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    Schwartz Performance 1972 Vega

    Kind of a lower buck customer project.
    It's getting an LS engine and a lot of suspension work.
    We got a complete 38,000 mile aluminum 5.3 from a Buick Ranier for $700.
    The rear end is a 3.42 posi 8.5 inch 10 bolt from an S10 2wd 5 spd 4.3 which is the same width as the original Vega unit and it has disc brakes.
    We're calling it the "Flying Turd"

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    project flying turd. A little diffrent from what most people call there projects. should be a cool build to watch. don't see to many vegas with the protouring bug.

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    Love the Vegas.Jeff, is it me ,or does the rear wheel opening look too far forward on these cars (kind of looks like an altered wheelbase gasser) That is probably the only body style I would add wheelbase to. Ron
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    I had a 76 Vega. I always wanted to put a V8 into it. It was a 18k mile rust free California car. That car is going to be a blast to drive.
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    very cool... You need to swap the tail lights for some 96 ZR-1 taillights.... same basic shape, would be a sublte upgrade
    Rich
    1969 Camaro (in hibernation)
    1972 K5 Blazer - LQ9, 4L80e, NP205, D60, AAM 14BFF => http://67-72chevytrucks.com/vboard/s...d.php?t=423432


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    Vegas and Monzas rule.
    I'd love to have one of those small cars..
    Jeff Tate
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    That will be COOL!

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    Love Vega's but ewwww, that's a coupe!!
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    Laine O

    72 Camaro, 468, TH400, 3:42 = FUN!
    92 Camaro RS, Restored Autocross wannabe

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chevrolaine View Post
    Love Vega's but ewwww, that's a coupe!!
    Thats what makes it cool NOT a Hatch or wagon or panel something diff

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chevrolaine View Post
    Love Vega's but ewwww, that's a coupe!!
    Yea, I 'm not real hot on the coupe body, but this one in rust free, 44,000 original miles with a mint interior, save for seats.
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    Please tell me you have a build thread for this thing.
    Especially for the suspension!
    This one is mine.


    Ken
    If there is a hard way to do something, I'll find it!
    My other car is a Vega.

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    Nice, I will be watching this for sure. I can't wait to see what you do with the susspension as well.
    1980 Chevy Monza, 305/TH350 soon to be LS1/T56
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeff s View Post
    We're calling it the "Flying Turd"

    Ooooooh.... I don't about the name. If I were paying someone to build my car and he calls it a turd, I think my feelings would be hurt. I would probably say "Vega? Great car, love Vegas, how much do you want to spend?"

    Sam
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    69 Firebird convertible T/A pro-touring custom, Now LS1/T56 six speed, 3:42 Eaton posi, 18" Iforged wheels, 04 GTO interior.
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    Love this, cant wait to see how it turns out.
    Casey Santos

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kenova View Post
    Please tell me you have a build thread for this thing.
    Ken
    What was I thinking!?
    This IS the project thread.

    Ken
    If there is a hard way to do something, I'll find it!
    My other car is a Vega.

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    This is going to be good, Jeff. $700 for that engine is fantastic. Makes me wish I still had my '74 GT bought new. Keep it coming, please.
    Ric

    2002 s10, DD and AutoX.
    1966 Malibu owned since 1971. Drag car converting to track toy!

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    Awesome pick-up on that motor. this will be a thread to watch.

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    well my old one and my newest one

    both 77s the yellow one is gone, wrecked by a blown front tire, blue one in progress,,,,.
    The yellow one had a tight 355 in it, th350 and 3.42 s10 rear on swing arm suspension.
    I am working on a triangulated 4 link, and air ride for H bodies. Still need to work up how to get ShockWaves in the front.
    I have Bob Gumms adapters on front of mine these let S10/Gbody spindles to fit 2nd gen Hbodies ball joints. I also have a die being made to open up stock control arms, and plans for a weld in ball joint adapter so S10 lower joint can be added to lowers.
    But for uppers Marcus at SC&C will be making me a set of SPC control arms and then will use stock S10 joints.
    My intentions are to up grade from first gen s10 spindles to 2000-up Blazer ZQ8 spindles then upgrading to Corvette brakes after I get a set of 17 in wheels.
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    Painted it today, pics soon
    Jeff Schwartz
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