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New Member .... New Car... 75' Vega

Postby greenezombie » Sat Jul 06, 2013 3:42 am

picking up my first vega Sunday

1975 Vega (base model) 4cyl. 4speed,hatchback

told it's a stock "lime green" straight body

I haven't seen in person yet, set up a trade (in it $500) driving 198 miles to get it....then trailing it back home.

owner purchased as a driver but with a leaking rear main. pulled motor ordered parts/painted some.... then it sat for unkown amount of years

things I know I need:

Windshield, front seats or atleast new vinyl (good frames just bad vinyl, foam is questionable)I'd really like a retro lowback buckets ??? possible rear seat

told all the interior plastic's are super nice :)

minor rust spot near hatch.... no other rust

I would like a set of chev rally wheels with beauty rings (may have to convert to 5lug ???)

my plan is to have a 4cyl. 4 speed daily driver, would like to beef up the 4cyl just a bit on the cheap.

any suggestions and or resources/info is appreciated, thanks
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Re: New Member .... New Car... 75' Vega

Postby greenezombie » Sat Jul 06, 2013 3:50 am

pics ....what you see is all I've seen too LOL
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Re: New Member .... New Car... 75' Vega

Postby 283vega » Sat Jul 06, 2013 6:14 am

Looks like a good srart. I hope it is as pictured !
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Re: New Member .... New Car... 75' Vega

Postby greenezombie » Sat Jul 06, 2013 7:29 pm

yea me too, I'll post pics after it's home tomorrow..... gonna be a long drive
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Re: New Member .... New Car... 75' Vega

Postby Sunula66 » Sat Jul 06, 2013 9:55 pm

Hello and WELCOME!!! :th:
That's a huge find with everything in such excellent condition! I can see lotsa fun on the way for you and with a great start so as to minimize your search to get this "Limey" on the road! This would be a nice daily driver in original condition and a "buddy" for Kermit :lol: ....now you'll need to research on H-Body .org what I'm talking about.... :rolleyes: :lol: remember, the folks on this board are pests for info so keep us up to speed in your quest and resto.....have a blast!!! Ron.
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Re: New Member .... New Car... 75' Vega

Postby greenezombie » Sun Jul 07, 2013 10:35 pm

Thanks Ron!

Well after 6+ hours on the road and just 7 miles from Canada I got her home.

Got the slime pressure washed off and what we have is:

Nice plastics all the way around inside kick panels too, straight body,good floors, good seat frames,good light lenses, good exterior window trim.

Con's: needs windshield, door and hatch weather striping are toast, drivers seat foam is bad (all need upholstered) , rust bubbles and a couple holes at the very back edge of hatchback, .......
the one thing that looks like a lot of work is the rusted out battery box, but more importantly the frame beam under it, from the motor mount forward to the bumper is nearly rusted away 1/2 of it anyway.

It IS a re-paint from what I see as the firewall is a dark green, but at some point in history someone removed the front clip all the interior and glass and painted it the "Lime green" had new carpet w/padding and was obviously a ride someone was proud of but..... carpet is trashed up front, and the paint is failing all around SOooooooo...........

anyone have a website link I can check vin for color and orig equipment it came with?

I like the green but in a re-paint I think I will go with an alike color with HEAVY flake, and since I'm a fan of the grandma style green-on-green I'll do a dark green upholstery and carpet, but this is going to be a winter/nickle-dime project, guess I should start with that section of frame and the hatch rust.

I am going to need a complete engine gasket kit.... are those available anywhere? also windshields?

will get ya some updated pics here in a bit. :P
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Re: New Member .... New Car... 75' Vega

Postby greenezombie » Mon Jul 08, 2013 12:10 am

a few pics.... some are before after bath...
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Re: New Member .... New Car... 75' Vega

Postby greenezombie » Mon Jul 08, 2013 12:14 am

few more....
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Re: New Member .... New Car... 75' Vega

Postby greenezombie » Mon Jul 08, 2013 12:16 am

the seller also threw in a pair of good GT fenders.... anyone local to washington interested?
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Re: New Member .... New Car... 75' Vega

Postby cos2482 » Mon Jul 08, 2013 11:32 pm

Looking at your door jams and inner door panels, I would venture to say that your car is wearing its original color, introduced midyear. What is the color code on the plate under the hood?
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1975 Vega GT Kammback (Nomad modification)
1976 Vega GT Hatchback (stock)
1976 Vega Cosworth (white/white, stock)
1977 Vega Estate (stock)
1977 Vega Hatchback (stock, bought new)
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Re: New Member .... New Car... 75' Vega

Postby greenezombie » Tue Jul 09, 2013 11:34 pm

Plate reads:

ST 75 1HV77 U 344846 BDY
A51 47L 47U PNT
06D 58-8757
244360 FUL
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Re: New Member .... New Car... 75' Vega

Postby greenezombie » Wed Jul 10, 2013 12:52 pm

anyone know what all that means?
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Re: New Member .... New Car... 75' Vega

Postby greenezombie » Sun Jul 28, 2013 2:13 am

lookin like it was originally brown

thought ya'll might like to see a video of it.

I accept criticism and suggestions / comments... also need ideas to clear up my speedo lens as it's yellowed and foggy, I tried some fine rubbing compound and made zero difference

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=leHx_mLIJC0
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Re: New Member .... New Car... 75' Vega

Postby cos2482 » Sun Jul 28, 2013 11:08 am

Great video but,

The brown paint that you show around the rear hatchback is actually the red oxide primer these cars were dipped in.
Your plate indicates paint code 47 (Lime Green) is actually the original color of the car. The “Lime Green”, “Light Blue” code 40, and possibly a few others were non-metallic pastel colors offered at mid-year. Most of these cars were bone stock with color keyed GT wheels as standard equipment. Don’t know if these Vega’s were a special edition, regional or just a sales promotion to appeal to more women.
These colors could also have been had on any personally ordered, optioned up Vega including the GT. Those GT wheels were also color keyed.
Being late introduced colors, they can only be found on few 76-color charts. Those colors were not used on any 76. “Lime Green” became “Lime Metallic” code 45 for 1976. ”Light Blue” was reintroduced for 1977.

http://paintref.com/cgi-bin/colorcodedi ... ga&rows=50

To determine what the rest of what that plate under the hood can tell you, go to:
http://h-body.org/library/hbodyfaq/hbod ... ions.shtml - 1.14
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1973 Vega GT Hatchback (Millionth Vega)
1975 Vega GT Kammback (Nomad modification)
1976 Vega GT Hatchback (stock)
1976 Vega Cosworth (white/white, stock)
1977 Vega Estate (stock)
1977 Vega Hatchback (stock, bought new)
2011 Ford Ranger XLT (2,3 twincam 5spd std)
2000 Ford ranger XLT (2,5L 5spd std)
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Re: New Member .... New Car... 75' Vega

Postby cos2482 » Sun Jul 28, 2013 11:13 am

Another Lime Green 75 that I found on PhotoBucket. Hope the young man is a member here.
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1973 Vega GT Hatchback (Millionth Vega)
1975 Vega GT Kammback (Nomad modification)
1976 Vega GT Hatchback (stock)
1976 Vega Cosworth (white/white, stock)
1977 Vega Estate (stock)
1977 Vega Hatchback (stock, bought new)
2011 Ford Ranger XLT (2,3 twincam 5spd std)
2000 Ford ranger XLT (2,5L 5spd std)
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