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Re: Mac Toe's vega

Postby 79MonzaSpyder » Fri Jan 04, 2019 10:07 pm

Seen these on eBay, not sure if these would work for you.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/71-80-v8-vega- ... SwnDZUIfsN
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Re: Mac Toe's vega

Postby Smiley » Fri Jan 04, 2019 11:01 pm

Waybad here on the forum made a batch of Hop-Stops, I got mine from him but I think he sold them all.
There is a guy on Facebook Vega Nation named Nathaniel Williams who is currently making them.
He also offers them unwelded at a lower price.
his facebook page is called Impractical Customs: https://www.facebook.com/Impraticalcustoms/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/VegaNat ... 006189997/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/VegaNat ... 913202206/

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Re: Mac Toe's vega

Postby Monza Harry » Sun Jan 06, 2019 1:42 pm

Mac Toe, H-Body "Stop Hop's" aren't made any more if I recall correctly, there was someone on here that offered the plans to make your own, but that will take some searching for. Now this is only my take on them, "BAD IDEA"! Those parts would work by preloading the rear end housing against the weak lower control are mounts, on the chassis. Now what that is trying to fix is poor geometry and components that weren't built for the power you are applying to them. Most everybody that get serious about making even a little bit of power in these [low 200's HP] add an elevated upper control arm mount to the rear end housing, that apparently helps a lot. next up seems to be the control arms themselves, a couple of ways to fix those up, Buy new ones tubular [UMI, AJE(?) and others (like Overkill Racecars, but he hasn't had time lately to deal with these "product pieces", as that is a smaller part of his Chassis shop business and long time h-body.org guy) not many suppliers left to choose from :cry: ] You maybe able to make your own, or the cheapest easiest fix would be to "Box" the factory ones yourself, I would think something as thin as 16 gauge steel would do the job. [That material will be in tension as the "C Channel" arms (14 Gauge/2mm+/- {?}) are trying to flatten out under the "pull" that the upper are in while launching the lowers would likely want to collapse under Compression, but also may try and flatten out so weld in the sway bar spacers (or add your own) and box them up this will let you improve the geometry and fix the weak parts that exacerbate the situation. I hope this gives you a good "Jumping off point" others will weigh in. Harry
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Re: Mac Toe's vega

Postby cosvega76 » Mon Jan 07, 2019 9:24 am

I made my own hop stop bars out of some 2x2 tubing and made upper control arms out of some tubing and rod ends:

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Re: Mac Toe's vega

Postby Mac Toe » Fri Feb 08, 2019 4:43 pm

I've been moving along with my project but the forum isn't allowing me to post my resized pictures... Has anyone built or bought a sway bar for their Vega? If so was it bolt on or does it require fabrication?
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Re: Mac Toe's vega

Postby hammerdown7 » Fri Feb 08, 2019 5:15 pm

The ends of the front sway bar are connected to the lower a-arms. On cars ordered with the handling package, brackets were welded to the lower arms. You could also fabricate brackets that could be bolted on. The front bar is also bolted onto the chassis using u-shaped brackets. The rear bar is simply bolted onto the lower trailing arms and a spacer is mounted inside the trailing arm to keep both sides from deforming when tightening the mounting bolts. If you wanted to send me your pictures I could post them for you, send to dick.baumhauer@gmail.com

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Re: Mac Toe's vega

Postby hammerdown7 » Fri Feb 08, 2019 11:23 pm

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Re: Mac Toe's vega

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Re: Mac Toe's vega

Postby Mac Toe » Sat Feb 09, 2019 4:55 pm

Tubular control arms are coming... They'll be here Valentine's day. Does anyone know if the 72 Vega came with stock sway bar?
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Re: Mac Toe's vega

Postby hammerdown7 » Sat Feb 09, 2019 5:46 pm

Only Vega's with the ride & handling package had sway bars and that would include GT's that had the package as standard. You have a selection available since the Monza's sway bars fit Vega's and there are after market ones as well.

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