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Crazyfast79TA
Feb 13, 2012 at 10:12 pm
You seem to find the right car and do your research on each one and document them correctly! Wonderful job and a great (rare) car!
 
 
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pickle1
Sep 26, 2010 at 11:34 pm
Very Very Nice. I have seen wagons (side glass). Never a panel. I really like it
 
 
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Rayman
Jun 23, 2010 at 1:02 am
Wow this ride is in excellent condition
 
 

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Photo of a 1976 Chevrolet Vega
Sleeper

1976 Chevrolet Vega

Owner: wvhippie

  • Sleeper: 34 pts (win)
  • 71Panel: 31 pts (loss)
  • Total votes: 13
  • Ended: May 11, 2011
 
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Cruiser

1955 Chevrolet panel second series 3100

Owner: kayde1351

  • Cruiser: 21 pts (loss)
  • 71Panel: 24 pts (win)
  • Total votes: 9
  • Ended: Jul 7, 2010
 
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The Frigidaire

1961 Chevrolet Corvair

Owner: CorvairJim

  • The Frigidaire: 41 pts (loss)
  • 71Panel: 54 pts (win)
  • Total votes: 19
  • Ended: Apr 16, 2010
 

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1971 Chevrolet Vega Panel Express (71Panel)

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1971 CHEVROLET VEGA PANEL EXPRESS
Mediterrian Blue - Black seat trim

1 of 7,800 Panels of 277,700 1971 Vega production.
Production date - January 1971

140 CID (2.3 L) Aluminum Block Inline-4
3-Speed Manual Transmission

I searched for a stock Vega Panel Express for many years. I found the first year model in a print classified ad in 2003. It's a southern car, from Alabama. 53k miles. The previous owner stored the car indoors since the 70s and had refinished the car in its original color shortly before I bought it. I have added many GM nos parts including most recently, engine mounts, clutch, clutch cable, radiator hoses and air cleaner.
The Vega panel was awarded "Best In Show" Nov. 17, 2013 at the Autoseum Car Show, Mineola NY.

Only 2% of total Vega production, the Panel Express is a one-passenger panel delivery based on the Kammback wagon with steel panels in place of the wagon's fixed rear side glass. Classified as a truck, the panel featured a Chevy Van low-back driver's seat, a deleted rear seat - in its place an enclosed storage area under the load floor. An auxiliary front passenger seat was optional.

Specs

Dimensions - Capacities
Length: 169.7 in
Width: 65.4 in
Height: 52 in
Wheelbase: 97 in
Front track: 55.1 in
Rear track: 54.1 in
Ground clearance 4.8 in
Oil capacity w/filter 4 US Qt
Fuel capacity: 11.1 US Gal
Turning circle btw. curbs: 33 ft
Drag coefficient estimated by a-c: 0.47
Curb Weight - 2230 lb

Powertrain:
Aluminum Cylinder Block / Cast-Iron Cylinder Head
Engine manufacturer: Chevrolet
Engine type: spark-ignition 4-stroke
Cylinders alignment: Line 4
Displacement: 2287 cm3 / 139.6 cui
Main bearings 5
Valves per cylinder: 2
Additional features: Rochester 25MV 1-barrel; SOHC
Bore: 88.93 mm / 3.501 in
Stroke: 2.07 mm / 3.625 in
Compression ratio: 8 : 1
Power net: 80 hp / 4400
Torque: 121 ft-lb / 2400

Drivetrain
Traction: RWD (rear-wheel drive)
Gearbox: Opel - Germany
Transmission type: manual
Number of gears: 3
Gear ratios (overall):
I 3.14 (7.94)
II 1.68 (4.25)
III 1 (2.53)
Final drive ratio std: 2.53
Standard tires: A78 x 13

Performance:
Top speed: 99 mph
0-60 (s) - 13.2
0- 1/4mile (s): 19.4
speed at 1/4mile: 73 mph
Fuel consumption: extra-urban / city / highway / average combined: 27-32 / 16-19 / 27-32 / 22.8

1971 Chevrolet Vega-
Motor Trend 1971 Car of the Year
Car and Driver 1971 Readers Choice Poll - Best Economy Sedan

Factory Options

1HV05 Vega 2300 Panel Express Truck 2141.00
A01 - Glass, Soft Ray Tinted: All Windows 37.95
A61 - Seat, Auxiliary 67.15
AS5 - Belts, Shoulder 21.20
PJ6 - A78-13/B Bias Belted Ply White Stripe 49.75
U63 - AM Radio, Pushbutton 62.55
Factory Installed Options Subtotal 238.60
Destination Charge 54.00
Total Amount 2433.50

Pricing from "Vega Options And Prices" - September 10, 1970

Accessories:
GM Right-Hand Mirror-nos
GM Door Edge Guards-nos
GM Floor Covering, Mats - Black (2 Front)-nos
Covercraft "Noah" Car Cover - Custom-Fit, Vega Wagon

Tires:
-Firestone 175/80R13 FR380 Radial, white stripe (4)
-Firestone A78x13 Deluxe Champion Bias-Belted, white stripe (1) orig equip new spare
-Firestone A78x13 Deluxe Champion Bias-Belted, white stripe (4) orig. equip.

GM parts-nos:
door weatherstrips LH/RH, front & rear bumpers, front & rear valence panels, grille, front & rear nameplates, LH mirror & bracket, taillght bezels, ignition lock cylinder, accelerator pedal, hood release cable, steering wheel & shroud, door bumpers, shift knob, shifter boot, shifter boot bezel, parking brake boot/bezel, door lock knob ferrals, door lock access plugs, shoulder belt retainers, ash tray - first design, load floor latches, cargo area plugs, master cylinder cover, radiator shroud, front shock access plugs, motor mounts, clutch, clutch cable, AC fuel pump, AC Powerbeam headlamps, AC gas cap, AC air cleaner, AC spark plugs, Delco spiral shocks - dated 1971, Delco ignition wire set, Delco dist. cap, Delco point set/condenser, fan belt, radiator hoses, Trico wiper blade refills, oil filler plug, oil dipstick, muffler & tailpipe, liftgate weatherstrip (repro), heater core (four seasons).

GM partial engine-nos:
Vega 140 CID aluminum block (fitted w/ pistons, rods, crankshaft)
purchaced Oct. 2011 (in storage).

Mods

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Vega Panel Express Wins Best In Show

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My '71 Vega Panel Express took Best In Show at the Autoseum Car Show, the final Long Island show of the season, Nov. 17, 2013. My 73 Vega GT and 76 Cosworth Vega participated...

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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...

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