gutting doors for racing

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Postby megavega » Fri Mar 31, 2017 3:00 pm

been gutting doors for my vega wagon. The stock steel doors weigh 78.5lbs complete with glass, window regulators, door handles and lock and the sport mirror. After trimming out the crashbar that runs from front to back in them, removal of the glass window and the regulator assembly, trimming the steel to just close to the door panel perimeter. Also using a lexan side window pushed into the stock upper window channel, the doors now weigh 44.8 lbs each. So, gutting them out was a loss of 33.7lbs each door for a total loss of both doors at 67.4lbs. :D
1972 hatchback, 28,000 orig miles, 427BBC/twin T4 turbo's/T56 six speed/big wheels, lowered down pro touring style-work in progress....

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Re: gutting doors for racing

Postby chevyart » Fri Mar 31, 2017 3:06 pm

don. good to see you posting again. almost a tenth of a second gained with weight loss in each door. if i could get a midget to drive my car i could drop two tenths from my ETs. from what i remember, you were building a pro street car. is the wagon that same car.? art
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Re: gutting doors for racing

Postby spencerforhire » Fri Mar 31, 2017 3:34 pm

That's quite a pile of weight to drop, and the best part is that it was more or less free. 'Glass doors are a bunch lighter than that again(mine are 8 or 10 lb each with lexan), but at $800pr, it's not easy to justify the expense.
The "fleet"-
77 Vega Estate wagon- project(someday)will have TPI305/T-5, S-10 spindles/axles
72 Vega HB Drag Car -383/'Glide/9"(9.35@146.19)(5.94@117.28 1/8th)
76 Vega GT- 400/4spd/9" retired from active duty(rusty)
03 Silverado 2WD ex.cab (work truck/parts hauler)
04 Silverado 2WD ex.cab (retired)
06 Haulin' 20ft enclosed car transporter
93 Suburban- 350/4L60(retired)
00 Saturn SW2- wife's car
01 Saturn SC2- younger son's project
00 Saturn SL2- daughter's car
98 Saturn SW2- spare
and 3 more Saturn "parts cars"
Note- the very act of listing all of these has made me realize I have some kind of problem.....

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