there trailer wheels so there probably easy to find my dad found some 14's like them but he needs one more to have four but we have a extra set of 15's like his but need tires, so i need to drill the hubs for 6 lug swap so we can have a 14's and 15's for my dads brat or for mine:brow:
Where did you order your wheels from? got a direct link?
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O.C.D.'s 1980 Brat - "The Squirrel"
Posted 21 August 2012 - 06:43 PM
Posted 22 August 2012 - 12:43 AM
Edited by turbosubarubrat, 22 August 2012 - 12:56 PM.
Posted 22 August 2012 - 09:55 AM
Looking forward to more
Posted 09 September 2012 - 11:00 AM
But as gen 2 rails are longer I had to modify them. Since I am really OCD I cannot make new mounts or drill them out.
1 and 1/2" is exactly what needed to be removed to fit.
All cleaned up and ready to weld.
Posted 09 September 2012 - 11:07 AM
All sanded smooth and premiered.
Some flat enamel and done!
Posted 09 September 2012 - 11:10 AM
And I also finished cleaning and mounting door cards on drivers side. Scraped all the old crumbling plastic off of steering wheel and added a steering wheel grip.
But I have to take pics today for those.......
Posted 11 September 2012 - 08:10 AM
Not a really big update but I did want to show you all what can be done with some ingenuity.
My steering wheel was atrocious, period. It was cracked all over and that odd flaky crap was coming off of it all. I found that you can scrape off a topcoat of this stuff with a razor blade. So I scraped down the spokes of the wheel and the back housing. It is smooth as can be now and looks soooo much better. I then sprung some supreme 80's nostalgia on The Squirrel, a Sport Grip wheel wrap.
After - I love it!
Edited by O.C.D., 11 September 2012 - 08:14 AM.
Posted 18 September 2012 - 04:28 PM
Thanks to Turbosubarubrat for the great heads up on some fenders!
Called the place in Boring Oregon and they indeed had two fenders that were OEM and new, well kind of.
Light surface rust and a pretty $$$$. But, I am now complete with parts once these arrive.
Thanks again Turbo for the time and help.
Posted 19 September 2012 - 08:02 AM
Oh well, I will keep it going for now.
Got my jumpseats figured out finally. I had to grind off all of the old mounts and some other odd welds that were in the bed. There were two large bolts going through the middle and they were all rusted and needed to go. But these also gave me the idea of where to mount the main tie-in for the frame of the jump seats.
I used some angle iron to make new mounts for the two outside supports of the frame.
To make the center mount though it would need to contour the bed lines. What to do? I decided to get some flat bar and get creative. I needed to fill those two large holes fairly well so I knew I needed 1/2" bolts. Grade 8 of course. I made some measurements and had at it.
Posted 19 September 2012 - 08:10 AM
Made sure every measurement was perfect and welded it in.
But I kept thinking I needed even more support so I decided to use a flat bar on the bottom as well for the perfect sandwich.
Everything lined up perfectly and the seats clear the headrests by about 1/2" as I wanted. I will finalize the welds later today, clean it all up, prime and paint. This will look awesome and function as well. If I ever need to remove the seats they come out with 4 bolts in a few minutes.
Edited by O.C.D., 19 September 2012 - 08:12 AM.
Posted 19 September 2012 - 08:28 AM
Looking forward to more...
Posted 19 September 2012 - 08:31 AM
Posted 19 September 2012 - 09:25 AM
That and I had to use those two huge holes in the center.
Heck, I don't even know what they should look like stock now that I think about it, lol.
Posted 20 September 2012 - 03:35 PM
Posted 21 September 2012 - 10:23 AM
your brat is coming along nicely, you deserve your screen name. now get over to my thread and start posting lol!
If you knew me you would agree I am OCD. Every one else does, lol. I will look at your thread, lol.
Posted 21 September 2012 - 10:27 AM
But you get the idea. Frame sanded down to bare metal and primed. Used the same flat black enamel as the headrests.
Some new OEM hardware - gotta love it!
And here we are, finally!
Posted 21 September 2012 - 01:09 PM
Posted 27 September 2012 - 09:02 PM
Go to start the Brat and she won't go and battery dies. No big deal I put a tender on the battery for a day. Well I come back and the battery is crackling and expelling air/gas I assume. Maybe the dead cells are getting too much too fast? I have 12.9 volts by the way.
Go to start the Brat and the the key turns and I have lights and chime for a half second and nothing. Not a damn thing coming through. I check fuzes and all are good. She is completely not responding.
So because I am learning an old car is it the starter solenoid? Could the battery have done this?
Can you all lend an idea please.
Posted 27 September 2012 - 09:08 PM
Posted 27 September 2012 - 09:10 PM
Could the battery be doing something I am unaware of?
Are there fuseable links in a 1980 Brat?
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