Bugdewde's '73 Vega

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Re: New Vega for bugdewde

Postby bugdewde » Sun Dec 13, 2009 7:23 pm

Very bad news.........

Found the battery sitting kinda weird the other day. Sort of angled down on one side. I pulled the battery to reveal this......



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Completely gone! I think the battery leaked. It has been dragging a bit when starting... I assumed it was due to the colder weather.
The frame rail is good, as is the surrounding structural stuff... looks like just the bottom sheetmetal is gone.
I've sprayed the area with chain lube, in hopes of keeping the air from contacting it and making it worse.


Looks like there is finally gonna be some body shop time for the '73. Might as well do a complete paint job and find a windshield to replace the cracked one in there now.
DAMN!
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Re: Bugdewde's '73 Vega

Postby bill1978v8 » Sun Dec 13, 2009 9:10 pm

wow, that looks bad. Good luck with the repairs

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Re: Bugdewde's '73 Vega

Postby Yenkoboy » Sun Dec 13, 2009 10:52 pm

Dwight If you need some metal from your old 72 let me know I will send it to you. Mark
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Re: Bugdewde's '73 Vega

Postby bugdewde » Thu Jun 03, 2010 9:51 pm

The Vega's battery area is a complete loss. The car has been sitting ever since I removed the leaking battery to reveal the damage.


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Here's the hole that was rubbed in the side of the battery. MAKE SURE YOUR BATTERY HOLD-DOWN IS FUNCTIONING PROPERLY!!!!! :bang: :bang: :cuss: :censored:

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Well, the Vega has been sitting way too long. I've been sort of pursuing the air-cooled VW interest thing lately and have realized that I should be concentrating on the Vega.
I've started searching for a shop do some sheet metal fabrication and maybe even a paint job.

Now..... just gotta figure out what color I want ?
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Re: Bugdewde's '73 Vega

Postby bugdewde » Thu Jun 03, 2010 9:54 pm

Yenkoboy wrote:Dwight If you need some metal from your old 72 let me know I will send it to you. Mark



Yeah buddy...... I'd love some. I've started looking for a shop to do some work for me. Maybe even do some painting while they have it. Gotta find a good windshield while I'm at it.
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Re: Bugdewde's '73 Vega

Postby hammerdown7 » Thu Jun 03, 2010 11:11 pm

Dwight,
There's a 78 mile Cosworth in New Jersey whose battery area looks just like yours. It's been sitting in a barn since '77. Outside still looks good but under the hood is the shocker.
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Re: Bugdewde's '73 Vega

Postby LL8 Vega GT » Thu Jun 03, 2010 11:29 pm

I had to fix mine as well, most vegas are like that, they got a bad start with how they shipped them from the factory (vertical) and they leaked out on the brand new cars. I used a piece of sheet metal and started cutting and forming........
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Re: Bugdewde's '73 Vega

Postby cos2482 » Fri Jun 04, 2010 2:29 am

The Vega's battery area is a complete loss.

most vegas are like that, they got a bad start with how they shipped them from the factory (vertical) and they leaked out on the brand new cars.


Hopefully not another wives tale propagating towards “Vega” history. The only Vegas shipped vertically by rail, went west of Lordstown, Ohio. The majority of us (East) had our Vegas delivered horizontally by highway transport carriers.

33 to 40 years of battery leaching and leaking sulfuric acid, and previous and current owner neglect (Im also guilty) will play a heavy toll on any similarly aged vehicle, any make.
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Re: Bugdewde's '73 Vega

Postby Yenkoboy » Fri Jun 04, 2010 8:31 am

We will get it for you Dwight, I will cut it out soon. Mark
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Re: Bugdewde's '73 Vega

Postby 283vega » Fri Jun 04, 2010 6:20 pm

Dwight , I think you should sell your vega to me and concetrate on the vw stuff, your getting sleepy very sleepy
OH and did I mention sell it cheap ,Sleepy very very sleepy now OK :th:
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Re: Bugdewde's '73 Vega

Postby bugdewde » Sun Mar 04, 2018 5:50 pm

OK.... it's been about 9 years since I posted an update.
Just swapped in a steering box and got it back on the road.
I'm going to concentrate on the '72 Kammback for now and this hatchback will have to go to someone that can love it more than I can at the moment.

Just posted it for sale on craigslist .... quite reluctantly. But only to get it out there into someone's loving hands. It has been a GREAT daily driver for me for many years. But with 11 cars, 2 motorcycles and a vintage boat.... and the Miata rallycross racing schedule.... I don't much time for it anymore.
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Re: Bugdewde's '73 Vega

Postby classic_cruiser » Mon Mar 05, 2018 2:52 pm

283vega wrote:Dwight , I think you should sell your vega to me and concetrate on the vw stuff, your getting sleepy very sleepy
OH and did I mention sell it cheap ,Sleepy very very sleepy now OK :th:


Wow. That's the slowest hypnosis I've ever seen... :lol:

That daily driver looks real nice, and a lot better than many I've heard called "restorable"!
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