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Old 03-17-2024, 08:11 PM
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Default Original Owner Yenko Vega

This write up is from my FB page that covers car history of the Wheeling-Ohio Valley area.

Pete K. from Bethlehem (outside of Wheeling) bought a yellow 1971 Yenko Vega hatchback new in '72. It was a unsold leftover. Pete said he sold the car in the later 70's to a guy in Weirton W.Va .-still in the Yenko stripes.
The car went through 2 sets of recalled front fenders due to rust out. Before installing the last set, he coated the inside of the fenders with roofing tar and when he bolted up the fenders the tar squished out of the sides. The Vega was set up to be turbocharged but it never was-Pete still has the Yenko Turbo valve cover. His neighbor ,Chuck Hornoer (I'm butchering this spelling and pronouncement) worked for Yenko and always volunteered to take the car up for servicing but Pete always wanted to go to check things out and see what was new.
The picture with the quarter wheel damage was due to a motorcycle hitting him.
Pete said every time he went to the dealership he visited Chuck who gave him handfuls of Yenko stuff- Yenko badges etc. Pete said everything was in a back room in boxes and he would grab a handful of Yenko matchbook covers, badges etc.
Pete took the Yenko badges off the side of the car and replaced it with GT badges and GT paint treatment on the hood because he liked the look
Any of you Weirton guys know of this car?
I want to thank Pete for sharing these pics and story.
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Old 03-17-2024, 09:45 PM
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Default Great story and history.

Great story and history. Thanks for sharing. Iíve always liked these little Vegas.

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Old 03-17-2024, 10:50 PM
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Interesting Yenko Vega story.

The Yenko Vegas were ordered with COPO 9734 and came with forged pistons for the Turbo kit.

The Yenko valve cover was supposed to come with the car but some were on back order so Yenko had to send the covers after the buyer took delivery of the car.
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Interesting Yenko Vega story.
Here is Petes neighbor-he owned a '67 SS396 he bought new at King Chevrolet in Wheeling Wva and the stinger hood on the car he purchased from Yenko when he worked there after leaving Kings.
Notice the Yenko Turbo Vega in the foreground This was at a car show in Wheeling Wva and Don Yenko had Chuck drive the Vega down tho Wheeling to enter the show.
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here is a restored green white stripe Yenko Vega wagon

The photos I have of Yenko Stinger Turbo Vegas are all black stripe cars.
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I received this pm from Chuck. He was a tech at Yenko.

"It was a hatchback. I did drive it down because at one point in time I did all the turbo modifications at my house. Vega was sold to a buyer in Turkey"

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Charles still owns this car-original paint and all. Correction: car was bought at Ed Connell Chevrolet later renamed Kings
The Yenko hood is hanging up in his garage.
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that is a great story that he has an original 68 Yenko hood.

Maybe someday it can end up on a 68 Yenko Camaro.

I don't recall seeing any 67 Camaros with the 68 Yenko hood so that is a first.

here is the Turbo Vega that Don tried to complete a long term EPA test with to make the Yenko Turbo Vega legal to sell as a new car.


Does Charles remember anything about doing this EPA durability test ?

Does he recall how many Yenko Turbo Vegas were built?

Thanks for posting
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Rescued from a dairy farm in Wisconsin several years ago. Sold new by Thorstad Chevrolet in Madison, WI. We have protect-o-plate and other paperwork. Purchased from second owner who was in the Air Force when he owned it. Like most Vega owners, had issues with the engine.
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Broken axle?
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