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1977 Chevrolet Vega Estate Wagon (Ratmobile)

Last updated Nov 26, 2007  

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The original owner was "some little old lady" who only drove the car to church and the grocery store. It was later bought by the owner of a body shop. His buddy went to town on transforming the exterior to look like a rat rod. The original steel wheels were painted red and the factory 5mph bumpers were removed and replaced with custom hand-made fiberglass panels (each day I discover more and more fiberglass and mud...not that it surprises me). The interior and drivetrain were left stock.

I bought the car with only 35,000 original miles on it, which was difficult to tell since there was such extensive body work. The real telltale sign was looking at the underside of the car, which had almost all of the factory rustproofing in place with not a speck of rust.

I parked it and decided to take care of all the major issues over the winter. So far I have replaced the head gasket (more out of curiosity than anything else), timing belt, drive belt, radiator hoses, distributor cap and rotor, rebuilt the Holley two-barrel.


*85hp 140ci/2.3L SOHC 4-cylinder engine featuring die-cast aluminum block
*2-barrel Holley carburetor
*0-60mph in 12.2s
*1/4mi in 20.4s @ 78mph
*97" wheelbase
*55.1" track
*169.7" overall length
*65.4" overall width
*52" height
*Weighs 2680#
*11 gallon fuel tank

Factory Options

*3-speed automatic transmission
*Power steering
*Tilt steering cloumn
*Air conditioning
*AM pushbutton radio
*Estate Wagon trim including woodgrain paneling, luggage rack, rear air deflector, GT steering wheel, etc.


*painted flat black
*custom fiberglass front and rear valances
*Grant steering wheel adapter kit and Grant GT steering wheel
*Kenwood head unit with CD player, AM/FM radio, and mp3 input connected to two 6" Powerbass speakers

*Offenhauser aluminum dual-plane four-barrel intake manifold
*Holley 600cfm carburetor
* A Crower cam to really open up those valves :)

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