'72 Vega wagon, the hard way

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Re: '72 Vega wagon, the hard way

Postby b_pappy » Sun Nov 08, 2015 2:23 pm

Wow, okay, glad to hear on the front springs. Thanks.
I picked up my 700R4 Friday, and the engine is in work. Might make some progress here.
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Re: '72 Vega wagon, the hard way

Postby HAULIN' IT » Sun Nov 08, 2015 6:27 pm

Looks like your fab guy did a real nice job! Lorne
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Re: '72 Vega wagon, the hard way

Postby b_pappy » Fri Feb 26, 2016 1:20 pm

Making some progress...
GM saw fit to discontinue (and recall unsold units) the motor I wanted, so I went with a custom build. 350, 4 bolt main, bored and stroked to 383, forged internals, balanced, aluminum heads, all in all a very nice motor. Trans is a built 700 R4. Have to modify the Kevko oil pan, then hopefully I will post a pic with drivetrain being test fitted.
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Re: '72 Vega wagon, the hard way

Postby b_pappy » Sat Nov 19, 2016 10:18 pm

Wow, finally made some measurable progress. The GT dash is out, having the tach converted and all the gauges rebuilt, should be ready in 2 weeks. Plus we did all the stitch welding in the engine bay and got it painted satin black in there. The engine is ready to drop in. It runs great, the modified oil pan clears and doesn't leak, re did the front seal, it was dripping just a bit. We need to get the proper bolts for the engine mounts, we're using the Don Hardy style. It was getting late so we stopped for the day. Sorry, the pics are still on my phone. Today was a good day, hope we can have a few more like that!
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Re: '72 Vega wagon, the hard way

Postby 1100kaw2 » Tue Nov 22, 2016 11:17 am

Glad to see you back on it. Looking good.
I'm with you on the Building a cheap Vega. cant be done. Or at least, not to my standards.
get us some more pics man
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Re: '72 Vega wagon, the hard way

Postby Bullet » Sat Nov 26, 2016 9:09 am

Very nice build. For info purposes on the ZR2 rear, the ZR2 was unique in S trucks. I also have a ZR rear for my Monza. They are the big ten rear called 8.5" but if I recall, they are actually the HD 8.6" 30 spline. They are not 2" wider than a 2wd rear, they are 4" wider (3.9"). That's why the ZR trucks have the big mud flares. They have enough extra webbing near the yoke to drill through and tap for a modified trailing arm attachment. They almost all came with 3:73 and a posi unless specifically ordered otherwise, not sure if there is a different cali spec, I've never seen it mentioned. Anyway, they are good rear ends for these cars, easy to cut and respline the axles the amount needed for stock width.
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Re: '72 Vega wagon, the hard way

Postby b_pappy » Fri Dec 16, 2016 11:59 pm

Making measurable progress. We got the heater core (found a NOS core) flipped around, and the shock towers stitch welded. So we dropped the motor and trans in. I'm using the Don Hardy mounts and headers.
I also bought a GT dash and had the gauges rebuilt.
The Edelbrock valve covers are just for during the build, final covers will be from PML.
Now it goes back to the fabricator to do the headers and exhaust system, driveshaft, and steering shaft. He'll probably pick a few other things up too.
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Re: '72 Vega wagon, the hard way

Postby b_pappy » Sat Jan 14, 2017 10:47 pm

Well made some great progress, with pictures even. I pieced together a nice GT dash, then had all the gauges rebuilt. We have the engine and trans in. The Don Hardy headers didn't fit without some modification, plus since I'm not running side pipes we moved the collector forward.
All the stitch welding on the front shock towers is done. The Kevko oil pan has been modified to fit. They told me up front it would need to be cut and welded. The Don Hardy engine mounts had to be altered some too. Basically it's what we all go through. But it's getting close now. I hope we can keep the same speed of progress going now.
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Re: '72 Vega wagon, the hard way

Postby Vegabee » Sun Jan 15, 2017 12:56 am

Looks great.Use to have the Don Hardy Kit also years ago with a 327/Muncie.Used the Moroso pan fit well although kinda low.Mounted a ball and narrowed bell crank with a welded tab across to the other side and rod going through firewall for the clutch with the factory shifter,could hear the rod scrape/screech some when depressed at the firewall,but worked. Like the trunk pan for the tank,looks factory and functional.
Ran bologna pipes straight off the Hardy headers under the doors a couple times at night,boy that was Hell Raising!
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