Lets talk weight reduction

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Re: Lets talk weight reduction

Postby NixVegaGT » Sun Mar 01, 2015 11:16 am

I had a double post the other day too. Weird. I also updated the cage pic and weight to reflect the latest design of the cage and subframe as I fabricated them...
The engine sits with the suspension centerline right around the front cyls. more like where they would be in a typical RWD car. Spencer is right about that; That's what makes weight distribution pretty challenging without making a pretty major revision to the engine location like cutting the firewall and moving everything back.

Wait, where did spencer's post go?
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Re: Lets talk weight reduction

Postby spencerforhire » Sun Mar 01, 2015 5:01 pm

Not sure where my post went; I'm trying to remember what I said. I think the point of it was that on my drag car with it's motor back about 11" from stock, the #1 spark plug is just behind the centerline of the front spindle. Also I mentioned that the factory V8 H-body engine placement was farther forward than any other RWD vehicle that I know of. No wonder all the stock chassis V8 Vegas I build wouldn't hook up on the street.
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Re: Lets talk weight reduction

Postby chevyart » Mon Mar 02, 2015 12:56 am

spence you should have just moved your seat back a foot. you probably still could have reached the pedals and steering wheel. with info like that, you should make me your crew chief art
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Re: Lets talk weight reduction

Postby spencerforhire » Mon Mar 02, 2015 7:18 am

Trust me, Art; if I could move the seat back any farther I would. The horizontal cage bar across the main hoop is curved and offset back about 6" and the seat is hard up against it. I'm 6'1" and barely fit in the car.
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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"(9.45@146.19)(6.01@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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Re: Lets talk weight reduction

Postby anorexicvega » Mon Mar 09, 2015 7:20 pm

Nic what sway bars did you use?
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Re: Lets talk weight reduction

Postby NixVegaGT » Tue Mar 10, 2015 1:58 pm

I think they were actually just fabricated by somebody. I bought them from one of the other h-body guys on the list. I can't remember who though. They're made out of chromoly and pinched for the connection. I still have the Addco 1 1/8" bar I bought too, just in case. I don't have any experience with them.
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Re: Lets talk weight reduction

Postby anorexicvega » Sat Mar 14, 2015 6:38 pm

I'm needing a hollow set up. I'm considering the nascar type bars.
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Re: Lets talk weight reduction

Postby Fasterthansome » Mon Apr 11, 2016 7:11 am

Almost forgot this was here. 273 for firewall and floor? Wish I would have had that number before I did the cage. How much do you think the frame rails and new floor/firewall and tubs weigh?
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Re: Lets talk weight reduction

Postby anorexicvega » Mon Apr 11, 2016 9:06 am

The stock floor and firewall weighed 273?
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