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Guest Message by DevFuse


Presenting Leo, a 78 Brat in Portland!

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#1 DatSub


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Posted 22 February 2012 - 08:35 PM


I am new to the forum, but I have had a Subaru in the past, an 88 Justy(a friend had it taken to a yard two weeks after I gave it to him:mad:); maybe one of you took it home(it was perfect but engine was blown)? It was metallic black with black-tinted windows/pop-out sunroof and tinted tail lights full of LEDs(this was before "murdered out" was cool. In a way, I am glad I don't drive it anymore!) This was around Olympia, WA. Loved it and loved the gas mileage and capabilities, so when my 1970 Datsun 510 was rear-ended, I figured a Brat would be the perfect fix. I found this 78 in Sherwood that specialized in Subarus. They rebuilt the heads and did a bunch of other work to it and it feels pretty solid.

Without further adieu, here she is:

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Don't worry, that shark is just a tentative sketch-up in chalkpen. I'm going to make some way better stencils off the Ratsun.net 510's Flying Tiger.

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Obviously not the prettiest Brat, but she will be taking me offroad, so no worries there. I guess I would like a driver's turn signal, if anyone has one to sell!

Also, if anyone would be kind enough to direct me to a tailgate that would be incredible.

I definitely have some plans for this bada$$ rig. I have already installed a weber, but it is problematic as it is (http://www.ultimates...ad.php?t=130430) I also put in an MSD Blaster coil in. In the near-future I plan on adding:
NGK Plugs
Electronic disty
Electronic alternator
A sound system
Marine speakers mounted in the roll bar crotches :headbang:
Maybe an MSD 6A(if I still can't pass emissions)
A tach(I just don't like not having one, even my Justy had one)
Some good knobby tires

I think that's all I really wanna do at the moment. At some point I plan on not being so goddamn poor, so I will want to do a Hi-Lo 4WD swap and EJ22 and lift and nicer fenders and and and... well, I won't count ALL the eggs before they hatch!

Anyway, I am excited to learn and share everything I can on this board. I also look forward to meeting some of my fellow NW subie owners and finding some sweet spots in the OR, WA area. Oh hey, a question for you Brat folks. Is the 78 model considered a first year, since they came out at the end of 77? Also, what is the difference between the first gens with two headlights and with four(other than the obvious)?

Yours truly,

P.S. And because I know some of you will want to see it, here is my 510. She will be pretty again someday!:clap:

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Posted 22 February 2012 - 09:09 PM

Datsuns and Subarus, you have good taste in cars. :D
Welcome aboard. :banana:

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Posted 22 February 2012 - 09:12 PM

+1 those are two nice rides!

We'll have to organize a meet soon so I can meet the new Portland people!

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Posted 23 February 2012 - 02:36 PM

Thank you for the nice comments! I am definitely an MIJ-o-phile. I even prefer Japanese guitars(specifically the Fender & older Ibanez variety).

I think a meet would be great! I was about to suggest a bar:drunk: but then realized that not everyone is 21. Somewhere like Rogue Brewery or Old Chicago would be pretty ideal. I needs me a nice bier when talkin bout cars!

But seriously, it would be great to get to know some subie fans in my area.


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Posted 23 February 2012 - 02:54 PM

Yeah nice rides. Sometimes it's nice not having purdy cars.

Somewhere like Rogue Brewery or Old Chicago would be pretty ideal. I needs me a nice bier when talkin bout cars!

I'm down with that.

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Posted 23 February 2012 - 10:06 PM

Don't ruin those wheels that are on your BRAT, they are somewhat rare. Those are NOT the same ol' white spokes that you see on most older subies, those are JACKMAN's. I will Give you a set of regular ol' spoke wheels if you want to part with the Jackman's at a decent price. Or if you'd like I'll sell you a set of regular ol' spokes at a very reasonable price, say $40 or so....

Lemme know,


Oh ya... NICE ride(s), and welcome to the forum!!!!!!

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Posted 23 February 2012 - 10:20 PM

Thanks for the info Spencer, I had no idea though I did notice they looked different from stock. I would certainly be interested in those wheels you have, and leave these as street wheels. I'll shoot you a PM after the weekend. I have Panasports on the Datsun. Had a tire blow out on the 99 in Seattle and couldn't exit for two miles. It was over the corridor where there's no shoulder. I just had to ride it out and when I got off the exit, the rubber was melted all over the wheel!:eek: I nearly shat my pants, but luckily there was absolutely no damage.

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 01:13 PM

Me too as far as older Jap cars and Guitars. I like the 80s Jap fenders and Squiers of that era heres pics!!

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Posted 27 February 2012 - 10:36 PM

Very nice collection! I used to have an 83 Tele 62 reissue and an 89 P-Bass Special, as well as two Ibanez Roadstar II's, one with a PJ setup that was absolutely flawless black on black with a red pinstripe on the top, sick. The other showed its age a little, but had a gorgeous birdseye maple top and fat cream binding. Sadly, all of these as well as my Teisco that I completely built were stolen when somebody raided the studio my friends and I had put together.:-\ The only working electric guitar I currently own is a Telecaster Aerodyne.

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 10:04 PM

Somewhere like Rogue Brewery...

I'm game.... I live a few blocks away from the Rogue Ale house on NW 14th and Flanders:D

I agree that both the 510 and the Brat are pimp :D

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