1971 Vega LS1 Project

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Re: 1971 Vega LS1 Project

Postby 1100kaw2 » Mon Aug 05, 2013 7:53 pm

Wow. Been a while since I've logged in. missed a bit. Vega looking great!, Grandam.
love those wheels.
let us know how the alignment goes and what you have to do to get it right.
I'm just looking at mine in the garage and can already tell its too far out for stock control arms.
when $$$$$$ allows, guess I will be calling Justin, again.
I like the way yours is looking. Nice.

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Re: 1971 Vega LS1 Project

Postby tinsfci » Fri Apr 15, 2016 9:39 am

Hi Martin,

it´s been a long time since we heard from you, any updates? Are you still a h-body owner?
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Re: 1971 Vega LS1 Project

Postby TOM71VEGA » Sat Apr 16, 2016 1:45 pm

Love the color and the look of the car.
Are those the 71 Camaro mirrors
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Re: 1971 Vega LS1 Project

Postby grandam75 » Tue Feb 21, 2017 8:03 pm

It has been a while since I was active in this forum. I still have the Vega and I just want to say hi to all of you. Currently working on other projects, the -75 grand am recieved a 565" BBC, TH400 + gear vendors OD and 9" rear end and will go on the dragstrip in 2017. And I just bought a 2016 L83 + 6L80E engine for my -72 firebird, which will be my summertime daily driver when finished.

About the front suspension geometry:
I managed to get the caster I liked (around 3 degrees) by cutting and rewelding the upper control arms. I basically cut them close to the rear attachment point, removed if i remember correctly 1/4" and the rewelded them with an extra plate on the back side for support.

I am overall very happy with the way the car runs and drives. Really it does not see too much driving, but when it does I dont baby it =). I have about 5000km on it since 2013.

Broke the propeler shaft at the drag strip. Here is a good advice: Do not shorten a factory aluminum prop shaft. Apparently they are hardened at time of manufacture and any heating (welding) will weaken the material.

Attaching some pictures.

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Re: 1971 Vega LS1 Project

Postby Monza Harry » Tue Feb 21, 2017 8:15 pm

Martin Thank You for dropping by and try and stay active with us, our active numbers have been a little sluggish lately. And when you do drop by make sure you bring some pic's that car is mighty easy to look at especially in action! :th: [Man your car looks Good!] Harry
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Re: 1971 Vega LS1 Project

Postby 6D9 » Tue Feb 21, 2017 8:23 pm

That is the best looking all around Vega I have ever seen. Incredible job on it. The more pics the better!
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Re: 1971 Vega LS1 Project

Postby cjbiagi » Wed Feb 22, 2017 10:44 am

That is a real sharp looking Vega. I have to admit I don't recall seeing too many gray Vega's, and I love the color :D .
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Re: 1971 Vega LS1 Project

Postby chevyart » Wed Feb 22, 2017 10:54 am

beautiful car, and a very nice build. first time i have seen this project. have to tip my hat to you for what you have done to bring this car back to life. art
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Re: 1971 Vega LS1 Project

Postby dindin » Wed Feb 22, 2017 2:30 pm

Very nice :th: I like the tail pipes exit like a cosworth :D

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Re: 1971 Vega LS1 Project

Postby Zanie » Sat Mar 04, 2017 11:52 am

Love this car, I refer to this thread allot, while trying to figure out my ls1 t56 wagon.
Thanks for all the detailed photos!!
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Re: 1971 Vega LS1 Project

Postby zeke » Tue Oct 01, 2019 3:57 am

Nice job re-enforcing the unibody structure! (page 13)

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