1973 Vega project Rerun

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Re: 1973 Vega project Rerun

Postby avewhtboy » Tue Aug 02, 2016 9:49 pm

So I have made a few changes to the car since the last update.

At the autocross events I have attended so far the car was far from being fast on the autocross track due to several key things the least of which was not the manual steering. I had a lot of play in the steering and it was really slow. I think it was about 5 turns from lock to lock. I put the power steering box and linkage that I had removed from my Astre project since I had it laying on the floor! I recall the Astre had that little badge on the dash that said Radial Tuned Suspension so I think that means it had a fast steering box. I didnt look at any of the codes on it before I installed it but lock to lock is about 3 turns now, really fast.

I also installed some AJE adjustable lower control arms. I wrote here many times about my front wheels not being centered in the wheel well and it was so bad the tires rubbed the firewall/fenderwells before I could even get full steering lock. The AJE arms were relatively easy to install but once installed I found the car sat much higher in the front. What I determined is the actual shock mount on the AJE control arms is higher by approximately an inch. This caused several problems so I ended up cutting 1 1/2 coils off the top of the QA1 springs. Once I put it back together I was able to actually use the adjustment on the coil over shocks to raise the front end to where I want it and get the shock where its riding in the center of its range.

Now that I had the power steering and the control arms on it was time to try and fit my front tires again. So I had the 245/35/18 tires mounted back on the rims and test fitted them with no more problems with rubbing the inner fender wells.

While I was at it and since I had them, I upgraded the front brakes from the S10 Blazer setup to C5 Corvette calipers and rotors. This improved the braking tremendously.

So now that all this work was completed I figured it was a good time to test it and actually was able to compete in the Optima Ultimate Street Car autocross and speed stop challenge. The car worked better than it ever has, it actually felt "twitchy" which it was far from before. The front end alignment it way off from where it needs to be so I need to get that dialed in but I am really happy with the results from all these changes.

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Re: 1973 Vega project Rerun

Postby bugdewde » Tue Aug 02, 2016 10:50 pm

I can't wait to take another ride in it with all the new goodies............
Folks, this car just keeps getting awesomer! Yes, awesomer. :th:
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Re: 1973 Vega project Rerun

Postby avewhtboy » Wed Aug 03, 2016 3:11 pm

bugdewde wrote:I can't wait to take another ride in it with all the new goodies............
Folks, this car just keeps getting awesomer! Yes, awesomer. :th:



You going to any up coming events? I was thinking about going to that Steetkhana event in Louisville but we ended up going to USCA instead.
I do believe Adam and I will likely go the the good guys event in Charlotte in October.
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Re: 1973 Vega project Rerun

Postby RedFiveKBS » Thu Aug 04, 2016 10:47 am

I am also planning to get the AJE A-Arms for my Sunbird. Debating on which model I want.
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Re: 1973 Vega project Rerun

Postby avewhtboy » Sat Aug 20, 2016 7:23 pm

Found a couple action shots from the USCA in Charlotte

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Re: 1973 Vega project Rerun

Postby avewhtboy » Sun Nov 06, 2016 8:31 pm

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I drove my Vega from Atlanta to Charlotte North Carolina and back to the Goodguys show. Man what a bunch of nice cars!!!

I ran the autocross but the track was really tight I had to put it in reverse and back up every lap on the same corner so needless
to say my laptimes sucked !!!!

I cut the steering stop off the spindles when I got home so no more problems like that hopefully. Car did well but gas mileage sucks with
a 12 gallon fuel cell I can go about 130 miles to the tank.
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Re: 1973 Vega project Rerun

Postby 74_Vega_GT » Mon Nov 07, 2016 10:53 am

Great build journal. I skimmed through it looking for your source for the rear hatch spoiler but seemed to have missed it. I will be using one on the 74 GT I am restoring. Can you let us know what you did there? Thanks in advance.
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Re: 1973 Vega project Rerun

Postby avewhtboy » Mon Nov 07, 2016 2:44 pm

74_Vega_GT wrote:Great build journal. I skimmed through it looking for your source for the rear hatch spoiler but seemed to have missed it. I will be using one on the 74 GT I am restoring. Can you let us know what you did there? Thanks in advance.



Hey I doubt I posted the source for the spoiler here, I stole it from my Astre project!!!!

It came from Ebay not sure which vendor since I purchased it about 3 years ago. I think I bought the front and rear spoilers from the same
person but not positive on that one.

My Astre journal is been dormant for a while unfortunately
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Re: 1973 Vega project Rerun

Postby avewhtboy » Tue Jan 31, 2017 10:21 pm

So I had my car on jackstands the other day doing some general maintenance and checking for things about to fall off when I found both front lower shock mounts were broken.
I recall at one point the front suspension bottomed out hard and I suspect that is when this happened.

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I posted these pictures on another forum and several people commented on how crappy the mounting design is on these control arms and I have to agree.
When I first received these I was really disappointed with the way the lower mount was configured but since they were powder coated and no one has reported
any problems with them I figured they were "ok" though not to my liking. Now that the crossbar has failed and the new cross bar requires using even smaller bolts
to mount them it seems time to modify these arms. The swaybar mounts are in the wrong spot as well so I will be re mounting these as well.

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