• If it goes at the near current price, Jay and Phil may only give you about a hundred penalty laps should you bring this to a LeMons race. I certainly paid more for my crapcan and haven't gotten laps for years now. The Vega's cage might be a problem for LeMons, though; more pics of it would be required before knowing for sure. A ridiculous steal at its current bid, regardless.

  • The story on the Cosworth Vega engine, as I remember it was that initially it made 190 hp and was detuned down to 150 for production. However, an edict from up high at GM warned that the engine could not have any chance of failure given the original Vega's engines issues. So the Cosworth Vegas engine was put on a dyno and run flat-out for 90 some odd hours. To achieve that the engine was detuned to 110 hp. It was later developed independently to 230 hp for different forms of racing but without any factory support it never became viable. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

  • Cosworth Engineering was getting more than 230 but the engine blocks would crack… Chevy did make a limited run of heavy duty blocks with extra webbing but the real trouble was the free standing bores which meant no deck to maintain engine integrity. Also Chevy used a shorter 5.7 inch rod which meant the side loads on the cylinder bores was increased and coupled with the free standing bore design, meant the bores would deform under load, hence the cracking of the blocks. The motor was run in Nascar's Baby Grand Series and the solution used was to fill the water jacket with sand up to about an inch below the top of the bores, then fill the rest with aluminum epoxy and mill the deck flat after draining off the sand… hence creating a deck surface. I was going to try that and also run longer 6" rods from the V8's… even went so far as getting custom pistons made that relocated the piston pin higher to accommodate the longer rod length. The head was a thing of beauty. The car pictured was mine… began life as a 74 Vega GT which I drove on street and slaloms and eventually the race track and competed briefly in the IMSA RS series. Weight was just over 2,000 lbs and with massive changes to the suspension, generated 1.2 G's on a 100 foot dia skidpad. A wonderful car and I miss her but sold her off to get an SCCA Spec Racer back in 86 which also served me well… still I wonder what that Cosworth motor I had been building could have pumped out… I always believed I could get 260 at least on race gas… the roll cage was build by Autopower in San Diego to my design, picking up suspension points front and rear. I expected to feel a big difference in body stiffness since the cage was very well triangulated, however after all of the work and expense I was disappointed not to be able to notice any changes to the handling or feel… just more weight… it was comforting however to have that cage around me at Riverside on the long straight. The other problem the car had was the G forces it could generate both laterally and under braking played hell with the lubrication system. The car really needed a dry sump to solve issue. Wherever she is… I hope she is doing well and the new owners have as much fun driving her as I did.

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