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Old 07-19-2014, 03:39 PM   #1
Kevint143
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Hey So I had some friends convince me that I should make a build thread here on NASIOC. So about 2 years ago I picked up a 1979 Subaru BRAT in Portland, Or and decided to make a fun little project out of it.

1979 Subaru Brat by Kevin Talley, on Flickr

1979 Subaru Brat by Kevin Talley, on Flickr

1979 Subaru Brat by Kevin Talley, on Flickr

Drove the BRAT home and it would barely hit 40mph so i figured it needed a little love and started to dive into the essentials to make it run better.

I went in and changed all the fluids, most of the gaskets, motor/trans mounts, put some new hoses on and got her running well enough as a running project.

Once I got it running well enough I started to focus on getting it one solid color. So I went the cheap route and Plastidipped the car at around $70.

DSC03890 by Kevin Talley, on Flickr

DSC03891 by Kevin Talley, on Flickr

then Out of nowhere I had a massive vacuum leak I could not figure out for the life of me and after having a buddy check it out it turns out the stock carb needed a rebuild. We rebuilt the Carb and then that solved the problem for a while until I could afford a Weber 32/36 carb. Once I put that carb on it was a whole new car! Every problem I was having went away and gave it a little bit more power. I mean I could get this car up and over 85mph now!

After a while I saw some threads on various forums about lowering a first gen brat and someone mentioned it was not possible...so I thought challenge accepted. After doing some research and finding other various suspension parts that would bolt on and make it lower I made it happen. I also got tired of the black so actually Painted the car Green.

Untitled by Kevin Talley, on Flickr



Untitled by Kevin Talley, on Flickr

Once we lowered it I had to make a new exhaust manifold because the stock one was too low so we had to make one that tucked up against the body a little better.

Untitled by Kevin Talley, on Flickr

This was just a temp set up until we could have a custom set fabricated.

here is a video to a sound clip.
https://vimeo.com/80590650

Then about 2 or 3 months ago my head gaskets blew and I fixed them but then decided to do an EJ swap. SO I looked around for a EJ22 and found a 93 Legacy for $700. SO I drove and picked it up and brought it home.

Untitled by Kevin Talley, on Flickr

Now the Brat Sits in the garage with everything pulled out and waiting for the EJ22 to be thrown in. Last night we pulled the EJ22 and trans to start getting things fitted so from here on out will be progress.

Untitled by Kevin Talley, on Flickr
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Old 07-19-2014, 04:09 PM   #2
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EJ22 motor and trans are out as of last night!
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Old 07-19-2014, 11:59 PM   #3
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Sick bro

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Old 07-23-2014, 02:02 PM   #4
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Test fitted the EJ22/trans last night. Gonna have to do some cutting!
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Old 07-29-2014, 02:31 PM   #5
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cant wait to see this done
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Old 07-29-2014, 03:42 PM   #6
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Same here!


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Old 07-31-2014, 09:43 PM   #7
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Old 08-03-2014, 08:13 PM   #8
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So we did another test fitting last night and got the motor sitting pretty close to where we need it. It's tight gonna notch the frame rails take a few ore measurements mod the cross members for the motor and trans mounts. Progress is coming along

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Old 08-05-2014, 09:37 AM   #9
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haha this is awesome cant wait to see it done
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Old 08-07-2014, 02:14 PM   #10
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I had dreams of doing an engine swap in my 84 Brat, so good luck!
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Old 08-07-2014, 02:23 PM   #11
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It's almost a nightmare ha


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