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1979 Brat Dual Carb EA81 Swap

1979 Brat dual carb ea81 swap Build

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#51 LouKoff

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Posted 19 March 2017 - 07:21 PM

Finished the last of the rust repair and got all of the undercoating done.

 

33540260035_99f8c7289b.jpgWheel well rust pre-cut by Luke Hoffman, on Flickr

 

33411606931_1e3ac1f804.jpgRusty wheel well by Luke Hoffman, on Flickr

 

33411602481_94fa379ed2.jpgWheel well rust cut out by Luke Hoffman, on Flickr

 

Driver rear wheel well repair by Luke Hoffman, on Flickr

 

32696682604_639aba5317.jpgrear end undercoated by Luke Hoffman, on Flickr

 

I welded some nuts/washers to the underbody while it was clean so I have an easy way to remove the bed seats and made some new tabs on the bed seats to mount them.

 

33383256902_2e9f3c7f03.jpgBed seat frame mounts by Luke Hoffman, on Flickr


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#52 LouKoff

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Posted 19 May 2017 - 10:56 PM

Got a lot more stuff ready for primer/paint.

 

Bumper prepped for primer

 

Bumper prepped1 by Luke Hoffman, on Flickr

 

Bumper prepped2 by Luke Hoffman, on Flickr

 

Got the engine bay seam sealed and prepped for paint, and seam sealed the interior(not pictured).

 

Bay prepped for sealing by Luke Hoffman, on Flickr

 

Bay Sealed by Luke Hoffman, on Flickr

 

D Bay sealed by Luke Hoffman, on Flickr

 

P Bay Sealed by Luke Hoffman, on Flickr

 

Cleaned up a lot of the suspension components and am working on getting the gas tank refurbed.

 

Control Arms/Subframe by Luke Hoffman, on Flickr

 

Suspension prepped by Luke Hoffman, on Flickr

 

Got the bed and tailgate cleaned up a little better and ready for primer

 

Bed and Tailgate ready for primer by Luke Hoffman, on Flickr

 

 

Started bodyworking too, it definitely shows that this was a hard working truck for most of its life.

 

D Bodywork by Luke Hoffman, on Flickr

 

D Rear Bodywork by Luke Hoffman, on Flickr



#53 LouKoff

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Posted 29 May 2017 - 08:57 PM

Decided to remove the rear window so the paint in the bed would turn out better and painted the suspension with epoxy primer and some semi gloss black this weekend.

 

Rear window removed by Luke Hoffman, on Flickr

 

 

Suspension painted 1 by Luke Hoffman, on Flickr

 

Suspension painted 2 by Luke Hoffman, on Flickr



#54 ironworkerboomer

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Posted 06 June 2017 - 08:06 PM

I love the attention to detail this will be a sweet ride.



#55 LouKoff

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Posted 15 June 2017 - 07:26 PM

Started assembling the short block, got the engine bay painted, and got the bumper, cowl, and front valence primed.

 

I got the case halves together but haven't had time to put the pistons in yet.

 

Crank and cam in case half by Luke Hoffman, on Flickr

 

Painted the engine bay a semi-gloss black, didn't want to paint it the same color as the rest of the car because I thought it would clash with the wrinkle red engine scheme.

 

Black bay by Luke Hoffman, on Flickr

 

Had to get a little creative with my paint set up

 

Paint set up by Luke Hoffman, on Flickr

 

Front end pieces primed by Luke Hoffman, on Flickr



#56 LouKoff

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Posted 20 June 2017 - 04:36 PM

Started putting the suspension back together. I stiffened up my bushings, engine, and tranny mounts with 3m window weld urethane and installed new front control arm bushings. I also started reinstalling stuff in the engine bay. I started fitting and knocking down some high spots I found on the fenders and mounted the hood. I'm working on rebuilding the master cylinder and putting in all new brakes/finishing up the suspension next. When its back on the ground and rolling I'll continue the body working.

 

I also finished the assembly of the short block today

 

35394001466_2990726a96_z.jpgRings installed by Luke Hoffman, on Flickr

 

35394000266_ef3f6ba223_z.jpgPistons installed by Luke Hoffman, on Flickr

 

35433563315_f7d2b3dc05_z.jpgPiston crown by Luke Hoffman, on Flickr


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#57 LouKoff

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Posted 29 June 2017 - 10:05 PM

Rebuilt the oil pump and got the longblock together

 

 ea81 longblock by Luke Hoffman, on Flickr



#58 LouKoff

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Posted 02 July 2017 - 10:36 PM

Got the rear suspension and brakes back together, started rebuilding the rear cv axles (waiting on new cv boots), got the brake booster painted and got the master cylinder and windshield wiper motor reinstalled. Put in a new poly rag joint meant for vw's. Repacked my front wheel bearings, painted the front knuckles, and installed new wheel seals. Reassembled the front suspension with new control arm bushings, leading rod bushings, ball joints, and tie rod ends. I got the 4wd linkage modified to use the first gen linkage, to do this I cut the "cup" off of the single range tranny, removed the linkage from the dual range cut the threaded end off of it and welded the "cup" onto it and bolted the 4wd shifter mount onto the dual range tranny.

 

Rear brakes and suspension back in with new shoes, wheel cylinders, and struts.

Rear back together by Luke Hoffman, on Flickr

 

Taking apart the rear cv axles

Rear CV by Luke Hoffman, on Flickr

 

Here's a photo of the modified linkage

 

Modified linkage by Luke Hoffman, on Flickr

 

Tranny installed

 

Tranny in by Luke Hoffman, on Flickr

 

4wd linkage just like factory

 

4wd shifter by Luke Hoffman, on Flickr



#59 LouKoff

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Posted 06 July 2017 - 09:22 PM

Got all the front suspension back together and got the car back on the ground. I decided to raise the rear suspension up a bit as well. Now that I can finally move the car out of the garage I finally got the bed, bed access panels and the tailgate primed. I also started doing some more bodyworking and was able to not make a mess in the garage with all the dust.

 

I'm really pleased that the brat is finally back on the ground again

 

Back on the ground by Luke Hoffman, on Flickr

 

Bed sides primed

 

Bed sides primed by Luke Hoffman, on Flickr

 

Tailgate primed, seen its better days but doesn't have much rust

 

Tailgate primed by Luke Hoffman, on Flickr

 

Now that the bed is primed there no more bare metal on the truck and I can get down to business on the bodywork

 

Bed Primed by Luke Hoffman, on Flickr



#60 LouKoff

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Posted 15 August 2017 - 08:11 PM

Got most of the body work done, after spot priming there are a few spots I still need to use some on. I'm gonna try to get the last of the filler work done and spray it with high build primer in the next couple days. I also got all of the rust  cleaned out of the gas tank by soaking it vinegar for a couple days and shaking it around with some nuts and bolts inside, I neutralized the vinegar with baking soda and coated the inside of the tank with some light oil. After cleaning the rust I gave the tank some fresh paint.

 

 

Gas tank cleaned and painted

Gas tank by Luke Hoffman, on Flickr

 

 

Heres the brat after bodyworking, ready for spot priming

Before paint by Luke Hoffman, on Flickr

 

 

I might have gotten a little carried away with the body working and smoothed out the super dented wheel wells. I think it looks a lot better though.

Bed after bodywork by Luke Hoffman, on Flickr

 

 

Lastly, here it is after spot priming. It's really coming together.

Spot primed after bodywork by Luke Hoffman, on Flickr



#61 LouKoff

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Posted 18 August 2017 - 01:31 PM

I got the filler work I wanted to get done before spraying the high build primer and seam sealed the bed. I also got the first round of high build primer sprayed, had a hell of a time getting the gun to spray right and didn't end up having enough primer mixed up or time to get the bed or tailgate sprayed so that'll have to wait for the next round. 

 

Seam Sealed Bed (1) by Luke Hoffman, on Flickr

 

Seam Sealed Bed (3) by Luke Hoffman, on Flickr 

 

High build primer by Luke Hoffman, on Flickr



#62 LouKoff

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Posted 28 August 2017 - 09:08 PM

After block sanding the first coat of high build primer I found some more low spots and body lines that needed some more work so I did some more filler work to get it ready for another round. I also painted the brake calipers black and almost finished rebuilding the rear cv axles but I still need to do the boot clamps. Hopefully I'll have the car block sanded and fix any last spots that need attention so I can spray the basecoat soon.

 

P side before 2k by Luke Hoffman, on Flickr

 

P side before 2k 2 by Luke Hoffman, on Flickr

 

Before 2k by Luke Hoffman, on Flickr

 

P side 2k by Luke Hoffman, on Flickr

 

Front 2k by Luke Hoffman, on Flickr

 

D side 2k by Luke Hoffman, on Flickr

 

D side 2k 2 by Luke Hoffman, on Flickr

 

Misc 2k by Luke Hoffman, on Flickr

 

Tailgate 2k by Luke Hoffman, on Flickr

 

Brake calipers painted by Luke Hoffman, on Flickr

 

CVs rebuilt by Luke Hoffman, on Flickr







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