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#5426 mike300z

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Posted 15 October 2013 - 11:59 AM

took out the seats today, along with alot of trim and the carpet. Found what I was looking for..... RUST!

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#5427 mcmillonbe

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Posted 15 October 2013 - 09:25 PM

Finally getting close to taking it to get the inspection/emission test here in SLC.  Had the glass guy drop by to replace the cracked windshield, but the gasket was petrified so he had to order one.  He said he would be back tomorrow to but the new windshield in.  Then I'll drive it hard for awhile to get the cat warm and see what she does at the station.  If it passes, I move on to rust work, welding in new metal, and get the body ready for a home garage paint job with a HVLP paint gun.  I think I will keep close to the factory blue, but still not sure. Not going to let Maaco ruin the vibe of the Brat.



#5428 roadtoad

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Posted 15 October 2013 - 11:31 PM

Installed new windshield in my BRAT today and broke it, first windshield I have ever broke installing it. :(



#5429 Loyale 2.7 Turbo

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Posted 16 October 2013 - 12:00 AM

Well, there are always a First Time for -almost- Everything.


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Posted 17 October 2013 - 04:36 PM

Washed Olivia and attempted to turn the sunfaded black trim black again. Shiny shiny..

 

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#5431 mike300z

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 04:38 PM

changed the cap and rotor, the old cap was pitted



#5432 l75eya

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 07:34 PM

That is a *bitching* wagon!



#5433 mcmillonbe

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Posted 19 October 2013 - 01:05 AM

Took the Brat into for the safety and emissions today.  Passed safety, but failed big time on the emissions. HC was 3500, max was 220.  Guess the junkyard carb wasnt as sweet as I thought.  Will take it in next week for carb adjustment to see if they can get it to pass, otherwise guess I will be selling it out of county.  Too bad, was starting to grow on me, just not willing to shell out big bucks for a car that won't be driven all that much.



#5434 mcmillonbe

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Posted 19 October 2013 - 10:01 PM

Changed the old plugs wires, cap and rotor, and changed the sludge that was in the crankcrase with fresh oil.  Ran much better but still has some vacuum leaks in the rats nest of vacuum lines. Also changed about ten feet of vacuum lines that were petrified and leaking.  Still has a miss at idle.  Will work on that next week after I deliver a sink and other items to our our cabin in Wyoming.  This car is really starting to take up way too much time of mine.  But I guess testing my patience on this old car is good for me.



#5435 marcusgl10z28

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Posted 19 October 2013 - 11:11 PM

Got a wrecking yard bushing cuz I priced it at the dealer and they wanted like 160 buck$!!! Gonna do that tomorrow and try to get a memory wire ran on the ej harness... mornings can be interesting with a retarded ecu. This on top of yard work... never have a moment to relax.

#5436 JuhaKankkunen

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Posted 20 October 2013 - 12:57 PM

Just bought a wheelset of five 8spokes OEM. I must take of all the old paint with sand work. And do a new painting job.
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#5437 JuhaKankkunen

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Posted 20 October 2013 - 01:12 PM

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#5438 mcmillonbe

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Posted 26 October 2013 - 10:49 PM

Took the Brat into for a free restest on the emissions to see where she stands, she passed the 2500 rpm HC but still blew 1500 on HC, limit is 220.  I paid for title and registration, got a 15 day temp tag.  When I spend over $200 for emission related expenses, I will get a waiver.  So I dug deeper and discovered major play in the distributor shaft, also supports the rpms jumping and the timing moving from 8-10 degrees when shooting the timing light. The cap shows black misfires, so I think I am on the right track.   I bought a distributor at the local parts store, should have in sometime tomorrow.  I think this should get the old beast running good enough to pass emissions now.  Glad to finally make some progress since this last month has been pretty frustrating.  Also have it insured now, so maybe it will be the daily runner that I wanted it to be when I bought it.  I am now into it about 1400, but at least I saved it from being crushed.  Hopefully the distributor replacement will go better than most of the other issues that I have worked on.



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Posted 27 October 2013 - 04:18 AM

Absolutely nothing feel ashamed (apart from usual oil/filter spark plugs/breaker points air filter etc)

in the 8 years l've had 87 Brat , engine getting tired (only done 130K miles but must have been short running)

uses a quart of oil every 650miles but still runs ok   (a project in waiting) otherwise vehicle in good original conditiion.


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#5440 SmashedGlass

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Posted 27 October 2013 - 07:19 PM

Fixed my "always on with key in acc" cooling fan. All this time I thought it was possibly my a/c trinary switch muffed up, as it and it's wires looked suspect..... Turns out the fan relay was bad, which I could swear checked out good when I t/s'd it last year?!?  :huh:

 

Luckily I had some spare a/c relays from back when I was attempting to suss out my a/c woes. Even though the two are supposedly different relays by color and number coding (fan: brown, -1B. a/c: black, -1M) it worked. Fan not on with key, kicks on a little above half on the gauge, cuts back off when it goes below half. ;)

 

Now, to replace that factory temp switch out for one with a lower cut in temperature....and aftermarket dual fans. And find a quarter window.... And a 4wd light switch... And on and on and (little rump roast things) on....



#5441 mcmillonbe

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Posted 27 October 2013 - 10:16 PM

Picked up the "new" distrubutor from the local parts store this afternoon, was going to install it but decided to take a day off and watch some football.  Will be installing it tomorrow, then off to get it restested after I play with the timing and fuel mixture as I am sure it will run so much better.  The old distributor has some serious shaft play(1/8") and I am convinced that is why I have been failing the emissions at idle.  Then moving on to replace a torn cv axle, crank seal, both valve covers, oil pan gasket and rear wheel bearings.  Good times, but soon will be a daily driver, so I hope.



#5442 SmashedGlass

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Posted 28 October 2013 - 12:53 PM

Continuing on with post-sitting-for-a-year maintenance, drained/refilled the power steering reservoir, removed coolant overflow tank for a soaking with Simple Green (twas nasty inside; full coolant flush shortly). And though my air filter itself was rather sparkly clean despite a year of use in dusty Colorado and then the dusty trip to Florida, found this when I pulled it out of the air box:

 

 

 

 

 

..damn squirrels.

 

 

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#5443 subynut

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Posted 28 October 2013 - 01:23 PM

Fixed the glove compartment in Wedge. During a drive, on Saturday, I asked my little brother to get something out of the glove compartment. Well, the only thing that opened, was the knob falling out and the box still closed. :huh:  So, later that afternoon, I started poking at it and got it opened, pulled the tumbler shell out to fix it. Turns out, there's this little spring pin (kinda like the axle lock pins on the tranny side of our CV axles) that worked it's way out. After some finagling, I put it back together and it works again! :D



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Posted 28 October 2013 - 08:13 PM

Finally got to installing the new distributor, well kind of.  Took the old one out, slid the new one in and went to start the car.  I already set #1 to TDC on compression(love compression gauges).  Car wouldn't start, no tach movement, so I knew something was wrong. Put the old distributor back in and it fired right up.  Called up all the junk yards around here, no one had one.  Then drove the old distributor to a shop here that specializes in this.  He will have it back to me tomorrow or Wednesday for $105 or half of a new one.  Took the POS new(reman) back and got my money back....The fun continues....



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Posted 29 October 2013 - 04:28 PM

added a 1987 300zx front bumper to the rear of my 1989 suburu GL. Will add the bumper cover soon!

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#5446 Dakotademon7

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Posted 29 October 2013 - 05:32 PM

Changing my bulbs to LED's and finding a 101 reasons why not use a home surround sound system subwoofer in my car. Lol.

#5447 mike300z

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Posted 30 October 2013 - 02:00 PM

Pop riveted some sheet metal to cover up the giant rust holes! that is roofing tar I used for a seal. Next fiber glassing! 

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#5448 mcmillonbe

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Posted 30 October 2013 - 11:03 PM

Sanded and cleaned the bed of the Brat, then sprayed primer on the bare metal areas, taped up the rear window, removed the chrome pieces, used three can of the spray can bedliner, turned out pretty good. Will upload picture tomorrow. Also worked on one wheel getting off the black tractor paint that was brushed on.  Found some good paint stripper at Home Depot that also came with a spray bottle.  It took two applications, but now down to bare metal. Will prime and paint tomorrow, should look a whole lot better. 

 

Also got back my newly rebuilt distributor($105) all new parts and bushings.  After three attempts of lining of the distrubutor, sweet victory, the old car fired right up.  Runs much much much better, no more backfiring, the timing marks are steady, and no longer smells like raw gas.  Still some fine tuning with the idle and mix adjustments, but will take it back into the emissions later on this week to finally get real plates.  The guy who rebuilt the distributor was amazed the car would run at all with how bad it was.  Oh BTW, the name of the shop is SNAP here in Salt Lake City, they rebuild hundreds a month, and they have quick turnaround, he had mine back in two days.  Super good work! 



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Posted 31 October 2013 - 11:04 AM

started steam cleaning the interior YUCK!!! it was filthy



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Posted 31 October 2013 - 02:38 PM

"why not use a home surround sound system subwoofer in my car."

That's what I did! So long as you have an amp and a low pass filter on it, it works great. I have a polkaudio home theater 8" subwoofer and a car audio 12". They are both 4 ohms. Just make sure you disconnect all the old wiring from the woofer first and then run your own wires direct from sub to amp. My home audio subwoofer works out because I screwed my amp right on to it too. :)




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