Jump to content


Welcome to Ultimate Subaru Message Board, my lurker friend!

Welcome to Ultimate Subaru Message Board, an unparalleled Subaru community full of the greatest Subaru gurus and modders on the planet! We offer technical information and discussion about all things Subaru, the best and most popular all wheel drive vehicles ever created.

We offer all this information for free to everyone, even lurkers like you! All we ask in return is that you sign up and give back some of what you get out - without our awesome registered users none of this would be possible! Plus, you get way more great stuff as a member! Lurk to lose, participate to WIN*!
  • Say hello and join the conversation
  • Subscribe to topics and forums to get automatic updates
  • Get your own profile and make new friends
  • Classifieds with all sorts of Subaru goodies
  • Photo hosting in our gallery
  • Meet other cool people with cool cars
Seriously, what are you waiting for? Make your life more fulfilling and join today! You and your Subaru won't regret it, we guarantee** it.

* The joy of participation and being generally awesome constitutes winning
** Not an actual guarantee, but seriously, you probably won't regret it!

Serving the Subaru Community since May 18th, 1998!

Guest Message by DevFuse
 

Photo
- - - - -

Pics of '83 Brat total resto - Not All Who Wander Are Lost


  • Please log in to reply
26 replies to this topic

#1 TajMan

TajMan

    USMB is life!

  • Members
  • 236 posts
  • SLC, UT

Posted 14 October 2012 - 01:45 PM

I did it,
one of the experiences of my life.
I can't say it was easy, but it's finished and I learned a lot.

Here are the pics, start to finish, what began as a quick business car to flip turned in to a personal car that I loved and of course a love/hate relationship.

More towards the end of all this, a buddy wanted me to acquire his '86 Brat which I converted with a 5-speed DR trans and I ended up selling that car before I completed and got rid of this old '83! (which had actually been sold first) Both Brats underwent almost complete mechanical swaps/rebuilds in the end.

I drove this '83 Brat on three transmissions and two engines: a bad auto trans, an '81 single-range 4-speed manual w/ small clutch (put about 25K miles on that), and an '84 dual-range 4-speed manual w/ large clutch.

I sorted through the pics so they are generally chronological, mostly..
I could have taken many more pics of many more steps, but I was focused and taking things just one step at a time. In hindsight, nobody should ever try what I did on a car so gone of such little value, the thing was swiss cheese for real... Originally I got the car free basically, in the end what did I make $2/hr for all my labor? haha
But love is what makes a Subaru, and some experiences can't be matched

At first was going to sell it, then for a long time it was a personal car of mine I thought I needed to keep, then I acquired the '86 Brat and was going to sell this one again, then the kid who found me and wanted to buy this contracted me to finish the body/paint work and basically finish everything before I gave him the car back.. so in the end I completed the full start to finish of the project all on my own, only some help from a mechanic friend a little at times i was going mechanical swaps/wiring.

Posted Image
Not All Who Wander Are Lost - by J. R. R. Tolkien was a sticker on the original tailgate of this original old Brat which had over 20 owners I think who had put it through a lot over the years!
Posted Image
Posted Image
Posted Image
Posted Image
Posted Image
Posted Image
Posted Image
Posted Image
Posted Image
Posted Image
Posted Image
Posted Image
Posted Image
Posted Image
Posted Image
Posted Image
Posted Image
Posted Image
Posted Image

#2 TajMan

TajMan

    USMB is life!

  • Members
  • 236 posts
  • SLC, UT

Posted 14 October 2012 - 01:46 PM

Posted Image
Posted Image
Posted Image
Posted Image
Posted Image
Posted Image
Posted Image
Posted Image
Posted Image
Posted Image
Posted Image
Posted Image
Posted Image
Posted Image
Posted Image
Posted Image
Posted Image
Posted Image
Posted Image
Posted Image

#3 TajMan

TajMan

    USMB is life!

  • Members
  • 236 posts
  • SLC, UT

Posted 14 October 2012 - 01:46 PM

Yes, I drove the car with a mustache bumper for a time, I still have that bumper I made.. :D
It had 'speed holes' in the fenders for awhile, then the kid who wanted to buy it wished for them to patched back up, ha!
Posted Image
Posted Image
Posted Image
Posted Image
video of rust repair welding up bottom of door:
http://smg.photobuck...rent=e16vid.mp4
Posted Image
Posted Image
Posted Image
Posted Image
Posted Image
Posted Image
Posted Image
Posted Image
Posted Image
Posted Image
Posted Image
Posted Image
Posted Image
Posted Image
Posted Image

Edited by TajMan, 14 October 2012 - 01:54 PM.


#4 TajMan

TajMan

    USMB is life!

  • Members
  • 236 posts
  • SLC, UT

Posted 14 October 2012 - 01:47 PM

Posted Image
Posted Image
Posted Image
Posted Image
Posted Image
Posted Image
Posted Image
Posted Image
Posted Image
Posted Image
Posted Image
Posted Image
Posted Image
Posted Image
Posted Image
Posted Image
Posted Image
Posted Image
Posted Image
Posted Image

#5 TajMan

TajMan

    USMB is life!

  • Members
  • 236 posts
  • SLC, UT

Posted 14 October 2012 - 01:47 PM

LOOK AT THE ACTUAL COLOR ONLY SEEN IN DIRECT SUNLIGHT, RANGE ROVER BAROLO BLACK PEARL!
Posted Image
Posted Image
Posted Image
UNDERBODY RUST FIXED AND COATED AND TRUCK BED LINER OVER EVERYWHERE, ALL DONE UP!
Posted Image
Posted Image
Posted Image
Posted Image
Posted Image
Posted Image
Thanks Pooparu (B&R Sign & Design) for the reproduction Brat decals
Posted Image

#6 kingbobdole

kingbobdole

    Mr. XT-6

  • Members
  • 1,645 posts
  • Longmont

Posted 14 October 2012 - 04:09 PM

Looks great! Love the mustache. :clap:

#7 92LoyaleH4

92LoyaleH4

    USMB Regular

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 80 posts
  • Lake City, PA USA

Posted 14 October 2012 - 05:04 PM

Very nice! i'd be proud to own that!!!

#8 Mechanical_misfit

Mechanical_misfit

    Eat, Live, Breath Subaru

  • Members
  • 395 posts
  • Muskegon, MI

Posted 14 October 2012 - 07:14 PM

Nice work, and it looks pretty good! I would so rock a mustache bumper like that. I'm sure all the ladies wanted to go for a mustache ride! :brow:

#9 TOONGA

TOONGA

    I divided by zero

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 114 posts
  • Australind

Posted 14 October 2012 - 07:16 PM

That is a great deal of work and a great result, sadly a car that rusty in Australia would end up a little square of steel. Which would then be used to make great walls or kias :(

Good to see another subi saved from the recyclers.

TOONGA

#10 TheLoyale

TheLoyale

    Safariwagon: The Legend

  • Members
  • 6,636 posts
  • Waukesha, WI

Posted 15 October 2012 - 04:40 PM

This turned out very nice, like seeing the car through all the different stages! :clap:

#11 belacane

belacane

    USMB Regular

  • Members
  • 276 posts
  • New Orleans, LA

Posted 15 October 2012 - 05:18 PM

Wow the black turned out great! I remember seeing it in the primer stage.
So awesome!

#12 the sucker king

the sucker king

    great fisherman

  • Members
  • 1,913 posts
  • Lyons, Colorado

Posted 15 October 2012 - 05:50 PM

nice job. Did that car used to lve in Colorado? A couple years ago I saw a beat up black brat with green wheels in Boulder and Lyons

#13 Pooparu

Pooparu

    way too obsessed

  • Members
  • 1,343 posts
  • Portland, Oregon

Posted 15 October 2012 - 06:30 PM

That turned out AWESOME. Glad to see that the decals arrived.

#14 O.C.D.

O.C.D.

    Subaru Fanatic!

  • Validating
  • 690 posts
  • Colorado Springs

Posted 16 October 2012 - 08:31 AM

Um, WOW!!!

That was a serious repair job on everything. Great job it turned out beautiful.

#15 TajMan

TajMan

    USMB is life!

  • Members
  • 236 posts
  • SLC, UT

Posted 16 October 2012 - 11:40 AM

Thanks for all the kind words guys. :D It feels like for the past long while its been more people that can't understand why I would spend my time the way I do, and less people that have an appreciation and understanding of what I'm doing. I wish I even had all the pics of the steel repair! I am telling you though, everything was finished/boxed up/sealed off everywhere.
A finished product makes all the difference for others understanding now.



nice job. Did that car used to lve in Colorado? A couple years ago I saw a beat up black brat with green wheels in Boulder and Lyons



Not sure, VERY VERY possible.
This car had many owners, was probably around the rocky mountains and in the west more.
I had a family friend once realize that this was the Brat who a friend of his, some hippie chick, used to own and had all kinds of crazy times in over 15 years previous..

#16 Miatadude

Miatadude

    New User

  • Members
  • PipPip
  • 18 posts
  • Hampton,Ga

Posted 16 October 2012 - 10:07 PM

Sr, my hat is off to you. Incredible work. I am doing the same thing, but my Brat is not as bad as yours. I owned one 25 years ago and hopefully mine will look as nice as yours next Spring. You are an inspiration. I could buy a new whatever, but elected to relive my youth in an old 82 Brat.

#17 old sub freak

old sub freak

    USMB is life!

  • Members
  • 279 posts
  • mt vernon,washington

Posted 19 October 2012 - 01:45 PM

Very good young man !!I too love taking something old and rattty lookin and makin it look good again..Hmmmmm You know,i do that every morning !!! haha,Good work.Todd

#18 kiwi subbie

kiwi subbie

    Certified Subaru Nut

  • Members
  • 932 posts
  • Christchurch, New Zealand

Posted 19 October 2012 - 08:11 PM

Nice job you made there. I need a Moustache bumper took, Could rock it on Movember

#19 opus

opus

    Subaru Nut

  • Members
  • 682 posts
  • Trout Creek

Posted 19 October 2012 - 10:05 PM

Wow! I had that ambition.....about 35 yrs ago.

#20 TajMan

TajMan

    USMB is life!

  • Members
  • 236 posts
  • SLC, UT

Posted 23 October 2012 - 02:08 PM

I've talked to the new owner who has had multiple people chase him down on the road until they finally catch him in parking lots etc just to ask about the car all excited, and then people wanting to know if I have any more Brats for sale!
haha I love it, glad it draws the attention

#21 TajMan

TajMan

    USMB is life!

  • Members
  • 236 posts
  • SLC, UT

Posted 23 October 2012 - 02:23 PM

and the work continues after that last paint job, I'm painting this red '85 Brat for my buddy Zeth a fireman down in happy valley UT. I'll also re-do his exhaust, brakes, clutch cable, etc so he has a better all around restored stock car, its very nice rust-free 130K miles.
Posted Image
(and that's my buddy Mike's '49 Plymouth there, cool car)

Edited by TajMan, 23 October 2012 - 02:27 PM.


#22 Mechanical_misfit

Mechanical_misfit

    Eat, Live, Breath Subaru

  • Members
  • 395 posts
  • Muskegon, MI

Posted 23 October 2012 - 03:46 PM

So you're the restoration guru? Can I send you the Desert Fox?

#23 TajMan

TajMan

    USMB is life!

  • Members
  • 236 posts
  • SLC, UT

Posted 24 October 2012 - 04:12 PM

I guess I am.

what is the desert fox? ya you can send me your project car probably

#24 Mechanical_misfit

Mechanical_misfit

    Eat, Live, Breath Subaru

  • Members
  • 395 posts
  • Muskegon, MI

Posted 24 October 2012 - 04:30 PM

This is the Desert Fox

http://www.ultimates...ad.php?t=133337

but In all seriousness, excellent work! :headbang:

#25 TajMan

TajMan

    USMB is life!

  • Members
  • 236 posts
  • SLC, UT

Posted 24 October 2012 - 08:50 PM

This is the Desert Fox


Haha!
Love the custom decals from B & R Sign & Design!
now I want them on another old subaru




0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users