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CLASSIC VEGA LOOKS WITH LS POWER MAKES A SWEET PRO STREET RIDE
Frank Killam's super clean Pro Street '72 Vega reminds us why you just can't find a Chevy Vega anymore. They have all been turned into drag racers, street machines or tubbed-out Pro Street machines emulating a popular drag albiet fading drag racing class. The back story on this black beauty follows a classic path. The car was Frank's daily driver for nearly thirty years since high school. Frank calls it his pampered and cherished "first car" street bracket racer. Retired now due to an unfortunate stroke, Frank worked as a clay modeler for VW of America and he was an instructor at the Pasadena Art Center College where he taught students the fine art of rendering full size clay models of new car designs. He drove this car to work everyday of his career and now he has refashioned it to suit his personal Pro Street vision.
Here's Frank's rendering of how he expected the car to look when finished. And here is Frank with friend and car builder Jim Bassett after winning Best Pro Street Custom and Overall Best Street Machine at the 2015 Grand National Roadster Show.
Frank purchased the Vega GT from a Burbank dealer in 1974 and drove it to high school in his senior year. Heraced it in Bracket 5 every weekend at Irwindale Raceway, OCIR, LACR, and Terminal Island for decades. He says it probably has 10,000 miles on it, a 1/4-mile at a time. He named it Pre Skol because it’s older than old school. The car is finally the machine Frank dreamed of having in high school. He commissioned Bones Fabrication in Camarillo, CA to turn his dream into reality. Bones fit the car with a 440ci Mast Motorsports LSX engine and TCI full-manual 4L80 trans with trans-brake and converter. The chassis is a Chris Alston’s Chassisworks unit with a Fab9 rearend, Wilwood brakes, Eibach springs, Momo seats and steering wheel, and DJ Safety gear. It rolls on Billet Specialties’ Comp 5 wheels and Hoosier rubber.
Here's a build gallery of Frank's Vega that illustrates a lot of the intricate detail that went into this car. It showcases the work Bones Fab does and highlights a lot of cool details for those contemplating a similar effort. Click photos to enlarge.
Here's a video of the 440 LSX engine running on Mast Motorsports engine dyno.
Beauty shots courtesy of Darren Yasukochi
Illustration by "Frank Killam Racepaint"
Graphics and paint design for motorsports
Build photos courtesy of Bones Fabrication