1976 Hatchback

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1976 Hatchback

Postby RandyC » Thu Dec 21, 2023 11:05 pm

I got another Vega, was looking at a 72 in Council Bluffs Iowa, but both inner fender wells were rotted and someone globbed fiberglass all over them. If only the guy would have told me about that, he was asking $12,000 and I drove 5 1/2 hours to look at it. I was there 10 minutes and drove 5 1/2 hours back home

So I bought a 76, already has S10 spindles, and a Monza 7.5, 3.73 gears with S10 axles. I built a 2002 4.3 Vortec V6, factory roller rockers, I ported the heads, Shaved .030 off and went with a .031 head gasket instead of the .042, 92-95 W cam thats .439INT .442 EXH, but i measured the new cam and it was actually .442I .446E. . 650 Edelbrock carb, shorty stainless headers, aluminum water pump, Edelbrock intake, 200-4R transmission, Cragar 15x8 rear wheels with 4 inch backspacing with 235-60-15 tires. I had to remove some of the inner fender bracing and make my own braces to make a bit more room, 15x6 Cragars with 165-65-15 up front. I took the front clip apart and wire wheeled everything and sealed it with Rust Reforming primer then coated it with hard coat Truck bed liner coating. I bought paint at TheCoatingStore, Sparkling Merlot pearl paint.
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Re: 1976 Hatchback

Postby RandyC » Tue Jan 02, 2024 1:12 pm

Getting the body ready for paint. Luckily I found only one rust in the body, have a few in rear fender wells, but I wont needs to be as extensive as I will on the body. Lower rear fender between the rear wheel well and the door. Will cut this out and weld new metal in. Other than this, mostly dings, and minor hail damage.

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Re: 1976 Hatchback

Postby NVEGAR8D » Sun Jan 07, 2024 8:55 pm

Hi Randy, looking good. coming along nicely :th:
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Re: 1976 Hatchback

Postby Diesel Dan » Tue Jan 09, 2024 3:48 pm

Looking good!
Keep the pictures coming.
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Re: 1976 Hatchback

Postby Monza Harry » Mon Jan 15, 2024 12:01 pm

Welcome to the group Randy! Traffic here is way down these days unfortunately, but those of us who do return are happy to see participants. So THANX for that, and bringing pics of your nice looking car! Even better is that she is a "Dare To Be Different" ride with an not often loved powerplant. Harry
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Re: 1976 Hatchback

Postby RandyC » Fri Feb 16, 2024 2:35 pm

I just finished my spoiler. Was going to order one but wasnt too crazy about the ones available. One day whale at the salvage yard I spotted a lat 80's Camaro with the low spoiler on it. Was about the perfect width so I bought it. And oddly, its the perfect curve and shape in all directions. I reshaped the ends a bit, made a cutout in the center, filled spots with fiberglass to use to bolt it down. Just got done painting it.

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And found me a 4.3 L Vortec badge for the spoiler too

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Re: 1976 Hatchback

Postby RandyC » Mon Apr 01, 2024 10:02 am

made a new patch got the rust spot on the rear quarter panel
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Made my motor mounts, have a tad more than 1/2 inch space between oil pan and drag link
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No one makes V6 headers for a Vega, so I found a set of shorty headers on ebay, but they angled out too far, these long tubes were fro a street rod 4.3, so I bought a used set of Chevy truck headers and between the 3 made me a long tube set of headers that fit and even a slip fit piece to clear the steering shaftImage
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Re: 1976 Hatchback

Postby RandyC » Mon Apr 01, 2024 10:08 am

passenger header I used pieces from the truck header, was a tight fit so I had to make it a bit oval at the bottom to give room at the frame area

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Re: 1976 Hatchback

Postby RandyC » Sun Jun 09, 2024 10:12 am

Well I ordered a front lower galance off ebay from showcars. "Disappointment" sums it up. Its about 1 1/2 narrower than my fenders, nothing lines up good to even make brackets to mount it. Its like its not even for a Vega. So time to do some serious fiberglass work to make this turd fit. Sad thing is, theres not much other option for a lower valance.

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