Handling on the track is quite another story though. Basic work had been done under Eudell Jackobson of GM engineering, not at Chevrolet. 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 â GM-rotary engines were run up to 500,000 miles showing only minimal wear, and the engine's fewer moving parts assured its reliability. Get both manufacturer and user submitted pics. More listings are added daily. The four-speed manual was standard with all engines. Listing 1-20 Of 146. Collectible Automobile in April 2000 said, "One thing that helped the Vega sell was its timing. GM even rolled out a brand new shipping method, Vert-A-Pac â hanging Vegas vertically in specially designed railroad freight cars. At the very beginning of the experimental engine program at GM engineering staff, Ed Cole stated in a meeting that there would probably be no need for a traditional radiator, due to the excellent heat rejection to the air from the aluminum block. To further that end, a "Do-It-Yourself" service manual was included with each new Vega. One of the program objectives was to produce a 2,000-pound car to sell for $2,000.00, and every penny was watched. Nos 1974-78 Chevrolet Vega Panel And Station Wagon Rear Door Latch 9665285. Both engines had revised emission controls with different carburetion and ignition settings. This is … Vega: 1974-76: g1248: Front Spoiler -3 piece: N/A. In placing a single individual, the chief vehicle engineer in charge of the entire program and having the entire car â including engine, suspension, and brakes â designed by engineers specifically assigned to the Vega. "In spite of the understeer, for a wagon the handling is quite good." The two overhead camshafts are driven, along with the water pump and fan, by a fiberglass cord reinforced neoprene rubber belt, much like the Vega 140 cubic inch engine. 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. (correct by inspecting and installing new muffler and components where necessary. The Vega engine block was cast in Massena, New York - at the same factory that had produced the Corvair engine. The overall ratio is 22.5:1 and the curb to curb turning circle is 33 feet. The GT sport stripes option was changed â side stripping replaced the painted hood/deck stripes. 3. Production began on June 26, 1970. floor-level ventilation added. Three medium orange Vegas start their engines. ... 1974 Chevrolet Vega for Sale. 8 a.m. Outside the southern edge of Las Vegas, Nevada. The Pontiac Astre was introduced in the U.S. for the 1975 model year giving Pontiac dealers a needed fuel efficient subcompact. The Astre used the Vega 140 CID engine through 1976. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. CarGurus User. "The front suspension cam bolts would sometimes rust solidly in place, which prevented alignment adjustments. ", The Sedan, later named Notchback is the only Vega model with an enclosed trunk, has more rear seat headroom than the hatchback, and offered the lowest base price. The large bore and long stroke design provide good torque and lower rpm operation for reduced wear. "In normal driving, with curves of the type you'll find on mountain highways, the car has a refreshing neutral steering that escapes beautifully from the normal understeer rut found in many compacts. It has many other good qualities, but the roadholding impressed and surprised me most of all. Chevy Vega Wiki is a FANDOM Lifestyle Community. The cylinder bores were rough and finish-honed conventionally to a 7-microinch finish then etched by a new (then) electro-chemical process. Each engine was hand-built and includes a cam cover sticker with the engine builder's signature.The Cosworth Vega engine is some 60 pounds lighter than the SOHC Vega engine. 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. 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See each listing for international shipping options and costs. 3,000 1975 "Lil Wide Track" packages were sold. Axle ratios ran from a low 2.53 for economy, to a 2.92 for better acceleration with a slight fall-off in economy to a 3.36 performance ratio. 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. In fact it handles better than many sports cars. 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. Jerry L Brockstein, assistant to Henry Haga, head of the Camaro/Corvette studio where the Vega prototype was restyled, recalls finalizing the Vega bodies. The casting process provided a uniform distribution of fine primary silicon particles approximately 0.001 inches in size. Yenko had his staff rent a racetrack but at the last minute, he decided not to go through with the testing. 1977 models featured a new vertical design grill and aluminum wheels were a new option.