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LouKoff

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    Finding info on Brats
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    Mechanical engineering student building my dream first gen brat
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    2000 Impreza OBS, 1978 Brat, 1983 Brat

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  1. Chevy luv struts and reclocking the torsion bar in the rear (also have to cut off a bit of the bump stop) and 2nd gen 2wd struts in the front with 2nd gen springs and cutting about a half coil should get you there. You probably won't even have to cut springs with a 15" rim. I'm on chevy luv struts 14" pugs with 2nd gen 2wd struts and 2nd gen brat springs (didn't cut springs). Lake side by Luke Hoffman, on Flickr Had 15x6 trailer rims on the back for a little while I was building it and needed to roll the fenders. Primed by Luke Hoffman, on Flickr
  2. LouKoff

    1979 Brat Dual Carb EA81 Swap

    Thanks guys! I couldn't be more stoked with how it's turning out. Got the rest of my interior in, put the tailgate on, and drove it to the gas station and for a little cruise. Only a few things left to button up before I can take it back from the cabin and start driving and enjoying it! Some beauty shots from tonight Lake back by Luke Hoffman, on Flickr Lake side by Luke Hoffman, on Flickr Lake front by Luke Hoffman, on Flickr
  3. LouKoff

    1979 Brat Dual Carb EA81 Swap

    Well it's an important update. The brat is almost completely back together! The interior is almost all back together with the parts that I have, however it's going to be a work in progress for a while. Got my door handles and locks back in but still have to put the tailgate, more of the trim, and the cowl and wipers back on. But most importantly I took it out for its first drive since 2012, and it was awesome. It rides great and shifts great, Im still breaking in the engine and clutch so I haven't really stepped on it too much yet but it's got some pep. I would've taken a video but by the time I got the brakes done tonight it was already dark out. Drivers interior by Luke Hoffman, on Flickr Passenger interior by Luke Hoffman, on Flickr Almost all together by Luke Hoffman, on Flickr
  4. LouKoff

    1979 Brat Dual Carb EA81 Swap

    Got the front and rear windows, lights, front and some of the interior back together. I also installed speedoo clutch and throttle cables, the radiator and fan and made a pitch stopper by sleeving the ea81 pitch stopper to extend it slightly using the stock mount location on the body and welding a bit onto a the original mount plate from the ea81. Waiting on a single brake line for it to hit the streets. Have had it running and have worked a bit on getting the carbs synced but need to take it for a drive to really feel it out, AFRs were looking good when I've been running it and it sounds healthy and peppy. Pitch Stopper by Luke Hoffman, on Flickr IMG_5876 by Luke Hoffman, on Flickr image_50428417 by Luke Hoffman, on Flickr
  5. LouKoff

    1979 Brat Dual Carb EA81 Swap

    Sprayed another coat of base yesterday and then the clear today. So happy with the color and how the paint turned out, having never painted a metallic base coat before I was a bit nervous. Now there's only a few things left to get sorted out and I'm eager to get it on the road! Fresh Paint by Luke Hoffman, on Flickr Fresh Paint 2 by Luke Hoffman, on Flickr
  6. LouKoff

    1979 Brat Dual Carb EA81 Swap

    Got the rest of the exhaust fabbed up today, wasn't able to finish welding it fully. Exhaust is 1.75" unequal headers then 2 inch to the back with a resonator and a high flow muffler, all mandrel bends except the 45 right before the muffler. Midpipe by Luke Hoffman, on Flickr Axleback by Luke Hoffman, on Flickr
  7. LouKoff

    1979 Brat Dual Carb EA81 Swap

    Got the basecoat layed this afternoon, color looks really dark in the shop but when it's in the sun or with good lighting it lightens up a lot. Body In color by Luke Hoffman, on Flickr Close up by Luke Hoffman, on Flickr
  8. LouKoff

    1979 Brat Dual Carb EA81 Swap

    Finally got spark after getting a refurbed hitachi distributor and then had to chase down a few changes that needed to be made from switching to an internally regulated alternator on the ea81. Once I fixed my spark issue and set the timing, I got the ea81 to run for the first time, and surprisingly it started right up and ran pretty well for not touching the carbs at al. I didn't get a chance to hook up the radiator and heater core yet so I've only run it a few times for a few seconds. The rebuilt ea81s first time running. I still have to make the rest of the exhaust so it's running open headers EA81 first time running by Luke Hoffman, on Flickr
  9. LouKoff

    1979 Brat Dual Carb EA81 Swap

    Little update, got it to turn over this past weekend but had no spark. Tried to diagnose the issue and I think I may have fried my ignition control module with my incorrect wiring at first. The ea81 sounded healthy when it turned over and it should be ready to run once I get the parts I need ordered, can't wait to hear it run for the first time.
  10. LouKoff

    1979 Brat Dual Carb EA81 Swap

    Got the carbs, distributor and alternator all mounted to the engine, got the tranny fluid, and break in oil in. Welded and wired up my wideband o2 sensor. Chasing down some electrical issues but it should be ready to fire up with a little more work. Dual carb in bay by Luke Hoffman, on Flickr o2 sensor by Luke Hoffman, on Flickr
  11. LouKoff

    1979 Brat Dual Carb EA81 Swap

    To smooth out the wheel wells I started using a hammer and dolly to knock out some of the big dents from inside the wheel well, but because there are multiple layers of sheet metal in place it is impossible to knock out some of the dents. For what was left after using the hammer and dolly I just went over with some body filler and sanded smooth. Best of luck with your project!
  12. LouKoff

    1979 Brat Dual Carb EA81 Swap

    Got most of the wiring, heater hoses, vacuum lines etc figured out and continued working on my headers. The engine is almost ready to start, just have to get a nut and bolt for the alternator, get some hose clamps for coolant lines and then I will have everything I need to wrap up the drivetrain. Also have almost the entire brake system back together, with all new soft lines, just have to get a piston compressor because my drivers side caliper won't fit on the rotor with the new pads. The engine mocked up with coolant lines and vacuum lines, waiting for hose clamps for final assembly. mock up by Luke Hoffman, on Flickr Heres a photo of the headers. Still need to put another short length of pipe on the end of the headers and weld on a flange and bung for my wideband but I'm pretty happy with how they're turning out Headers by Luke Hoffman, on Flickr
  13. LouKoff

    1979 Brat Dual Carb EA81 Swap

    1.75 inch for headers then 2 inch to the back
  14. LouKoff

    1979 Brat Dual Carb EA81 Swap

    Been while since I've been able to work on the brat but I got a few things done in the past couple of days. I got the gas tank and diff and rear cv axles installed as well as gas tank breather line, new fuel pump, fuel filter, and fuel line. Also started fabbing up a set of 1.75" unequal length headers to give the car some rumble once it starts running, I think they look sweet too. Also started working on getting the wiring harness in, getting the heater hoses routed and started trying to figure out some other things like the clutch and throttle cables and routing a vacuum line for the brake booster since it's on the opposite side of the car on the dual carb manifold. Didn't feel like much was worth taking photos of this time. Diff rear cv axles and gas tank installed Diff and gas tank in by Luke Hoffman, on Flickr Heres the unequal length headers, only made it to the merge but the rest should be relatively easy to finish UEL by Luke Hoffman, on Flickr
  15. LouKoff

    1979 Brat Dual Carb EA81 Swap

    Thanks for the kind words, it really means a lot. I got the pistons from ram performance, ltd. Unfortunately I'm not sure if they are making them anymore, they used to be listed for sale on their website www.ramengines.com, worth a shot to email them and see if they are still available to order a set. They just order them with their custom specs from wiseco anyway so I would imagine you could still get a set.
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