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#1 waldoz

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Posted 15 August 2011 - 10:49 PM

Looks like I got some work cut out but hope to have you guys help me out with bits and pieces. :grin:
Most everything is there but I am worried about the windshield and chrome bits.

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So it looks like a 9/78 so I guess a 79 :clap: Lots of work ahead got it for basically $350 traded my friend some 2nd amendment stuff :headbang: with option to buy back. I could not pass that up. Other wise you have to feather the throttle idles fine but does need electrical work but I also have access to all his part that he has collected. He wants his none stock and mine is going to be stock so I get all the good parts. Only body problem is cancer on the drivers fender at the top and a spot on the floor. So looking for front fenders one for me and one for my friend. Anyways nuff babble.
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#2 biffanyus

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Posted 16 August 2011 - 10:10 AM

Welcome!!! Great buy and very cool brat... I love the fact that your keeping it stock. Make up a parts wishlist when your ready and Ill see what I have for you and I know theres a few other persons here that can help you out as well. Good luck!!!:headbang:

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Posted 16 August 2011 - 10:17 AM

looking for new carpet now as I type and front drivers fender. I knew it was going to be hard but its not this hard. Is there an interchange sheet for carpet fenders and any other stuff?

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Posted 16 August 2011 - 10:22 AM

Carpet might be hard to find but there are some people here with fenders out there. I bought my 79 brat a year or so ago and it didnt have the original carpet but it was replaced with new carpet. I personally didnt do it myself or would know how much it would cost. I have some little odds and ends stuff so if you see your missing any pieces just list it in the parts wanted forum. Other sources that helped me out a lot was ebay and craigslist. I had to search out of state on Craigslist cuase no one here in FL had anything. I was lucky to find poeple that was willing to ship the parts.

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Posted 18 August 2011 - 08:36 AM

Well worked on it a bit last night and realized that the PO owner or owners totally patched the harness together. :mad: I have a nice harness I think from a 84. Has anyone redone the engine bay? I am sure there is a better way just to have lights ground and power. Its a big rats nest with wires spliced in all over the place. I had power one minute and then no power on the fan line. go figure. I think I am going to pull the motor and redo the bay and wire. It will be a good winter project. :grin:

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Posted 18 August 2011 - 12:42 PM

very nice brat. welcome to the board. hope you get to enjoy your new toy. i have found for me working on my subarus is half the fun of owning them. but i feel that way about any vehicle. :rolleyes:

i wish i could find a brat. being in florida makes that next to impossible. i got a baja to hold me over till i can find one.

looking forward to seeing the progress.

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Posted 18 August 2011 - 01:02 PM

I don't want to dig to deep into this car but I can't just do it half way. Need to wait till some $ shows up to get mat and parts. This was my last major project v6 turbo into a volvo. Posted Image

To much $ flushing away but its been year and half time to work on something again. Dumped it for $2500 after the trans blew and I was done. The Brat just fell into my lap so try to make the best of it and keep it stock:clap:. No turbos :D

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Posted 18 August 2011 - 01:20 PM

some new carpet for your ute:

http://www.ebay.com....=item2a10ee2864

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Posted 18 August 2011 - 01:24 PM

I saw that, but $300 for carpet? Shipping just kills you. I did look at mine and it does not seem to have any holes. I am going to try an clean it up and see how it goes. I am def going to put mats in though. By the way you have any fenders?

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Posted 18 August 2011 - 05:31 PM

very nice brat. welcome to the board. hope you get to enjoy your new toy. i have found for me working on my subarus is half the fun of owning them. but i feel that way about any vehicle. :rolleyes:

i wish i could find a brat. being in florida makes that next to impossible. i got a baja to hold me over till i can find one.

looking forward to seeing the progress.



I hear that.. you dont see many down in FL. Took me a long while and then I just saved up the money and said the hell with it.. I ended up shipping one here from AZ... So I have one now in WPB, FL if you wanna come visit...

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Posted 18 August 2011 - 05:39 PM

Hey Waldoz.. I have an extra gas pedal if you need. Looks like your missing one in the pic.

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Posted 18 August 2011 - 06:48 PM

or you could pay an upholstery shop $800 to custom make you some carpet like I did.

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Posted 18 August 2011 - 09:04 PM

Thats some nice work with the carpet. That sounds about right for the work they did too. As for the foot pedal my friend has an extra one with a bolt. I guess the floor needs some work. I am little nervous to pull the carpet up though might find a hole or two.:rolleyes: I did find the paint code think its 24.

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Posted 27 August 2011 - 06:32 PM

So I was not looking forward to this. I almost thought I would get away with just cleaning it up but seems bit more than I thought. No worries got a 110 welder and I welded for 12 yrs on thin material so Its going to be some fun. I also did find some holes in the floor but will work on those later first engine bay and fenders. Now on to the pictures.:banana: Took the window sash off and there was a mouse nest in there. :eek:
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Does not look too bad so far.
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ok here going to reinforce this prob.

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Getting little rust spots.

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OH now for the bad.

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fender problems would like to find a drives side bolt on. If not I can prob fix it.
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I figured this would happen but not 8 times.
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This is the great hack job they did to the wires.
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I have not really thought about which way to go with this. I will fix the problems but I am telling you POR-15 is looking really good right now. If not going to respray the engine bay. I have only sprayed a few things but this would be pretty big for me. With the por 15 I could brush that stuff on. On a side note I will prob pull the motor and trans and that seems easy enough.:rolleyes: I am going to try and have this part done by spring. :grin: Or sooner and move to the floors on the brat. Now I just need some $$ for suplies.:rolleyes:

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Posted 27 August 2011 - 08:03 PM

*shudder*
I had cowl rust that looked like that and it turned out to be much worse under the surface. I ended up replacing the metal, but it was not fun and time consuming. Not something I would want to do again. The only problem I would say with just POR'ing it would be if the rust is bad, it should be fixed as the cowl has some fairly thick metal (and 3 layers) that I would assume is there for a reason (as in structural). If is is just a little more than surface, I'd treat it and coat it and call it a day. You will want to cut out the battery tray to treat the rust under it. The frame repair should not be too bad, mostly flat metal. Good luck and keep up the progress reports.:)

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Posted 27 August 2011 - 09:42 PM

Yeah that tray is not going to survive the clean up. An yes all will be fixed with new metal. :banana:

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Posted 28 August 2011 - 10:54 PM

About now might be a good time to ask yourself the hard questions- from your Volvo pic I'd say you know what I mean. I bought a '78 in slightly better shape but with rust in all the same places. A LOT of work to do it right (lots of welding and I used POR 15, too). The more you dig, the more you will find. I just decided near the beginning I would do the restoration regardless, just for the fun factor. Parts are relatively cheap when you can find them; that's part of the challenge, too. Seems like almost all the gen 1's out there have rust, unless they've been gone through thoroughly or been in desert storage...When you're done you'll have a really cool little 4X4 truck that will turn heads and get 30 mpg. Best of luck.

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Posted 28 August 2011 - 11:28 PM

This is a short term project. I do have my eye open for another one. This is to keep me busy for the time being. Wen I do get serious with the rust the ice pick will come out. :lol: ok maybe just the screw driver.:) Thel wire wheel and the flapper wheel will be my friend. The motor I hope will be coming out in two weeks when I have a bit more time. The motor already does not leak a drop. It needs a good cleaning though and detail.

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Posted 29 August 2011 - 09:36 PM

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I tell you if that foam thing was not in there the frame would not have rusted
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Thats not bad its just fall out from the battery area. Going to fab up a 90 deg bend and cut that out and clean it up before put the new patch in though.
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Over all not too bad. The cancer where the fender was I had pics of but got del but I have to replace with some 16 ga metal. Prob tack it in and grind it off and then por15 everything. The biggest problem is getting rid of the rust and neutralize it. This will be good exp for my next project. :grin:

More updates to come seems the wife is ok with how much time I have put into this. My oldest daughter is loving it too, cleaning and vac the rust up.:clap:

Got a spread sheet on Google docs to track the cost and expenses too.:eek:


Ok found them and took a few more of the problem areas.

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Posted 29 August 2011 - 09:40 PM

I hear that.. you dont see many down in FL. Took me a long while and then I just saved up the money and said the hell with it.. I ended up shipping one here from AZ... So I have one now in WPB, FL if you wanna come visit...


i looked for a little while. and ended up with 05 baja instead. that was a few years ago. get the baja paid off. then maybe a brat....hmmmm...:burnout:

west palm beach hmm. maybe a subaru meet in daytona or further south. like merritt island maybe get some central florida people to show up as well. i think there are one or two around tampa and orlando. florida and east coast subaru board members unite.....:grin:. maybe possibly?!?!?!? one never knows.

i wish i would have known sooner that when i got my first subaru 88 gl sedan fwd. that i would end up 5 and half years later owning 5 so far. one parts wagon 87 gl. 88 sedan gl. 89 xt. 05 baja. 92 loyale wagon.......keep them coming:lol:. i am down to three at the moment:rolleyes:!

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Posted 30 August 2011 - 05:02 AM

Look inside on the inner wheel wells. Way up high. Pull back the trim and insulation and check where the firewall, wheel well and front panal come together.

Nice Brat though and well worth the restoration!

Yes, that foam in the fenders rusted MANY fenders!! bad/bad design!

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Posted 30 August 2011 - 08:01 AM

Yeah I am thinking of pulling the interior but I don't want to get to deep just yet. Come to think of it, it prob a good idea to pull the carpet along with the seats.zzz

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Posted 31 August 2011 - 08:35 PM

Look inside on the inner wheel wells. Way up high.


Yeah I don't think that is my biggest worries.

Carpets are good little cleaning up no rips just really dirty.
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Tools of the trade 2.5 hammer and paint scraper. :grin: This is how I find out if the metal is good or not.:eek:

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Yeah its the flints stones almost.:eek:

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I was lucky to get the bolt out.

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lots of holes.

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well I think what I am going to do is take the center brace out. Going to drill out all the spot welds with a spot weld drill bit. I will take it to work and rebuild it on my lunch breaks. I am almost thinking this is way over my head.:dead::Flame:zzz
Anyone every got this deep in? LOL

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Posted 31 August 2011 - 10:09 PM

My 78 didn't need quite this much welding, but a fair amount. I started my project for the enjoyment of the work, not because it made sense (the things we tell ourselves...:rolleyes:) If you're having second thoughts, maybe buy another with less rust, now that you know exactly where to search for it. You could use this one for parts. This stuff is getting hard to find so having a parts truck would be worthwhile. I bought a 79 this spring for parts, but it is actually almost rust free as far as I can tell, so it will end up being another project on its own, and I'm back to scrounging parts again:-\

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Posted 31 August 2011 - 10:15 PM

parts cars are not an option with the wife. I am lucky to just have a project after the 10 years of the race car. I am not complaining I am just saying that its more than I thought. No matter though. I am thinking this through again might cut the whole section out and take it to work and fix it all then just weld the whole thing in again. The pass side is not too bad for some reason but it has not met the 2.5lb hammer. When I get to the other side then will have to see which way to go.:)




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