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#1 tundrabrat

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Posted 16 October 2011 - 01:23 AM

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Figured I'd post a picture from this weekend, camping on the beach in Hope Ak... Car comes off the road in a couple of weeks for complete rebuild over the winter.

Plans are: Fresh EA81, body and paint, lift (still deciding between 2-4") wheels, tires and a few custom items to make it a great go anywhere camper for AK.

The original engine is on a stand and work will start next week on tear down.

More pics to come as things begin to happen.

#2 bratman2

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Posted 16 October 2011 - 01:46 PM

Beautiful picture. My short list of places I just have to see! Good luck with your project!

#3 Mr. Brat

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Posted 18 October 2011 - 11:56 AM

Is this about what your looking for?

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#4 tundrabrat

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Posted 18 October 2011 - 07:36 PM

HAHAHA... pretty Damn Close... I even have a basket to go on the top and was planning on painting the Brat and the topper the same factory blue it is now!

What size lift, wheels and tires are those? That looks a little higher then what I was thinking.

But that thing is pretty awesome!!!

#5 Mr. Brat

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Posted 19 October 2011 - 01:06 PM

Thanks,

I has a 4 inch lift with 215/75/15 hankook's on I think Eagle wheels with the 6 lug converstion.

And it is still my daily driver at about 80 miles a day.

#6 tundrabrat

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Posted 02 November 2011 - 08:13 PM

Brat is tucked away, ready for body work... engine (on the right) ready for tear down. The engine on the left is just a spare:D
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#7 tundrabrat

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Posted 07 November 2011 - 02:29 AM

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#8 tundrabrat

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Posted 18 December 2011 - 03:13 PM

Finally got started on the body this weekend.

Just grinding and exploring now more pics with rust issues to come.

I'm happy to say that for a 26 year old Brat the wheel wells have very minor rust through as do the rockers... the car sitting for 5-6 years in a dry garage before I got is definitely a plus.

Underbody looks very good as does front... I will be needing to address a few dents on the front apron, tail gate, fenders and passenger door.

This should start seeing updates at least weekly... I want this thing ready for paint by late March!

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#9 AKghandi

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Posted 21 December 2011 - 12:05 AM

that is one clean brat! i almost bought one a few months back but the bed was almost gone and it had a very disturbing noise coming from the motor. a noise ive never heard any car make ever before.so i passed on it. its rare to see an ea81 thats not completly rusted out up here.. im glad my gl-10 came from utah.. wayy less rust. lol

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#10 tundrabrat

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Posted 27 December 2011 - 02:14 PM

This weekend I was going to pull out my front apron but found out very quickly this was easier said then done. After taking out the radiator I have decided that this will be one of the last things AFTER I pull the motor. That way I can have accesse to the openings through the frame... yes frame is fine.

I moved onto fixing my front left fender... and buying some additonal body tools (good excuse to by tools)

On a side note... I found a set of steel pug wheels locally so the 4" lift is on! Thanks 86gl-10trbosdn!

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Doors and rockers are next on the agenda and heads and cam will be going off to be reworked soon as well.

#11 tundrabrat

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Posted 28 December 2011 - 02:29 PM

Does anyone have a suggestion of what gauge sheet metal I should use for rockers?!?

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Posted 28 December 2011 - 06:33 PM

I've been using 18 gauge for all of my repairs so far on my car. Not sure what the rockers were though I ordered those. Great build so far keep up the good work!

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Posted 29 December 2011 - 03:45 AM

no problem on those pugs! cant wait to see your brat sitting on some 27" all seasons should look pretty awesome!

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#14 tundrabrat

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Posted 03 January 2012 - 04:20 AM

Finished tearing down the engine... ready to send out the heads and cam. No pics because nothing interesting... though I now see the difference between hydro lifters and mechanical ones.

I worked on the tailgate today... no rust but had a couple of dents I had to work out. Needs a little more work but so far so good... unfortunately I had to sacrifice the original painted pinstripes:(

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#15 AKghandi

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Posted 03 January 2012 - 03:37 PM

Wow really comin together I can't wait to come check it out!

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Posted 04 January 2012 - 12:38 PM

Been putting this off... but time to deal with it.

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I have a guy locally to "EXTRACT" the broken studs from these heads... These are the original "big valve" heads off of the original engine, studs were broken when I got it.

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#17 tundrabrat

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 01:09 AM

Cam off to Delta Cam (torque grind). Heads in very capable hands being decked, port, new heavier springs, complete valve job... EA82 pistons and rings on order... Block is at the shop being hot tanked.

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#18 tundrabrat

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 01:43 AM

Finally picked up some 18gauge and began prepping...
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Then I made my first cut... And saw I had a little more work than expected.
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view through the tail light opening...
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2 lessons to take away... Rhino lining holds up well even when the metal isn't really there and I'm really glad I chose to keep it dry this winter.

I'm going to start prepping the area and hopefully be ready to start replacing panels next weekend.

#19 AKghandi

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 02:16 PM

Keep up the good work! Hows my welder working for ya? And sorry I haven't came and gotten that marker light ,the hatchie is still imoble I have the cv but its way too cold right now but with any luck I'll have it rolling soon

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 04:47 PM

love the build!! I love your pictures as well!!! By the way.....thank you for that awesome picture of that Twin Turbo Legacy in Japan:banana: I'm going to save it as my wallpaper...if you don't mind:)

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Posted 10 February 2012 - 11:55 PM

Thanks,

I has a 4 inch lift with 215/75/15 hankook's on I think Eagle wheels with the 6 lug conversion.

And it is still my daily driver at about 80 miles a day.


May I ask what components it took to do the 6 lug swap? I'm doing a 5 lug swap in my 86 Brat and I've had to use XT6 parts, Legacy parts and Brat parts, as well as some custom parts. I can't recall a Subaru that has a 6 lug hub so I'm curious.Posted Image

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Posted 11 February 2012 - 12:05 AM

Just mill and redrill the stock hubs from 4 to 6 studs. You can also have Scott do them at www.sjrlift.com

#23 tundrabrat

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Posted 11 February 2012 - 07:16 PM

Sorry it's been a while, been working on small stuff, collecting parts and building an engine for my nephew so my pace is off a bit.

I'm slow with body work and am being pretty anal with the rust which adds to the time.

I ended up cutting out more metal to be safe so my time frame for completion is now Summer vs Spring

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#24 AKghandi

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 07:27 PM

ZOMBIFIED ..

Had to bring it back from the dead. Lol

Any updates?

Sorry I haven't come and given you a hand been kinda preoccupied latly
If your working on it this weekend I may have to come over.. I'll bring my hatchie so your brat looks even better lol

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 11:17 PM

Good pictures of the rear quarter repair, that gives me a good idea for my Wagon.

Pictures are the bomb!




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