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Road trip for the '84 BRAT; Updated again
Posted 24 December 2003 - 02:33 AM
Left out of here at 7:am this morning, heading to Baraboo, Wi., a 390 mile trip one-way. Meet up with Bert V., and picked up the '84 BRAT.
Had some interesting moments driving back here, due to road conditions. Wasn't nothing we couldn't handle, even towing the BRAT on a dolly. But there were some plain I_D_I_O_T_S out there.
Was a couple spots in Illinios where it was snowing heavily, roads covered, with limited visability. I'm doing 40mph, and feeling fairly safe doing so, ('94 GMC 4X4). Had a few nummies pass me doing atleast 50, maybe 60. Think they're the ones we saw off the road a few miles down.
Ifin we weren't so far from home, and not hauling a vehicle, we would have stopped to assist them. But we were pulling a vehicle, and we had no tow-strap with us. Graphics and tail-fins don't give you good snow driving sense, I guess.
Time for another beer, and then it's nap time.
Posted 24 December 2003 - 02:25 PM
She's sat for over a year, with no one paying her any attention. Bert says the "frame" is rusted, haven't scoped that out yet. But that's why he hasn't done anything more to it, didn't think it worth the money.
She definetly needs engine work, (bad DS HG), or replacement, not real sure on the carb itself either, time will tell.
Feels like she's only running on 2 cylinders right now, but you'll get that with a bad HG. She was puking Anti-freeze when I was putting her on the dolly.
Paint color is Cosmic Blue, and the interior is a Dark Blue. White rims, with center caps, fairly decent tires. Complete new exhaust system, BONUS!! New radiator, PS side HG, PS side axle. Have the service write-ups for the work Bert has had done to her.
As stated previously, the trip was good. About 380/390 miles there, then another 30 miles further west to get the BRAT. Had to swap the battery out, and change a rear tire, before we loaded her. Was a bit fun to get her running at first, but she drove herself onto the dolly. Followed us home with no problems.
Sent some pics of her to Miles, so he can put them on his site. I've forgotten my password to the photo site here, so I can't post them. D'OH!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted 24 December 2003 - 04:23 PM
i got yer pics. they are really small, like thumbnail size. but i put them up on my site with the pics of the ea82 82 brat from the swap meet
here they are
Posted 25 December 2003 - 08:37 AM
Posted 25 December 2003 - 09:47 PM
Originally posted by MilesFox
cool about the struts for now.......work has begun on roberts brat-but the crossmember will need modified or adapted with a lift as its too narrow.
The Gen 1 is too narrow, about maybe a 1/2". I think we are just going to build a lift to accommodate the EA81 crossmember. I have some ideas in mind for that. Are you going to need the clutch pedal assembly and the clutch cable or throttle cable? I will be needing those also if you have no use for them. Talk to you later.
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