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Pics of '83 Brat total resto - Not All Who Wander Are Lost
Posted 14 October 2012 - 01:45 PM
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.
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 14 October 2012 - 01:46 PM
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!
video of rust repair welding up bottom of door:
Edited by TajMan, 14 October 2012 - 01:54 PM.
Posted 14 October 2012 - 01:47 PM
UNDERBODY RUST FIXED AND COATED AND TRUCK BED LINER OVER EVERYWHERE, ALL DONE UP!
Thanks Pooparu (B&R Sign & Design) for the reproduction Brat decals
Posted 14 October 2012 - 07:14 PM
Posted 14 October 2012 - 07:16 PM
Good to see another subi saved from the recyclers.
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Posted 16 October 2012 - 08:31 AM
That was a serious repair job on everything. Great job it turned out beautiful.
Posted 16 October 2012 - 11:40 AM
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..
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Posted 23 October 2012 - 02:08 PM
haha I love it, glad it draws the attention
Posted 23 October 2012 - 02:23 PM
(and that's my buddy Mike's '49 Plymouth there, cool car)
Edited by TajMan, 23 October 2012 - 02:27 PM.
Posted 23 October 2012 - 03:46 PM
Posted 24 October 2012 - 04:12 PM
what is the desert fox? ya you can send me your project car probably
Posted 24 October 2012 - 08:50 PM
This is the Desert Fox
Love the custom decals from B & R Sign & Design!
now I want them on another old subaru
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