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#1 Reza

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Posted 09 June 2012 - 04:28 PM

Just picked up this brat from a craigslist deal in BEND, OR. some may have seen it online but it was I! whom purchased it. It needs a lot of work, mostly electrical, but there is no cancer on it. Came with a couple of boxes of extra parts, doors and a hood as well. Will periodically update on my progress.


anyway here is the machine.

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#2 Reza

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Posted 09 June 2012 - 04:39 PM

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#3 bratman18

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Posted 09 June 2012 - 04:41 PM

It has a 5spd dual range? What else was done to this?

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Posted 09 June 2012 - 04:42 PM

EA81 was dropped in thats about it.

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#5 bratman18

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Posted 09 June 2012 - 06:00 PM

EA81 was dropped in thats about it.


And the 5 spd dual range right? That will make a sweet Brat!

#6 92_rugby_subie

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Posted 09 June 2012 - 07:38 PM

Its got pugs already :headbang:

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Posted 09 June 2012 - 08:34 PM

Yeah, It has the 5 speed and dual range, though I'm not sure if this is going to work. I might end up swapping for the original engine and trans. I truly like them stock and simple.

In fact if someone wants to trade local Id be down for the engine/trans. I know people are always trying to upgrade.

Also If someone could give a rough estimate on the Value of the Pugeot wheels? Im not really a fan and would prefer a stock set.
thanks

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Posted 09 June 2012 - 08:53 PM

Id say depending on condition and if you include the lugnuts they are anywhere from 175-250 and if they have good tires + $$$ :D

Why dont you like the EA81 and D/R? My 84 DL had an EA71 and I hated it.... GD and I swapped in an EA81 outta a BRAT and I LOVED that thing... buried the speedo (85+) which I hadnt been able to do with the EA71. Mine was 5 speed FWD though, not 4 speed d/r

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Posted 09 June 2012 - 08:55 PM

Thanks a lot man!

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Posted 09 June 2012 - 09:38 PM

Curious as to why you dont like them though....

Pugs are usually sought after.. and the EA81 is a GREAT improvement...

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Posted 09 June 2012 - 10:37 PM

Very sweet looking brat. That thing is going to look top notch once your done with it...:headbang:

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Posted 09 June 2012 - 10:41 PM

I've never been a fan of aftermarket wheels, I don't plan on off roading it. Bigger tire and wheel combos usually put added stress on the transmission wich leads to premature wear. Also the e81, I know that it's an improvement but being that the 79 brat is my dream car, I'd rather have it powered by a 79 engine and transmission. enjoy the car for what it is, and was.


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Posted 09 June 2012 - 10:51 PM

Nice and i agree... keep it stock the way she was if thats what you want. Its too nice not too. You can always find another beater brat to mod up for off road and more power but when you have one this sweet keep it as stock as possible....:clap:

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Posted 09 June 2012 - 11:08 PM

You could always just get a set of tires that are as close to the stock size as possible for your pugs. no need to go over size on the tires just because you have bigger wheels....

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Posted 09 June 2012 - 11:45 PM

I agree with Wentz912, I plan to keep my car's wheels about the same... 205/60/13 will give me about the same as my 185/70/13s....

My 195/60/15s were bigger, but I loved them :headbang: and it was AWESOME to go back to 13s... I felt like I had a turbo cuz I wasnt pulling the bigger wheels... I couldnt burn the 15s into 3rd like I can with 13s.

But, much respect for making it more original than modded... full restore in future :clap: :headbang:

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Posted 10 June 2012 - 02:23 AM

I almost traded a vintage motorcycle for that Brat, but couldn't get my stuff together in time....good luck with it! Actually looks cleaner than I thought it would. Those CL photos were pretty limited. I just love the front end on those things. :clap:

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 05:07 AM

Nice, funny when opened this page saw that brat was like Ive seen that some where lol sure enough CL, looks good.

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 04:59 PM

My morning started off with this, a $350 craigslist score sitting in my driveway. Believe it or not this is a solid, mostly rust free runner. Getting a move on.
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Posted 15 June 2012 - 01:36 AM

What size tires are on the pugs? I just got some 14s and am looking at what size tire i can run.

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Posted 24 June 2012 - 08:28 PM

Some things I got done,
swapped the engine trans and driveline back to the original EA71
swapped the whole wiring harness with a non butchered replacement.
got some stocker wheels and tires on
UN-rigged some bastardized engineering. concerning fuel lines, and name anything else.
got it running pretty nicely, still needs exhaust to test drive.
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feeling like a chump without jump seats though, gotta get on that :horse:

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Posted 24 June 2012 - 10:03 PM

looks good i can agree with what u have done because this one looks like a good solid one:clap:, but i would get a dual range 4 speed and put it in. but my 85 has a reconstructed title(totaled) but cant really tell its been rear ended very easily only damage was bumper and a little behind that. so im going to put ej, ee diesel, or put on a frame(chevy luv, bronco 2, or toyota) on it:headbang:but thats when im older and more money:(

#22 Reza

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Posted 24 June 2012 - 10:24 PM

Right on man! I've learned that as long as the stuff is recycled within the community of enthusiasts, Its all good when its said and done. no matter what kind of swap you are doing, there is always someone looking, or needing the parts you are going to discard. in the case of the EA81 and 5speed, it will be going to a guy in Bend, OR. KEEP EM ON THE ROAD!

#23 lilredjusty88

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Posted 25 June 2012 - 08:33 AM

Originality Rules, i have to say seeing modded subarus is not my thing unless they are lots newer, the older they get the rarer they are and harder to come by, which means if you've modded one that is one less original. plus originals will in the end bring bucket loads more money when they are TRUE collectors items. Anyways guys gonna be posting a few pics of my 79 Brat on here...:headbang:

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Posted 25 June 2012 - 12:23 PM

i plan on restoring my dads 79 to original its very straight only has a little surface rust that comes off with sand paper or wire brush:cool:
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#25 Reza

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Posted 25 June 2012 - 12:55 PM

^ NICE :clap:




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