48 Fiat's Son's 1971 V8 Vega

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Re: 48 Fiat's Son's 1971 V8 Vega

Postby V8VEGA*71 » Wed Nov 30, 2011 2:07 pm

Moving the radiator forward.
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Re: 48 Fiat's Son's 1971 V8 Vega

Postby Rickracer » Wed Nov 30, 2011 3:51 pm

You DO have plans to put something else structural back in there I hope? On my current Vega, they had cut that out and bolted the radiator to the stubs, :shock: :rolleyes: 8)
I put it back in and tilted the radiator back, like in a newer Corvette or F-body. 8)
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Re: 48 Fiat's Son's 1971 V8 Vega

Postby 48 Fiat » Wed Nov 30, 2011 7:20 pm

Yes we do have plans for a 1"x 1.5" rectangle tube .120 Wall. Just haven't got there yet. More pics to come when we get there. Dave.
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Re: 48 Fiat's Son's 1971 V8 Vega

Postby V8VEGA*71 » Fri Dec 09, 2011 10:31 pm

Rectangle tubing to replace the section we removed. There is still more work to be done. More pics coming soon.
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Re: 48 Fiat's Son's 1971 V8 Vega

Postby V8VEGA*71 » Thu Mar 15, 2012 11:10 pm

Finally an update!!!
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Rear Valance!!
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K-Member from overkill racing!
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Gas tank ready for the sump.
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Re: 48 Fiat's Son's 1971 V8 Vega

Postby V8VEGA*71 » Thu Mar 15, 2012 11:16 pm

More pics..
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Sump to be welded with built in fuel filter!
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Re: 48 Fiat's Son's 1971 V8 Vega

Postby 427VEGA » Fri Mar 16, 2012 8:10 am

Your radiator looks as far forward as mine,did you check to see if the grill clears it on the ends?
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Re: 48 Fiat's Son's 1971 V8 Vega

Postby gmagilla » Fri Mar 16, 2012 10:04 pm

Is the radiator about half way through the core suport and how are you going to bolt it in ? What are the notchs at the end of the tube for ? Nice work !!
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Re: 48 Fiat's Son's 1971 V8 Vega

Postby 48 Fiat » Sat Mar 17, 2012 10:13 pm

@ 427VEGA: We have not made the mounts for the grille yet, but things seem to clear okay when we hold things in place. Thanks for your interest in our project!! Dave & Jason.

@ gmagilla: Yes, it's an 1/8" from being centered on the core support depending on which way we place the rubber blocks.. The notches at the end of the tube are for clearance on the radiator tanks. We have not finished the top radiator mount, it will be similar to the lower rubber block mount. See pics below. Thanks again for the killer valance!!! Dave & Jason.
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Same view from right side.
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Left side view blocks turned forward.
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Close up right side rubber block turned backward.
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Re: 48 Fiat's Son's 1971 V8 Vega

Postby 48 Fiat » Sat Mar 17, 2012 10:19 pm

More radiator mount pics..
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Area of the radiator that fits in the notches of the radiator support.
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Re: 48 Fiat's Son's 1971 V8 Vega

Postby V8VEGA*71 » Fri Mar 23, 2012 1:20 pm

Dad surprised me when he came home last night with the L-88 fiberglass hood!!! :D It's Vfn brand, and looks to be brand new!! We had plans to modify our stock steel hood so we could bolt hinges to it, instead of the stock welded hood hinges, but this does it all for us!!! Thanks again dad!!!
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L-88 HOOD!!!
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Re: 48 Fiat's Son's 1971 V8 Vega

Postby V8VEGA*71 » Fri Mar 23, 2012 1:21 pm

more pics..
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Re: 48 Fiat's Son's 1971 V8 Vega

Postby V8VEGA*71 » Tue Apr 24, 2012 1:15 pm

Tested the sump with a few gallons of water (simulated heavy acceleration & turning) and the sump works well!! The only time there seems to be any problem is when there is less than a quart of water in the tank.
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Re: 48 Fiat's Son's 1971 V8 Vega

Postby V8VEGA*71 » Thu Jun 07, 2012 7:11 pm

Pictures of the latest work..
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Re: 48 Fiat's Son's 1971 V8 Vega

Postby gmagilla » Thu Jun 07, 2012 11:14 pm

What size is your radiator ? I like the way your car is coming together , nice work :th:
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