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Phoenix, My 82 "Brat"

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#1 Adam N.D.J.

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Posted 18 September 2013 - 08:56 PM

Hello everyone, it's been a long time.  I had a great time at WCSS 15, and it was a great motivator for me to get back to work on my Brat.  Here is a little history for everyone that may be new: I picked up the Brat in 98 after I got back from basic training.  I started playing around with fixing it up, and then modding it a little here and there.  In 2000 after I got home from a deployment to Saudi Arabia the real modding started when I picked up an imported Ozified 4" lift and put some "bigger" tires on.  Around '02ish the USMB saw a great influx in the wheeling scene, we saw a lot of lift, tire mods, engine mods.  I took a lot the ideas and started assembling them together, and after getting home from Egypt in '03 I tore the brat down to just the body.  I built a 6" "framed" lift, to that I added a Nissan 720 pickup divorce t-case, a 5spd dual range trans fitted behind an ER27.  The bed was bobbed a little over a foot and I built whole custom "slide off" front end.  A year of tweaking and a couple coats of "Midnight Metallic Blue" paint and she made her way to her first WCSS (and my second), #6 in Hood River.  She remained virtually untouched (no more modding) for over 6 years, with the only work being done was fixing what broke, which was of course every time I took it out I broke something.  So in 2009 while I was in Iraq I decided that I wanted to make it more reliable, and able to handle more power, so I had my wife start looking for an early 80's Nissan 4wd pickup.  When I got home in 2010 I had an 84 Nissan sitting in the driveway right behind the Brat.

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I started stripping apart the Nissan

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and then stripping apart the Brat.

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I had the cut the frame of the Nissan to put the rear tires under the wheel well

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Then came fitting the engine and trans, that was a bit of a challenge as the frame was designed for a straight 4

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And that was where it sat for over a year. I got caught up with work, and other "hobbies" and doing a lot more "family stuff".  So the Brat just sat in the driveway, half assembled, waiting.

Then the show came a long, and seeing all the other Roo's playing in the mud got something coursing through my veins that had been missing for a while.  I came home on Sunday, and that night I started working.

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Got the newly formed oil pan bolted in, then started working on the exhaust.it is a bit tight moving around in there, so had to get creative with the plumbing there, finished off the header pipe this last weekend.

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Once the rain lets up I'll get back to it, I hope to fire the engine again before the end of the month, then only a couple page list of things left to do.



#2 AdventureSubaru

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Posted 18 September 2013 - 11:29 PM

Looks good. Not enough wheelers on this site. Good to see an off road built car getting some attention.



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Posted 19 September 2013 - 04:10 AM

Good to see you back on here.

 

Welcome back.



#4 Adam N.D.J.

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Posted 02 November 2013 - 12:40 AM

Finally back to working on the Brat, took a bit of time to get my shop space a little more ready to some of the heavy fabrication tasks ahead.  Added in a new("er") air supply and way more bench space;

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The tank was a craigslist find, came with a shot motor and the compressor.  I cleaned up the compressor, repaired some gaskets and put some new oil in it.  Then I built the new supply pipe, rebuilt the check valve, bolted on the motor off my little Coleman compressor then rebuilt the regulator block and put in new plugs, drain valve and added a line to my old 27 gal tank.  So now I have the two stage pump putting out 150 psi and over 105 gal of reserve capacity.  I can run the die grinder for a solid 35 min before the pump kicks on.

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Then after getting all that mess cleaned up (which took a considerable amount of time)....

I got to getting the exhaust header pipe finished up.  I found a "repair" kit for a toyota that had 4 studs with the same threads as the ER27, so two kits later I've got all new studs in.  Then I got the pipe bolted up, and started working on putting together the mid pipe.

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#5 Adam N.D.J.

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Posted 28 November 2013 - 11:08 PM

A little turkey day work done, it is amazing how much work one can get done when you don't have to go make a paycheck...

One thing that I had been wanting to do is getting some fishplates made up and in place over where I had sectioned the frame back together.  So a little .1875 sheet steel, a plasma, and an afternoon of waiting for the food to get done an people to show up got em done.  Also got the frame cleaned up a little better and some more sheet metal taken out of the front.

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#6 Adam N.D.J.

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Posted 19 April 2014 - 06:55 PM

Got a little bit of work done this weekend. Started working on the steering set up.  The intricate mating of a six cylinder boxer on an inline four frame does pose some interesting challenges. I want to use a power steering rack, but at the moment do not have one or a way to mount it yet.  While I was at the wrecking yard looking for a rack I picked up some power steering pumps to tackle the mounting method, as the ER27 did not come with a standard engine driven pump.  I started with some angle iron, fitted it to the block in the place of the A/c mounting location.  The pump is off a 91 Bonneville, has the right pulley and a pretty simple mounting scheme.  I still need to get a belt that will fit and then make sure everything is all plumb and even.  Next week hopefully I will get a rack in, and maybe even the body mounted to the frame.

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#7 Adam N.D.J.

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Posted 23 April 2014 - 11:59 PM

Some historical pictures that I have dug up.

Here is my first frame, hand built 6 inch lift with T-case;

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The shifter set up with the 6 inch lift;

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Ready to go to WCSS #6;

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and of course, some action shots!

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Posted 24 April 2014 - 09:41 PM

Did you invade my mind and take my idea,my vision for my 78 brat? That is totally what I want mine to look like. :)



#9 Adam N.D.J.

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Posted 24 April 2014 - 10:37 PM

It is possible I guess.  I have been working it a long time though.



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Posted 25 April 2014 - 02:43 AM

Adam, this thing is looking good!!  Glad to see you still have this beauty and are making improvements.... but....

 

 

...IFS???

 

Why not a sammy frame with Yota axles??   



#11 Adam N.D.J.

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Posted 25 April 2014 - 09:50 AM

I really am partial to independent suspension.  Really though, right now it is just a platform to work with.  Once I have thing integrated and running than I have ideas for full independent with multi-link high travel stuff.  I also went with the Nissan cause at the time Hitachi manufactured a lot of parts for both FHI and NMC, so to me it is like getting a kidney from a close family member, and not a random stranger. (although now that I do own a Toyabaru I have been flirting with the idea of adding in Toy stuff.  Like I am thinking of going with Supra diffs and axles).

 

I do say though, that it does elicit some funny looks when you walk in to a parts store with a spreadsheet so that you know what parts you need for what vehicles.



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Posted 25 April 2014 - 07:57 PM

I really am partial to independent suspension.  Really though, right now it is just a platform to work with.  Once I have thing integrated and running than I have ideas for full independent with multi-link high travel stuff.  I also went with the Nissan cause at the time Hitachi manufactured a lot of parts for both FHI and NMC, so to me it is like getting a kidney from a close family member, and not a random stranger. (although now that I do own a Toyabaru I have been flirting with the idea of adding in Toy stuff.  Like I am thinking of going with Supra diffs and axles).

 

I do say though, that it does elicit some funny looks when you walk in to a parts store with a spreadsheet so that you know what parts you need for what vehicles.

 

You gotta be kidding me......How did I miss this build?  It's so much like mine in so many ways.........XT engines,  NIssan/Subaru/Isuzu and other mashed toghether bastard half frame.......I like yours better....haha....J/K....but almost..........

 

Here's Cleo in the latest phase....

and my build thread...http://www.ultimatesubaru.org/forum/topic/142045-trooparu/

 

We've got to get these 2 rigs toghetehr att some point once they both run......



#13 Adam N.D.J.

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Posted 26 April 2014 - 03:54 AM

I have actually been keeping an eye on your post.  Cleo is a really nice looking build, will be quite beastly when done.

I can see us meeting up some time for sure, if not as a WCSS then possibly like a dunes run on the coast or something.  Although you may be done long before me, I have so many irons in the fire, I rarely get the time to work on the Brat that I want.  Keep up the work though, can not wait to see ya in action.



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Posted 27 April 2014 - 01:48 AM

Made it out to the U-pull it, spend most of the day crawling under cars and measuring their racks. (he he).  Settled on a 97 ford explorer, has a rack and pinion steering, forward mounted configuration, close to 50 inches across, and it mounts on a flat plane (easy to work with stuff that mounts to a flat plane, means that you can use a single plate to mount something, although I do not always choose that option).  Got everything home just in time to get a little bit of mock up work done and start laying the base beads for the mounts.  I am still going to lay in the forward rain that will go to the front cross of the frame, and this will also serve as the mount for the skid plate.  Good start though, for a couple hours of work.  Also got to spend some alone time time with the wife out in the u-pull it!

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I do tend to make a bit of a mess when I am in full fabber mode.

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I think I may have fiddled with the settings on my camera, these pics seem way bigger for some reason.  Also, initial mounting of the rack.

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I am liking how this is coming out, simple mounting scheme, easy to work with and change out if needed, nothing what I had to do to get this thing out of the ford. 

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This is the base mounts, started life as an EA81 automatic trans crossmember.  Worked well for repurposing to a new mount.  The end of my day did get rained out though, I hope it clears up tomorrow so I can finish getting the rack mounted, then move on to the challenge of getting the shaft from the column to the rack.



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Posted 27 April 2014 - 09:22 PM

Pretty busy day!  Fixed the blown out pump supply line on the turbo coupe, finished stripping the parts car so I can get a little more of my driveway back (for another project kicking off soon).  Of course some Brat time too.  I did a little more work to the steering, took some measurements, got an idea of what tie rod ends to use (99 hyundai elantra?!), and did a little cosmetic work.

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I am not settled on how much longer the nose is going to be, but I do not think that it is going to be this much, I am most likely going to bring it back a couple more inches, but that is where I had bolt holes that lined up, and it was good for doing some mock-up work.

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I like that is is starting to look like an actual Brat again, it might be a little longer, and somewhat wider when I am done, but all I really hope is that people do not ask me if it is a suzuki.

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It almost looks as if I have a cooler fetish or something, but I assure you they are great for storing parts in.

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That face, it is the one that I fell in love with 16 years ago.  One that I have not seen in well over 10 years.  I can not even remember when the last time I had an intact front end was.  All in all, good day!



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Posted 27 April 2014 - 09:53 PM

Nice. I don't know how i missed this thread either.
Awesome.
We are gonna have to get our own class at the show :)
cheers





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