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Going to pick up my barn find 1978 BRAT

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#1 Rinker1989

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Posted 27 February 2014 - 10:08 AM

Hello all I am new to the forum (my name is Randy) but have been lurking for a few weeks now. I am from west Texas, we all know what that means "My BRAT will be bigger and better!!!" Jk ;) they say always start with a joke ;)
I am making a 240 mile round trip this morning to pick up my new to me, fresh barn find 1978 Brat. That seems like a far way to go to some but if you have ever Been to West Texas you know that's only about three and a half hour round trip drive no busy roads and such.
The guy I am getting it from was hard to deal with because he did not want cash just wanted to trade :/ we'll that's not bad but I love everything I own and am quick to get rid of stuff I don't like ( just ask the two ex wives ;) and I'm only 30 lol. But needless to say I had to have this BRAT, she looked so sad setting in the barn and not being touched for over ten years. The Brat not my ex wives they could use some shelf time in a barn lol:-)
So long story a lot of talking trades and a few guns later I am gassing up the old Chevy 2500 cargo van and going to get my new BRAT.
I will post pics of me picking it up from the barn and when I get it back to my shop.


Ok updated with pictures, sorry if they are not to great still trying to get use to the new iPad. I would have posted them yesterday but had to take the wife out to dinner and a movie since I got a new toy :)
The first two pictures are from where I picked it up at they are not to great but you can tell it was in a true barn on a farm in west Texas. She is dirty and dusty but she will not be that way for long. There is some rust but not bad at all from what I have seen on other brats, from what the guy said the car spent it entire life in West Texas. First things first I am going to see if I can get this thing running and go from there. When I made it home yesterday I pulled the plugs and squirted some mystery oil in there so now off to go and check a few things and see if it will fire up.

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#2 SuperBrat

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Posted 27 February 2014 - 10:44 AM

240 miles is nothing, try 2030 miles r trip.....And ive owned 20 Brats in 31 years......... :D



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Posted 27 February 2014 - 11:07 AM

Sounds like a fun trip! Glad to have another Texan aboard. Anxious for pics. :popcorn:

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Posted 27 February 2014 - 11:13 AM

Another 78 brat! Yay :D need any parts yet? Haha

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Posted 27 February 2014 - 02:04 PM

IDAHO >>>>>>



#6 RustyBrat

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Posted 27 February 2014 - 02:19 PM

What about idaho?

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Posted 27 February 2014 - 05:15 PM

Awesome deal man!

Will be much better selection than an ex wife! Lol!!

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Posted 27 February 2014 - 11:16 PM

Texas Brats UNITE! haha



#9 Rinker1989

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Posted 28 February 2014 - 01:10 PM


IDAHO >>>>>>

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#10 RustyBrat

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Posted 28 February 2014 - 05:27 PM

Ahem, Idaho is the GEM state, NOT the potato state thank you very much

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Posted 01 March 2014 - 12:20 AM

suuuweeeet man. she still looks untainted and not missin any bells or whistles...great find....keep us up on pics.



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Posted 01 March 2014 - 12:22 AM

PS. I'm Irish and potatoes rock!!



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Posted 01 March 2014 - 12:48 AM

thats a veritable diamond in the rough!



#14 Rinker1989

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Posted 01 March 2014 - 01:50 AM

I love potatoes and gems lol
This is going to be a job but looks fun, I'm a perfectionist when it comes to stuff like this so this will be a awesome BRAT when we get done with it. Yes I said we it takes a village to raise a BRAT up right

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Posted 01 March 2014 - 05:37 PM

So How much BIGGER AND BETTER will it be?I am building a 6" lift for my 78 brat,and replacing the 1.6 with a 2.2, and,.....



#16 Rinker1989

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Posted 01 March 2014 - 10:21 PM

Not

So How much BIGGER AND BETTER will it be?I am building a 6" lift for my 78 brat,and replacing the 1.6 with a 2.2, and,.....


Not sure what direction I'm going with on this build yet. It will take me a few weeks of looking to figure out what all I want to do with it. Six inch lift sounds nice, not sure I will go that high though was thinking something along the lines of 3 to 4. As far as engine I'm looking at what all it would take to put a EE20 in the brat.

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Posted 01 March 2014 - 10:31 PM

4 inch lift is easy :)



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Posted 03 March 2014 - 10:01 AM

So awesome! Nice find

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Posted 03 March 2014 - 11:50 AM

Very nice, pix are great!

Definatly have to tend to the wife first at times. Hope this marriage works out better for you than the previous.

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Posted 03 March 2014 - 12:26 PM

Very nice, pix are great!
Definatly have to tend to the wife first at times. Hope this marriage works out better for you than the previous.


Thanks, I will post more pics once I clean her up a little. And the new wife is for sure a keeper I made sure of that before I said I do this time lol. Yesterday I was toying with the brat and she came out with a glass of sweet tea sets it down and then come back a few minutes later she had put on old jeans and shirt and put on a ball cap and said I'm hear to help tell me what you need. That made my day! Now I'm sure the are guys that there wife's help them work on cars and such but my wife is very feminine so I did not see that coming at all. She just told me if your going to be out here working on this car guess I'm going to learn some stuff because I want to be right the beside you. If that's not a keeper than I don't know what is.. Oh and she is smoking hot so that helps also;-)

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Posted 03 March 2014 - 10:10 PM

More pics of Brat please and new wife too.... HA JK, Just the Brat would be fine....



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Posted 03 March 2014 - 11:39 PM



IDAHO >>>>>>

Hahaha yes.

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Posted 04 March 2014 - 12:25 AM

Wow, sounds like you made a huge score with the Brat/wife lol. Congrats!!!




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