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Bringing the Brat back to life....


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#1 wallaby

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 11:47 AM

The story of my DD brat...

first part documented here http://www.ultimates...+time +upgrades

the abriged version....

had a brat, drove the crap out of it, did a heap of upgrades, blew up the engine....

that was last summer.

 

lack of time and money meant it has sat that way till now,

i had a good core hydro lifter engine so am in the process of rebuilding that to get the brat back on the road

i will keep updating as it goes,

i am driving a cargo van at the moment so hopefully it goes pretty quick.....

 



#2 wallaby

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 10:37 AM

got the engine dismantled,

needs bearings as well, got them ordered.

had to get the mains from rockauto - my local federated couldn't get them

hopefully going back together this weekend......

also working on getting the interior put back together - installing "new" stereo....



#3 TOsborn

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 12:35 AM

Good luck with the rebuild.  Is that your old Ford in the background?  My daily for when the GL decides it's not happy is a '65 F100.



#4 wallaby

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 11:05 AM

Good luck with the rebuild.  Is that your old Ford in the background?  My daily for when the GL decides it's not happy is a '65 F100.

yea its a '64 F250 with a y-block, coolest truck ever - but its a b##ch to drive no power anything, its task is to hold a sign outside our fruit stand all summer.

 

another week goes by......

starting to reaasemble now, at least thats a start



#5 tdodge41

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 02:04 PM

You have a great body to work with. Keep up the good work. I have to redo some gaskets on my Brat at some point this summer.



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Posted 04 April 2013 - 07:25 PM

Down in Clarkston often.....Nice Brat!



#7 wallaby

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Posted 19 April 2013 - 10:44 AM

You have a great body to work with. Keep up the good work. I have to redo some gaskets on my Brat at some point this summer.

thanks i work out......

sorry had to comment on that one

 

back to reality

got the block back together, crank and rods in

also got old engine ready to lift out

and got the stereo installed.....very important

 

anyone have a brilliant idea for freeing up piston rings

they are all good and not worn but gummed up and stuck in the grooves

2nd comp ring is the worst and i know they are fragile

have had them soaking in gasoline fo a few days.....no dice

 

hopefully back on the road this weekend



#8 wallaby

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Posted 25 April 2013 - 12:01 PM

finnally got the rings to unstick....
soaked in berryman chemdip, got most of them
1 compression ring still stuck, boiled it on the BBQ for an hour or so in washing detergent,
and a lot of swearing and poking got it to move...

so pistons are all back in, old engine is out of the car,
i am so ready to drive this thing again....
you don't realize how addictive they are.

#9 wallaby

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Posted 03 May 2013 - 11:34 AM

got the engine in, but....

there was a freeze plug missing out of the head.....

every one i talked to said they wouldn't have checked that either

ahh well i get to install it with the engine in the car, that should make it more interesting

should be able to fill it with oil AND coolant AND have the fluids stay where they are supposed to be

 

the Subaru dealer had to "find" 20mm freeze plugs in a bin of assorted ones

no-one else had them......

on the road this weekend...!!!!



#10 wallaby

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 06:19 PM

the story goes on......

engine i put i lasted about 14 miles........

don't know if i did something wrong or if there was something wrong with the engine that i didn't check.....

ahh well either way ......

 

bought another RUNNING engine and am having a subaru master tech install it for me,

should be back on the road in the next couple weeks



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Posted 29 May 2013 - 04:10 PM

it's alive.......

runs great, needs some carb tuning and need to "fix" the tranny mounts

but its on the road



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Posted 15 November 2013 - 01:05 PM

been driving the hell out of this thing - ready for winter

 

got new tyres for the front - now i have the same size all round, 196/75 R14

found another set of rims for $40, so i can keep my wide ones

dont look as mean as the 245/60 that were on the back - but at least i can run in 4wd

 

 

paint job coming when i have some time during winter


Edited by wallaby, 15 November 2013 - 01:08 PM.


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Posted 15 November 2013 - 06:21 PM

looking good!!!






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