bolted to reinforcing plates, which were bonded to the fiberglass panels. Corporate management made the decisions to enter the small car market and to develop the car itself. and when certain accessory and trim groups were ordered there was still more noise insulation. GTs were now offered in two appearence variations - the new one featured a blacked-out theme to exterior moldings (lower moldings deleted), black sport mirrors and wheels, bold Vega GT lettered side striping and rear Vega GT transfer id. ", Car and Driver selected the '76 Cosworth Vega one of the "10 Best Collectable Cars" (1976-1986) in its fourth annual "Ten Best" issue in 1986, saying: "We're talking about historical significance here. 1974 vega pro street. Repurposed as a. 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