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Posted 24 March 2015 - 04:49 PM
The previous owner had intentions of rebuilding the EA71 and had the heads disassembled and a few other things torn down as well.
A few weeks later I saw an ad for a 1983 Brat that was so rusty that the rear end was about to separate from the unibody. The car looks very deceiving but it has almost no drivers side floor, rocker panels and the back half of the bed had already been replaced with a patch panel. The Brat came with the rear jump seats, headrests, seat belts, and even the bags that cover the seat belts. The car came with a lot of other miscellaneous parts as the guy I bought it from has supposedly owned like 10 different Brats and this was the last one he had.
My plan is to swap the EA81 with a Dual Carb set up I picked up into the '79 along with the 4 speed D/R for now until I can find a 5 speed D/R to swap into it.
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Posted 24 March 2015 - 08:24 PM
Posted 24 March 2015 - 09:23 PM
The ad was strange advertising it as strictly for parts only(this could be because it was not assembled when for sale)but it did come with a clean title and everything checked out.
I went out to see it over Thanksgiving break and it seems to be pretty solid and for the most part complete other than a few odds and ends mostly engine stuff that I don't need with the swap.
Posted 28 March 2015 - 12:59 PM
Here are some picture of the '83
On the trailer taking it home
Brat 2 on trailer by Loukoffman, on Flickr
Got it running before pulling the engine
EA81 Running by Loukoffman, on Flickr
Pulling EA81 by Loukoffman, on Flickr
Snapped a bolt while taking of the Intake
Intake Bolt by Loukoffman, on Flickr
I'm on break this week so hopefully I can get the intake bolt out and get the rest of the engine torn down so I can be on my way to getting my engine ready to go when I pick up the '79 from my Grandpa's.
Edited by LouKoff, 29 March 2015 - 11:04 AM.
Posted 22 April 2015 - 03:39 PM
Before by Loukoffman, on Flickr
During by Loukoffman, on Flickr
Taped off by Loukoffman, on Flickr
Primed by Loukoffman, on Flickr
Edited by LouKoff, 22 April 2015 - 03:42 PM.
Posted 22 April 2015 - 04:27 PM
The original seat belt bags I had were in pretty rough shape so I tried my hand at making some new ones.
I created a pattern using the original bags and sewed them up with using marine grade vinyl and UV and abrasion resistant thread, with elastic to keep the bag snug over the belt, as well as nickel plated eyelets with a peice of paracord to attach the bag to the belt.
I sealed the seams of the bag to provide extra protection from the weather as well. I had some left over material and made some extra bags which I will post for sale in the near future.
Posted 02 May 2015 - 05:18 PM
Any update? I would like to see how you made the ea81 and dr fit as i am about to start the same swap in my 77 wagon. thanks
Posted 12 July 2015 - 10:41 PM
Sorry it's been so long since I've updated this, things got a little crazy at the end of the school year and then I immediately started working a full time job. Among the craziness and other projects that needed to take priority I've finally started to get back to working on the Brat.
First off here are some better pictures of the Brat
Whoever repainted the car before seemed to like Bondo
The truck has more rust than it originally appeared after chunks of bondo started to fall off
Now on with the updates. I tore into the interior and took out the seats and carpet and some other random bits finding nine dead mice along the way. I got stuck when trying to pull the steering wheel. I got the horn and the nut holding the steering wheel off and it feels loose but it wont come off the shaft, I tried using a mallet and hitting it and pulling it along with soaking the shaft in pb blaster but still have had no success. Anybody have suggestions? I might try to fab up a puller somehow using the little threaded hole that keep the horn retainer thing on.
Heres how the interior currently sits after I used some liquid nitrogen to remove tar sound deadening until i ran out.
Removing the sound deadening revealed some small holes from rust
The passenger wheel well has a few holes too
Heres how the car currently sits
Onto the engine update.....
I finally have the engine torn down and have been porting the heads, hoping to finish up this week so I can get everything off to the machince shop to get the heads machined and a valve grind. Plans for the engine have changed though as I found out piston 2 and 4 from the EA71 were pretty chewed up, so it looks like I'm stuck with stock EA81 pistons.
Pulled and pressure washed the dual range tranny from the '83 while I was at the cabin today
I also started to tear down the dual carb setup carefully documenting how it was set up as I went. I looked over the carbs everywhere and couldn't find a marking saying which model carb they were. Anybody know what gasket set I need to get for this thing, the Australian guys said fuelmiser ht-425 which says is for Hitachi Model DCX-328 but that kit is more than I'm wanting to spend at $50 a peice. Anybody know what other model would share the same carb so I could order a kit off rock auto or another kit to order?
Expect more updates in the next few weeks
Edited by LouKoff, 13 July 2015 - 09:54 PM.
Posted 21 August 2015 - 09:20 PM
Sorry for the lack of updates once again.
The head have been in the machine shop for a couple weeks now and should be done by the end of next week. I've been working on sandblasting and painting valve covers, oil pan, alternator bracket and other little parts as well as some peugeot alloys I picked up from TheLoyale a couple monthes ago.
I've also been sanding and cleaning up the floor pans and front end so I can start cutting and welding some new peices that my Dad and I made to patch the worst spots.
Pictures to come.
Posted 22 August 2015 - 12:47 AM
Great engine/trans combo to put into a brat. Any update on the rear seat belt covers? They look oem.
Edited by turbosubarubrat, 22 August 2015 - 12:47 AM.
Posted 22 August 2015 - 12:26 PM
Yeah it should be a fun car if I can ever find the time to finish all of the things I'd like to do with it, but with school starting next week it might not be driving until next year.
About the seat belt covers, I've got three sets made and I could make more if there's interest but it might take me a while to make more now that I'm starting college.
Posted 24 August 2015 - 07:38 AM
Posted 24 August 2015 - 08:00 PM
Well I got some more vinyl and am gonna do my best to try to crank out a few more covers this week!
Posted 26 August 2015 - 08:28 PM
Since I got my wisdom teeth removed yesterday morning I figured it would be a good time to do an update.
I took the carbs off the intake manifold and am hopefully going to sandblast it and paint it along with the valve covers and oil pan this weekend. I finished sandblasting and painting the alternator bracket and crank pulley, and I sandblasted the peugeot alloys but I still have some work to do to clean them up a little more before paint.
I've been working on cleaning all of the tar residue off of the floor pans using 3M General Purpose Adhesive Cleaner, so I can paint the whole floor right away after I patch the holes by the back of the transmission tunnel.
Here are some pics of the 90 degree bent pieces of steel my Dad made with the sheet metal break at his work to patch spots on the front end.
These are some of the spots I need the patch. There is similar rust on the drivers side that also needs patching.
I also picked up an '05 Sti Catback and plan to use the axleback portion on the brat.
Since I've got some down time because of recovery from my wisdom teeth I'm planning to work on making some more seat belt covers tomorrow.
I stopped by the machinist today to drop of some valve guide seals I forgot to give him, we looked over the heads again and he says he'll have the heads done by Friday and the work he has done already looks great!
Edited by LouKoff, 26 August 2015 - 08:58 PM.
Posted 02 September 2015 - 08:39 PM
I fixed the Rusted out lip on the passenger side of the engine bay.
Drilled out the spot welds the used the angle grinder to cut out the bad sections.
Two layer section by Luke Hoffman, on Flickr
Cut by Luke Hoffman, on Flickr
Then I primed the new section and the existing section with weldable primer, ground down my welds, and then primed it again. The welds aren’t the best looking but they won’t be visible and at least they are sturdy.
Passenger Side Done by Luke Hoffman, on Flickr
Same thing on the drivers side but I didn’t finish.
Driver Side Repair by Luke Hoffman, on Flickr
Repaired a spot on the passenger side by the headlights too.
Front finished by Luke Hoffman, on Flickr
Front Painted by Luke Hoffman, on Flickr
Wire Wheeled the Lug Nuts
Raw Lugs by Luke Hoffman, on Flickr
Primed Lugs by Luke Hoffman, on Flickr
Then Paint the Lugs with leftover Rustoleum Engine Enamel
Painted Lugs by Luke Hoffman, on Flickr
Oil Pan Painted with VHT Engine Accessory Black
Oil Pan by Luke Hoffman, on Flickr
Only had time to prime the Valve Covers with VHT Flame Proof Primer
Primed Valve Covers by Luke Hoffman, on Flickr
The heads turned out great. All in all the machinist fixed the exhaust threads, a spark plug thread, and intake thread, put on a multi angle valve grind and milled the heads .001" because they were slightly warped.
Heads by Luke Hoffman, on Flickr
My Dad polished up the block for me using a scotch brite polishing wheel on a drill and soaking the halves in degreaser.
Block by Luke Hoffman, on Flickr
This might be the last post for a while because I’m living in the dorm, but I’ll be going back home on the weekends and such to work on it more.
Edited by LouKoff, 02 September 2015 - 08:41 PM.
Posted 04 September 2015 - 12:05 AM
Small update but I finished up the driver side lip tonight.
Forgot to mention how the transmission fitting went in the last post so here goes.
I'm sure this has been documented already but to get the transmission mounts to line up on transmission crossmember I had to move the tranny mounts back further, to where they would be if looking at the original single range. Like many other threads have said before the transmission is wider and interferes with the steering linkage, so I'm either going to grind the bellhousing or do something with the linkage, I'd kinda like to get rid of the rag joint anyway because mine is in poor shape so I'm thinking I'll adapt the linkage or both.
Original 4 speed d/r mounts
Barely clears without the rag joint heat shield/protector
Posted 07 September 2015 - 06:17 PM
I ended up grinding the bell housing down a bit and removed the rag joint shield aswell. I have had no problems with this setup.
Posted 29 December 2015 - 08:25 PM
On winter break so I've been working on tackling some of the rust.
Finished up the holes at the back of the floor pans, started to work on tricky spot in the wheels well/engine bay area, and am working on prepping the the floor for paint and undercoating the underside of the car. Hoping to get a lot of work done before I got back to school
Here's a few pictures of some of the work....more to come
Cut out the worst of the rust in the back.
Here's the repair.
Posted 30 December 2015 - 10:11 AM
Looks like it is coming along nicely!
About those bags, they look nice and I would be down for a set myself, I think you could sell quite a few sets since most are lost to history.
Posted 04 January 2016 - 07:38 PM
Finished up a tricky spot in the passenger wheel well today. Still have to tackle the same spot on the drivers side.
About the bags, I got out the sewing machine a few days ago and have been slowly working on making a few more sets and hopefully will have a few to sell soon.
Posted 13 March 2016 - 10:27 PM
Finished the floor and fender well rust this weekend.
Painted the floor and the e brake lever.
Undercoated the fender wells.
Refinished some seats rails I picked up. The old seats where held in with 1x2 peices of wood bolted to through the floor.
Posted 29 March 2016 - 09:49 AM
Painted the intake and valve covers with a little inspiration from sti
Finally finished painting the pugs as well, color is oil rubbed bronze but it looks more of a gunmetal grey in person
The engine is ready to be reassembled as soon as my bearings, pistons, and gasket set arrive. I've been working on rebuilding the carburetors and am almost completely done with one but have yet to dig into the other one in case I need to use it as a reference.
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