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#1 thearose

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Posted 10 October 2010 - 10:38 AM

Hi! I recently was gifted my mom's business car: a 1980 Brat. :clap: It has a cheap paint job with peeling piano key decals on the side, but it runs, for the most part. :-\ Right now it's in need of a new steering wheel and shaft, but once those aren't in danger of going out on me at any time i'll be able to drive it again! :)

I took an auto shop class in high school, but I'm really not that good at the terminology or knowing really anything about what i'm doing, but I really really want to learn! So, if anyone has suggestions on sites or books to start me off, that would be awesome!

Here are pics of my love. Please don't mind the upside down and broken camper top, it's the wrong size and my mom bought it and never used it. (I think like that it makes the car look like mercury or something. :-p )

I'm excited to be here!

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#2 bheinen74

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Posted 10 October 2010 - 11:56 AM

nice 1st gen. never seen piano keys on any vehicle before thats a first.

#3 biffanyus

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Posted 10 October 2010 - 04:02 PM

Very cool!!!! Welcome and very cool brat. I love the piano keys. Very 80s to go with the year of your brat. :lol: Love to seee more pics like the interior. Does it have the bed jumpseats????

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Posted 10 October 2010 - 07:41 PM

Like I said, it was my mom's business car. She tuned pianos. :) I'll get more pics up in the next couple days. The interior is nothin special, just kind of falling apart with badly sun faded seat covers and lots of brown.

I wish it had jump seats, and I'm planning on getting some when I get the mechanical stuff worked out. :-/ I figure I should be able to drive it as my main car before I decorate.

#5 biffanyus

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Posted 10 October 2010 - 08:30 PM

Well if your looking for any little parts and pieces for the interior let me know. I know I have a door arm handle in brown and a dome light cover as well. Post what you need in parts wanted when your ready. We have a lot of people here with extra parts that are willing to help usually fairly cheap plus shipping fees. Let us know....

#6 thearose

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Posted 10 October 2010 - 08:32 PM

Thanks! That's totally the plan. I'm super stoked to get started. :clap:

#7 biffanyus

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Posted 10 October 2010 - 08:35 PM

I love the vintage stock look to these gen 1 brats. Check out mine in my photo album under New Brat. I have to update pics since I now have the rear jumpseats installed along with the seatbelts and original bed carpet as well. You going for a stock look or are you going to modify??

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Posted 10 October 2010 - 11:14 PM

Check out mine in my photo album under New Brat. You going for a stock look or are you going to modify??


Your 'New Brat' is so sleek! I like it.

One of the repairs I need to make on mine is that the engine fan is practically gone, so I pretty much need a new engine. I've been thinking about dropping a turbo somethin in there, but I'm not sure yet. That'll probably be the last thing I do since it runs pretty much great otherwise. Body-wise, I'd like to spiffy up the rims, but I do like the stock 70's/80's look to the body and the paint. I'll probably give it a better paint job, not sure what kind yet, but right now it leaves white residue on your hand when you touch it.

Really right now I'm just worrying about the stripped steering shaft and wheel. Then I'll at least feel safe driving it, and then I can think about fun stuff.

Know any good places to get a steering shaft? I found one place, but I'm not sure it's legit at all. (Link when I get home to my own computer.) I'm planning on posting a new thread just for this on the tech board, but not tonight. :-p

#9 biffanyus

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Posted 10 October 2010 - 11:24 PM

Try carpartsdiscount.com and type in the year, make and model... They might have what you need there. Also post what you need in parts wanted section. Some people here are part hoarders and might have what you need. Hope this helps. Good luck....

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Posted 11 October 2010 - 05:58 AM

Nice BRAT and Welcome to USMB!

My best advice is to buy a Factory Service Manual off ebay. You'll want on that cover the 1600 from '79 or '80. THey can be had for about $50 or less. it will be HUGE and have some Great exploded diagrams of Everything on your car and will include wiring diagrams as well.

Like this one: 1980 Factory Service manual

#11 thearose

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Posted 11 October 2010 - 09:28 AM

Thank you, guys! That's great to know! And yes, I'll post everything I need on the parts forum as soon as I get my act together. :rolleyes:

#12 thearose

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Posted 11 October 2010 - 09:59 AM

Here's that link I'm not so sure about.
http://www.subaru-pa...63619/21/63619/

I think it's probably fine, but either way I need to get paid first and then I'll get it. :-p

#13 swampbrat

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Posted 11 October 2010 - 03:15 PM

welcome aboard , I too started with an old brat , wish I still had it!

#14 biffanyus

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Posted 24 October 2010 - 11:05 AM

Any new progress yet????




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