1972 Vega GT Build

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Re: 1972 Vega GT Build

Postby KZVEGA » Wed Sep 07, 2016 11:20 pm

6D9 wrote:looks amazing..great build


Thanks! I appreciate the compliment. Your dads Vega is pretty sweet little car too :th:
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Re: 1972 Vega GT Build

Postby 6D9 » Thu Sep 08, 2016 6:25 pm

Thanks! What headers are those?? Hooker 1 5/8 or 1 3/4?? How was the fit?? Do they hang down a bunch? My dad has the 1.5" Sanderson on it now but I would love to put a good full length header on it. Thanks Ron
72 Vega GT...406 sbc..TH700R4...3.42 gear...235/60/15 MT DR's....11.54 at 118.6..Dad's car
72 Vega GT...4cyl..4 speed..all stock
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Re: 1972 Vega GT Build

Postby KZVEGA » Sat Sep 10, 2016 12:20 pm

6D9 wrote:Thanks! What headers are those?? Hooker 1 5/8 or 1 3/4?? How was the fit?? Do they hang down a bunch? My dad has the 1.5" Sanderson on it now but I would love to put a good full length header on it. Thanks Ron


Hooker 1 3/4. They were a tight fit for sure and require re routing of the front brake lines for cylinder 7 and 8 primaries go through the fender well. Little tight on the steering shaft, it would help if my motor was a little lower. The stater was tough too, had to drop in from the top then crawl underneath and bolt in. I recommend putting all wiring on the starter then bolting in not much room lol. Overall I'm pleased with the fit considering the size of the headers and how little room there is. I'll take some pictures and post of the problem areas.
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Re: 1972 Vega GT Build

Postby 6D9 » Wed Sep 14, 2016 10:39 am

KZVEGA wrote:
6D9 wrote:Thanks! What headers are those?? Hooker 1 5/8 or 1 3/4?? How was the fit?? Do they hang down a bunch? My dad has the 1.5" Sanderson on it now but I would love to put a good full length header on it. Thanks Ron


Hooker 1 3/4. They were a tight fit for sure and require re routing of the front brake lines for cylinder 7 and 8 primaries go through the fender well. Little tight on the steering shaft, it would help if my motor was a little lower. The stater was tough too, had to drop in from the top then crawl underneath and bolt in. I recommend putting all wiring on the starter then bolting in not much room lol. Overall I'm pleased with the fit considering the size of the headers and how little room there is. I'll take some pictures and post of the problem areas.


Thanks that would be great with some pics from a few different angles. Good info.
72 Vega GT...406 sbc..TH700R4...3.42 gear...235/60/15 MT DR's....11.54 at 118.6..Dad's car
72 Vega GT...4cyl..4 speed..all stock
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Re: 1972 Vega GT Build

Postby KZVEGA » Thu Sep 15, 2016 7:25 pm

Steering shaft clearance. It's really close, slight ding on 3 & 5 primary (barely noticeable) and some forceful re-positioning of 1 primary towards the fender well and all good.

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Starter clearance. Tight fit, dropped in from the top then crawled underneath to bolt it in. The headers run directly underneath so it's impossible to get in any other way. The ignition wire is an absolute pain to bolt in, too close too the frame. I would recommend the two prong style wire end rather than a ring terminal like mine, would make it a lot easier not having to remove the bolt completely.

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You can barely see the starter in the picture it's located where the yellow sticker is.

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And just a few random pictures from underneath

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6D9, from what i have read, your dads car has a centerlink that gas been dropped. With that I assume it was touching the oil pan which would make the moto lower. This would resolve the issue with the steering shaft depending on how much lower it is. When I started building the car I intended to use Don Hardy mounts, when I switched to a motor plate I left those in while mounting the plate and brackets leaving for it in the same location for centerlink clearance then removed them. So anything that has Don Hardy mounts will have the same issue.

Let me know if you have anymore questions.
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Re: 1972 Vega GT Build

Postby 6D9 » Thu Sep 15, 2016 8:02 pm

Great info again. Thank you very much for the pics! I will show them to my pop so he can take a look at the fit/finish.
72 Vega GT...406 sbc..TH700R4...3.42 gear...235/60/15 MT DR's....11.54 at 118.6..Dad's car
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Re: 1972 Vega GT Build

Postby KZVEGA » Tue Oct 04, 2016 11:32 pm

Took the car to my cousins shop. Wrapped up the exhaust and installed the anti-rollbar.

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Re: 1972 Vega GT Build

Postby 1100kaw2 » Wed Oct 05, 2016 11:13 am

Look n good, Like that rear sway bar :th:
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Re: 1972 Vega GT Build

Postby Smiley » Wed Oct 05, 2016 6:19 pm

Nice work !
I dont think Don Hardy had mufflers in mind when they designed their trans crossmember, its ok for open headers but not so good for dual exhaust.
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Re: 1972 Vega GT Build

Postby Monza Harry » Wed Oct 05, 2016 9:30 pm

Smiley wrote:Nice work !
I dont think Don Hardy had mufflers in mind when they designed their trans crossmember, its ok for open headers but not so good for dual exhaust.

I believe he had Side Pipes in mind they were the "In Thing" during the early and late '70's. I remember many side piped Vega's and a couple of Monza's too, back in the day! Harry
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Re: 1972 Vega GT Build

Postby KZVEGA » Thu Oct 06, 2016 7:10 am

1100kaw2 wrote:Look n good, Like that rear sway bar :th:


Thanks! Should prevent any chance of body roll :th:


Smiley wrote:Nice work !
I dont think Don Hardy had mufflers in mind when they designed their trans crossmember, its ok for open headers but not so good for dual exhaust.


Thanks Smiley! No ,definitely don't think they did either.



Monza Harry wrote:
Smiley wrote:Nice work !
I dont think Don Hardy had mufflers in mind when they designed their trans crossmember, its ok for open headers but not so good for dual exhaust.

I believe he had Side Pipes in mind they were the "In Thing" during the early and late '70's. I remember many side piped Vega's and a couple of Monza's too, back in the day! Harry


That doesn't surprise me. I have a picture of a Corvette my Mom had back then...had side pipes on it too!
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Re: 1972 Vega GT Build

Postby KZVEGA » Wed Apr 12, 2017 8:47 pm

Been a while since I posted an update. Switched over from an HEI to a MSD 6A. Got all the brakes figured out, and finished up all the plumbing. Swapped the old 850 Holley for a 750 street HP. Installed and wired all the gauges including a wideband and got a 4" cowl from glasstech. All that's left to do is a little bit of body work, paint, glass, interior, trim, lights and alignment. Once it's painted it should go together quickly.

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Re: 1972 Vega GT Build

Postby Bullet » Thu Apr 27, 2017 11:15 pm

Not many people would have looked at that ol Vega and saw anything worth building, nice save.
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Re: 1972 Vega GT Build

Postby Zanie » Fri May 05, 2017 2:19 pm

WOW!!!...just WOW!!!
Nice work!
Is that overkill K member?

Where abouts are you (Chicago)?
I live in Lombard, but work on the North side of Chicago.
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Re: 1972 Vega GT Build

Postby Sid » Sat May 06, 2017 12:18 pm

Killer little car. Nice work, sir.
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