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I've been on here long enough, I figured it was time to start posting my progress on my soobs.
86 RHD Brat, I'm the 3rd owner. It has a 4" SJR lift and stock EA81 engine. (Codenamed: "Project: GRENDEL")
I've been doing basic maintenance to it so far. Autolite Spark Plug wires, Bosch Plugs, replaced rear drum brakes (Wearever), replaced front disk brakes and rotors (wearever), flushed radiator and replaced hoses.
I'm getting an Accel Coil tomorrow and maybe a new distributor cap/rotor just for my piece of mind.
Here's a shot of the Brat....
Edited by coylethebarbarian, 29 April 2010 - 09:16 PM. added Brat/Project name..hehe
Here's the rust issue....holes in the bed. As well as the usual places you would expect. Time for the MIG welder to do it's work!
Here's an issue, the lady who originally delivered mail in this Brat had the back wall cut out. It left some sharp edges that have been covered over in years past with balck duct tape.
Here you can see the full cut out of the back wall. I'm thinking of welding a metal mesh/dog gate type design here. One, to keep the dogs out of the front (not much room in the front of a Brat anyway!) and two, for security reasons.
Edited by coylethebarbarian, 21 April 2010 - 04:49 PM. add caption
I've a set of Black Allied Armament Wheels that I will be adding with 235/75/R15 Tires.
I'm looking at adding the Head Trauma Front and Rear Bumpers with the full size spare tire holder on the rear.
I've a roll bar I snagged off a early model toyota in the local Junk Yard. It's a solid tubular design, needs some of the rust blasted out and repainted. I'll be adding that as well.
I'm considering constructing a wire mess/tubular bed cover to take the place of the current Brat camper shell. I'd like to make it just slightly smaller so I can put the shell back on in the winter. This will keep my dogs in the back of the Brat.
I'll mount one of my cargo baskets onto the this bed cover design.
Adding a light bar I snagged off craigslist as well.
how about naming it heinz as in heinz57? or krusty? nice brat BTW Rob.
Rob~I named the Brat "Grendel" I think it kind of fits, with it being a RHD and all the things I'm going to do to it...although with the current colors-"ketchup" or something like that might work for now..haha
I made it back to Albuquerque, NM with Brat! Drove it 655 miles from Myrtle Beach, SC to Kentucky where my parents live-did the basic maintenance, visited family for a week, then drove it 1500+ miles from KY to Albuquerque!
I'll have to say, being a 24 year old engine, the EA81 performed like a champ-even with the carb. I didn't notice any issues with power until I reached New Mexico and had to climb a few hills through the Sandia Mountains. Of course, it's 5000-6000 feet above sea level here too!
Got to work this weekend but have plans on hitting the Junk Yard next week and will keep posted with my progress and more pics!
um hate break the news to ya...but your going to have to get some new stickers to replace the brat stickers....cos you have a Brumby...
LHD = Brat RHD = Brumby
(Brumbys are better anyway...not so far to walk to get to the filler cap lmao)
nice to see one on that side of the pond
That's probably the case, technically...but it was designed here to be a mail truck. The RHD models still have the "Brat" stickers and were and are still called A BRAT here...
Funny you say that...all the Aussies I know call the Brats a "Brumby" even if they are LHD...
I think it's more of what continent you are on, or are from...since my RHD model was originally sold here, had the stickers that say Brat and is for all practical purposes a BRAT...I'll stick with that for simplicity...
Call it what you want, it's an anomaly in the States...hence, that's one of the reasons I named it: GRENDEL
HAHA sweet brat! im jealous, iv been wanting a rhd brat for so long. its sure a head turner.
Thanks, it sure does turn heads...when I picked it up and was driving it back I stopped in a parking lot to look at my map (I'd taken a wrong exit) and a cop pulled up and circled the car...when he finally came to the right side he rolled down his window to check if everything was alright, and I explained my situation. He just laughed and said, "I first looked through the back and didn't see any driver and thought....now where did the driver go? Then I realized it was a right hand drive...nice truck..."
Right now, I'm sourcing out all the parts, etc I need. Once I get everything then I'm going to start posting pics on the build...don't want to get it started and then pause too long before another post
It's not a Bumbry. I had it converted to RHD . To work at the post office. Got the parts shipped from down under for $1,200. Had a great mechanic change it over including the dash. Am happy you are enjoying it. I used to baffle cops at road blocks. It was fun. Cop would be looking in the window at newspapers while I was waving at him from the other side of the Brat. They always just waved me on, embarressed.
Then again to Americanize it would simply require sourcing some "Mustang" Stickers because the RHD Brumby in Australia is actually named after a Wild Horse which is of course in the States a "Mustang", Now that would really confuse the average Person.
Cool Ute (Utility is what we call Pickups) so in typical Aussie slang we tend to shorten names hence Ute.
Here is a good example of Aussie "Slang" a Song by a dude called Austen Tashus and the song was Australiana which was made up od a play on various Aussie names and places.