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Old 09-25-2011, 06:46 PM   #76
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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.
Yes, actually, I think I have some removed blue interior laying around, I'll come back with details on what I have and if you're interested I can get them to you.
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Old 09-26-2011, 12:06 AM   #77
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Thanks.
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Old 11-19-2011, 02:14 PM   #78
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Boy has it been a while since I've done anything with this car.

Got my winter tires mounted today, and quickly threw them on the car.

Having troubles getting registration as expected... it is either DMV breaking my balls or having trouble getting in contact with the previous owner. Thanksgiving is coming up though, so I'm sure the previous owner has a lot to do so we'll see what happens.



Back of my father's Legacy. Nice pink interior!






That is it for now...
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Old 12-15-2011, 10:22 AM   #79
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TITLE IN HAND!!!!!

Next comes insuring, then registration, then road, then body work.
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Old 12-15-2011, 03:58 PM   #80
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good work on the title retrieval.
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Old 01-16-2012, 12:55 PM   #81
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Recently got a GoPro Hero 2, so I went out in the BRAT to test it out.
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Old 01-16-2012, 01:20 PM   #82
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Really good thread! I am totally digging the car and all your work. There is a lot to say about an old car that requires a lot of work - there is more feeling to it than just having a car. Great progress! Keep it up.
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Old 01-21-2012, 05:09 PM   #83
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Throwing it around in a parking lot down the road:
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Old 01-22-2012, 02:47 PM   #84
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Congrats on the GoPro, those are such fun cameras to have.
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Old 03-22-2012, 10:53 PM   #85
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OK guys, a quick update.

I have been very busy with school and tearing apart the EG33 that I bought a while back, and I have been planning to get this thing on the road when I hit another speed bump with Hagerty.

Apparently they can tell by this picture

That the engine does not run good. I got into an argument with the Hagerty rep questioning him as to how anybody could tell how an engine runs simply by the previous photo...



They refuse to insure me because the engine "looks like it needs work" Are you flipping kidding me? This is a 28 year old engine with 62,000 miles on it, and judging by that picture you can assume that it doesn't run good??? Ofcourse it is a little rough around the edges... ITS A 28 YEAR OLD NEW ENGLAND ENGINE!!!! The engine runs very well and strong... but apparently the engine needs to look like it just came off of the production line to consider it running good.

**** Hagerty... I'm insuring it through my regular company and hope I don't total the vehicle until I can get it restored enough to meet their ridiculous expectations to cover me for what the car is worth.

End angry rant.
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Old 03-22-2012, 11:19 PM   #86
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Your spare is bald.
There is no battery hold down bar.
yeah, and the spare is under the hood

but yeah insurance is and has been the biggest rippoff of car ownership..
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Old 04-06-2012, 10:16 AM   #87
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Changed the front pads the other day... no bolts snapped

I would have taken pics but the camera had no charge.

Need to get this thing registered soon so I have something to drive while I swap in the EG33 into my Legacy.
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Old 06-05-2012, 07:45 PM   #88
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Wow it has definitely been a while since I've done anything with this.

With that aside, I did finally get around to buying a welder so I hope I will be updating this more frequently if I can get some damn time off from work...

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Old 06-14-2012, 05:02 PM   #89
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Got it registered today . I will have probably put 1,000 miles on it by the end of the day...
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Old 06-15-2012, 10:58 AM   #90
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Quick vid of me going through a tunnel. Way louder in person, the video does it no justice.

The holes in the floor make for good feet air conditioning, but with the exhaust being right there, I'm starting to go deaf...

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Old 06-15-2012, 12:06 PM   #91
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LOL, very nice. Read the whole thread through. That was one ugly looking thing when it started, nice coat o' slime. Good job cleaning it up and getting it working.

Personally, I'd leave the shell off, it makes it look really disjointed because the lines of the shell aren't consistent with the lines of the car/truck/whatever.

I think when I was young my grandparents had a K-car AND a Datsun pickup truck that were the same colour as that.
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Old 06-18-2012, 01:55 PM   #92
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No parts store has wiper blades for my BRAT, and I needed new ones badly so I got myself a pair of 16" blades and redneck rigged em' to fit.



Shoved the bolt throught and threaded it in enough so that it won't turn itself loose. Then I bent the blades so they would sit nice and straight.

Job done, bring on the rain.
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Old 06-21-2012, 08:56 PM   #93
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Ofcourse my day off this week and it is 100 degrees out. I had planned on patching up the floor in the cab, but welding in the 100 degree sun was definitely not an option...

But I did tackle a few electrical problems with the taillights. There was most certainly a ground issue because turning on the right blinker set off the stop light and they blinked together, it would also slow the rate of blinking down when I applied the brakes, and the brake light on that side would go out, plus my reverse lights would not go on as well, plus while applying the brakes with no signal, it would turn the left blinker on and dim.

I found a few exposed wires on the right side of the harness, and figured while I was in there I might as well wrap everything up that was exposed or hadn't been previously wrapped.





And the previous owner attempted to wire in a third brake light to the bed cap, which he got half way done because the taillight side was crappily vampire crimped, and on the other end the wires weren't even shaved to splice anything to. Plus there is no brake light in the bed cap so it seemed like a pretty futile effort on his part...



All the electrical issues have now been solved.

I also need to get some insulation material to solidify the tailgate latch mechanism in the tailgate because it rattles like crazy. Especially when I shut the truck off, it sounds like something is going to shake right out of the tailgate. There are just a bunch of loose, thin metal arms just dangling in there so that will be my next objective if this weather continues to be too hot to weld.
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Old 06-29-2012, 11:26 AM   #94
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Got my wagon wheels all set.



Christ, it is hotter than hell out. I didn't sweat this much doing ball joints and tie rod ends on the Legacy...
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Old 06-29-2012, 09:31 PM   #95
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Getting me all misty eye'd here. My first car was a white '82 BRAT. Loved that thing to death. Been missing it for a long time now, and always told myself I'd have another some day.

Love what you've done with yours! Keep it up
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Old 07-01-2012, 12:50 AM   #96
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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...
my dad i just got the tittle for his 79 brat a month ago after waiting two months and it came back as a clean tittleu should have tried to track down the last owner of the car by going to dmv and giving them the vin number of the car and they would have gave u the adress of the last owner to send a letter to. then if the person who owns the house isn't living there any more or isn't alive then the letter would be sent back undeliverable and u get the tittle (if they did live there still they might want the car or they wouldnt want it because of the rust because if i were u i would show them the most dirty and rusty picture of the car u have.) cant wait to see it look new i have a 85 brat with minimum rust
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Old 07-01-2012, 06:05 AM   #97
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love the steering wheel, ha, so "futuristic."
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Old 07-01-2012, 02:12 PM   #98
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No parts store has wiper blades for my BRAT, and I needed new ones badly so I got myself a pair of 16" blades and redneck rigged em' to fit.



Shoved the bolt throught and threaded it in enough so that it won't turn itself loose. Then I bent the blades so they would sit nice and straight.

Job done, bring on the rain.

Grab some small metal tubing, like the stuff used for in-sink water filters, and use it as a spacer so you don't have to crush the blade down like that. After a while, your wiper may continue to warp due to that bend.
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Old 07-08-2012, 03:30 AM   #99
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nice thread about this restoration. keep it up! brats are cool!
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Old 08-10-2012, 10:56 PM   #100
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Did a little work on this monster this morning.

I have an issue where the car is a little hesitant until it warms up, just a little tough to launch when cold. I sprayed some starter fluid around the carb and found that the revs would raise if I sprayed the insulator where the carb meets the intake manifold.

So I got two new gaskets and the insulator for my Hitachi.


These old carb'd engines are nice to work on because there is no electrics, but the amount of vacuum hoses is enough to drive you insane...

Crappy Hitachi


The old gaskets were caked onto the intake manifold and the carb, but I scraped them all off and went over everything with a scotch brite. (I stuffed the intake manifold with a clean rag and covered up the flaps on the bottom of the carb so no foreign crap would get in)


You can see that a stud came off the intake manifold. It seems that someone had welded a nut to the stud so the whole stud came out when I got it off. No big deal though, everything went back together just fine.

Those 4 10mm bolts were so hard to get at. No room for a socket, and very little room to unbolt them. It took so long getting them off only going like 1/4 of a turn each time with just a regular wrench.

Cleaned all the old stuff off and put in the new gaskets and insulator.


And then everything went back together.

Started the car up and it is still a little hesitant when cold. Then when it warmed up it ran like complete ****. Idle was okay, a little throttle was okay, half throttle made it bog big time, and WOT was okay. The car was far from drivable. I was really pissed and ended up having to take my Legacy to work.

Come home from work and started the car up. No problems, auto choke ran good, idled fine, still a little hesitant when cold. I let the car warm up and go to see if it would do the same thing. To my amazement, it ran like a champ. No more bogging out half throttle, damn thing resolved the issue while I was at work.

I plan on replacing all of the vacuum lines and fuel lines when I get the chance, maybe that will solve the cold hesitation issue.
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