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Re: 1975 Vega GT

Postby megavega » Thu Feb 10, 2011 11:38 am

just read thru your journal, your doing a nice job on that car, keep up the good work! :th:
1972 hatchback, 28,000 orig miles, 427BBC/twin T4 turbo's/T56 six speed/big wheels, lowered down pro touring style-work in progress....

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Re: 1975 Vega GT

Postby BadBowtie » Thu Feb 10, 2011 7:51 pm

megavega wrote:just read thru your journal, your doing a nice job on that car, keep up the good work! :th:


Thanks,

Its my first restoration (limited to how much money i can spend obviously) and hot rodding so I am learning a lot! I love the cars and considering I want to be an engineer it makes sense to do what i love (was accepted to university yesterday!).
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Re: 1975 Vega GT

Postby waybad » Thu Feb 10, 2011 10:53 pm

congrats!! :th:
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Re: 1975 Vega GT

Postby meangreen73vega » Fri Feb 11, 2011 12:52 am

waybad wrote:congrats!! :th:

:bump: :bump: :bump:
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Re: 1975 Vega GT

Postby NVEGAR8D » Fri Feb 11, 2011 12:58 am

Hi,
congrats on acceptance!
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Re: 1975 Vega GT

Postby BadBowtie » Fri Feb 11, 2011 12:45 pm

Thanks guys!
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Re: 1975 Vega GT

Postby BadBowtie » Sun Feb 27, 2011 3:10 pm

Engine is centered and the transmission is bolted down... one more mount modification before I pull the engine to weld-up the crack in my firewall/tunnel and reinstall for good!

The good news is I started spring break Friday...
The bad news is last monday I had my big toe nail removed due to an infection (over a year old because I'm stubborn) and then tomorrow I get all 4 of my wisdom teeth pulled! Not to mention the work I have to do over the break.


But on a side note
I feel like my grades are doing well, not to mention my Engineering Project is doing just as well! For engineering we need to do 2 projects in the last 2 semesters and for this one I am converting a 1971 BOA minibike (If anyone has any information on these I would appreciate it) into an electric bike controlled via micro-controller. Should be interesting because I have to research everything and learn everything independent from my class time. So far i've done a mild resto on the bike, bought 90% of my running electronics and am in the process of finding an onboard charging system so I can plug it into the wall/designing a current sensing circuit to prevent stalling out the electric motor (about 60-80amps of stall current) and frying all my electronics.
So this is definetly keeping me busy and away from the car :wink: .... but its in the name of school :mrgreen:

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Un-restored side view
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Restored side view
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Prototype circuit board
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Re: 1975 Vega GT

Postby NVEGAR8D » Mon Feb 28, 2011 1:16 am

Hi BadBowtie,
before you get too caried away, i think you need to sraighten out the lower part of those forks.i believe they are suposed to be straight. looks like someone ran into a curb.
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Re: 1975 Vega GT

Postby BadBowtie » Mon Feb 28, 2011 8:28 am

NVEGAR8D wrote:Hi BadBowtie,
before you get too caried away, i think you need to sraighten out the lower part of those forks.i believe they are suposed to be straight. looks like someone ran into a curb.
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Believe it or not that is the way the bike was made! Looks very unstable to me, but I guess that was 1971 for you hahaah.
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Re: 1975 Vega GT

Postby NVEGAR8D » Tue Mar 01, 2011 1:00 pm

Hi BadBowtie,
that's interesting that the forks were designed that way. yes it looks unstable to me too. i once hit a curb with my 10spd bike and bent the forks back like that. steering was wierd until my uncle fixed it.
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Re: 1975 Vega GT

Postby jb77n » Tue Mar 01, 2011 10:15 pm

Hate to say it but I believe those forks are in fact bent my friend. :?

I learned to ride 40 years ago on a Taco Minibike and my forks looked just like that after I went straight into a wall. :bang:

My dad and uncle fixed the forks and I rode that minibike for a couple years before I got my first dirt bike. :th:

Even if they were meant to be like that I'd straighten them out a bit and make it more stable when riding any faster then 5 miles an hour. Good luck, and cheers ,
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Re: 1975 Vega GT

Postby BadBowtie » Tue Mar 01, 2011 10:40 pm

:bang: you guys have made a believer out of me... I thought something was up but I had been convinced otherwise, good thing my project is proof of concept of the electronics... so for now I could dismiss it and then get to it once the project is done. Yay... :?
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Re: 1975 Vega GT

Postby BadBowtie » Mon Mar 14, 2011 2:06 pm

So I've been pretty busy lately however I managed to get an old 1970's Hurst Roll/Control from a friend but the solenoid was sticking so I had to take everything off and re-install the old brake line, it kinda sucks but I got all it did was cost me an afternoon and two holes in my inner fender. I also ended up getting a deal on a new Hurst Roll/Control and Mallory Digital 6al (should be in on Friday).

Since I'm quite familiar with electronics I made a visual schematic for my setup. My plan is to have a three way switch with ON-OFF-(ON) (temp toggle).
-When the switch is selected to the ON position it will engage the Roll/Control Solenoid, this will be my burnout box setting.
-When the switch is toggled to the (ON) position (temp toggle) AND the clutch is fully depressed the Roll/Control Solenoid will engage and the relay will lock the power to the clutch pedal. The Roll/Control will then release when I let off the clutch (this would also work with a 2 step unit) and will serve as my launch setting.
-The kill switched will be used to prevent accidental activation while street driving.

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Sunday I learn't how to weld (without gas on a mig), turns out I can weld fairly decently but I had a hard time welding upside down/in the ridges of the transmission tunnel that wasn't properly cleaned but I got the job done. It was a pretty steep learning curve (learning to use patches rather than filling the opening with weld :bang: And setting my jeans on fire accidentally while welding) but I think I can now weld and just practicing will make it easier and more natural. :dance:

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Re: 1975 Vega GT

Postby NVEGAR8D » Mon Mar 14, 2011 2:17 pm

Hi,
looking good Bad.
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Re: 1975 Vega GT

Postby meangreen73vega » Mon Mar 14, 2011 6:19 pm

Very nice! Keep posting, it motivates me...lol
Drive, break, repair...repeat!

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