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#1 turbosubarubrat

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Posted 07 July 2012 - 08:46 PM

my dad bought a 79 brat a couple months ago with no tittle but luckily we got from dmv with no problems but it took 2 months:banghead:we fallowed their instructions and got it after we sent a letter to the last registered owner luckily he had passed on but sort of scary since the car hasn't gotten registered in 14 years and it has gone through 3 or more different owners before my dad who didn't register it:-\but the letter got marked back as undeliverable which was prove to dmv plus the bill of sale from the guy we boght it from for us to get a tittle:grin:

i've been working on it for my dad because i never have anything better to do besides working on my 85 brat:lol:and here's the progress on it and some videos of you-tube i made:burnout:tell me how im doing for doing this solo at 15 years old
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HowELvRqPKQ&feature=plcp
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0d8_zH63mko&feature=plcp
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MMIhOfSaGE&feature=plcp
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1KawvO3g-w&feature=plcp
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#2 turbosubarubrat

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Posted 16 July 2012 - 01:01 AM

apparently no one could reply after they saw the videos on you-tube

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Posted 16 July 2012 - 01:10 AM

apparently no one could reply after they saw the videos on you-tube:lol:been working on the air intake/air cleaner assembly turned out very good i used rustoleom primer and duli engine paint
before i started wire wheeling a bit before pic
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after wire wheel
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after engine paint
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before
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after primer
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haven't finished priming the assembly yet but will get pics tomorrow and pics of it painted:banana:

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Posted 16 July 2012 - 11:13 PM

finished painting assembly need to finish putting it back tomorrow and working on painting valve covers finished one need to do the other then going to do the intake manifold, once im done this thing will look new:headbang:
i thi nk u get the before and after thing so heres the pictures
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Posted 19 July 2012 - 08:16 PM

Lookin good! What paint code is that by chance?

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Posted 19 July 2012 - 08:26 PM

Lookin good! What paint code is that by chance?


its pontiac blue engine/high tempeture dupli-color spray paint got it o-rileys:D

Edited by turbosubarubrat, 23 July 2012 - 12:53 AM.


#7 turbosubarubrat

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Posted 21 July 2012 - 10:39 PM

some pics of the brat day before i went on vacation coming home tomorrow
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Posted 23 July 2012 - 12:57 AM

paint i used on air cleaner assembly
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this stuff works great for the wheel wells
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Posted 23 July 2012 - 03:13 AM

Each time I look thru your posts on the BRAT's, I find myself thinking I need a building like you have. My 2 car garage just isn't big enough.
Of course, that would just mean "more stuff" accumilated though......

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Posted 23 July 2012 - 12:16 PM

Each time I look thru your posts on the BRAT's, I find myself thinking I need a building like you have. My 2 car garage just isn't big enough.
Of course, that would just mean "more stuff" accumilated though......


yah its very nice during the winter and when its raining because it stays warm but its a green house about 80ftx20ft and during the summer its over 10-15 degrees hotter than outside so when its 90 its 100-105 but u can still cetch me out there working on the brats:grin:

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Posted 23 July 2012 - 06:29 PM

Was thinking it was a greenhouse type structure, mainly from seeing the fan openings on the end in one of the pics.
Still,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

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Posted 27 July 2012 - 12:50 AM

didn't get to do anything today on the brat:(it took me all day to clean my dads geo metro i did it very thoroughly interior and exterior its still a little dirty but need it looking goo to sell on craigslist heres the add to explain why http://portland.crai...3165714842.html and heres my pic updated from the last few days:headbang:
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then primed that area need to do the reast of bed but that comes after sanding, wire wheeling, and grinding(grinding the things down from when some cut out rear seats:mad:but now have bolt on:cool:
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someone replace the panel sometime when this was new because it looks like a pro-job or dealer when u look carefully at it u cant tell till u take the cover off
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put on some pray on bed liner need to go get some more to finish the bed and undercarriage
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sanded a little
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sanded a lot
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rear bumper
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took off wheel to prime and paint and also for extra support
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primed some
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spray painted a little because dont want more rust
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Posted 27 July 2012 - 09:10 AM

funny my 79 brat i just restored has a engine from apolo motors to funny has the same tag on valve cover where is that engine shop any ideas ?

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Posted 27 July 2012 - 12:59 PM

funny my 79 brat i just restored has a engine from apolo motors to funny has the same tag on valve cover where is that engine shop any ideas ?


it says 12702 N.E 15th Place Bellevue, WA 98005 then it has two phone numbers 205-462-1717 and 800-444-8824 my dad bought the motor from a friend when i took off every thing on top the engine and took of valve covers then heads, once my dad came to look at what the engine looked like he said where not using that motor, because it was really ruff on the inside, but ivan i do know from my dads friend that these motors are japenese imports so they will have lower miles on the car then u think u do

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Posted 28 July 2012 - 11:52 PM

finished up the bed took a lot of time but it was well worth it, i had to grind down the spots where someone cut out the rear seats:mad:wire wheel all the rust off, prime and paint it, and rubberized bed liner in a can worked and looks awesome:headbang:

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after all the grinding made i look better
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primed it
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flat black spray paint made it look nice but prefer gloss
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rubberized coat looks nice and don't have to worry about scratching paint
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Posted 29 July 2012 - 07:36 AM

Looking good! I need to get off my butt and do exactly what you have done to the bed. My only issue us canned liners. They do exactly what is shown - areas of too much liner build up in areas. But you can't complain cause it is cheap.

Thanks for sharing all you are doing.

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Posted 29 July 2012 - 11:56 AM

good job so far looks like you have put alot of work into that brat it ought to be a good one when you'r done. i wish i had the chance to do that when i was your age, its lucky you have a nice size shop to work in. i've changed drivelines in halfton trucks in the middle of the winter in the snow before, that really sucks because your sockets freeze to your ratchet (and your hands to) . lol its nice when you can pull your car into a shop and work on it. and be somewhat warm in the winter
also i like your idea of putting a rubberized coating in the back, good idea.

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Posted 29 July 2012 - 03:44 PM

Rubberized under coating is a for road sounds, It never really drys out since it is rubber, and gets scratched up pretty easily because it is soft. The truck bed liner spray is the stuff you should be using for that area. Also I hate getting that stuff off when a repair is needed.:banghead: glad to see that your motivated at your age, keep it up and you will have a nice driver in highschool.

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Posted 29 July 2012 - 11:21 PM

the bed liner seemed prity hard to me when i was walking around on it today:lol:i was doing touch up to spots i missed

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Posted 29 July 2012 - 11:45 PM

Right on man, I've been doing some painting on my ol ************ box as well. Looking forward to seeing it when its done!

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Posted 08 August 2012 - 01:21 AM

another pic update haven't done one in a while;)
got both valve covers painted
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if any of u guys ever have taped off one of these to paint u know how long it takes to do it
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finished preping my 85 brats tail gate handle:clap:took forever had to bondo where emblem was and prime and sand like 5 times to get a good smoothness but im happy with the airbrush i got from harbor freight works great for small jobs and the rust-oleum in a can works good with it when u thin it out with mineral spirits
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happy with the results just need to put a cleat coat on them, im thinking about getting a subaru emblem sticker made for the handle but it gives it a very clean look the way i have it now

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Posted 08 August 2012 - 02:10 AM

awesome stuff. I'm only 16 and I wish I could do this stuff but I have no garage for working.

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Posted 08 August 2012 - 11:23 AM

About to paint mine as well. Thanks for posting.

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 08:57 AM

Sweet! Good luck with the finished project.

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 09:10 AM

Finished is a figurative word. I have spent countless hours on my Brat. Spent hours the other day reforming my grille and the little strips of chrome on the bottom. Amazing how much goes into fixing things that most people would never care about.

Add to that I have spent $2000 on a car I bought for $400, lol.

Ah hobbies... :popcorn:

But back to your build, don't wanna jack your thread.




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