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Old 08-13-2012, 08:57 AM   #101
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Parked next to you on Sat morning when I was in Adams

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Old 08-13-2012, 09:18 AM   #102
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Parked next to you on Sat morning when I was in Adams

Haha, this is awesome. Thanks for the Subie love.

On the other hand, the BRAT still needs some work. I need to take the carb off again and clean it out. It is sputtering like crazy and I cannot drive it right now, hopefully everything will be fixed before Waterbury's Wednesday meet...
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Old 08-13-2012, 09:26 AM   #103
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Its coming along nicely man! Hope you get that sputtering problem all straightened out. Don't see too many Brats now-a-days with that little rust on the body. Those things will always have a special place in my heart though - spent a lot of time riding around in the back of one as a child. My parent's had a blue '84 4WD with the seats in the bed
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Old 08-14-2012, 08:52 AM   #104
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I checked everything on the BRAT yesterday, while it was sputtering. Spark checked out well, it wasn't sporadic or anything. I even checked out compression just because, which was 160 psi across the board. The carb is obviously getting fuel because I can see the jets spraying.

My thought is that when I took the carb out to replace the intake manifold gaskets, I might have knocked something loose like debris or something. This car had sit for an upward of 7 years before I bought it, so I'm guessing there was some build-up or accumulation in the carb from sitting so long.

Either way, I had the Weber on my mind, because I am well aware of what a pain the Hitachis can be, so I ordered the Redline Weber DGEV kit and I will be installing it as soon as it comes in.

I am also going to rebuild the Hitachi just because. It'll be my first carburetor rebuild so I'll take it as a learning experience and I'll have a spare carb on hand.

I miss driving the BRAT already. Going from the BRAT to the Legacy is like night and day. The Legacy is quiet, rides smoothly, the 5 speed feels like a short throw from the 4 speed, there is much less clutch travel in the Legacy, I actually have A/C, power steering, power locks (the BRAT has no locks right now), power windows, music, and fuel injection. Despite all the luxuries of the Legacy, I would much rather be driving my loud and ugly BRAT.
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Old 08-17-2012, 12:42 AM   #105
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awesome find man! i liked the ghetto seat. haha
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Old 08-17-2012, 11:14 AM   #106
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Thanks.

Got my Weber DGEV conversion kit today. Shipped really really fast. Going into work in a few, so hopefully I'll have this thing back up and running Saturday after work.
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Old 08-18-2012, 07:44 PM   #107
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Swapped the Weber on today. Didn't give any more power, but it sure is noisier. You can clearly hear when the secondary kicks in, makes a lot of noise, but doesn't really go anywhere, kind of like VTEC haha.

Oh well, now it runs well at least.

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Old 09-03-2012, 07:29 PM   #108
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Did a little rust repair.



Now I can't use my feet to help stop it
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Old 09-17-2012, 09:52 AM   #109
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Ran into yet another problem with the BRAT.

It has been becoming increasingly intermittent when attempting to start it.

To sum it up, when I turn the key, nothing happens, no click or anything.

I have dealt with ignition issues in my EFI EJ22E, and I started with the basics. Battery terminals and grounds all check out good. There is no corrosion from the wire going from the positive terminal of the battery to the starter.

I took the steering column apart and tested for continuity to rule out the ignition switch in the lock cylinder. The proper prongs received continuity when I tested them out at all key positions.

Then I finally found the problem. The little single wire that goes into the starter which is what I believe is the starter solenoid is fed 12v when the key is turned to the "start" position. With help from my brother, I tested for 12v going to the little spade connector when he turned the key to "start" and I received 12v very sporadically.

Looking through the starter diagrams in my FSM it states that there is a magnetic switch which closes a battery 12v circuit to the starter solenoid when the key is turned to "start" which engages the starter. Is it possible that this switch is malfunctioning giving me sporadic and intermittent starting issues? Also has anybody every dealt with anything like this, and if you have, where can I find this switch. It just states there is a switch in the schematic, but no specific location of it.

For now, when the starter fails to engage after like 5 minutes of turning the key, I'm just jumping the solenoid prong with 12v to get it going. I am thinking of wiring a push button switch which will just send 12v to the solenoid so I don't look like a moron having to jump my starter motor all the time.

Thanks for the help in advanced!
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Old 09-17-2012, 12:51 PM   #110
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I cannot stress how much I think push button starts are really really really tacky, but I needed to do this to bypass what I believe to be a malfunctioning magnetic switch which is supplying the starter solenoid sporadically when turned to "start".



I'll have to settle with this for now until I resolve the issue. Even though I think this is extremely tacky, it is less humiliating than getting under the hood and physically jumping the starter solenoid.
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Old 10-01-2012, 11:00 AM   #111
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More rust repair... Passenger's side floor.


Now whoever rides with me won't be afraid of falling through the floor
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Old 10-04-2012, 12:38 PM   #112
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Clutch kit goodies.


The previous owner said he replaced the clutch with a 1600 FWD clutch using an 1800 pressure plate which is just plain stupid.

I personally don't think he even replaced the clutch, but either way it is slipping and I need a new one especially with winter coming up when I'll need to be using 4WD and the added resistance of the snow won't make a slipping clutch any better.

I have yet been able to feel the full power of this motor without the clutch slipping so it'll be nice to finally be able to truly feel all 90 pounds of torque in the low revs.

I'll find out if the clutch was replaced when I take it out. Have to do this job before it starts getting cold.
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Old 10-06-2012, 10:25 PM   #113
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This is awesome!!! Your Brat looks great!
I just got myself an '86... hopefully one day it will look as awesome as yours
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Old 10-21-2012, 06:57 PM   #114
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I originally attempted to change out the clutch without pulling the motor. All the previous clutches I've done I pulled the motor, so I figured I'd give just sliding the tranny back a try.

Big mistake.

Its a lot easier to drain the coolant, disconnect hoses/electrical crap, unbolt motor mounts, unbolt tranny bolts and yank the thing right out.

Here is the EA81 right after me and my father pulled it.


The old clutch.

As you can see, the disk is really dirty on the inside which leads me to believe the clutch is warped and was only grabbing on the outer ring which explains the slippage.

Everything else looked to be in good shape, flywheel looked good. Rear main isn't leaking.

I plan on removing all of the EGR crap on the engine and filling the pipes from the exhaust with some weld. Right now it is just venting to the atmosphere since I have yet to set my crankcase ventilation up.

And now I have two Subaru engines sitting in my garage. EA81 & EG33.


Hopefully I'll have the BRAT back on the road sometime this upcoming week. Miss driving it already even though it makes my Legacy feel like the most luxurious car I've ever driven.
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Old 10-23-2012, 08:55 PM   #115
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While I have the engine out, I've decided to plug up both EGR ports and get rid of everything accompanied with the EGR system.





I just filled the ports with some weld. A lot less piping will need to be routed back into the carb now.
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Old 10-27-2012, 06:38 PM   #116
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Installed both new axles today.



Now I'm waiting on parts to seal up the engine, have to get out the broken exhaust studs, and I will be getting new shifter bushings as well.
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Old 10-27-2012, 08:12 PM   #117
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i think this thing is sick lol! there is a brat for sale here around where i live and the guy wants a ton for it but it is super clean!
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Old 12-22-2012, 05:35 PM   #118
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Dropped the motor back in a few weeks ago and got everything all set.

One problem.

The car will not move, and when I let the clutch out in gear, it does nothing but make a whirring noise. No noise if it is in neutral.

The throwout bearing that came with the kit didn't fit either, so I used the old one, I think they sent me the wrong clutch disk...

I got the Exedy OEM 15008 clutch kit. Was it possible I got the wrong clutch? Pops threw the motor back together one day when I was at work, so I wasn't able to check anything.

Guess I have to pull the ************ing motor again...



Oh yeah, quick video of it running while I was looking for open vacuum lines from removing the EGR. No headers...

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Old 12-25-2012, 03:31 AM   #119
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Love the thread keep up the good fight!
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Old 12-25-2012, 04:20 PM   #120
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Swapped the Weber on today. Didn't give any more power, but it sure is noisier. You can clearly hear when the secondary kicks in, makes a lot of noise, but doesn't really go anywhere, kind of like VTEC haha.

Oh well, now it runs well at least.
That is so funny lolololol
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Old 12-31-2012, 08:39 PM   #121
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Got this bad boy running today! And by running, I mean running and actually moving.

Everything is all set, put the new clutch in, and now that I have had a chance to fix the exhaust this thing is quiet

I am not even used to it's quietness its ridiculous, I kind of miss the fact that you could hear it coming from miles. Oh well I'll figure something out.

Have to replace a lot of the bulbs such as the ones for the taillights and whatnot. Some of them have gone out, might as well do them all.


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Old 07-15-2013, 07:32 PM   #122
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Got this thing running good again!

Turned out either the fuel filter or the vapor separator was clogged, because I replaced both of those today and now it is running like new!

Quick vid.
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Old 07-15-2013, 08:54 PM   #123
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This thread makes me proud to be a Subaru owner, even if 29 years separate this car from mine (or maybe 'especially because' 29 years separate this car from mine). The amount of work you've put into this car is really impressive. One of my neighbors had one of these new in like '82 or '83, and even as a little kid, I remember thinking it was such a cool little car, especially when the guy wouldn't even bother shoveling his driveway during a snowstorm, just engage the 4WD and go...

Is it just me, or does the engine sound healthier in that last vid than in some of the other ones you've posted? Maybe it's from where you are recording the video, but it sounds like the engine is running smoother?
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Old 07-15-2013, 09:51 PM   #124
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Could be that the last video is the first video I took with the exhaust fixed. The thing purrs like a quite kitten now as opposed to the raspy sewing machine it sounded like in the past.
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Old 07-15-2013, 10:36 PM   #125
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Very inspirational thread. I just got finished making wire harnesses for my gauges and I came in and sat down with a Redbull and read this thread. I now feel ashamed that I was tired after freakin soldering and taping. Soldering and taping? What am I complaining about!?!? Talk about some amazing work you are doing. Keep up the great work and this great thread!
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