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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old Nov 26th, 01, 01:19 AM Thread Starter
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do any of you know where i can find a transmission mount to put a th-400 into a 72 chevy vega?
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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old Nov 26th, 01, 03:42 AM
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TransDapt, Hooker and Don Hardy all made them- I'm not sure if they still do. I've used all 3 and they were really simple mounts, basically straight square tubing with tabs welded on the ends. It would be very easy to duplicate if you have access to a welder.
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Why?

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post #4 of 18 (permalink) Old Nov 26th, 01, 10:24 AM Thread Starter
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i was gonna put a 396/th-400 in it
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post #5 of 18 (permalink) Old Nov 26th, 01, 10:49 AM
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let me warn you.
I helped do a V8 Vega many years ago. The car recieved a small block 350 and th 350 trans, 12 bolt, and the spare tire well was cut off and a firebird gas tank installed, bigger radiator, 7X14 steel rally wheels with wider tires put on.
The car wound up weighing about what a SB first gen Camaro would weigh! 2200 lbs. (CORRECTION - 3000 LBS!)

It would have been far easier to just do a Camaro.
The car still had undersized brakes, wheel wells limited tire size etc.
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2200lbs? is that supposed to be 3200 or is that correct?
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post #7 of 18 (permalink) Old Nov 26th, 01, 12:16 PM
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David, you've got me wondering about that too. I've done about 5 or 6 Vegas, and 4 Camaros, and I've always been under the impression the Vegas were about 4 or 5 hundred pounds lighter than the Camaros. A basically stock small block in a Vega feels a whole lot faster than a Camaro with the same motor. I always figured the Vegas for about 2600 lbs., and the Camaros closer to 3100 or so.
Jvolk, a big block in a Vega is a nightmare unless it's a track only type car with a tube chassis, struts, and no inner fenderwells. If you're just building a street toy and don't want to fabricate half the car, go small block. The extra 250 lb. savings will come in real handy on the first panic stop with the Vega brakes.
Of course, a big block Vega is about the most bad-*** you can get on the street!
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post #8 of 18 (permalink) Old Nov 26th, 01, 02:30 PM Thread Starter
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i dedided im going to take the vega as is....full cage, slicks, 350, NOS cheater sys., 12bolt w/ 4:56's....ran 11.70's on motor and drag radials. hehehehe slicks and 200shot up next.
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post #9 of 18 (permalink) Old Nov 26th, 01, 05:42 PM
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Let me know how much it winds up weighing.
We did a lot of work on that car and in the end, it would have been better to have done a Camaro. Maybe his scale was off.
The car weighed around 2400 before mods, I think.
We could barely cool a SB 350 and auto trans, had to use a trans cooler that didn't block air flow to the radiator. It had a whoever the vega guru was at the time. Name started with an "H" like Hickey, or Harrel?
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the vega ended up weighing around 2700 when it was finished. ill get it on a scale when i get it.
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i put a 350/TH350 in a 76 vega GT wagon back in 95...that thing was fun. handled pretty good,and the brakes seemed adequate.just a stock 350, but it moved. never weighed it,but it had to be light. i still have all the mounts(factory Monza V8) and headers- anyone know where i can get another one? it has to be a wagon-prefer the 73 and earlier ones.i have wanted one since i junked that one out.

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post #12 of 18 (permalink) Old Nov 27th, 01, 07:53 PM
 
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Hey novaderrik, don't know of a vega, but I know of 2 monzas. One is actually a Olds Starfire. Both set up for a SB both have connecters installed and the olds has a 12 bolt posi in it.
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Austin-where are these wonderful cars you know about? are they in good shape? going cheap? my cousin wants a Monza. are either of them sticks? i have a bellhousing for that, also.the 400 HP 355 i have in my Nova would be sweet in one of those cars.

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Novaderrick,
I'm always looking at the Auto Trader Online site for Vegas...I like to torture myself I guess. Anyway there's tons of them in there, everything from $1000.00 project bodies to $30,000.00 pro streeters. Look in the Collector Car area. Seen several nice ones recently for 3 to 5 grand.
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The reason I asked is a 350 turbo is strong enough for a Vega and fits much better.

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