Hey guys. I've been posting on and off in this community for a while. I did an introductory post but other than that I've been mostly here to ask and answer questions (mostly asking, to be fair). Since then I've been tearing apart my truck and trying to make it sound. When I purchased the truck, I think I was mesmerized by a fresh coat of paint and just being in the presence of a 1st gen BRAT, so I bought it without looking too close at it. It has it's share of problems, but overall it's still a pretty solid truck.
I'm also a member, and forum administrator for Flat4 Las Vegas. We are a group of Subaru enthusiasts, although I will admit that most of the folks in the club are very WRX-STI oriented, which is a mostly younger crowd. Nothing wrong with that. I enjoy Subarus of all years and models, but as I age, I really find myself enjoying my classic more than my STI.
Anyway, I started a build journal over on my home website, but I thought I'd also like to transplant it over here and see what you guys think -- and maybe get some suggestions along the way. Anyway, hope you enjoy it. There's quite a few pictures!
Here's when I bought the truck. I got it in Carson City. It's a good 7 hour drive from Las Vegas. Went up there, saw it, drove it, and brought it home the same day. Very tiring, but it was nice to bring it home. It has a fairly new paint job on it, although it's a Maaco paint job, and it's flaking off in some spots. Also the previous owner did cover some rust with it, so it's going to be coming off. Also the bed was rattle-canned, as well as part of the engine bay. I'm actually addressing the engine bay currently which you'll see below..
This actually came with two sets of jump seats.
I also got a spare set of tires in the deal, and the original tailgate and fender which were replaced. The tailgate is junk, but the fender is still usable so holding on to that.
And a spare quad-light grille!
Lots of original parts too, and spare things the previous owner stripped from junk yards. Door handles, mirrors, etc.
Interior as it came... Pay attention to the center/shifter area. He had a custom stereo solution done, which I was not a fan of. Basically chopping up the console, and using some fiberglass/cardboard to build a speaker box for some 8" mids. I removed it almost immediately.
An overflow tank which had seen enough.. Was leaking and eating through the rattle canned portion of the engine bay.
Sitting outside, after my first inspection..
The bed was pretty beat up, and I actually poked my finger through the driver side wheel well. Figured that was going to be a big problem. I've never done body work before, so I figured I'd try it out. Looking back at these pictures, I think I could have done a better job, but I think once I get everything sorted I can hopefully bondo some of the lows from welding and make it look fairly proper. I haven't addressed anything else in the bed since this, so I will be coming back to it.