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Title: Sid's Vega
Post by: Sid on March 08, 2017, 01:17:10 PM
(http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad196/sid-1008/2016-04-17%2015.07.26_zpsoeesik6w.jpg) (http://s935.photobucket.com/user/sid-1008/media/2016-04-17%2015.07.26_zpsoeesik6w.jpg.html)

This is a picture of my grandmother the day she bought the Vega.

The car is a 1975 Vega wagon and she bought it in 1977.   She planned on trading it in on a new car in 1988 but I told her that I wanted it and she gave it to me.  I've had it ever since.

Much more to come, Phil
Title: Re: Sid's Vega
Post by: Sid on March 08, 2017, 01:28:10 PM
(http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad196/sid-1008/2016-05-29%2013.27.18_zpsqxt7wpfc.jpg) (http://s935.photobucket.com/user/sid-1008/media/2016-05-29%2013.27.18_zpsqxt7wpfc.jpg.html)

I drove the car for a couple of years and decided that it had to have a V8.  I found a mild built 327, turbo 350 trans and posi Ford 8 inch with 355 gears and got to work. The car ran great but was just a little hard to keep straight on small tires so I decided to store it until I could afford to build it right.  It's was in storage for a long time. 
Title: Re: Sid's Vega
Post by: Sid on March 08, 2017, 01:35:16 PM
(http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad196/sid-1008/2016-05-29%2012.44.43_zpskdidviy7.jpg) (http://s935.photobucket.com/user/sid-1008/media/2016-05-29%2012.44.43_zpskdidviy7.jpg.html)

This is how it sat in storage for about 20 years.  About 6 months ago I pulled it out and began the build.  It started by stripping the car down to the rolling shell.

This is where it starts getting good.  :D
Title: Re: Sid's Vega
Post by: Redland Man on March 08, 2017, 06:15:48 PM
WOW i haven't seen a Vega in a long time. Looks like you had a clean car to start with. Looking forward on seeing pix of the build.
Title: Re: Sid's Vega
Post by: Sid on March 09, 2017, 08:19:15 AM
The car is super clean and straight.

wheels and tires.
(http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad196/sid-1008/2016-08-08%2017.42.32_zpsnorw1fpc.jpg) (http://s935.photobucket.com/user/sid-1008/media/2016-08-08%2017.42.32_zpsnorw1fpc.jpg.html)
(http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad196/sid-1008/2016-07-26%2014.22.17_zpsntriu5z7.jpg) (http://s935.photobucket.com/user/sid-1008/media/2016-07-26%2014.22.17_zpsntriu5z7.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Sid's Vega
Post by: Sid on March 09, 2017, 08:23:04 AM
Rear
(http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad196/sid-1008/2016-07-09%2008.40.36_zps4gsvracr.jpg) (http://s935.photobucket.com/user/sid-1008/media/2016-07-09%2008.40.36_zps4gsvracr.jpg.html)
(http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad196/sid-1008/8277_zpsxglml5tn.jpeg) (http://s935.photobucket.com/user/sid-1008/media/8277_zpsxglml5tn.jpeg.html)
Strange axles
(http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad196/sid-1008/IMG_20161129_161939_zpsjo28aqv4.jpg) (http://s935.photobucket.com/user/sid-1008/media/IMG_20161129_161939_zpsjo28aqv4.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Sid's Vega
Post by: Sid on March 09, 2017, 08:30:32 AM
stripped down and ready to cut.
(http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad196/sid-1008/IMG_20160917_074954_zps02h7nvgd.jpg) (http://s935.photobucket.com/user/sid-1008/media/IMG_20160917_074954_zps02h7nvgd.jpg.html)
This is the rear tire in place and how it will sit.
(http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad196/sid-1008/IMG_20161007_081548_zpsmoqt2sha.jpg) (http://s935.photobucket.com/user/sid-1008/media/IMG_20161007_081548_zpsmoqt2sha.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Sid's Vega
Post by: Centaur Brother on March 09, 2017, 09:21:29 AM
Very cool project. Theres a opening at Fast n Loud since Aaron left. lol
Title: Re: Sid's Vega
Post by: k7 on March 09, 2017, 09:48:48 AM
love that wheel offset. :) and the Ford rear ends are tough as all h3ll...but personally, I like skinny tires on the rear. makes it really easy to slide sideways thru non-populated corners...I have destroyed my share of differentials.

how do your suspension components look like, and setup? and do you have enough oil filters :)?
Title: Re: Sid's Vega
Post by: Sid on March 09, 2017, 10:37:52 AM
Front suspension is Mustang II style with SPC double adjustable upper arms and Ridetech strong arm lowers. I'll be running a Howe 3 piece sway bar with Afco coilovers all around.

The rear is a custom built 3 link with a Griggs performance watts link.

Brakes are all Wilwood.

I'll upload more photos later.
Title: Re: Sid's Vega
Post by: Sid on March 09, 2017, 10:39:53 AM
I post more car stuff to Instagram.  phil1008 or littlegreenvega.
Title: Re: Sid's Vega
Post by: Sid on March 09, 2017, 11:40:25 AM
Wilwood brakes and Pro 2 inch drop spindles.
(http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad196/sid-1008/IMG_20161026_113923_zpselwl7dxt.jpg) (http://s935.photobucket.com/user/sid-1008/media/IMG_20161026_113923_zpselwl7dxt.jpg.html)
(http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad196/sid-1008/8420_zpsx0xfxmp4.jpeg) (http://s935.photobucket.com/user/sid-1008/media/8420_zpsx0xfxmp4.jpeg.html)
Title: Re: Sid's Vega
Post by: Sid on March 09, 2017, 01:38:58 PM
So this is where we are at right now...almost the half way point.
(http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad196/sid-1008/2017-02-16%2019.08.53-1_zpsv8mh7oc1.jpeg) (http://s935.photobucket.com/user/sid-1008/media/2017-02-16%2019.08.53-1_zpsv8mh7oc1.jpeg.html)
(http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad196/sid-1008/2017-02-16%2019.08.53_zpspkrjjghz.jpeg) (http://s935.photobucket.com/user/sid-1008/media/2017-02-16%2019.08.53_zpspkrjjghz.jpeg.html)
(http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad196/sid-1008/2017-03-03%2010.35.01_zps5jvybzzl.jpg) (http://s935.photobucket.com/user/sid-1008/media/2017-03-03%2010.35.01_zps5jvybzzl.jpg.html)
(http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad196/sid-1008/2017-03-03%2010.36.38_zpsk3m5nxbc.jpg) (http://s935.photobucket.com/user/sid-1008/media/2017-03-03%2010.36.38_zpsk3m5nxbc.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Sid's Vega
Post by: Ron Donohue on March 09, 2017, 01:58:11 PM
I am not a car guy, but have to say I think that this restoration of a car that your grandmother gave to you is a very cool and admirable thing.  It is a great story.  Good luck with your project and many years of enjoyment when you are done (if one is ever truly "done" with a labor of love like this)

Ron
Title: Re: Sid's Vega
Post by: 0geist0 on March 09, 2017, 06:23:41 PM
I am not a car guy, but have to say I think that this restoration of a car that your grandmother gave to you is a very cool and admirable thing.  It is a great story.  Good luck with your project and many years of enjoyment when you are done (if one is ever truly "done" with a labor of love like this)

Ron
+ 1
Title: Re: Sid's Vega
Post by: SpineyNorman on March 09, 2017, 06:55:18 PM
I'm more impressed that Sid had a grandmother...I thought he was grown in some lab building rage clones.
Title: Re: Sid's Vega
Post by: Sid on March 10, 2017, 07:07:19 AM
Thanks guys.  My Grandparents never understood why I love this little car so much but they thought that the first build was cool.  This build would blow their minds.  I wish that they were here to see it.

I have tons of memories of going to the beach in this car, getting picked up from school and my grandfather used it after he retired to haul around the lawnmower and cut neighbors lawns to keep busy.

My Grandmother even used to let grab the bumper and pull me on my skateboard.  :D
Title: Re: Sid's Vega
Post by: Sid on March 10, 2017, 07:35:46 AM
And Spiney...Eat My Ass!  :)
Title: Re: Sid's Vega
Post by: Redland Man on March 10, 2017, 09:12:08 AM
Love This! Looks like its going to be tons of fun to drive.
Title: Re: Sid's Vega
Post by: Sid on March 10, 2017, 10:28:38 AM
It should be fun with this brand new LS3 under the hood and a 6 speed Tremec.  8)
The original engine made 78 HP.  This one makes 525 HP.  :D
(http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad196/sid-1008/2016-12-05%2020.30.16_zpsjeutws2u.png) (http://s935.photobucket.com/user/sid-1008/media/2016-12-05%2020.30.16_zpsjeutws2u.png.html)
(http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad196/sid-1008/2016-12-20%2015.03.43_zpstl5alvy1.jpg) (http://s935.photobucket.com/user/sid-1008/media/2016-12-20%2015.03.43_zpstl5alvy1.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Sid's Vega
Post by: MikeG on March 10, 2017, 04:25:23 PM
stripped down and ready to cut.
(http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad196/sid-1008/IMG_20160917_074954_zps02h7nvgd.jpg) (http://s935.photobucket.com/user/sid-1008/media/IMG_20160917_074954_zps02h7nvgd.jpg.html)
This is the rear tire in place and how it will sit.
(http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad196/sid-1008/IMG_20161007_081548_zpsmoqt2sha.jpg) (http://s935.photobucket.com/user/sid-1008/media/IMG_20161007_081548_zpsmoqt2sha.jpg.html)


WOW WOW WOW  Really sweet Sid
Title: Re: Sid's Vega
Post by: Redland Man on March 10, 2017, 11:40:17 PM
It should be fun with this brand new LS3 under the hood and a 6 speed Tremec.  8)
The original engine made 78 HP.  This one makes 525 HP.  :D
(http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad196/sid-1008/2016-12-05%2020.30.16_zpsjeutws2u.png) (http://s935.photobucket.com/user/sid-1008/media/2016-12-05%2020.30.16_zpsjeutws2u.png.html)
(http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad196/sid-1008/2016-12-20%2015.03.43_zpstl5alvy1.jpg) (http://s935.photobucket.com/user/sid-1008/media/2016-12-20%2015.03.43_zpstl5alvy1.jpg.html)
I don't think you tubbed that car for 525 hp. Im sure your planning for more in the future
Title: Re: Sid's Vega
Post by: Sid on March 11, 2017, 07:19:16 AM
The chassis is being built to run autocross but will be able to handle any future horsepower upgrades.  8)

I also still own my first car, a 1972 Buick Skylark.  It will be next.  :)

Phil.
Title: Re: Sid's Vega
Post by: SpineyNorman on March 11, 2017, 10:30:17 AM
hmmmmm my first car was a 75 Grand Am with a 455...due to a combination of alcohol, mescaline and bad judgement it ended it's life upside down in a canal.


Title: Re: Sid's Vega
Post by: Redland Man on March 11, 2017, 02:04:37 PM
The chassis is being built to run autocross but will be able to handle any future horsepower upgrades.  8)

I also still own my first car, a 1972 Buick Skylark.  It will be next.  :)

Phil.
Buick has a 455?
Title: Re: Sid's Vega
Post by: Sid on March 11, 2017, 02:27:00 PM
No, 350...But I love it because it was my first car.
Title: Re: Sid's Vega
Post by: Big Al on March 11, 2017, 07:46:51 PM
Great thread!

Thanks for sharing the photos and story.

Good luck with the car.

Now . . . you started it . . . . I want a "burn out thread" . . . lets see that baby run!

Big Al from the arcade section.
Title: Re: Sid's Vega
Post by: Sid on March 12, 2017, 11:45:17 AM
LOL...I think I'm probably about 6 month away from turning the tires.  The Chassis is close to being finished the mock up stage then it will need to be fully welded and powder coated.  Then it will get a new fuel system,  fire system and the fully wired, and after all of that, metal work and final body and trim work.  There is still a ton to do.

I was hesitant to post this thread here because I didn't think that there would be enough interest in it.  I'm glad I did.

Phil.
Title: Re: Sid's Vega
Post by: k7 on March 14, 2017, 10:39:10 AM
we like cars. the crossover to arcades/pinball is pretty high. :)

I have a burnout page on youtube. everything from my old 650HP 300zx down to rental cars. :P
Title: Re: Sid's Vega
Post by: Sid on April 03, 2017, 09:45:25 AM
Spent some more money.  Got my column, master cylinders for the brake and clutch, pedal assembly, radiator and fan assembly and fuel cell.  I love it when all the pretty new parts show up.

(http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad196/sid-1008/11605_zpstnu2tukg.jpeg) (http://s935.photobucket.com/user/sid-1008/media/11605_zpstnu2tukg.jpeg.html)

(http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad196/sid-1008/11604_zpsle2desav.jpeg) (http://s935.photobucket.com/user/sid-1008/media/11604_zpsle2desav.jpeg.html)
Title: Re: Sid's Vega
Post by: Sid on April 23, 2017, 11:06:15 AM
(http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad196/sid-1008/2017-04-22%2014.02.06_zpsarptomzm.jpg) (http://s935.photobucket.com/user/sid-1008/media/2017-04-22%2014.02.06_zpsarptomzm.jpg.html)

(http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad196/sid-1008/2017-04-22%2014.01.39_zpsgzkn6p8x.jpg) (http://s935.photobucket.com/user/sid-1008/media/2017-04-22%2014.01.39_zpsgzkn6p8x.jpg.html)

Quick update as of yesterday.  Things are moving along.
Title: Re: Sid's Vega
Post by: k7 on April 23, 2017, 08:18:18 PM
track only? those seats will make you suffer getting groceries. :)

you're doing better than me. got a kick back on a fender for my rx7 I ordered. "we don't gots that"  :(
Title: Re: Sid's Vega
Post by: Sid on April 24, 2017, 05:43:53 AM
Nope... Street and track.  The seat covers have padding and are actually pretty comfortable.

I won't be driving it cross country though.

Phil.
Title: Re: Sid's Vega
Post by: k7 on April 25, 2017, 06:09:18 PM
Nope... Street and track.  The seat covers have padding and are actually pretty comfortable.

I won't be driving it cross country though.

Phil.

lol. if you can stand to sit in the seats for more than 11 seconds, you have a potential grocery-getting car. :)

I've had track cars with bad 1-position seats. yes, they are fast. no, they are not comfortable even for sub-10 seconds. :o

it's looking good. keep it up. you're way ahead of me, i FINALLY found a fender after a month long nationwide search.
Title: Re: Sid's Vega
Post by: MilitiaMan on May 17, 2017, 03:52:46 PM
This is sick, Phil. Looking forward to following along!

Steve
MM
Title: Re: Sid's Vega
Post by: Sid on June 20, 2017, 07:14:04 PM
Here's a quick update.  This week I'm ordering all the parts to build the headers and exhaust all stainless.   :)  Custom built sway bar is on order.. probably a couple weeks out.

(http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad196/sid-1008/2017-06-17%2017.11.20_zpsxzrbk1kl.jpg) (http://s935.photobucket.com/user/sid-1008/media/2017-06-17%2017.11.20_zpsxzrbk1kl.jpg.html)

(http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad196/sid-1008/2017-06-17%2017.27.39_zpskxczeg9f.jpg) (http://s935.photobucket.com/user/sid-1008/media/2017-06-17%2017.27.39_zpskxczeg9f.jpg.html)

(http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad196/sid-1008/2017-06-17%2017.14.55_zpsqlcsy8g3.jpg) (http://s935.photobucket.com/user/sid-1008/media/2017-06-17%2017.14.55_zpsqlcsy8g3.jpg.html)

Phil.
Title: Re: Sid's Vega
Post by: SpineyNorman on June 22, 2017, 07:11:33 PM
So the only thing remotely "Vega" is the sheet metal?
Title: Re: Sid's Vega
Post by: Sid on June 23, 2017, 06:21:42 AM
Correct.  The body is complete and original.  The factory floors and suspension severely limit the wheel/tire combination I want to run and the suspension wouldn't hold up to the driving that this thing is going to get.
Title: Re: Sid's Vega
Post by: Sid on October 14, 2017, 09:19:33 AM
(https://i.imgur.com/UYd9c1kl.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/0syAwYml.jpg)
Here's a couple of pictures of the exhaust system.  All stainless with v-band clamps for any future service and stainless Spin Tech mufflers tucked in in front of the rear diff to avoid any ground clearance or heat issues.
(https://i.imgur.com/TEB83HTl.jpg)
The dash will be removable so it can be reinstalled after the chassis is powder coated.  It's going in mainly for looks, I'm going to go with a Race Pac data logger dash.

Thanks for showing interest in my project.  Cars are my first love.

Phil.
Title: Re: Sid's Vega
Post by: PinPup on October 14, 2017, 10:34:38 AM
Very impressed with this labor of love. Surprised the body is in such great shape, up north these become rust buckets due to lousy design. Congrats on an impressive undertaking!
Title: Re: Sid's Vega
Post by: Sid on October 14, 2017, 10:43:18 AM
I thought that I would find some rust when I started tearing it down and cutting it up but it was shockingly clean.

Thanks, Phil.
Title: Re: Sid's Vega
Post by: Sid on October 31, 2017, 09:53:48 AM
Well this is the final position of the pedals and column.  It's getting there.

(https://i.imgur.com/wRNO8AAl.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/y5QIwc0l.jpg)
Title: Re: Sid's Vega
Post by: Sid on February 16, 2019, 09:44:26 AM
(https://i.imgur.com/sT9fOBIl.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/bjuHjVDl.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/jrv0Trll.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/xhPBelwl.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/zIoaxDxl.jpg)

Well... I added some stuff and a few parts took much longer to get than I expected but the chassis should be going out for powder this week.
Title: Re: Sid's Vega
Post by: k7 on February 16, 2019, 05:32:17 PM
i like your vega, but i can't believe you have all that room and there aren't folded up mata haris or galagas sitting around. ;D
Title: Re: Sid's Vega
Post by: Sid on July 19, 2019, 01:36:28 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/abRjk74l.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/izUKWhMl.jpg)

Just a quick update.  I decided to build a LS3 with a little more HP.  It should be ready to go in the car soon.
Title: Re: Sid's Vega
Post by: FUNWIZ on July 19, 2019, 02:18:41 PM
Will it still have the 3 way tailgate and be able to haul a pinball machine for FPF?
Title: Re: Sid's Vega
Post by: Big Al on October 15, 2019, 08:25:50 AM
Great thread!

Thanks for sharing the photos and story.

Good luck with the car.

Now . . . you started it . . . . I want a "burn out thread" . . . lets see that baby run!

Big Al from the arcade section

——————-

So I’m still following your restoration thread.  Looks like lots and lots of thought and hard work went into this project. 

I still wanna see the burnout !   Best wishes on the final stages of the Vega.

Good thread / story.

Big Al 

Title: Re: Sid's Vega
Post by: Sid on October 15, 2019, 09:01:19 AM
Thanks.  Working on the electronics, wiring and plumbing.  The new Dart engine is finished and broke in on the dyno.  Should be ready to run in the car soon.
Title: Re: Sid's Vega
Post by: k7 on October 15, 2019, 11:34:11 AM
hey phil  :)

can i stick my burnout video in here? keep big al happy for a while.
Title: Re: Sid's Vega
Post by: Mamushka on October 15, 2019, 12:00:00 PM
Thanks.  Working on the electronics, wiring and plumbing.  The new Dart engine is finished and broke in on the dyno.  Should be ready to run in the car soon.

Sooooo....

Dyno results? :)
Title: Re: Sid's Vega
Post by: Sid on October 15, 2019, 12:47:25 PM
hey phil  :)

can i stick my burnout video in here? keep big al happy for a while.

Sure... Let it eat.  :D
Title: Re: Sid's Vega
Post by: Sid on October 15, 2019, 12:50:58 PM
Sooooo....

Dyno results? :)

It was really just a break in dyno session.  The engine is built for injection and the dyno wasn't set up for it.  Un-tuned, wrong intake and carb it pulled 600.  The tune on the chassis dyno will tell the truth.
Title: Re: Sid's Vega
Post by: k7 on October 15, 2019, 01:10:34 PM
 




Title: Re: Sid's Vega
Post by: Sid on October 15, 2019, 02:45:33 PM
LOL.  Now you get to have all that fun trying to get it all off.
Title: Re: Sid's Vega
Post by: Big Al on October 16, 2019, 02:36:26 PM
Whoa!  That’s a pretty serious burnout.  Thx for the late night entertainment yesterday.

My wife’s like “ what’s so funny “ ....  I’m like .... nothing !

Good luck with the Vega. Keep us posted when you get time.

Happy gaming
Big Al
Title: Re: Sid's Vega
Post by: Sid on February 17, 2020, 01:30:11 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/RA6VCrol.jpg)

I drove it Saturday.  It's kinda quick.
Title: Re: Sid's Vega
Post by: k7 on February 18, 2020, 02:53:23 PM
argh. i come back to the thread, and love the progress of the vega.

i'm still working on my '95 rx7 to get it road-ready, but i think back to just @10 years...had a 400HP porsche 930, had 650HP to the wheels in the 300zx, and 425HP out of the 1JZ turbo'd lexus.

now, i drive a 90HP beater civic, and i'm selling my R6, and it kills me inside. :(

godspeed. whoop azz in the grocery getter. ;D depending on how everything pans out, i might go nuts on the rx7 as a last hurrah to a car buildup.