vega panel wagon drag car installing rack +pinion

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vega panel wagon drag car installing rack +pinion

Postby marko » Wed Dec 03, 2014 10:17 pm

i have 71 vega panel ihave to do something with steering putting 434 cu intostock frame steering will hit pan cannot raise engine
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Re: vega panel wagon drag car installing rack +pinion

Postby Kenova » Wed Dec 03, 2014 11:10 pm

Dimple the oil pan. It doesn't take much to get the required clearance. Be carefull that nothing inside makes contact afterwards.

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Re: vega panel wagon drag car installing rack +pinion

Postby spencerforhire » Thu Dec 04, 2014 8:11 am

Rack and pinion conversion is fine for a drag car, the slow steering some complain about is not a bad thing for that application. You should be able to adapt something from a Pinto/Mustang II or even a Fox-body Mustang. I've heard Datsun 240/260 Z is possible. If you insist on Sticking with GM, Chevette or Fiero are pretty close to the right width. Be carefull in your junkyard hunting; almost nothing from a FWD vehicle will fit work. They're all "rear-steer" and actually turn the opposite way.
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 (work truck/parts hauler)
04 Silverado 2WD (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: vega panel wagon drag car installing rack +pinion

Postby Smiley » Thu Dec 04, 2014 7:21 pm

here are the specs for notching the stock small block pan:

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