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Old 07-07-2011, 11:30 AM   #51
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I got my set of wagon wheels sandblasted the past week.

School got canceled today for some reason, so I set out early to retrieve my paint supplies I needed to paint them.

The sandblasting came out very well, the rims are completely rust free.

I searched through the forums on USMB and found that people have much success with Rustoleum appliance epoxy, which is conveniently offered in enamel white, the color that I want to paint my wheels.

OK, enough rambling, here are the results:

Sandblasted, down to the metal rim:


Primed rim (Rustoleum rust resistance primer):


Painted white rim:


I am actually really surprised on how good it came out.

I did 3 light coats of primer, 2 light coats of paint and a final, heavier coat of paint. I'm letting it dry right now to see if I might need another coat of paint, but that is doubtful, they look pretty well done already.

What do you guys think? Paint the other 3 the same way or what?

Quick mock-up
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Old 07-07-2011, 02:27 PM   #52
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fyi Miata struts fit that chassis iirc. Search around usmb.com. I was planning on doing coilovers but never got around to it on my loyale
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Old 07-07-2011, 09:21 PM   #53
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Bad news.

DMV told me that the car cannot be registered without a title. I was told that if the vehicle is over 25 years old it does not need a title, but that's not true. It turns out in CT the car has to be produced before 1981, which my BRAT obviously wasn't made before 1981.

I was told to get a bonded title which means that I can register the vehicle. It also gives the previous owner 3 years to retrieve the vehicle if they want to, but after the 3 years is up, the vehicle becomes 100% mine.

I will be contacting my insurance agent tomorrow to get this bonded title going. At this point, I really really just want to get this thing on the road.

Headaches headaches headaches...
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Old 07-09-2011, 08:23 PM   #54
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Got the other 3 wheels painted today.



Took me 4 hours to paint 3 wheels...

Well worth it though, they came out way better than I had expected.

Appliance epoxy FTW.
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Old 07-31-2011, 07:30 AM   #55
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Just logged in tothe site. I live in Vasse, Western Australia. It's a small town with about 4 (Brats) we call them Brumby's. Everyone wants to buy mine, just because i love giving it TLC. You guys are so lucky to have lots of parts, we don't do too bad in Australia because they are very popular and somewhat have a reputation of being unbreakable. Look forward to talking to you and being part of the forum.
PS How do you add photos? i'd like to post mine?

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Old 08-01-2011, 10:48 AM   #56
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Just logged in tothe site. I live in Vasse, Western Australia. It's a small town with about 4 (Brats) we call them Brumby's. Everyone wants to buy mine, just because i love giving it TLC. You guys are so lucky to have lots of parts, we don't do too bad in Australia because they are very popular and somewhat have a reputation of being unbreakable. Look forward to talking to you and being part of the forum.
PS How do you add photos? i'd like to post mine?
To add photos you need to upload them to a host site like, for example, I use photobucket. Upload your photos to the site, then paste the [IMG] code into the text box.

A quick update fellas. I know it has been a long time since I posted but it has been busy. Been getting a lot of overtime lately + my last weeks of my summer semester so it has been hard to put aside some time for the BRAT.\

I attempted to wrap the oil pressure sender screw with teflon. That thing is tiny, it's like 3/16 of an inch to work with. I wrapped it up and it still is leaking pretty badly, so I will be needing a new oil pressure sending unit.

I also discovered a new oil leak. My oil pan gasket is leaking towards the front of the engine pretty badly as well so I will have to remove the pan and get a new gasket for that.



I can't weld anything up until I can get this on the roa.

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Old 08-09-2011, 12:34 AM   #57
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Good news fellas.

Got in contact with the previous titled owner and he has agreed to help me with whatever I need to transfer the ownership title into my name. He said that when he had originally brought it to the junk yard, he had given the physical title over to them, but there wasn't an "official" title transfer.

He apparently lost my first letter, but he got this one and got in contact with me.

Now I just need to pay for a lost title form, have him sign it, wait for the title, fill out the transfer and it will be ready for the road.

I will also be getting my new oil pan gasket and oil pressure sender this week which will give me something to do on my day off. Can't drive a car that is leaking oil like crazy. This engine has only got 62,000 miles on it, it will be treated very well.
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Old 08-13-2011, 11:26 PM   #58
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Tackled my leaking oil pan and oil pressure sender today.

Here is the car currently up on jackstands:


Took the oil pan off:


Oil pan:


Everything came off nice and easily. The oil pan bolts were not torqued like crazy, which they shouldn't be so they came off no problems.

Cleared off the mating surface on the block and the oil pan itself. This took a while and was a huge pain in the ass.

Speaking of pains in the ass, I am having a lot of trouble getting all of the bolts back into the pan and onto the block. The gasket that I had gotten from the dealer did not match up as nicely as I had expected, so I ended up only bolting in 16 out of the 19 bolts tonight.

There is an art to it though which I have figured out. Get in whatever bolts you can and only torque them about 1/4 way in. For the parts where the gasket does not line up with the hole, get the bolt in there with the screwdriver, guide it around until you have a good idea that it has made it's way through the gasket hole, then guide it around until you feel a click into the bolt hole and begin to tighten. A lot harder than it sounds.

Too bad it will be raining for the next few days, I just want to get everything together and consider oil leaks a thing of the past.
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Old 08-14-2011, 12:37 AM   #59
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Ya, the gasket doesn't match up.

I did the 4 corners, then the middle, then the ones in between. I just got them a thread or two in at first and tightened them a little bit at a time all around.

Although with my car its a little easier to get at all the bolts.
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Old 08-14-2011, 08:19 AM   #60
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Ya, the gasket doesn't match up.

I did the 4 corners, then the middle, then the ones in between. I just got them a thread or two in at first and tightened them a little bit at a time all around.

Although with my car its a little easier to get at all the bolts.
To my surprise I got the rear bolts on through the service holes in the crossmember with no problems. There are 2 bolts that you kind of have to tackle sideways because the motor mounts are in the way, the most difficult part will be starting them into the threads, then tightening should be easy with a 10mm wrench.
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Old 08-15-2011, 01:37 AM   #61
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Fun! I love restoration threads. There's nothing like taking an old car and showing it some love. Listen to Kostamojen's tips, he is wise with these old gals.
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Old 08-15-2011, 05:29 PM   #62
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Got the remaining bolts onto the oil pan today. Boy was that a pain in the ass trying to fight the horrible fitting gasket while trying to get the bolt onto the thread. Having little hands definitely helped, especially with the bolts circled below because the only way to get at them was sideways.


There is an identical bolt on the other side. Really really hard attempting to fight the gasket and get the thread in completely by hand.

My new oil pressure sender wrapped with some teflon to be sure that it doesn't leak.


Lol, that turbo is shot. Oil starvation = ridiculous shaft play and the compressor fins are all chunked out.

Got everything hooked up and ready to go. Filled the car up with some Shell Rotella 15w40. All of my Subarus run 15w40 and they all run like tops.


Started the car up and crossed my fingers...



























Some oil is still leaking.

I'm assuming that it is from the crank seal because there is oil gathering on the top of the oil pump assembly. It cannot be the oil pump because I resealed that. So I will be going to Subaru tomorrow to order a new seal and a new alternator/waterpump belt as well.


Other than the oil leaking has certainly gotten better. It is no longer hemorrhaging oil from the oil pressure sender because that is new, and the oil pan gasket is sealing nice and properly, so I'm guessing that the problem now is the crank seal.

Also the car is very hesitant when the engine is cold. I'm thinking that the carb needs to be rebuilt when I get the chance. It's not keeping me from driving it though, once the car warms up it runs like a champ, so I'm guessing there is a failing seal or gasket within the carb or the intake manifold, I'll have to check.
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Old 08-18-2011, 12:17 PM   #63
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I re-tightened the bolts on the oil pump because they were a bit loose. If the leaking persists, it is coming off again and I will be getting a new pump from the dealer.

Changed out the plugs and wires today. The old spark plugs were pretty ratty and corroded, but they came out with no problems so that was a relief.

I also did a compression test while I had everything apart and came up with the following numbers:

Cylinder 1: 160 psi
Cylinder 2: 155 psi
Cylinder 3: 155 psi
Cylinder 4: 155 psi

So compression tests out good. That was after my first test because with my first test there was some crap in the threads of 3 and 4, and after I cleared them out I got better readings so everything tests out good.

The cap for the distributor is in pretty good shape, but the rotor will need to be replaced because it is a bit worn. I will be doing that next when I get the chance.

I am also having trouble getting the crank seal off, if anybody has any tips, please let me in on them. I did not have this much trouble getting the crank seal off of my EJ22E.
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Old 08-18-2011, 07:40 PM   #64
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Got the crank seal off and put in the new one. It is still leaking oil.

Like said on USMB, it is possible that the oil pump cracked. I inspected it before putting it back on, and it seemed fine but at this point I am thinking that I probably missed the crack. Everything that deals with oil sealing at the front of the engine has been re-sealed, so I will be removing the oil pump and looking closely for any cracks.
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Old 09-03-2011, 08:36 PM   #65
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Well guys, back with some good news.

My oil leak has been fixed. Turns out that when I took the oil pump apart to re-seal it, I warped the aluminum plate that is screwed into the pump to separate the gears from the outside. Apparently this is unavoidable from what I hear so I got a new pump.

Some pics:


Yeah, we like our Subarus... And the occasional 12 second Cummins.

Flashy new oil pump:


NO MORE LEAKS!!!!!

This thing is now ready for the road... once I get it registered. Been working so much overtime lately that I have been unable to meet up with the previous owner and go through a lost title process. Soon though.... soon.
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Old 09-05-2011, 07:47 PM   #66
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I got bored after work so I made this quick vid:


Waiting for a call back from the previous owner so we can go down to DMV to request a duplicate title. Then hopefully less than 20 days for it to come in, then bring a bill of sale to DMV, get this thing registered and ready to attack the road.

I will also be mounting my wagon wheels and throwing those on once it is registered, so I'm definitely looking forward to leaving the crappy wheels in the cellar.

I really want to get this thing on the road before it begins snowing, because I plan on having all sorts of fun with my 4WD.
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Old 09-06-2011, 01:26 PM   #67
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Let's get this done so you can bring it to the meet!
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Old 09-10-2011, 05:41 PM   #68
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Going to the DMV Thursday morning with the previous owner to apply for a lost title. I found out some great news while skimming the paper work... You can transfer the title right then and there on the lost title form! So once everything is filled out, it will be in my name and ready for some plates! I hope to have this thing on the road within the next week or two.
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Old 09-15-2011, 09:07 AM   #69
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Picked up a nice set of winters the other night for the BRAT. Came off of some old Escort wheels. A lot of tread left.



However, these will not be going on my wagon wheels. They will be instead going on the crappy wheels that the BRAT has on now. My wagon wheels will be getting a fresh set of all seasons or summers or something.



Actually, the tires on the BRAT now are still in decent shape. I'll probably keep those around just because.

My DMV trip was cancelled today because they don't open until effing 9:15. So I will be going next Thursday to get my papers and register this thing in my name. I hate the DMV so much.
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Old 09-15-2011, 09:49 AM   #70
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this is the first build thread i ever read through completely. good luck getting it on the road man! im looking forward to seeing more progress
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Old 09-24-2011, 04:32 PM   #71
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Getting this thing through DMV has proven to be a humongous pain in the ass. In order to apply for a lost title, I must have the paperwork "notarized" so I went to the DMV the other day to take care of it and they turned me away, even though I had the previous owner there with photo ID!!! They don't notarize anything at the DMV which seems stupid, so now I have another problem to accomplish.

Oh well, enough bad news, it whipped the BRAT around in my river today. Here is a quick vid of me driving the BRAT through, then my dad driving is Jeep through.

It gets really deep and there are some big rocks on the other side of the river which is why I avoided it. Really don't feel like breaking anything on the BRAT since I have already gotten this far with it haha.


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Old 09-24-2011, 07:48 PM   #72
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that brat is awesome
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Old 09-25-2011, 12:05 AM   #73
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Great job on the BRAT. I've got one that's an '86, and needs a lot more work than yours. My engine's got a blown head gasket, maybe/possibly more, and the engine I got to replace it had a cracked block. Got any tips, or places to check out to help get me get my BRAT running for cheap?
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Old 09-25-2011, 08:31 AM   #74
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Great job on the BRAT. I've got one that's an '86, and needs a lot more work than yours. My engine's got a blown head gasket, maybe/possibly more, and the engine I got to replace it had a cracked block. Got any tips, or places to check out to help get me get my BRAT running for cheap?
I'm thinking that your main concern would be to find a block that is a good one. That sucks that you got a replacement that might be cracked as well. Other than that these cars are very mechanically sound and definitely have my vote as Subaru's most reliable engine.

The other thing you have to worry about is rust. Some trouble spots include rockers, floor in the cab, rear shock towers (if you're lucky only surface rust, nothing eating through the support), tailgates seem to develop a little rust, and frame rails which are very important.

Other than that these cars are great. Good luck with yours, it definitely sounds like you'll be keeping busy making it great.
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Old 09-25-2011, 08:54 AM   #75
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Yea, the re-build kit for the EA81's pricey, and it's hard to find a good engine in the South to just swap out. I concur with the EA's reliability. The closest Subaru's got is the EJ's for reliablity.

As far as rust, yea it's already got it. The rear wheel wells (which are prone to rust) have holes rusted right throught.

If you still got the pieces for blue interior, I'd be glad to take them off your hands though. My Brat's white with blue interior.
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