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1971 Chevy Vega Panel Express - 40 Year Old Survivor

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After eight years of exposure to daily morning moisture, rain and northeast winters on Long Island, my 40 year-old 1971 Vega has no rust anywhere on its original sheet metal and chassis! I had decided after paying storage the first year, it would be parked outside (covered) that has amounted to a huge savings of $14k (200. per mo) over a seven-year period.

The Vega had been warehouse stored in Alabama nearly thirty years through 2002 by the previous owner. I don't possess that luxury, only a 1-car garage. Now granted, I did not expose it to salt and mud, and it is undercoated, but if these cars are not exposed to the worst conditions, they will not rust faster than any other car.
My theory explains why only thousands of sets of fenders were replaced by Chevrolet (under warranty) instead of a million, or more. (Vega 1971-1977 production totaled over 2 million)

..and this early 1971 model built within the first 6 months of Vega production has no fender liners (added '74-up models) and no galvanized fenders and rocker panels (added on '76-'77 models). Heavy undercoating protected the front fenders of this car.



see also:
Chevrolet Vega - Chevy Vega Wiki
http://chevyv...hevrolet_Vega

Image: My 1971 Chevrolet Vega 2300 Panel Express

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PRECISIONDRIVER
Jul 24, 2011 at 4:48 pm
'71's were the best built Vegas. Each was built with pride. I had a '71 GT and it was a great car!
 
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rhonda
Nov 28, 2010 at 2:47 pm
that's awesome! congrats!
 
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CorvairJim
Sep 28, 2010 at 5:11 pm
Come to think of it, the '71 panel I had as a company car back in the early 80's didn't have any rust either, and it was driven in all sorts of conditions including winter road salt.
 
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twhotrod1968
Sep 28, 2010 at 5:39 am
no rust is always good
 
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revhard
Sep 28, 2010 at 3:51 am
Congrats. VMan, I believe the same it doesn't matter how long you leave them out side in the elements they might get a little sun faded but as long as you don't drive them through all that nasty stuff they use on the roads these days they shouldn't rust!
 
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1971
Sep 28, 2010 at 3:20 am
LOCATION, LOCATION. MUST BE IN A RUST FREE ZONE! I LIVE AT THE BEACH IN CA AND THINGS RUST EVEN HERE.
 
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CorvairJim
Sep 28, 2010 at 12:28 am
Don't believe the haters. The Vega was basically a decent little car, but it had it's detractors who rarely if ever actually had any personal experience with them. It's hard to find detractors for the Pinto with real-world experience of their problems - They all got fried!
 
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SPEEDDEMON
Sep 27, 2010 at 8:30 pm
LIVING OUT ON THE ISLAND AND NO RUST, AMAZING
 
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TerryO
Sep 27, 2010 at 8:06 pm
Very impressive and encouraging for all GM product owners.
 

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