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#1 bertmann73

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Posted 24 August 2013 - 02:47 PM

front end mods 5" of the stock strut casing butted to the 84 brat strutsAttached File  SSPX0193.jpg   95.82K   68 downloadsAttached File  SSPX0194.jpg   70.08K   87 downloads grinded a ridge to fit the bottom end cap

three stage weld and grindAttached File  SSPX0198.jpg   96.6K   113 downloads

to widen the control arm i cut, grinded and drilled 3/8 flat bar and welded to the end of the control arm.

I used 84 axels and tie rod endsAttached File  SSPX0200.jpg   96.33K   25 downloadsAttached File  SSPX0200.jpg   96.33K   25 downloads

exhaust is made from an old hedder that i replaced on my 62 chev.

used the elbows for the 2 hedders and welded together 2 more in the center for an x pipe.

used a cherry bomb that i had and cut it in half then buuted the ends...not as loud as i thought it would be but sound sick.Attached File  SSPX0209.jpg   89.97K   125 downloads

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#2 bertmann73

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Posted 24 August 2013 - 03:08 PM

The engineAttached File  SSPX0161.jpg   84.11K   35 downloadsAttached File  SSPX0163.jpg   94.77K   53 downloads

this is my red neck wrist pin pullerAttached File  SSPX0165.jpg   58.22K   63 downloads (Claw hammer and wood block sold seperately)

had crank ground .025

block bored .025 for ea71 pistons

I gound the cam journals 1mm on my bench grinder..........oh so slowly and carefully......

block cleaned and heads milledAttached File  SSPX0211.jpg   121.23K   66 downloadsAttached File  SSPX0214.jpg   104.1K   71 downloads

nissan truck radiator Attached File  SSPX0059.jpg   141.72K   71 downloads

Oil Cooling systemAttached File  SSPX0060.jpg   77.28K   72 downloadsAttached File  SSPX0061.jpg   79.98K   62 downloadsAttached File  SSPX0062.jpg   106.31K   70 downloads

Cable operated 4wd and low

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Posted 24 August 2013 - 06:38 PM

Before and afterAttached File  SSPX0121.jpg   93.62K   163 downloadsAttached File  SSPX0057.jpg   112.92K   255 downloads

need paint...I am thinking of a matte blue similar to the original color....just dont want to worry about scratches as i am on an off road trek.

looking into some tires for the original wheels as i do like the look so much better and stick out about an inch due to new undercarriage.Attached File  SSPX0152.jpg   84.99K   193 downloads I see alot of all seasons on e-bay that have a rugged tread pattern.



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Posted 24 August 2013 - 07:49 PM

lookin' good! I like the stance with the general grabbers. Looks so much different (better) than stock.



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Posted 24 August 2013 - 11:13 PM

the tires are actually off the brat and they belong to my son now. I am probably going to use the stocks or find some 15" white spokes to drill out.



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Posted 10 September 2013 - 08:45 AM

knocks and pings..............Knocks and pings.

 

I got froggy on my way to bullhead city and i think i  lost a rod bearing.

Fresh rebuild and second oil change...either too early for roughness or loose rod bolt....shes gonna sit a while until i get funds and time to tear it down to find the extent of the damage.



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Posted 10 September 2013 - 05:12 PM

sorry to hear that... the wagon looks awesome!....



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Posted 20 September 2013 - 09:09 AM

planning on pulling apart this weekend. hopefully just a bearing and i can polish the crank, put new bearings and put back together.

I think i pushed her too soon.

went up the hill to searchlight doin 60. i stepped on it and the secondary kicked in......man she had power,. got to 90 then laid off and leveled out at 70.

I was cruisin for a while at about 4,000rpm and i felt a sudden loss of power....first thought was i fouled a plug but after turning down my death metal i heard the rattle.

I shut it down and came to a stop.

a hwy patrol immediately pulled up beside me and asked me if i could make it to the gas station a few miles ahead so he didn't have to stamp it with the wonderful orange sticker.

what choice did i have?

it went from rattle to chitty to bang-bang in 4 miles.

i waited for my bro to come get me from bullhead.

i pulled the valve covers hoping i had a bent push rod or lost a lobe or any other hail mary founded wish upon a star ideas that passed through my mind.

This trucker kept me company with his wisdom...cool southern good 'ol boy  standing there with a beer in his hand and another in his pocket asking the same quetions that were running through my mind.

to make a short story long..gonna tear down this weekend and post my findings.



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Posted 20 September 2013 - 01:33 PM

your wrist pin puller looks alot like mine lol

 



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Posted 20 September 2013 - 02:41 PM

Where i grew up it was find a way to fix it without spenging any money or walk.

 

just pulled the engine out, popped the heads and found number three piston like this.. Attached File  SSPX0093.jpg   78.85K   50 downloads

popped out the piston and rod . bearing is simply gone

rod is beat up and crank too.

i have a spare crank that i will polish and i also have 2 sets of std rod bearings.

just need main bearings.

i saw a set on e-bay for $40

anyone know a better place to look for a better price?



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Posted 22 September 2013 - 10:20 PM

in need of a crank for an ea81. my spare is beat up upon closer inspection. :horse:

i may have to use the engine from the 78 and re-build another for it later..............not looking forward to taking anything off of a good runnin car.... :brat:



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Posted 25 February 2014 - 06:44 PM

Before and after SSPX0121.jpg SSPX0057.jpg
need paint...I am thinking of a matte blue similar to the original color....just dont want to worry about scratches as i am on an off road trek.
looking into some tires for the original wheels as i do like the look so much better and stick out about an inch due to new undercarriage. SSPX0152.jpg I see alot of all seasons on e-bay that have a rugged tread pattern.

The wagon looks amazing, I love that lift. Any new updates to it?

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Posted 28 February 2014 - 01:55 AM

sorry gang.. been busy goin to school and workin.

Ive been runnin the engine from the brat for a few months to get by but shes tired and ready for a re-build.

I just found an engine for 100...guy had it for years and said it was smoking blue when he removed it. when i got it home i noticed it wreaked of old gas in the crank case. pulled plugs and found gas fouled plugs. i tore it down and found good rings and bearings with normal wear and cylinder walls lightly scratched..

my thoughts are carb was flooding out into crank case causing oil to thin and level to rise and get pass rings.........the usual misdiagnosis of bad rings.

I could have run it a s is and got 5 years out of it but i already had my other case bored with ea71 .20 pistons, ported heads and intake and cam ground so i ripped out the crank and replaced the rod and main bearings for my custom built engine. i just got done torquing the heads and will adjust valves to transplant tomorrow. then i will start tearing down my sons engine to get his brat tickin again.

i have an original equipment single bbll holley? i assume for grabs if anyone needs it....or if anyone still tolerates these. i can see the intake on this engine is different than the hitachi equipped intakes...havent dealt with these yet..anyone got any pros or cons to these carbs? 



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Posted 28 February 2014 - 11:30 AM

Im going to be widening my control arms in the same way, but i wanted to know first if you have had any problems with it?

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Posted 01 March 2014 - 12:05 AM

you will need cv axles and tie rod ends from a gen 2. be shure the axles have the deep sleeves that go on your trans-axle as some are the shallow ones. this will give your axles more travel and prevent them from popping out.

if you can find gen 2 hubs that are 1/2 inch wider also.

you will get 3.5 - 4 inches total added width. make sure you measure 1.5'' for your extension on the control arms cuz the actual difference between gen1 and 2 is 3".

you will also need to extend the struts or strut mounts in one way or another to compensate.. not sure what the measurement is cuz i did a lift and used gen2 struts with butted bottom cases for 5" total strut lift then used the adjusting nuts on the  gen2 struts to get alignment camber.

in a nut shell its an insane persons thing to do cuz you must commit yourself but it worked great and runs pretty straight.



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Posted 01 March 2014 - 12:47 AM

oooohhhh... well... never mind then... thank you for the info, but i was hoping it wouldnt be that much work! i just want to correct my camber, cant seem to do it no matter what i try



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Posted 01 March 2014 - 10:58 PM

its not that hard really..just a bit of madness to think of how to do it on my part without buying kits and costly stuff. the only thing to fabricate is the control arm extensions...all else is bolt on and you will just need to get 2 cv axles and tie rod ends whether at the junk yard or e-bay where i get all my parts now..i think you already have some sort of strut lift going on which is the cause of your camber issue..this will definitely fix it and i would be happy as a tornado in a trailer park to see someone else do it too.

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Posted 01 March 2014 - 11:06 PM

the strut hats on mine are causing the issue, i just cant afford to buy any parts at all, 2 axles kills it for me



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Posted 01 March 2014 - 11:07 PM

im going to modify my hats tomorrow and see what i can do



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Posted 01 March 2014 - 11:10 PM

Anyhoo...my engine has been re-built and put back..it took me a couple of days to de-glaze and clean but the re-build went fast except for dropping the last wrist pin circlip inside the block..then having to pop the piston back out and shake a 200 pound piggybank for a half hour until it finally fell back out but i did the swap in all of 5 hours and had her fired up before dinner.....purrs like kitty :headbang: 



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Posted 01 March 2014 - 11:13 PM

the strut hats on mine are causing the issue, i just cant afford to buy any parts at all, 2 axles kills it for me

i know the feelin bro..best of luck with your toy..



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Posted 01 March 2014 - 11:15 PM

sorry gang.. been busy goin to school and workin.

Ive been runnin the engine from the brat for a few months to get by but shes tired and ready for a re-build.

I just found an engine for 100...guy had it for years and said it was smoking blue when he removed it. when i got it home i noticed it wreaked of old gas in the crank case. pulled plugs and found gas fouled plugs. i tore it down and found good rings and bearings with normal wear and cylinder walls lightly scratched..

my thoughts are carb was flooding out into crank case causing oil to thin and level to rise and get pass rings.........the usual misdiagnosis of bad rings.

I could have run it a s is and got 5 years out of it but i already had my other case bored with ea71 .20 pistons, ported heads and intake and cam ground so i ripped out the crank and replaced the rod and main bearings for my custom built engine. i just got done torquing the heads and will adjust valves to transplant tomorrow. then i will start tearing down my sons engine to get his brat tickin again.

i have an original equipment single bbll holley? i assume for grabs if anyone needs it....or if anyone still tolerates these. i can see the intake on this engine is different than the hitachi equipped intakes...havent dealt with these yet..anyone got any pros or cons to these carbs? 

the carb is actually a weber...anyone got insight on these? i dont want to toss it aside if someone needs it.



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Posted 01 March 2014 - 11:39 PM

everybody wants webers, just post it for sale



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Posted 02 March 2014 - 01:09 AM

yea but its a one bbl small carb and not a 26/32.

i will probably give it away if someone wants to pay shipping for it



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Posted 02 March 2014 - 01:30 AM

really? I'll take it if you want to give it away...






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