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1971 Rotary engine Vega!!!

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1971 Rotary engine Vega!!!
Posted by cruz missile on Friday, July 24, 2009 11:40 AM

This is something currently on my bench, after trying different engine options I decided to go with the Rotary engine. I will post some pictures and the whole project link at the end, hope you guys enjoy it!

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Posted by cruz missile on Friday, July 24, 2009 11:43 AM
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Posted by cruz missile on Friday, July 24, 2009 11:46 AM
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Posted by cruz missile on Friday, July 24, 2009 11:47 AM

Below is the link to the ongoing project!!!

http://public.fotki.com/MCRUZ1/71-chevy-vega-project/page12.html

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Posted by kevracer on Friday, July 24, 2009 12:01 PM
looks great so far- great engine choice and the engine detail is superb
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Posted by Farmboy on Friday, July 24, 2009 12:08 PM

That's a beautiful piece of model engine detailing.  I assume that's Alclad for the grille. 

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Posted by cruz missile on Friday, July 24, 2009 12:34 PM

Thanks, yes, it's Alclad!

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Posted by gbeaird on Friday, July 24, 2009 1:04 PM

 VERY nice 12A!  Who's engine is it?  When I saw the reactor chamber, I thought 'I gotta tell him he's gotta build a header for that thing'.  Well, I was pleased to see you did.  That should be a cool project.  I've always liked the look of the Vega, even though it was a pretty cheaply-engineered car, with an equally-cheaply-engineered engine.  I fight the urge every time I see one come up for sale, though there is one locally with a V6 that may end up in our garage.

I'll be keeping an eye on this project.  Can't wait to see how it gets finished.

 Gene Beaird

Pearland, Texas

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Posted by cruz missile on Friday, July 24, 2009 1:15 PM

I got the engine from this kit, I also have another one in my stash, it has a pretty nice engine for this project. There are other kits that have a similar engine also but are rare. I am trying to get someone to make this one in resin.......

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Posted by PlastiKen on Friday, July 24, 2009 1:18 PM

Unconventional, but really neat mix, those little Mazda rotaries were screamers, in IMSA and SCCA racing form they were painfully loud too. With the power to weight ratio here, this would be a real killer in 1/1 scale, as it is in smaller scale. Neat idea and great work so far.

ken

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Posted by 73 duster on Friday, July 24, 2009 11:16 PM

I'm LOVIN' this !

What year Vega is that ? Looks to be a '71 - '73 ?

I believe that G.M. was actually working on a Rotory-powered concept Vega ( or perhaps any / all in the "H" Body platform ? ) , but it got shelved for whatever reason(s) .

I worked with a guy whom built Vega's on the line -- he was the dashboard installer -- and he had some funny stories to tell about the Vega ... to wit : He said that every morning when he and his co-workers got to work , there was a guy who'd hand-out 3 "Whites" ( benzedrine , an amphetamine ) and 1 "Red" ( Lilly F-40's , a barbiturate , a "downer" ) to a few of the guys ... lol ... and that the dude whom was 'responsible' for dropping the motor / trans into the cars was so lit-up on Bennies , that he was just swingin' the drivetrains right-through the cars' windshields ! LaughLaugh

Fun times ...

But , I divulge ... This looks like a GREAT project Dinner ! I've always had an affection towards the Vega ( but , not so much the Monza ) , as they were quite plentiful when I was young . LOTS of 'em runnin'-around Whittier ( Bob's Big Boy on Whittier Bl. ) with Buick 215 V8's in 'em .

I'll definately be following your awesome build Make a Toast

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Posted by Vegas13 on Saturday, July 25, 2009 1:10 PM

this is awesome man!! i need to build something crazy swapped

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Posted by cruz missile on Monday, July 27, 2009 7:38 AM

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This is the kit, 1971 Vega!!

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Posted by gbeaird on Monday, July 27, 2009 1:44 PM
cruz missile

I got the engine from this kit, I also have another one in my stash, it has a pretty nice engine for this project. There are other kits that have a similar engine also but are rare. I am trying to get someone to make this one in resin.......

Heck, cast your own! That's what I plan to do with the 13B from the 2nd Gen kit I have so I have spare rotary engines for other projects (like a rotary-powered Honda 600 a friend is rebuilding to run in F Prepared Solo Autocross here). Kind of messy, but not that difficult. Gene Beaird Pearland, Texas
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Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Monday, July 27, 2009 10:53 PM

Thats something to love about modelling. who in the real world would be a rotary in a vega?

i'm not familiar with the vega, but i can see some design cues from it's big brother (camaro). i'm more interested in that gen 1 rx7 imsa. looks like one i need to get ;-)

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Posted by galexie64 on Tuesday, July 28, 2009 4:48 PM

Nice build, I can wait to see it finished.  That motor looks a lot like my 1:1 car's, lol.

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Posted by xxx666sss on Wednesday, July 29, 2009 7:24 PM

 

check out thepartsbox.com they sell: 12A, 13B turbo.
on the bench: hemi cuda (90% done), shelby cobra (next project)
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Posted by cruz missile on Wednesday, July 29, 2009 7:36 PM

Put in a bit more time and got some of the interior work done. Used embossing powder for the carpet, I think it looks better and more to scale than the flocking option. Also used a Detail Master shifter knob and installed a photo-etch CD and Gauge cluster.

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Posted by cruz missile on Wednesday, July 29, 2009 7:38 PM
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Posted by kolbenschmidt on Thursday, July 30, 2009 11:48 AM

The rotary has lots of leg room! Big Smile

It hurts to get your doors blown off by a volkswagen doesnt it!

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Posted by pdp on Thursday, July 30, 2009 4:12 PM

WOW thats nice! Definitely digging the motor transplant. Out of curiosity, how did you get the details on the motor. i noticed by all the edges theres a blackish tint that makes it look real.

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Posted by cruz missile on Thursday, July 30, 2009 8:06 PM

Thank you! The blackish tint on the engine is just a black wash from a product called The Detailer, it enhances the engine giving it a slight used look. These Rotary engines were usually handled a lot since they were constantly being tweaked and calibrated for street use, you hardly ever see a nice clean one. I will add a bit more to the transmission and other areas later since I still have to handle it quite a bit more before deciding on the permanent location on the chassis/engine bay.....

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Posted by barker on Friday, July 31, 2009 6:11 PM
A little while ago there was an article in HOT ROD magazine about a '69 Camaro with a 300ZX Turbo engine installed in it. The engine was capable of something like 800HP, but the letters that HR got from the "Purist Chevy Lovers" were so negative it was a shame. I think the idea is great! I think it took some creative thinking to come up with this swap. Congrats cruz!!! AND WELL DONE!!! B.
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Posted by pdp on Monday, August 03, 2009 3:40 PM

cruz missile
The blackish tint on the engine is just a black wash from a product called The Detailer, it enhances the engine giving it a slight used look. These Rotary engines were usually handled a lot since they were constantly being tweaked and calibrated for street use, you hardly ever see a nice clean one.

 Cool thanks! And yes I agree, there was no point in keeping that motor super clean. I ripped apart a few apart in my time. Gotta love the simple yet effective rotary. Nice build man.

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Posted by farmz on Thursday, August 06, 2009 9:07 PM

this is a really col project, i love rotors but they are just too high maintenance for me to own one for real.

have you decided on paint yet??

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Posted by cruz missile on Friday, August 07, 2009 12:09 PM

Thanks man, I am still awaiting on the color, can't make up my mind....

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Posted by Cycolac Fan on Friday, August 07, 2009 5:23 PM

 I'm not especially into rotarys or Vegas (that's the plural of Vega - not the gambling capital...Smile) but I'm loving this build.

The wheel choice and stance of this car is spot on, don't change a thing about them.

Paint wise? ; the yellow looked pretty good but I reckon something more subtle would work, I'm thinking silver, graphite grey, gunmetal, or maybe a dark candy blue?

Mike "Good hands, bad taste in cars." Yes I'm a grown up 'playing' with toys but a lot of adults my age drink beer or play computer games - and I've got something to show for the time and money I've spent...
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Posted by pdp on Saturday, August 08, 2009 2:19 PM

 GUNMETAL! Big Smile

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Posted by mikey92 on Saturday, August 08, 2009 2:50 PM

 gunmetal with 2 black racing stripes would look killer!

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Posted by mikey92 on Saturday, August 08, 2009 2:54 PM

 im thinking this collor with the 2 black stripes

 

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