Welcome to Ultimate Subaru Message Board, my lurker friend!
|Welcome to Ultimate Subaru Message Board, an unparalleled Subaru community full of the greatest Subaru gurus and modders on the planet! We offer technical information and discussion about all things Subaru, the best and most popular all wheel drive vehicles ever created.
We offer all this information for free to everyone, even lurkers like you! All we ask in return is that you sign up and give back some of what you get out - without our awesome registered users none of this would be possible! Plus, you get way more great stuff as a member! Lurk to lose, participate to WIN*!
* The joy of participation and being generally awesome constitutes winning
** Not an actual guarantee, but seriously, you probably won't regret it!
Serving the Subaru Community since May 18th, 1998!
1984 GL Wagon Fwd Build
Posted 05 September 2011 - 09:55 PM
My goals for the project are to lower it a bit, make some of my tube bumpers for it. I don't really like the stock FWD bumpers. New paint and some stripes. do up the interior a little. Black out all the chrome. I already purchased some wing mirrors they are on the way! Fix the rust, and leave it fwd with the stock engine. I like the Mpg's it gets and it runs amazingly well with only 178k on her, she's got tons left as is.
Here are the pics and progress so far!
When I first got it
And after sitting in VT for a couple of years....
Really good rear shock towers
Posted 05 September 2011 - 09:57 PM
I also was able to remove all of the water traps (sound detaining) on the floor
Edited by 1982gl4, 07 September 2011 - 10:36 AM.
Posted 06 September 2011 - 10:53 PM
Posted 07 September 2011 - 10:50 AM
Posted 07 September 2011 - 06:13 PM
Posted 07 September 2011 - 06:34 PM
Posted 10 September 2011 - 06:53 PM
Welding along the fuel and brake line's is always kind of sketchy I used a screwdriver in a hole to move them out away from where I was welding worked pretty well, and my floor patch came out awesome!
And here's the front passengers side floor
Posted 10 September 2011 - 07:19 PM
I will be doing the same thing on my BRAT soon, cutting the floor out and welding some new metal in.
What kind of metal do you use and where do you get it?
Posted 10 September 2011 - 08:53 PM
Posted 11 September 2011 - 08:26 PM
Look what went missing
And the new shorter shifter feels much better. It was like driving a truck before.
Posted 16 September 2011 - 02:01 PM
Posted 18 September 2011 - 10:29 PM
The holes in the doors where then filled, welded, and ground.
And now they have some bondo on them, it just needs to be sanded
I also picked up an older set of tails for it
Posted 19 September 2011 - 07:52 PM
Posted 19 September 2011 - 10:38 PM
As for the mirrors, I like them a lot too, they are super easy to install (well I had my fenders off already, so that could be a challenge because the bolts like to snap and you have to take the bumper off along with the grill to get the fenders off) the hard part is filling in the doors, that took a good hour or so, but it's well worth it. I got to take it for a quick drive up and down the road ( I live in the middle of nowhere so no one cares if there's a half apart subaru rolling around ) and I already like these so much better then the door mounted ones, it makes me wonder why we never had them? It seems like I can see out of them much better.
Posted 24 September 2011 - 07:32 PM
Putting the new wheel cylinders in involved new lines so I made some copper/nickel lines for it so they will never have to be replaced again!
After all the welding
Hole be gone!
And her on the lift (the rear is on a jack hence it sitting so high)
Posted 25 September 2011 - 05:07 PM
The wing mirrors came in today! I know some people aren't a big fan, but I really like them.
They look great!! Where did you get them from?
Posted 25 September 2011 - 09:07 PM
Waiting patiently until I return next saturday.
Posted 01 October 2011 - 07:12 PM
first I prepped the floor some more (just sanding off some of the rust)
These took forever to make. Came out pretty well. I had to go around the edges with tin snips, cut, bend, weld, and then grind everything down.
A test fit.
I also spent a lot of time grinding down the underside so I can por-15 that tomorrow. This thing is going to be sealed up well!
Posted 02 October 2011 - 09:03 PM
I even took the time to re-create the pinch panel at the bottom of the rear quarter. Came out awesome.
Another once bad spot
Same spot other side.
Posted 08 October 2011 - 08:23 PM
Started out by cutting these out with the plasma cutter
Made some mounts off from those and attached the upper bar
Attached the lower bar
And then welded it all together
At this point I would have killed for a tubing notcher ( i'm using a grinder) and I still had one to go...
Did the same with the rear cut out mounts
I made the center sections too long so I had to cut some out and re-notch them
after that i welded it all together. I still want to add a section under the tailgate to make it look a little more finished.
Posted 09 October 2011 - 04:28 PM
Today I por15'd even more of the floor sealing it well (i hope) I also added turn signals to my front bumper in the stock location. It tuned out to be kind of a pain because one of the light housings had rusted so I had to break the bulb out of it, and remove the bottom half with pliers. I then took a grinder with a small tip and cleaned out the socket. I was amazed that it worked when I was finished...
Posted 09 October 2011 - 05:29 PM
Need your addy, going to send you 2 of my BRAT's for a rework.
Posted 09 October 2011 - 06:03 PM
0 user(s) are reading this topic
0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users