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#1 cookiemonster131

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Posted 29 April 2014 - 08:04 PM

so I acquired this bastard contraption

 

XT suspension

ea82 turbo engine

megasquirt controller

 

it was owned by a professor at Appalachian state university in boone NC before he died. It was given to a former student, went through 2 more students hands and nothing was done to it now I am here to finish it.

 

It has an ultimate Subaru sticker on the back glass, I am hoping I am lucky enough someone remembers the brat.

 

on with the pics, it should be in my shop in a week or 2 and it shall begin

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Posted 29 April 2014 - 08:10 PM

ive seen this thing all over the internet! i would kill or die to have this! so jealous, but excited to see where you take it!



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Posted 29 April 2014 - 08:20 PM

Always wondered what happened to this thing. Do it justice...

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Posted 29 April 2014 - 08:23 PM

so is there an old build thread online somewhere? it was running and driving at one time as I understand but the interior was parted out and it runs now but not great...



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Posted 29 April 2014 - 08:28 PM

Not that I've seen. It pre-dates my time here. I've seen info about it posted here. Nothing significant that I remember. Someone will know something.

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Posted 29 April 2014 - 08:30 PM

I will be excited to hear more



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Posted 29 April 2014 - 10:06 PM

I am normally one of the first to be appalled at a bastardized Brat, especially if it got an EA82T (shudder), but it looks like that one was done right and it looks hella cool like that. There is enough motorhead experience here that we can help you get it going in tip top fashion. I'm sure you're busy, but at some point, I (and I'm sure several others) would like to see pics of how the suspension and 5 lug were accomplished including pics of the axles since as I understand it, they have to be hybrid to work with the 5 lug stuff. If the person who did that is still around, I hope they'll chime in. Great find!



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Posted 30 April 2014 - 06:30 AM

I've seen this before on here :

 

http://www.chopcult....ght=subaru brat

See if I can find more ... :)

Cheers, Bantum ...



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Posted 30 April 2014 - 06:41 AM

yeah I will get pics of the suspension when I can guys. it is not in my shop yet and will not be for a few weeks. the guys on chopcult who posted it are the ones who originally got it from the dead professor. I picked it up from Hugh's shop to bring it to Salisbury to a friends house. I then got it from said friend.

 

I am a mechanic by trade so I hope I can get this back to its glory and then get it painted and done :-)

 

it also comes with 2 truck loads of parts if anyone is looking for stock brat parts



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Posted 30 April 2014 - 10:07 AM

I don' know what the mpfi manifold for an ea82 looks like but that is not an ea82 turbo intake manifold. Also, what did they do with the disty?


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Posted 30 April 2014 - 10:46 AM

its a manifold from an XT series car. and it looks like electro ignition like MSD or something.. ive seen the MSD swap with the disty hole just covered before



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Posted 30 April 2014 - 04:33 PM

yes it has stand alone msd coils to fire the engine and powered by megasquirt and a trigger hall sensor.

 

I got all the spare parts today, spare dash, door panels, all the chrome and aluminum, rocker panels and such



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Posted 30 April 2014 - 05:02 PM

SO COOL!!!! At first i was a little worried but seeing that spider intake and TMIC it looks really good in there. I really like the modified strut towers looks like a simple way to do it that wide body isn't to shabby either 

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Posted 30 April 2014 - 06:43 PM

I don' know what the mpfi manifold for an ea82 looks like but that is not an ea82 turbo intake manifold. Also, what did they do with the disty?

It's a "Spider" manifold.

 

Looks like replaced the dizzy with an electronic version.

 

And that thing looks so wicked. Even more wicked with an EJ20T...

tho it prob weighs almost nothing.

 

I wonder if Loyale lower control arms have been fitted. No reason for the wheels to be that far out to fill the flares (apart from looks). Spacers put on the rear to compensate



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Posted 30 April 2014 - 10:24 PM

This is Garner's old Brat, he passed away a few years back. Then another guy bought and posted frequently here for a while about getting it running, progress etc, then he dropped off the map about a year ago.

Now here it is again.

Hope you have better luck.

 

Unfortunately, the old site lost the photo album.

 

 http://www.ultimates...here/?hl=garner



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Posted 01 May 2014 - 12:03 AM

Holy crap. Salisbury?!!!

I'm in concord!
Hit up higgins automotive for spare parts. I don't know that brat in particular but know enough to identify what's been done. Looks pretty well sorted at the moment.

Let me know if you ever need a hand. I actually will be up that way Saturday saving an AE86.


 



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Posted 01 May 2014 - 03:41 AM

thank you turbine for the link!

 

I know the history all the way back to Garner and I plan to get this BRAT back on the road. I own a car restoration company so I am capable but I am new to Subaru so I may need some assistance here and there.

 

Rpholz I will be in touch I am sure. I have know Jimmie Higgins for 12 years now, he actually taught me how to work on 20r and 22r Toyota motors. I have always wanted a BRAT because of Jimmie just never found the right one until now.

 

Thanks guys for all the help and kind words.

 

I appreciate everyone pitching in to give me info from your eyeball Subaru knowledge. This is going to be a fun project!



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Posted 01 May 2014 - 08:56 AM

Oh cool! Yea Jimmie is an awsome individual.

I had talked about doing some work for him in trade for a brat but he didn't want to let one go. Although he is still trying to have me come work for him.

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Posted 01 May 2014 - 11:26 AM

Here's another thread about it: http://www.ultimates...at/#entry728173

And this on pirate4x4 http://www.pirate4x4...round-here.html



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Posted 01 May 2014 - 04:12 PM

This is an inspiration, It might be common knowledge here, but I was wondering about being able to put a turbo into an older Brat.

- But I am conflicted, because a fuel-injected engine is not as robust and reliable as carbureted, and not sure if its possible to put turbo onto a carbureted Subaru engine with Subaru parts...

 

- Is it?



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Posted 01 May 2014 - 04:47 PM

yes, research blow through turbo setup. this one in particular has the turbo engine from an 80s model.



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Posted 01 May 2014 - 07:12 PM

THANKS WOODSWAGON!!!!



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Posted 03 May 2014 - 07:19 AM

I am chomping at the bit to get started on this BRAT, hopefully by the end of the week it will be loaded up in my garage...



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Posted 11 May 2014 - 07:02 AM

Well guys this little BRAT is scheduled to come to my shop tomorrow. So i can finally dig into and make some progresshopefully



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Posted 11 May 2014 - 12:20 PM

This is an inspiration, It might be common knowledge here, but I was wondering about being able to put a turbo into an older Brat.

- But I am conflicted, because a fuel-injected engine is not as robust and reliable as carbureted, and not sure if its possible to put turbo onto a carbureted Subaru engine with Subaru parts...

 

- Is it?

 

Carbed subaru engines are weaker and less reliable than FI. 

 

Don't know why you keep insisting otherwise........you can have it as opinion but things like HP and service intervals are fact....no disputable.

 

There is a way to turbo a subaru........they did it already.....if Carbed turbos were so great and relaible they would make them but no one does. 

 

You need the management capabilities of FI to effectively make good, daily driveable power from a turbo engine an d keep reliability.






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