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Old 11-04-2003, 06:35 PM   #1
Oquipah
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Question BRAT Shopping

Opportunity is knocking on my door. I have an appointment to look at a 1986 BRAT GL 4WD.

It has:
170K miles
New (water pump, clutch, tires, gas tank)
Rear jump seats come with the car
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few tears in the cabin seating
small amount of rust

I think he's asking $800

Two questions:
1. What should I look for? In other words are there any known problems that if evident should steer me clear of the car? For example, old VW buses had floor rot problems...)

2. Barring any major defects, what is a reasonable offer to make?

It'd be a second car, primarilly used in winter months for now as the Legacy is just fine. But I'd either try to turn into a lifted off road capable beast or fully restore it.

Which brings me to the third and previously undisclosed question...parts availability? NOS? or Junk yards?

Thanks in advance for any help before this Saturday.

Peace,
Oquipah
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Old 11-04-2003, 07:25 PM   #2
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i have a brat also for sale i live in mn anyone interested
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Old 11-04-2003, 10:51 PM   #3
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Rust is the killer in these. The rockers are obvious. Another killer is at the top of the rear struts. On many of these it will be rusted through and visible on the wheel well on the inside of the bed.

Most of your parts will probably come from yards and other owners. If you haven't yet, join USMB.net, there are tons of Brat and older Soob owners there.

If there is minimal rust, $800 is cheap.
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Old 11-05-2003, 07:00 PM   #4
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this 82 brat i have is in good shape minimal rust, runs great, goes like crazy i love it in winter in MN it has a topper and also the seats in the back and nice glossy maroon paint with the brat logo on the side...i will get some pics on here soon
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Old 11-06-2003, 04:03 AM   #5
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They can also rust on the firewall... ive seen 2 like that...

First and foremost... make sure it has strong FRAME RAILS... fortunately my 82 does
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Old 11-06-2003, 08:15 AM   #6
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Thanks for the info everyone. These frame rails...how might I look for these? In other words where?

Thanks again.
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Old 11-06-2003, 04:56 PM   #7
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Crawl under the brat from each side.... they are basically a big thick rib (like 2 inches square approx) that run under the center of each floorboard. I guess thats the best way to describe them. Stuff like the cross memebers bolt to them. so they really need to be solid.
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Old 11-10-2003, 08:05 AM   #8
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Well I got to take a look at and test drive the BRAT on Saturday.

the obvious rust spots were there, rocker panels and rear strut connections. The frame rails looked fine.

Is it economically feasible to repair? It ran, well, I guess, and we even took it off road to test the 4WD hi and low.

The interior is well, from 1986 and is rather rough. The t-tops work and the jump seats are included.

So, in the opinion of the Subaru masses, is it worth trying to buy and fix? Originally he was asking $800 but on Saturday he said make an offer.

Thanks for any further advice.

Peace,
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Old 11-10-2003, 01:36 PM   #9
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My vote is that it's a Brat and should not be abandoned like a Ford Taurus
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Old 11-11-2003, 02:25 AM   #10
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Grab it.... though you WILL have to repair the rear strut area... tell him that is pretty structural and will have to be repaired... maybe you can get it cheaper. $800 as it is still isnt that bad though.

Rough interior = rhino line the floor and install some old legacy or impreza seats
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