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Username Post: 73 Astre        (Topic#242878)
59imp 
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05-29-10 07:28 PM - Post#1922599    














 




bowtieollie 
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05-30-10 08:34 AM - Post#1922740    
    In response to 59imp

Brings back some nice memories!

GOtta love that 12bolt!

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55Redneck 59
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05-30-10 09:09 AM - Post#1922754    
    In response to 59imp

I believe I've seen a thread about that car, titled "nacho mamas ashtray", on another board I'm on.

I was looking for a vega or astre to build before I found my 65 Barracuda. Neat little cars you don't see around much anymore.




 
World Domination 
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05-30-10 07:31 PM - Post#1922967    
    In response to 55Redneck

How did you get such wide rear tires (for a astre anyways) on the car?


2) Was the astre available in the states in 73? If not, why not?



Edited by World Domination on 05-30-10 07:31 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
59imp 
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05-31-10 06:58 AM - Post#1923128    
    In response to 55Redneck

yup same car... always wanted one, but this one was real beat up... sure is a blast though.....



 
59imp 
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05-31-10 07:01 AM - Post#1923130    
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  • World Domination Said:
How did you get such wide rear tires (for a astre anyways) on the car?


2) Was the astre available in the states in 73? If not, why not?



rear tires are N50-15 the car is mini-tubbed and has a narrowed 12 bolt.

These Astre's by Pontiac were availible in Canada, not sure what was for the U.S. market




 
Randy_W 
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05-31-10 08:19 AM - Post#1923151    
    In response to 59imp

My wife had a new '75 Astre SJ, neat little car, terrible engine. Her's would have been great with an Iron Duke.

Randy

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World Domination 
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05-31-10 02:26 PM - Post#1923280    
    In response to 59imp

OK, it's mini-tubbed; Does this mean that the rear(which is obviously not stock) attaches to the same, stock mounts using the stock control arms? Also, what brand/model wheels are those?

2) i know we had the astre(then sunfire,omega, skyhawk) for sale from 75 to 80, but pre-75 is foggy to me.



Edited by World Domination on 05-31-10 02:26 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
59imp 
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06-01-10 09:09 AM - Post#1923648    
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  • World Domination Said:
OK, it's mini-tubbed; Does this mean that the rear(which is obviously not stock) attaches to the same, stock mounts using the stock control arms? Also, what brand/model wheels are those?



the floor pan and wheel wells were cut and recessed in to make more room for the larger tires, the stock sheet metal was used with just a small strip added to enlarge them, they're not as big as a fully tubbed car, so "mini-tubbed". the stock lower control arms were used but welded up to "box" them, adjustable uppers with heim joints were added and new mounts fabbed, poly bushings were installed. the wheels are American Racing 200S, 15x10 rear, 15x6 front.



 
World Domination 
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06-06-10 07:42 AM - Post#1925875    
    In response to 59imp

i hate to keep bugging you about the car, but i really dig it----it seems so right; The wheels sit just right in the wheelwells and the tire/wheel combos seem just right, and the car is not too fancy, but very functional. Function over form. My kind of car.

Are there any other writeups about the car that i could refer to?

What i'm mainly curious at this point is how the lower control arm mounts on the body were used: If they had to be relocated (i'm ASSuming inwards) how did you mount them to the body? i'm generally assuming that it's just floor back there as vegas didn't really have a frame(?)




 
World Domination 
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07-06-10 07:44 AM - Post#1941129    
    In response to World Domination

P.S., here is some additional info on astre's:

Interesting chassis design:
http://sixnationspoci.org/mag-articles/ss10-197 3i....



 




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