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Brat parts removal

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#1 Uberoo


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Posted 19 November 2013 - 07:40 PM

I have a 78 rust bucket brat that I am scrapping to get a rust free gen 1 brat.I'm pretty sure the new shell doesn't have the plastic B pillar trim just after the door glass.The 78 has those side pieces so I am wondering how they come off?Dont want to break them.I didn't see any screws on the inside so...


Also what is the best way to pull the 3 piece rear window?It might be useful to have a spare.


Thanks in advance.

#2 turbosubarubrat


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Posted 19 November 2013 - 09:05 PM

The plastic pieces pop off kind of like the door card or side trim on a 2nd gen. If the parts that keep it secure break off its not a big deal just cut down the ones for the door card and jb weld or plastic weld them on.


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#3 moosens


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Posted 19 November 2013 - 11:20 PM

Screws from inside. Don't waste them. Take your time and look.

#4 Uberoo


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Posted 19 November 2013 - 11:31 PM

For the plastic pieces or the window?There are no screws holding the the plastic pieces on.The only feature on the inside of the B pillar is the threaded insert for the top of the seatbelt.

#5 Rust


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Posted 20 November 2013 - 09:00 AM

A heat gun, soapy water, and a guitar string are your best friends for removing glass.  Be careful not to get too carried away w/ the heat gun, just warm up the rubber, don't melt it.   Removing glass is always a crapshoot if it will break trying to remove it.  

#6 moosens


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Posted 20 November 2013 - 01:53 PM

Yeah I guess I cross generations .... I can tell you my brother made a cool swinger out of the pillar decor and put the old style key alarm switch in back. I had that Brat after him and it always caught people off guard when they saw it. Pardon the story. :) 


The glass you can use a 3/16 cord of any type and loop it around the inside flange , and have another person work the unit out from the bed. I've gotten them out by myself when they are old simply by moving the unit up and down and finding the sweet spot to just flex the inner flange and begin with a corner , carefully working to the opposite side then lift up.

#7 doughildreth


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Posted 22 November 2013 - 04:42 AM

Are you selling any parts off the rust bucket? I just got a project and need a bunch of small things.

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