48 Fiat's Son's 1971 V8 Vega

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Re: 48 Fiat's Son's 1971 V8 Vega

Postby gmagilla » Sat Jul 14, 2012 10:32 am

I know the feeling Jason , every time I come home off the road I pull in the garage behind my 73 and think " if I hadn't started cuttin that up I could of dropped the 400 in and be drivin it now " but I like to do the fab work .
If you haven't yet check this out http://toddperkinsdesign.com/?page_id=40 towards the bottom of the pics they show a pic of the hood opener , with your hinges you could do some thing like that only better , it's in a post in general discussion and now I forgot what the title is :rolleyes: and I seem to be the only one that likes it :?


The post is " Anybody seen this one " by waybad .
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Re: 48 Fiat's Son's 1971 V8 Vega

Postby Smiley » Tue Jul 17, 2012 4:37 am

Very nice work !
Did you make the rubber blocks for the radiator mounts or can be ordered from somewhere ?

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Re: 48 Fiat's Son's 1971 V8 Vega

Postby V8VEGA*71 » Fri Jul 20, 2012 11:33 pm

Gil,
I can't even begin to comprehend the amount of work that had to have gone into that Vega!!! :D I like the hood opening mechanism and the way they are mounted to the hood hinge!! I would like to see it in action! I am also curious to find out what exactly the hood opening mechanism is and how it works! I wonder if you could adjust the speed on the opener so it doesn't throw your hood across the room, or take an hour to open. haha

Smiley,
First off i like your username, my nickname is smiley!! hahaha I am not sure where we got the rubber blocks from. My dad has been out of town so I haven't had a chance to ask him where they came from. Ill find out when he gets back, should be tomorrow sometime. Thank you for the complement!! :th:

Here is what i have been working on lately. The machines that we use to bend the material isn't readily available, so when we do need something bent we try especially hard to get it right the first time. So I decided to layout the pattern for the transmission cooler bracket on AutoCAD. Once you develop the 2D version, with this drawing, it is fairly simple to turn it into a 3D model. The program already has realistic metal textures programed into the rendering. Its pretty cool getting to see the finished product before you even start building :D
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Re: 48 Fiat's Son's 1971 V8 Vega

Postby gmagilla » Sat Jul 21, 2012 11:54 am

Jason ,
look up linear actuators , I think I found another mod for my 73 , remote hood opener :th:
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Re: 48 Fiat's Son's 1971 V8 Vega

Postby 48 Fiat » Thu Jul 26, 2012 6:35 pm

Smiley, I finally found out what the rubber blocks for our radiator mount are from. They are from a Terex Telelect Linebed ( I work for an electric utility). These blocks are normally mounted on the outrigger outer tubes on a stud to secure the hydraulic steel lines to the tube. They are used with a steel u shaped bracket, nut, and washer. They are probably available from Terex but I bet the Caterpillar dealer or John Deere would have something similar and easier to obtain. Dave.
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Re: 48 Fiat's Son's 1971 V8 Vega

Postby V8VEGA*71 » Wed May 22, 2013 1:08 pm

Geez its been a while, but it feels great to get back to work on my project! Here are the latest pics of our project! Camaro Taillights!!! More pics coming soon!!
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Re: 48 Fiat's Son's 1971 V8 Vega

Postby seekerbeta » Thu May 23, 2013 3:13 pm

I had the same problem with my headers, especially on the drivers side, i recommend bolting the #7 tube in first, then bolt in the #5 & 3.. then i used a jack to push up on the flange on the collector on the bottom, and this brought the #1 into alignment that i could then bolt in... oh, and a Napa Gold Short Oil Filter is the only one that provides clearance from my 408 and the header.
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Re: 48 Fiat's Son's 1971 V8 Vega

Postby Smiley » Fri May 24, 2013 5:12 am

Do you have any plans for the gas tank or filler ?
I find the under the bumper gas filler a pain, and the stock tank a bit small. A 68 Camaro tank and above the bumper filler is on my to do list. I have also thought of using 68 Camaro tail lights but that is way down the list.
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Re: 48 Fiat's Son's 1971 V8 Vega

Postby 48 Fiat » Mon May 27, 2013 10:38 am

Hi Smiley this is Dave, Jason's dad. We have talked about a larger gas tank like a Camaro, but would have to modify the floor quite a bit . We need this car to be rolling down the road for now and that would be a later project. Thanks for your interest in Jason's project.
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Re: 48 Fiat's Son's 1971 V8 Vega

Postby V8VEGA*71 » Thu Sep 12, 2013 11:47 am

Here are some pictures of our latest smaller side projects. I am still working on those tail lights. More pics to come! Thanks for looking!
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Re: 48 Fiat's Son's 1971 V8 Vega

Postby NVEGAR8D » Fri Sep 13, 2013 12:15 am

Hi,
Lookin' good !!!
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Re: 48 Fiat's Son's 1971 V8 Vega

Postby waybad » Fri Sep 13, 2013 7:42 pm

whats the story on the 55-6-7-8-9 chevy truck across the street? oh the vega is coming along quite well!!
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Re: 48 Fiat's Son's 1971 V8 Vega

Postby 48 Fiat » Sun Sep 15, 2013 2:43 pm

Waybad this is Dave, that's my 56 Chevy pickup across the street. I had a local guy install a late 70's Camaro subframe under it and Jason has been helping me put it back together. We moved it across the street to get Vega pics. Thanks Dave.
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Re: 48 Fiat's Son's 1971 V8 Vega

Postby waybad » Sun Sep 15, 2013 3:45 pm

Dave,, what can I say,,, we have good taste :th:
he is my 55. 235 with a s10 5sp nova rear(3.08) strait front axle with power disc,,all else stock.. 18mpg on the hwy,,,,, Tinker


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Re: 48 Fiat's Son's 1971 V8 Vega

Postby 48 Fiat » Sun Sep 15, 2013 11:56 pm

Waybad I love those trucks, Mine has a Goodwrench 350,TH350 and a 12 Bolt with 3:73s with positrac. It's going to be my tow truck for my 48 Fiat Topolino when I get it done. Thanks for your interest Dave.
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