1973 Vega project Black and Blue

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Re: 1973 Vega project Black and Blue

Postby avewhtboy » Sat Mar 31, 2018 7:53 pm

On Good Friday I had the opportunity to run my car at the Talladega Gran Prix track. There were a group of 30 cars rented the track out. Only 6 cars were on the track at any given time.

Well run by a nice group of people. Had a great time didn't break too much. Was able to put some good wear on the tires! Car handled great. I had the transmission rebuilt a few months ago and installed a short shifter. The transmission was smooth and I only missed a few shifts. The brakes worked well but I didn't push them at all didn't want to push it that hard so I took it real easy on them. I only smelled them get hot one time. I think there's room for improvement there but they worked fine today. Lower radiator hose clamp came loose and puked out a bunch of water in the pits after one session but that was easily remedied. Threw the alternator belt one session so had to cut it short. Each session was 20 minutes long and I was able to run most of them start to finish so really got a lot of good time testing the car and its handling on a track.

Here is a video I posted on youtube of me chasing down a friend of mine in his 64 Nova.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OnRefkBWTG8&t=1s
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Re: 1973 Vega project Black and Blue

Postby waybad » Sun Apr 01, 2018 7:45 pm

looks like a killer time!!!! nothing like racing what you built!!
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Re: 1973 Vega project Black and Blue

Postby avewhtboy » Sun Apr 01, 2018 8:29 pm

waybad wrote:looks like a killer time!!!! nothing like racing what you built!!


Hey thanks for the comment yes it was a lot of fun. WIll definitely try to participate in more of these in the future.


Here is a link to another angle and about 5 laps of the track

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Hn1yQzMSak&t=214s
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Re: 1973 Vega project Black and Blue

Postby megavega » Mon Apr 02, 2018 4:20 pm

that was pretty cool, little vega made up some time in the turns!
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Re: 1973 Vega project Black and Blue

Postby avewhtboy » Mon Apr 02, 2018 7:43 pm

megavega wrote:that was pretty cool, little vega made up some time in the turns!



Yes it felt really good in the corners, front was planted rear not so much. My friend I was chasing has LS1 T56 in 64 Nova it runs pretty good .
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Re: 1973 Vega project Black and Blue

Postby avewhtboy » Wed Apr 18, 2018 9:22 pm

So I pulled the motor to do some work to it and used this opportunity to redo some of the front suspension. One thing I did was to replace the center link, inner and outer tie rod ends, installed a reman power steering box for a 1978 Trans AM, and installed G body idler arm and pitman arm, to try and correct ackerman. I also installed half inch taller lower ball joints and 1 inch taller upper ball joints.

Hopefully this all works out!

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