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#51 O.C.D.

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 08:16 AM

We need pics but you already know that.

I can't thank you enough again for locating those fenders for me! I really appreciate it. I started working on them last night. :clap:

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 11:45 PM

put the the third eye on today i customized the radiator support by drilling the spot welds out of the stock one and cutting the top of it off to make the third eye bolt on like factory all i need to do is wire it up and i cutt a whole in the grill so its a 5th eye, my dad was finally able to help me yesterday and got the motor back in:headbang:so i hooked up a bunch of stuff but one of the exhaust studs broke:mad:

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#53 turbosubarubrat

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 07:49 PM

pic update:headbang:useing google now
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top of radiator support trhat came off with six spot welds
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radiator support after cutting the top off to give more support for the third eye because thats my new support:DPosted Image
bolts on like this
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cut the whole in the grill so i have a 5th eye instead of the third
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i moved the horns because one of them is supposed to be attached to the old support so i put a washer in and they both fit good
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#54 turbosubarubrat

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 12:44 AM

still need help wiring the third eye i have seen all the third eye, passing lamp, center light, center lamp, ect. on this sight but haven't found any that really helps me actually wire it the one on indeys world was somewhat helpful but it doesn't explain where you put the wires very well and where to hook the wires for a toggle switch help is very much wanted!!!:popcorn:

besides that, pics update tomarrow, i gutted out the interior after a mouse got in:mad:and stuck it up really bad it left a trail in the whole cab and even under the carpet:eek:im mad how it chewed a whole in the plastic piece by the seat belt, while im in there im taking the rust out with the stink, and fixing stuff, also i have got the winch bumper almost setup

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 10:39 AM

Can you not wire that into the highbeam circuit? We had to do that in the 3G WRX world with our fogs. They had a defeat for them.

Looks great by the way. I am following so I can see what you end up doing with the wiring.

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 10:41 AM

Or run a standalone circuit with a 12v relay operated by a switch. I did this for my Jeep when you put it into reverse the rear fogs would come on.

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 10:39 PM

still need help where to connect wires to the dpdt radio shack relay, but pic up date:popcorn:
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Posted 17 October 2012 - 10:46 PM

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 11:04 PM

plans are to finish up body work like take off rear bumper and fill in the dents with bondo from privious owners rear end accident, fill in the the dents like on the door and fender, finish tail gate, tackle the wheel well or wheel wells, finish interior like wiring the radio, painting some of the interior tan instead of blue im going to keep the blue carpet and seats thought, and customize the center console to have a piece of plated aluminum go over where the electric window controlls went and have toggle switches hooked up there for the third eye, kc lights, and another set of lights, convert the rear brakes to disk brakes that i got off a gl-10 wagon, prime the whole thing and get rid of all rust then paint:Dand undercoat the whole bottom:headbang:

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Posted 18 October 2012 - 08:00 AM

I see StreetWires 14 Gauge shielded and protected wiring there, lol. Use that stuff in all of my vehicles.

She's coming along.

Didn't know BMW made an 834, lol.

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Posted 21 October 2012 - 12:56 AM

been working on her today:D
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Posted 21 October 2012 - 01:07 AM

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 12:27 AM

forgot to put on here but on saturday i finished installing the third eye and now i can run it without the headlights on:headbang:i wired it to the dpdt relay with two toggle switches one controlling the main power source which powers the motor and the light but it also makes it so the light turns off the light from the switch stopping all power or letting power go through and the other switch controls the motor(when it gets power from the other switch being turned on) when you flip the switch for the motor to open the door you wait for the door to open all the way then turn off the motor or it will keep on going in circles i have to say this light is a bright high beam and will make me look like a motor cycle at night if i want:grin:but probabley not even though its as good as two headlights but i will have fun with it either way its very cool and one of a kind because subaru was the only one who made it

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 10:05 PM

not sure if anybody reads this anymore but pick update:D
from two weeks ago made this piece primed then painted on one side and other side under coated for a seal in between the radiator suppport
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sanded and primed part of rocker but relized today im going to have to do the whole cab so keep looking to find out
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last week finished wiring the third eye like i said in the post above
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Posted 17 November 2012 - 10:22 PM

continue of previous post
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got most the dash back together
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dpdt switch
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cut more of a whole in the grill so the door would open
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today
took door apart and took the seals off too and trim to door rust removal
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also took off more trim
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took out rear seats glad the roll bar wasn't bolted on
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i hate mice i hope the mouse traps set up today kick some rump roast
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Posted 17 November 2012 - 10:31 PM

continue of previous posts
i used a shop vacume to clean out the mouse nest
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got the tail lights to work:headbang:i had to take the bulbs out of my old ones the guy who i bought it from took all them out of passenger side and drivers side had two bad ones and the fuse was blown in cab
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Posted 18 November 2012 - 04:50 AM

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Could just be a Salt-Belt issue, as they do like to dump salt on the roads here.
But I have had quite a bit of trouble due to corrosion with those connectors.

I would make sure the connections are clean, then pack them full of dielectric grease.
May save you a headache or two down the road.

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Posted 18 November 2012 - 11:16 AM

Wow, nice work..... Looking forward to more!

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Posted 18 November 2012 - 12:52 PM

Could just be a Salt-Belt issue, as they do like to dump salt on the roads here.
But I have had quite a bit of trouble due to corrosion with those connectors.

I would make sure the connections are clean, then pack them full of dielectric grease.
May save you a headache or two down the road.


thanks for advice i used some electical cleaner already on some connections but that wasn't the problem i took apart the tail lights and drivers side had a bad bulb on top also was missing one on bottom and passenger side had no bulbs so i used my bulbs out of my old tail lights and that fixed it, i also don't have the problem with the roads being salted where i live:banana:but there is talk about them starting:banghead:

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Posted 18 November 2012 - 09:28 PM

took some more stuff off today im going to cut out rust spots on passenger door and wheel wells some time this week, also im going to be undercoating the wheel wheels while im at it to prevent rust from getting to it as bad
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Posted 20 November 2012 - 10:40 PM

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took peugeots off for painting;)
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needed two things to set it on so used cender block and a piece of wood for the night
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2nd one this week hope i kill the rest:headbang:
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great tool for taking out rocks and dirt it was a stake cut up to fit my golf cart seat to lift it up so i can work on it and check stuff but worked great for this too
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Posted 20 November 2012 - 10:54 PM

11/20/12 continued
used my drill to pull the stake out because i used a hammer to pound it through
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picked up paint at home depot yesterday:headbang:at $29 you cant go wrong for a gallon that will look great on it and will last a long time
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set traps see what tomarrow brings, im going to start priming and sanding tomarrow and welding the wheel wells back together

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 11:05 PM

Looking good. I've seen a vid on YouTube of your brat I'm pretty sure. So what's the third eye used for? It looks pretty neat.

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 11:44 PM

Looking good. I've seen a vid on YouTube of your brat I'm pretty sure. So what's the third eye used for? It looks pretty neat.


yah i have some videos on youtube of my brat and my dads haven't done made some in awhile but im going to after i paint mine, the third eye is used for helping the main head lights on the 81-82 brats, 80-82 hatches, 80-82 wagons, not sure of sedans, but it was made for the head light set up for 1 on each side to help with the high beams not the 2 head light setup when i get the headlights and buckets for the 1 headlight set im going to switch over. it doesn't really a have a purpose but i think its cool so i put on because its rare and and makes mine unique because 85's didn't come with them they also didn't come with the rear seats or roll bars

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 11:04 PM

'85 was the last year for the jumpseats, mine has them factory.
'86 and up didn't have the jumpseat option.
Also Brats only had the centerlamp in '82, the first year of the second generation Brat.

I need to tackle the rust in the rear wheelwells like you are doing, I can see some rust eating through the paint on mine.




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