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1986 RHD Lifted, 1984 brat. Should I buy?


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#1 Grimm

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Posted 03 September 2009 - 12:41 PM

Hi everyone, I am possibly buying two brats in a package deal i found on CL.

Just thought I would ask someone who is more familliar with these vehicles than myself (My dad had one when he was my age, but still)

The main one I am interested in is a 1986 Brat awd 4spd, that happens to be RHD (like a brumby, Which is a huge selling point for me, as I love RHD) It is lifted and comes with Stock tires and rims, Topper, Jumpseats, and a spare rim/tire of the same size of lifted tires. It needs new front cv's and exaust. It has some rust (I am from michigan so rust is the devil to us, we hate it) but I have heard brats are prone to it somewhat. I have some pictures of it and the rust Ill upload. This truck has also been modified to be a "Brat bronco" meaning that someone removed the rear wall.

The other truck is a 1984 brat that is in rougher shape. It has a heavy duty bumper on it, no lift, and needs: Carb, radiator, rear glass, has a big dented in area on rear quarter, and has some rust as well.

The guy is asking around 2000$ for both, and I have the option to buy just the 1986 for around 1500$

Thanks in advance for any help, and I am sure I will be on here frequently if I buy it.

I hosted all the photos on imageshack, the photos of rust are from the 1986.

Also I have found a very nice 1988 AWD Justy for sale as well. Are they any good for offroading? Probably wouldnt be easy to lift it I am assuming. Just curious, as I do not know much about them, other than the oil pump is prone to fail and that the electronic clutch usually puts them out of service. It is listed for around 1800$.

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Edited by Grimm, 03 September 2009 - 12:48 PM.


#2 bheinen74

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Posted 03 September 2009 - 12:49 PM

1792t and 17930 pic eek.

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Posted 03 September 2009 - 12:53 PM

Oh darn, I dont beleive that was a good "eek"

Is it that bad?

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Posted 03 September 2009 - 04:18 PM

I remember seeing it on CL years ago in NC, dude wanted way too much for it then. Thats some pretty bad body rot so you really need to think long and hard about how long this thing will last you.

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Posted 03 September 2009 - 06:23 PM

that is some nasty rust, but workable. you'd need to reinforce the frame rails before doing much with them.


very cool, but definitely asking too much. I wouldn't pay more than 1500 for the pair.




don't bother on the justy.

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Posted 03 September 2009 - 09:57 PM

the black one looks cool but I love flat black.

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Posted 03 September 2009 - 10:08 PM

Frankly, I'd rather pay more money for one GOOD Brat... Even if I had to travel. They do come around if you're looking. Heck, I saw a rust-free '86 Brat for sale a week or two ago less than 2 miles from my house! Sorry, it's in Colorado.

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Posted 04 September 2009 - 11:07 AM

Well now I have found a beautiful 1985 BRAT like thirty min from me. He wants 2000$

Its all stock, and appears to have been taken care of very well. AND It is 98% rust free!!! :grin:

I hate rust...

Also I am debating on to buy a brat or a wagon?

What is the best for offroad use?

Does anyone know about the lift kits from highrise subaru? I am going to buy the 6" monster lift and put it on whatever i buy, at least thats the plan.

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Posted 05 September 2009 - 08:52 AM

Buy the RHD one if you are buying it to beat on it in the woods, leave the rust free one alone.

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Posted 05 September 2009 - 09:59 AM

Buy the RHD one if you are buying it to beat on it in the woods, leave the rust free one alone.


x2. It's getting hard enough to find Subarus of that era in decent shape as it is.

One rule of thumb I have regarding modified vehicles: unless I know the person who modified it and how the vehicle has been both built up and treated over the years, I won't buy it. Yeah, it's convenient to not have to do that work yourself, but you never quite know what you're getting into unless your buddy can point out every quirk, foible, and unusual little habit it has as a result of being modified.

Just my $0.02, but it's a preference I stick by. Oh, and that's a lot of rust in that RHD one. Even as a trail vehicle, expect a good amount of cutting and welding to keep it in one piece. The missing rear bulkhead makes me wonder about its structural integrity, too. As much as I wouldn't want to flop, roll, or endo any vehicle, that's one I definitely wouldn't want to be in if it did happen.

Edited by casm, 05 September 2009 - 10:01 AM.


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Posted 06 September 2009 - 03:45 PM

Well i guess the other one sold :-\

I am still looking for a brat guys.

Well i am not buying it to beat around in the woods with, it would only be offroad at state parks or freshwater sand dunes. I am wanting it as a reliable and cool driver. I love the seats in the back ad the fact it gets good milage.

If anyone has a brat they wanna sell, or know of one in good shape let me know cause i have cash ready,

I mean, I really dont wanna buy the rhd one if its gonna be a problem. it seems like a waste of money since its all rusty. I dont wanna buy a car i have to turn around an weld back together.

Edited by Grimm, 06 September 2009 - 03:48 PM.


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Posted 07 September 2009 - 04:32 AM

That RHD BRAT would be great to own, but it's in way to bad of shape for what the owner is asking for it. Lots of cutting and welding to be done to get the body back into shape.

If the price was way lower, I'd buy it just for the parts to convert a LHD over to RHD. But that's just me.....

And having the backwall cut out has seriously weaked the structural integrity of the roof area. I wouldn't want to be in it in a roll-over... Maybe installing a rollbar, properly,,, would be in order there.

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Posted 07 September 2009 - 08:38 AM

In agreement with the fellas the wall miss is bad and not just in a roll over it is structure if you got in to a fender bender a accordian would be putting it nicely and it has a lot of rust work to do a lot about 2500 dollars and your time




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