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Postby Greybeard » Wed Dec 10, 2014 4:57 am

I've been a Vega fan since Feb. '72 when a carload of us drove down to the Winter Nationals from Seattle. At that time I'd been racing for over 10 years with various sbc powered cars. After watching Grumpy put away the Pro Stock field, I was hooked. My first Vega was an orange '72 GT that I built for a daily driver. 215" Buick/T10. It was a great little car, but life happened in Seattle for a lot of us in at that time and I had to let it go.
After getting back on my feet, I bought a new '75 Cosworth at a deep Discount from a dealer who didn't think much of a Vega in general, or the expensive Cosworth in particular. I'd thought several times about re powering it, but it drove and ran so well, it would have been a shame to loose the balance it had. Life interfered again when my childhood sweetheart and wife of 14 years passed. Huge doctor bills meant a lot of things went away, and my life started over.
My new life had a lot of cars in it, but no Vega until '13 when a friend turned me on to a done car. after a lengthy negotiation, I, once again owned a Vega. Most of my friends are Street Rod guys, and don't understand (it's an age thing maybe). I've got a few changes to make before I'll be able to leave it alone, but I'm very happy to once again be an owner.
I look forward to sharing with the members here, as well as availing myself of the vast pool of knowledge.
Mike
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Postby SeniorSavage » Wed Dec 10, 2014 5:55 am

welcome to the club Mike - looks like you got yourself one nice little L88 Vega there , congrats !

you're in good stead here so if ya got ANY questions the guys here are excellent with sharing wtk.

cheers,
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1996 Fleetwood Bounder 35' Ford 460 TBI motorhome - for not-so-tight spots
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Postby jon72vega » Wed Dec 10, 2014 6:26 am

Welcome Mike!
Your Vega looks nice!
We need more pictures...Lots of them!!!!!
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Postby zeke » Wed Dec 10, 2014 6:36 am

Welcome to h-body.org Mike. Sweet looking Vega! :th: Yeah, more pics pls 8)

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Postby cjbiagi » Wed Dec 10, 2014 7:36 am

Great looking car, silver and black is one of my favorite combo's :th:
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Postby Phil G » Wed Dec 10, 2014 8:44 am

Nice Vega. I always liked that bodystyle. Looks like my second gen Camaro (but I don't have the split bumper).

I like that Cowl Induction hood too. I have a L-88 hood on my Monza...

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Postby cosvega76 » Wed Dec 10, 2014 8:50 am

Welcome back to the H-body fold, Mike!

Great looking car, show those Rodders what the Vega is all about! I've had mine for 26 years.


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Postby Greybeard » Wed Dec 10, 2014 10:10 am

Thanks for the wecome!
I'd have had more pics but the ones I have are huge, and I couldn't crop them enough to fit except for that one. I will be doing more later when I get it out of the shop. The engine is a 350 with great pieces, but came to me with a wiped cam and cooked rings. Installing a custom grind from comp in hydraulic roller, and new rings. I'll install thermostat controlled fan switch to prevent a serious overheat I think they did to it before. It has a built 350 TH with 3000 stall converter. I'm a 4 gear guy so that will go. I've got to at least get rid of the "halo" bars in the cage as the one is right next to my temple. Prolly get rid of the whole cage. Not so sure yet as I love how solid the car feels. Although it's connected underneath, I'm sure the cage is adding to that. I've been hoarding a Z28 crossram that may make it in there someday.
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1966 Chevy El Camino (daily driver w/300K miles)
1966 Chevy V8 Corvair https://greybeard.shutterfly.com
1972 Vega GT
1985 Corvette
1999 Safari Sahara 30' with Cat 330
1999 Jeep Cherokee 'toad'
Next: 1964 289 slabside Cobra, LS525 power
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Postby hammerdown7 » Wed Dec 10, 2014 10:32 am

Welcome Mike, you've come to the site well prepared, great looking car.

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Postby mahoy78spyder » Wed Dec 10, 2014 10:34 am

Welcome! What a great looking, clean car you have! I like that it still uses the original wheel wells (no tubbing) and shows how good these cars can look with just minimal modifications.
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Postby rpoz-29 » Wed Dec 10, 2014 12:56 pm

Welcome. Great looking car!
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Postby bill1978v8 » Wed Dec 10, 2014 8:16 pm

Great looking car and the story behind it tells a lot. Welcome aboard and I hope to see more pics.

Thanks,
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Postby Greybeard » Thu Dec 11, 2014 4:48 am

Found some photos sent to me from the previous owner. I hope they are ok.
Another bit of backstory. In the fall of '66 I tried to get a '67 Z28. Production was short, and the dealers alotted them were few. I finally secured one from Alan Green Chevrolet in Seattle. It was a "delete" car. It had some damage in the nose from a couple salesmen exceeding their talent and the original purchaser backed out. The paint on the repair was horrid, so I stripped it, and repainted the car in silver ( caddy Firemist) with black stripes. That car was the C Stock, NHRA national record holder for a short time, and always a stock eliminator threat where ever it ran. When I saw this Vega, I was hooked. It stopped all thoughts of doing my own. I'll put my own stamp on it of course, but the silver and black stays.
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1937 Chev 2dr sedan
1966 Chevy El Camino (daily driver w/300K miles)
1966 Chevy V8 Corvair https://greybeard.shutterfly.com
1972 Vega GT
1985 Corvette
1999 Safari Sahara 30' with Cat 330
1999 Jeep Cherokee 'toad'
Next: 1964 289 slabside Cobra, LS525 power
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Postby jon72vega » Thu Dec 11, 2014 4:06 pm

Nice!!!!!
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Postby megavega » Thu Dec 11, 2014 8:09 pm

I saw that car on ebay, thats a nice car :th: , congrats, you have a heck of a start just make it your own now.
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