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#1 waimaks

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Posted 02 October 2005 - 04:37 AM

Hello, umm, I'll introduce myself, I'm John, and I am getting a Gen 1 Brat in the in a few days. It was advertised as an '82 but reading through all the wonderful info on this site, weren't the square headlight style Brats introduced in 82? This one is definately an earlier model brat with the round headlights. I'll try and get some pictures over the next few days when I get it home. Its identical to the one in 75subie's thread and has only done 64000km.
And a question or two, what sorta cruising speeds can they manage? This is the 1800 4 speed dual range one(are there any others?).
And I don't plan any major modifications, maybe just a stereo etc. But was wondering as it is tricky to get a limited slip diff, is it possible to easily put individual controls on the breaks, to stop certain wheels from spinning?
Just thought it might be a cheaper, and slightly more fun alternative to the lsd.
Hope this hasn't already been covered and I make sence.
No doubt you will all be hearing from me a little more often from now on.
Brats of this era don't seem to be very common where I live so I think i've got a bargin.
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Posted 02 October 2005 - 05:56 AM

yes, your`s sounds like a gen 1 brat.if it has the 1800 with dual range that would make it an 80 or 81 GL.it could also have a ea71 (1600) with single range 4wd (most common) the engine # is printed on the front of the block i believe.

if its an 1800, cruising at 70mph is no problem, you could go faster, but its kind of pushing it, for a 1600, 65-70mph is also fine.

put a weber carb on it, and make it a screamer (as people tell me).take care,

Jon
ps. please post pix, i would like to see it.

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Posted 02 October 2005 - 06:37 AM

Congrats on your find.
Welcome to the good ship USMB.

As for your drug problem (LSD)

The parking brake is on the front wheels, just a FYI

the rear diff may be swappable for a limited slip unit from an L series car (GL-10's ect.)
but was never offered AFAIK on the early Brats.

Great little vehicles, I do mean little by today's standards.
Tons of fun and miles of smiles to ya

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Posted 02 October 2005 - 12:09 PM

i have a 79 wagon with that same setup. 1800 dualrange it came from a 81 gl brat. anyway the only mod it has is a 2.25in exhaust.... i have no problems running faster then the car feals safe at.... i ususaly run it around 75-80 (kinda schetch if not on the freeway.) but ive had it to 95 several times on flat ground,,,.... anyway congrats on your find with that kind of milage it should be mint if it was kept indoors.

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Posted 02 October 2005 - 03:15 PM

You may be able to put an LSD unit it from a turbo car, but the gear ratio will probably be different, so you would have to put the LSD carrier in your differential.

#6 waimaks

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Posted 02 October 2005 - 08:15 PM

Thanks for all the quick replies, I'll post some pictures as soon as I get home(thursday). From what the seller has told me it has spent untill a few years ago at least, indoors.

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Posted 06 October 2005 - 06:21 PM

ok, well I got it home, didn't miss a beat for the whole 1300km trip, just needed a slight retarding of the timing while we waited for the ferry.
Only a few things the matter with it, this morning after the the whole trip, the clutch cable came loose by the pedals, in the middle of town, had to start in gear and turn the motor off to change direction, good lesson though i guess.
Seems to chew through gas a bit, might just need a tune up. Umm
The heater seems to be always on hot. And there is wiring for a radio, but its not there.
Any comments appretiated, and how should I put pictures on here?

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Posted 06 October 2005 - 06:37 PM

as for pics, go to the photo gallery, and in the upper right in yellow, there it will say upload pic's, go there and upload away! if you have dial up, expect it to take a long time :lol: Also, cant wait to see the pics :) sounds like another kool gen 1 brat

#9 waimaks

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Posted 06 October 2005 - 06:50 PM

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Ok, thanks, I'll put the rest in there possibly, heres one anyway. Oh and the headlights are pointed a tad low, hard to see. I'm Sure I'll be able to get that right though.

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Posted 06 October 2005 - 06:51 PM

nice brat! o and about the head lights, subaru head lights suck! lol

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Posted 06 October 2005 - 07:00 PM

nice brat! o and about the head lights, subaru head lights suck! lol

Oh, o well! I'm having trouble finding the upload thing, might just put the rest on photobucket, save the forums some space.

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Posted 06 October 2005 - 07:11 PM

click on photo gallery, then it will pop up with some other thumbnails of pics, then in yellow, towards the top farthest to the right it says upload photos

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Posted 06 October 2005 - 07:15 PM

NICE NICE BRAT

looks just like the one i bought.i used to have a blue one too.best of luck to you, and lets see MORE PICS!

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Posted 06 October 2005 - 07:34 PM

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I think this post may get a tad misshapen, I think I might take the canopy off during the summer months, looks a bit strange with it on, and visibility etc etc i guess.

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Posted 06 October 2005 - 07:46 PM

nice unit man

it does look pretty mint.so it must be and 80 or 81 right?what are your stereo system plans?

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Posted 06 October 2005 - 07:58 PM

Yeah it says 81 on the ownership papers, first registered January 82, Stereo, probably just a el'cheapo head unit and some decent door 6 by 9's or something, see whats cheapest.

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Posted 06 October 2005 - 09:51 PM

I like that right hand drive, could use it to deliver mail over here in style!!!!:brow:

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Posted 06 October 2005 - 11:50 PM

Very nice. Where did you manage to find that?

#19 waimaks

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Posted 06 October 2005 - 11:58 PM

Very nice. Where did you manage to find that?

Down your way actually, It was just out of Queenstown/Arrowtown. Got lost in Christchurch, SH1 dissappeared on us.
Oh yea and I found a wreckers with a slightly older gen 2 brat with some of those 6 spoke white wheels, Would they be wider than the ones on here already?
I also found this morning that the clutch cable hadn't come loose, the coller on the pedal end had broken off, hence no clutch. A pair of vice grips works just the same untill I can put in the cable off the wrecked gen 2.
Also, is $180nz a good deal on a set of 5 of those wheels? I might just try buy the whole thing, has a decent looking engine and gearbox, and grey leather seats.:cool:




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