My Vega project

Tell everyone about the progress of your project! Please respect people's threads.

Moderator: Moderators

Re: My Vega project

Postby speedphreake » Tue Apr 27, 2010 3:20 pm

Update. I don't have any pics yet but I just finished putting a a plate nitrous system. This should get me in the 10's in full street trim. Also, my header repair is done and came out ok, not as nice as I would like but it will do. $60 in J and U bends is better than $600 for new headers. I'm also working on a fiberglass cowl hood I picked up cheap awhile back from a member. Unfortunately the fit is horrible, the hinges need ALOT of work to get them to work with the hood.
71 Vega hb
11 2500HD duramax
User avatar
speedphreake
 
Posts: 634
Joined: Fri Dec 22, 2006 11:12 pm
Location: Cape Cod, MA

1971 Chevrolet Vega


Re: My Vega project

Postby Roccosvega » Wed Apr 28, 2010 6:25 pm

Speedphreake do you know what brand hood it is just curious.

Robert
User avatar
Roccosvega
 
Posts: 618
Joined: Tue Feb 03, 2009 9:03 pm
Location: Illinois

Re: My Vega project

Postby speedphreake » Wed Apr 28, 2010 7:29 pm

No idea. After hours of working with it I finally got it fitting ok. It will do for now.
71 Vega hb
11 2500HD duramax
User avatar
speedphreake
 
Posts: 634
Joined: Fri Dec 22, 2006 11:12 pm
Location: Cape Cod, MA

1971 Chevrolet Vega

Re: My Vega project

Postby BadBowtie » Mon May 31, 2010 9:28 pm

Hey speedphreake, I'm planing on copying your frame connectors and lower control arm boxed section, but out of miss judgement I dropped off the car an hour away at the shop and forgot to measure the length of the 1 1/2" x 2" boxed steel section (for the lower control arm mounts) needed as well as the 1 3/4 (or 1 1/2") tubing needed to run the length of the car and Im supposed to buy the steel tomorrow :lol: ... i know right, i was wondering if you knew off hand or maybe you could measure the length of each piece, any information would be appreciated

Thanks
James

1975 Vega GT 350 sbc, Microsquirt w/Edelbrock MPFI, M21 4-speed, Hurst shifter and ford 9"
User avatar
BadBowtie
 
Posts: 821
Joined: Wed Oct 28, 2009 12:20 am

1975 Chevrolet Vega GT

Re: My Vega project

Postby speedphreake » Tue Jun 01, 2010 9:20 am

Are you putting in the 2x3 crossmemeber too? I've got that running from rocker to rocker. The rear of the frame connectors and the front of the control arm mounts are tied to this. That will effect how they are installed. I'll take measurements in a few minutes and let you know.
71 Vega hb
11 2500HD duramax
User avatar
speedphreake
 
Posts: 634
Joined: Fri Dec 22, 2006 11:12 pm
Location: Cape Cod, MA

1971 Chevrolet Vega

Re: My Vega project

Postby BadBowtie » Tue Jun 01, 2010 9:39 am

speedphreake wrote:Are you putting in the 2x3 crossmemeber too? I've got that running from rocker to rocker. The rear of the frame connectors and the front of the control arm mounts are tied to this. That will effect how they are installed. I'll take measurements in a few minutes and let you know.


Yeah thats what im planning, i really appreciate the help/i called my buddy and he said that he had some ideas so it would be great to do a comparison and maybe do a hybrid version of your frame connectors and crossmember. I have to say my favorite car on the h-body forum is definetly yours even though we have some amazing rides on this site, so you better watch it im coming after you :twisted: :lol:
James

1975 Vega GT 350 sbc, Microsquirt w/Edelbrock MPFI, M21 4-speed, Hurst shifter and ford 9"
User avatar
BadBowtie
 
Posts: 821
Joined: Wed Oct 28, 2009 12:20 am

1975 Chevrolet Vega GT

Re: My Vega project

Postby speedphreake » Tue Jun 01, 2010 6:13 pm

Got side tracked working on the car fixing an axle leak, broken wheel stud and valvetrain issues.

The frame connectors are about 64" long. I used 1 3/4" round tube, but 1 1/2" would tuck up out of sight better.

The control arm mounts are 10 1/2" long. Hope this all helps.
71 Vega hb
11 2500HD duramax
User avatar
speedphreake
 
Posts: 634
Joined: Fri Dec 22, 2006 11:12 pm
Location: Cape Cod, MA

1971 Chevrolet Vega

Re: My Vega project

Postby BadBowtie » Tue Jun 01, 2010 8:29 pm

speedphreake wrote:Got side tracked working on the car fixing an axle leak, broken wheel stud and valvetrain issues.
The frame connectors are about 64" long. I used 1 3/4" round tube, but 1 1/2" would tuck up out of sight better.
The control arm mounts are 10 1/2" long. Hope this all helps.


After looking at the car today on a lift, I was wondering if the floorboards are different on a 75 vega versus a 71-73, i see no way in getting the pipe to run a long straight. And after much talking with the welder we've decided to box the rear lower control arms, weld the rear uppers up and then down the road try adding more strength to the body. I just cant afford it all in one shot, so getting my ford 9" up there will have to do for now! :mrgreen:

Thanks for your help
James

1975 Vega GT 350 sbc, Microsquirt w/Edelbrock MPFI, M21 4-speed, Hurst shifter and ford 9"
User avatar
BadBowtie
 
Posts: 821
Joined: Wed Oct 28, 2009 12:20 am

1975 Chevrolet Vega GT

Re: My Vega project

Postby 59imp » Thu Jun 03, 2010 2:41 am

speedphreake wrote: I have minitubbed the rear, narrowed the rearend and installed a 69 Camaro fuel tank.



hey i really like your car, where is the fuel filler for the tank? and why didyou use that one in particular?
59imp
 
Posts: 7
Joined: Wed Sep 09, 2009 7:27 pm

Re: My Vega project

Postby speedphreake » Thu Jun 03, 2010 6:26 am

Fuel filler is in the stock location behind the liscence plate. Obviously I had to modify the trunk floor and gas tank mounts, but it fit perfectly. The only mod to the tank was making the filler neck about 1" shorter. The tank is also much bigger than a stock Vega tank so I can drive it more with less fillups.
71 Vega hb
11 2500HD duramax
User avatar
speedphreake
 
Posts: 634
Joined: Fri Dec 22, 2006 11:12 pm
Location: Cape Cod, MA

1971 Chevrolet Vega

Re: My Vega project

Postby speedphreake » Mon Sep 19, 2011 9:41 pm

Little update. I rebuilt the motor this spring, got it back together just in time to make a nastalgia race in may. Last pass of the day the trans let go. The car was put away for almost 4 months waiting to get the trans back together and in the car. Made it just in time to make another nastalgia race. The car ran great all day. It made its faster pass ever in the finals for the win, 10.81 @ 123. Not bad for a little stock suspension street car I drove to work all week before the race, 40 miles each way. Maybe next month I can turn the bottle on and see what really happens. :dance:
Attachments
vega9.jpg
vega9.jpg (127.07 KiB) Viewed 1210 times
vega 11.jpg
vega 11.jpg (135.23 KiB) Viewed 1210 times
71 Vega hb
11 2500HD duramax
User avatar
speedphreake
 
Posts: 634
Joined: Fri Dec 22, 2006 11:12 pm
Location: Cape Cod, MA

1971 Chevrolet Vega

Re: My Vega project

Postby highstrungvega » Tue Sep 20, 2011 11:50 pm

That car is covered in awesome sauce :th: :!: :th: :!:
72 Coupe
71 Notchback selling
2013 Ford F150XLT company work truck
You learn more from doing it wrong the first time!
User avatar
highstrungvega
 
Posts: 162
Joined: Thu Dec 24, 2009 1:53 am

Re: My Vega project

Postby chevy art » Wed Sep 21, 2011 11:42 pm

hey jeff you better watch out. im coming to get you soon. got a new 377(over 600 horses) should be in in a week or so. let me know whar your race schedule is for the rest of the season. good show up there art
chevy art
 
Posts: 1124
Joined: Fri Feb 26, 2010 11:33 pm

Re: My Vega project

Postby ironwillsv8vega » Thu Sep 22, 2011 10:54 am

Looks like fun!!! I go to Oxford Plains in Maine (as a spectator for now) but need to get down to New England sometime. Must be some screaming rides down there....including yours...:) Nice job!!
1982 Yamaha XJ1100 Maxim--Restored
1985 Honda Goldwing
1973 VW Super Beetle--Restored
1995 Mits Eclipse GST Turbo--Daily Driver
1973 Chevy Vega 350/350 (under construction)
User avatar
ironwillsv8vega
 
Posts: 80
Joined: Wed Nov 17, 2010 10:39 am
Location: Maine

1973 Chevrolet Vega Hatchback

Re: My Vega project

Postby my79monza » Thu Sep 22, 2011 10:30 pm

speedphreake wrote:Little update. I rebuilt the motor this spring, got it back together just in time to make a nastalgia race in may. Last pass of the day the trans let go. The car was put away for almost 4 months waiting to get the trans back together and in the car. Made it just in time to make another nastalgia race. The car ran great all day. It made its faster pass ever in the finals for the win, 10.81 @ 123. Not bad for a little stock suspension street car I drove to work all week before the race, 40 miles each way. Maybe next month I can turn the bottle on and see what really happens. :dance:


What are you using for subframe connectors?
It appears that the body is twisting, is that a normal thing?
I see some cars where the front wheels lift together at the same level.
These are questions from a person that admitingly doesn't know didly about suspension tricks for drag racing.

Merle
User avatar
my79monza
 
Posts: 813
Joined: Sat Jul 18, 2009 10:34 pm
Location: Washington, Iowa

PreviousNext

Return to Project Journals

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Google Adsense [Bot] and 3 guests