My Vega has undergone a lot of changes over the last 30 years. It is, after all, what keeps me busy.
Let me share.
The view in 1999. 10 years = a lot of changes. VFN fiberglass hood, Chevy front spoiler, Don Hardy rear spoiler, swing out rear 1/4 windows. 15x3-1/2 & 15x7 aluminum slot wheels with 165 15 & 255-60 15 radial tires. Unibody tied together with 1 3/4" round steel tubing.
Interior: red, my favorite color. Monza front and rear seats. Monza console fitted with a B&M shifter. SPAL power windows. Monza tilt steering column. Olds Starfire steering wheel, with Chevy wood wheel horn cap.
One of many versions of what the engine used to look like. Engine: 350 c.i., 4 bolt mains, 11.00 to 1 pistons, 350/350 hydraulic camshaft. Ported heads, Edelbrock 1x4 tunnel ram, 750 cfm Holley carb, Thorley headers. Estimated 400 horsepower. All of this goes to an 11" torque converter and a turbo 350 transmission with a B&M shift kit.
Rearend: narrowed (to stock Vega width) 69 Camaro 10 bolt. Moser axles, Richmond 3.55 gears, and Auburn posi. 2 1/4" exhaust all the way to the back.
Funny story: About 20 years ago, my daughter and I were taking the Vega for a drive on my birthday. Good Friday, no less. I don’t remember if both my kids were there, but I do know who I still blame.
We liked to do a little burnout just before getting home.
“Dad, that wasn’t good enough.”
Third one… blew my stock Vega rear end. We had to push the Vega about a quarter-mile back home, and it was a very long time before I would indulge myself or my kids in a burnout.
In fact, my daughter egged me on last year, and I did another one, but then we both remembered what happened that alleged last time. Third time is not a charm.
The view in 1992. VFN fiberglass hood, Chevy front spoiler (long discontinued.) The fender in primer was one of life's most embarrassing moments.
The view from the back. Don hardy rear spoiler. Backup lights were modified from 69 Mustang side marker lights. 2 1/4" exhaust all the way to the back.
Rear end. 8.2 10 bolt rear out of a 69 Camaro (narrowed to stock Vega width by Moser Engineering). Moser axles, Richmond 3.55 gears and Auburn posi.
This is another old hood scoop. The picture was taken about 1988, at the campgrounds we stayed at to attend the Street Machine Nationals in Du Quoin, Illinois.