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1975 Chevrolet Vega

Panel Express Small Block Chevy Swap


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  • Color: Orange
  • Horsepower: 420
  • Drivetrain: RWD
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  • Vehicle Overview

    This is a project I worked on with my son a number of years ago. He wanted his first car so I said, let's build one. I spent 6 months or so looking for a Vega and found this panel express just a few blocks away. He and I spent a year building the car. The first build included a stock throttle body 350 swap. The transmission was the original Saginaw 4 speed but with overdrive. The rear end was an S10 with 373 gears and I did an S10 spindle swap on the front end. The car ran great and my son had a lot of fun with it. Two years ago I bought the car from my son as he was going to a masters program and needed money. Over the winter I removed the engine and had it rebuilt adding forged pistons and new Eagle rods. I also had AFR919 heads installed along with a mild cam. I swapped the old Saginaw for a T5. I also fabricated and welded in subframe connectors and did other suspension work. I installed a Holley Sniper and Hyperspark system as well. The car is very quick.

    Future Plans

    Future plans include a fresh paint job and just detail work.

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