So just got my first car. Its a beautiful 1986 subaru brat bought off a guy that kept it in the garage and had been using it daily for three years. 175,000 miles on the clock. Car runs strong and I just had the original carb rebuilt. A mechanic at my local garage (expertec in Hood River,Or) Also told me that the exhaust system would need to be worked on due to the first owner bypassing the catalytic converter and the muffler starting to go out, it would also need to be tuned to the new exhaust. The exhaust pipe is currently disconnected before the cat and the mechanic told me that it would be 500-800 dollars to be repaired at a muffler specialist. I know this is only supposed to be an introduction but how critical is it that the engine be tuned? How hard would this be to do myself? and is 500-800 a reasonable quote for such work? thanks planning on keeping this brat for a while and there will be many more annoying questions in future.
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