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Brat with a blown motor, worth saving?

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#26 TomRhere


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Posted 17 November 2013 - 05:48 PM

I'd have taken it for $1000.

 Yeah. If I had the cash to do the drive out and back, or to fund the trucking cost. That BRAT would be sitting in my driveway. A '78 for $1,000.00, bad motor or not, is a steal...

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Posted 17 November 2013 - 10:47 PM

Depends on what condtion the body is in. If the body and the interior are in good shape and doesn't need a whole lot then yah its worth a thousand. How many miles are on it? I have found three 78 brats for my dad over 3 years and all together they costed $650. One was $200, the another was $100, and the last one was $350. All of them came with canopies, 2 came with role bars and brush guards, while the other came with a winch bumper. 2 of them needed new motors one sat outside with water in for 3 years and the other sat so long that the rings got stuck the other sat 15 years and started with new gas and a battery. It all comes down to how bad you want it, like it, and the price. I love brats and i like modifying them i personally would drop a ea81 and a 5 speed dual range 4wd in one with a weber carb. plus a couple inch lift to run 14 or 15 inch rims also so the 5 speed will fit without having to cut the transmission tunel up to fit.

#28 old sub freak

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Posted 18 November 2013 - 01:09 AM

Sat 15 years and started with just a hot battery and fresh gas !!! i love 'em,,,best machine on the road !!

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Posted 03 December 2013 - 02:01 AM

I have news coming...

#30 odie


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Posted 03 December 2013 - 09:25 AM

it's a lot easier and cheaper to fix or replace a motor than to fix body damage or rust...

#31 AdventureSubaru


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Posted 03 December 2013 - 05:15 PM

C'mon! Did you get it or not? I wanna see another classic saved. In California, you'll eventually find a donor car in a pick n pull and score a $100. motor.

#32 ivans imports

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Posted 04 December 2013 - 10:52 AM

Have 4 motors ea71s

#33 spicypeanut


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Posted 04 December 2013 - 03:48 PM

Have 4 motors ea71s

You have pm.

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Posted 06 December 2013 - 09:29 PM

you got it?????!!!!

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Posted 09 December 2013 - 12:59 AM

Okay guys, here it is. The car was repainted some point in it's life, but it was done pretty well. I just got done wiping it down and ripping out the speakers that were just screwed into the door panels. I also put some protect-ant (not armor-all) on all of the trim and rubber (except tires). I think the interior is pretty tired and needs help. Not sure what panels are missing, hopefully someone can shed some light. Tell me what you guys think? Really the only damage that this car has is the front passenger turn signal / fender / corner of the hood. All in all, almost zero rust and it looks damn good.


Edited by spicypeanut, 09 December 2013 - 01:06 AM.

#36 BratRod


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Posted 09 December 2013 - 01:16 AM

I'd give a grand for that. Glad you picked it up. Enjoy the journey!

#37 AdventureSubaru


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Posted 09 December 2013 - 02:12 AM

Yeah, looks like you got a great deal on that car. Get it running well and enjoy it. You've got a classic on your hands.

#38 81EA81


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Posted 09 December 2013 - 02:53 AM

That sure is a real clean engine, the whole car is clean for that matter. I wonder, what would cause the valve to go flying out like that?

Edited by 81EA81, 09 December 2013 - 02:53 AM.

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Posted 09 December 2013 - 07:12 PM

If you've been following this thread, I'm creating a new one in a proper location and I will attempt to document the build of my Brat. Please see thread here:



Edited by spicypeanut, 09 December 2013 - 07:12 PM.

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