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Gen 1 Brat -- front parking lights gaskets DIY replacements


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#1 bendecker

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Posted 22 February 2010 - 04:38 PM

So, I tried to recreate the front gaskets in their original 3-D form. It was a major FAIL (too complicated, too thin, my models were in really bad shape, blah, blah, blah)

So, I went a two-piece, 2-D route and it worked great! If anyone else wants to make them, here's the full scoop on how I did it (get out your "arts and crafts" experience for this one):

DIY Parking Light Gaskets

If anyone shows interest, I'll look into making a PDF of the pattern and posting it somewhere.

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Yet another part of my 1981 Subaru Brat Restoration Tips and Tricks

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Edited by bendecker, 23 February 2010 - 11:10 AM.


#2 The Beast I Drive

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Posted 22 February 2010 - 06:14 PM

So, I tried to recreate the front gaskets in their original 3-D form. It was a major FAIL (too complicated, too thin, my models were in really bad shape, blah, blah, blah)

So, I went a two-piece, 2-D route and it worked great! If anyone else wants to make them, here's the full scoop on how I did it (get out your "arts and crafts" experience for this one):

DIY Parking Light Gaskets

If anyone shows interest, I'll look into making a PDF of the pattern and posting it somewhere.

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Yet another part of my 1981 Subaru Brat Restoration Tips and Tricks

-Ben


I love the stuff you have been doing for your brat man, guaranteed I'll be coming to you for help and custom rubber parts when I need some for my gen 1s

-Bill

#3 bendecker

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Posted 22 February 2010 - 10:01 PM

I love the stuff you have been doing for your brat man, guaranteed I'll be coming to you for help and custom rubber parts when I need some for my gen 1s

-Bill


Glad someone's into this -- I was beginning to think I was posting this stuff just for me! Thanks for the kudos :)

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Edited by bendecker, 22 February 2010 - 11:03 PM.


#4 Subieguy

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Posted 23 February 2010 - 01:26 AM

Nice work! Keep posting. Gives me ideas for when I get back to working on my 78 Brat.

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Posted 23 February 2010 - 07:52 AM

Don't take this the wrong way,please.

I'll surely use your method or mfg'd parts for something I'd use for fun.

As for restos I have some NOS.

No,everybody,I don't have extras,sorry.

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Posted 23 February 2010 - 09:34 AM

Don't take this the wrong way,please.

I'll surely use your method or mfg'd parts for something I'd use for fun.

As for restos I have some NOS.

No,everybody,I don't have extras,sorry.


If NOS parts were readily available, trust me, I'd be using them. Figuring out how to replace old, cracked rubber and plastic parts is a pain!

So, if you'd like to share any sources....? (hint, hint :) )

Of course, when the NOS runs out, every person trying to spiffy up an old Brat will have a choice between "my lights leak like a sieve when it rains" or, "I put in gaskets that no one will ever see that keeps the water out and the car fully functional." Most of us already fall into the second camp, I'd wager.

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Edited by bendecker, 23 February 2010 - 11:10 AM.


#7 moosens

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Posted 23 February 2010 - 03:39 PM

Have to get lucky and find some on eBay as folks sell old stock items. No other source I'm aware of.




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