Everyone hates my Vega wagon project and I have access to a 65 Chevy ll practically just for dragging it to the shop. Is anyone out there drag racing a 65 with a big block with the stock front clip? Or maybe the stock clip with other mods? Thanks!
What did you do in the way of springs? Aren't those first gens 4 hole lugs?
I looked but couldn't find the article or thread for that aftermarket kit that replaces the lower bar and actually puts a control arm on the 1st and 2nd Gen. Novas. Anybody seen this?
This is starting to make my Vega look better to me. I've already adapted some 78 Malibu spindles and brakes to it making 5 it hole lugs with disc brakes. Got the inside gutted to where the 14 x 32's fit, and I believe I can modify my control arms to accept aftermarket coilovers in place of coils and shocks that are on it now and use clip style headers from Lemmons or Quay. Either way, the headers are expensive. For the Vega or the Nova.
coolest thing i've ever saw done to a chevy II was to totally remove the front suspension and fenderwells and add a Corvair front suspension. Its five lug standard chevy pattern. They notched the frame aprox 1/4 inch and placed the corvair sus. in the notch and welded it there. Corvair is a front steer so they used a pinto rack. I can't remember exactly how they handled the tie rod ends but the rack does have to be shortened slightly. They added a couple down tubes from the cage to the front of the frame to put some rigidity back in the frame with the absence of the fenderwells. Needless to say , this car was very easy to work on. This also allows the use of a full length deep sump oil pan too.
doing that would help with your header options but i usually see a set of big block chevy II headers on racing junk almost everytime i look.
If anyone has saw this car , its a bright yellow 66 post car , i'd love to see some pics of this car again.
Every thing I had planned went south. I did score a 64 hard top with 5 hole lugs. I was considering selling it, buying a 67 Camaro I found for $3500, but it's going to need just as much time and work as this 64. The one saving grace the Camaro has is that my headers, engine stands and everything else will fit. Including my 427.
The 64 is amazingly cancer free. I have issues with cutting up a car that has no cancer. There is no way it would hold the 427 with tiny tires. I have access to a pair of brand new Convo Pros, 15 x 14 for repairing the fiberglass doors on a 55 Chevy. A 4 link, some 30 inch mickey's and a subframe would make this a street error.
I would buy the mini clip as they call it as CPP just to make the handling better.
I've had the Vega for sale for months. People act like $200 would kill them! hahah It even has a luggage rack! I would have used it, but I wanted a streetable hot rod, and I can't get a title I'm afraid. The lady that owned it died and the tweakers that had it hauled off aren't talking. I saved it from the crusher, but those guys were from Mexico and never had any paperwork.
Something I have been kicking around is a street gasser. That gasser clip that Speedway sells is all bolt on, and I would see no need to chop the wheel openings judging by so many pictures of lifted gassers. If I ever decided the ride was too much, everything would unbolt!