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  1. Hello everyone, Long time no see! This is the first post that I have made in a while and I have now owned my '82 Brat for over a year. Since then I had completed a Weber 32/36 carburetor conversion along with several other smaller projects. Now, as winter in the northeast approaches, I am looking to start a new project with my Brat for next summer: swapping out the stock EA81 with its 4spd manual to an EJ22 and 5spd. From doing some research on the forums here, I realize that this is a fairly common swap for these vehicles which means there are many threads related to the subject, however I was wondering if anyone can recommend a handful of the best threads on this swap so I can narrow down the amount of information that I need to look at here on the forums. I will be completely honest in that this would be the largest project I have yet to take on and can use any advice I can get. One thing I've realized in researching this topic is that I need to recognize my limitations, needs, and goals surrounding it. This Brat is not my daily driver and simply a fun weekend vehicle. I will not be driving it at all during the winter months, so I do not need to rely on it for daily transportation. My goal for this project is to have a Brat retrofitted with a drivetrain that will give it enough power to drive more comfortable with modern traffic and be reliable. Ideally, I would like to do a swap that will require as little custom work (rear end modifications, suspension modifications, etc.) as possible besides the new engine and transmission. I will not be doing any serious off-roading, just taking it out for weekend cruises. It sounds like a good start to this project besides doing research is getting a donor car with all of the needed parts rather than sourcing each part separately. With this being said, what parts would I need from the donor car besides the engine, transmission, and wiring? As I said, any advice is appreciated. Thank you.
  2. Thank you so much Bennie! Lots of great information here I really appreciate it. I will be looking into an alternator upgrade!
  3. Hey everybody, First off, I know I've been posting quite a bit of new topics recently so I hope it's not coming off as a spam problem. I'm just trying to narrow down all of the issues that I am having with my Brat so I can get most of it done it time for summer. So for the past couple of months, all of the warning lights on the dashboard (parking brake, battery, etc.) have stayed on while driving. However, whenever they are on, they stay dimly lit and look as though they are flickering. When I looked up what could be the problem, I found that a bad alternator may be the culprit. When I went to do an alternator test though, I found that the battery was holding proper voltage while the car was both on and off, so I eliminated the alternator as being a potential problem. The other day while I was taking it for a spin, all of the dash lights suddenly came on very brightly, and it felt as though that the car was about to die. Soon afterwards though, the lights went back to just dim flickering and the car remained running. I'm afraid to take the car out again if it's just going to die on me soon, so I'd like to solve the problem before it leaves me stranded. What do you guys think could be the problem? Ignition coil/module? Looking for suggestions. I should also note that the car has trouble with cold starts and that it may possibly be related to the issue. Thank you!
  4. I just brought my driver’s seat to get reupholstered, so I’ll check back with them to see if I can get the shift boot done. Thank you guys!
  5. I just brought my driver’s seat to get reupholstered, so I’ll check back with them to see if I can get the shift boot done. Thank you guys!
  6. Hey everyone, Does anybody know if I can get a brand new factory cloth shift boot anywhere? If not, are there any aftermarket ones that will fit? Mine is torn at the top and falling apart. ------ It's a 1982 BRAT
  7. Yeah, the gentleman I bought this Brat from told me a similar story that he found someone who had the piece for sale but wanted something in the ballpark of $1000 for it, unbelievable. I wish I could've taken advantage of gathering a bunch of NOS dealer stock back then, but I am just now getting into the vintage Subaru ownership scene as of this past summer. I am fresh out of school and still paying off student loans so paying an arm and a leg for a piece of trim is not the greatest idea right now. I did buy this vehicle knowing that there weren't going to be catalogs readily available with every part one could possibly need for an old Subi, but I suppose this could all be part of the fun of owning one. I noticed that it says you live in Bridgeport, so if you happen to have or come across anything you may want to sell, I am not too far away!
  8. That would be something I may be interested in. I'm not looking to do a 100% OEM restoration, since I already have put a Weber 32/36 on it, so this is something I would be open to.
  9. Yes, that's the style that I am looking for. There was another style that was more rounded without the indented area on it but that's not the style I am looking for. It's not the clearest picture, but I included one of what I am looking for here.
  10. And I just remembered, I am also searching for a driver's side mirror, specifically the style that appears to have an indent on it that I believe were on Brats from 1983 and up.
  11. Hey everyone, I've been doing some searching around online and I have been having a hard time finding the chrome trim piece that came on the tailgate of the Brats, specifically a 1982. I have every bed trim piece except for the tailgate. From what I understand, it seems like this may be a very difficult part to find much like many other Brat parts, but I figured that I'd give it a shot and post this in the case that someone who has a spare may want to sell it. Thank you!
  12. Hey everyone! Update: The Brat is alive! So after doing all of the electrical tests and finding that everything checked out fine, myself and a friend who knows a little more about carburetors than I do decided to take the carburetor cover off of the carburetor body itself and found that the seat for the needle (I believe that is the correct terminology) was backed all of the way out, preventing the proper fuel flow. Now with it properly adjusted, the Brat is running great. Thank you all so much for your help.
  13. I may have read it wrong, but I thought I read in another post on this forum that the fuel pump should not have power going to it once it is running? Right now though it only has power when the engine is cranking.
  14. I haven't checked if my alternator/charging system is working properly, but I'll have to get a multimeter and check it out. A couple months ago I had brought my Brat over to a friend's house who does body repair and was kind enough to do a little rust repair. During the time it was being repaired I believe it had been sitting for a little over a week. When the work was done and I started it up, I noticed that all of the warning lights on the dash were illuminated and stayed illuminated during the drive home. They have stayed on since, but I assumed it wasn't something necessarily unusual because it is an old car. They were never on all at once until it sat for a little while during the body work. I tried to do a little research into why it was doing this, and I found that it could possibly be related to an alternator/charging system problem. I'll check it out.
  15. I haven't gotten the chance to yet, but I'll try spraying a little starting fluid into the intake to see if it starts up. There is fuel flowing when I disconnected the fuel line and cranked the engine.
  16. Hey everybody, Recently I finally completed the Weber swap on my 1982 Brat that I bought this past summer. It originally had the 1 BBL Carter/Weber which desperately needed to be replaced, but I could not find any aftermarket support for this particular carburetor, so my next best option was to go with the 32/36 Weber. Along with the new carburetor, it also has the EA82 intake manifold swapped on it. once everything was hooked up and adjusted, I tried to start it up, however it ran like garbage. I made the bonehead mistake of not realizing I had swapped two of the spark plug wires when putting everything back together, so once this was fixed it was running great. However, after running the engine for about 5 minutes once the firing order was corrected, the engine suddenly died. I tried starting it up again, and it would run for a second or two and then die. The engine was getting spark, so I wondered if it ran out of gas because a lot of raw fuel was dumped when the firing order was not correct. Plus, the gas gauge currently does not work so I cannot go off of that. I filled the gas tank with about 5 gallons of gasoline and attempted to start it, but it still starts for only about a second or two before dying. Using a multimeter shows that the fuel pump is getting power only when the engine is cranking. I thought that was odd, but after reading some of the forums here I discovered that this is normal for these vehicles. It's getting fuel through the lines, but I don't know if the flow amount is enough to keep it running. Does anyone have any idea why the engine would suddenly die like this? Considering the dumb mistake that I made with the spark plugs, I wouldn't be surprised if it is something equally as obvious. Any and all help would be greatly appreciated.
  17. Hey everyone, I'm almost finished swapping the old 1 BBL Carter/Weber with a new 32/36 Weber, however there are still a few finishing touches that I may need to get done before it is officially complete. In the Weber installation instructions, it says that if there is a fuel return line, then it will need to be capped off. Does my brat have a fuel return line and if so where is it? I can see three hoses that come off the fuel filter, one from the top of the fuel filter and two from its base. I know that one must be the main fuel line, but I am not sure what each one exactly is. Also, some writeups on here say to connect the old Y-shaped fuel inlet from the old carburetor to the new Weber. If this is the case, what are the two hoses that must connect to the inlet? P.S. This whole project has been a huge learning lesson for me not to take apart things without taking pictures or at least tagging and identifying components. Thank you!
  18. Hey everyone, Recently, I started swapping the old 1 BBL Carter-Weber carburetor that was on my 1982 Subaru Brat for the Weber 32/36 DGEV by Redline. I have gotten as far as removing the old carb, swapping the EA81 intake manifold with an EA82 intake manifold, and installing the adapter plates, but from here I am pretty stuck. Since this has been my first project ever involving a carburetor, it has been a huge learning experience for me, and I definitely have made some mistakes during the process. One of these mistakes was my failure to properly take note of and tag the different vacuum and hose lines that connect to the carburetor/engine/manifold. I am also pretty new on working on cars, so I have a difficult time telling what function each vacuum/hose line serves just by looking at the engine bay. There is a diagram displaying he vacuum line setup. but I am having a hard time matching that with what is in the engine bay. There is a vacuum port on the right side of the manifold, which I'm pretty is for the brake booster, and a port on the backside of the manifold, which I am not sure what it is for. From what I understand, a lot of the vacuum lines used in the stock setup can be deleted due to them being used for emissions. If anyone can offer any help on what to do from here, I would greatly appreciate it. I am just so eager to be able to drive my Brat again! Thank you all
  19. Thank you everyone for the help. Life has been a bit crazy recently, so my apologies for the late response. I had to ask this because I just did not want to risk breaking something that was not meant to come out.
  20. Hey Everyone, So I finally sourced an EA82 intake manifold to do a Weber swap because my Brat came with the 1 BBL Carter-Weber that needs to have either the Hitachi manifold or the EA82 manifold to allow the swap to be done. I am currently in the process of removing the EA81 intake manifold but I came across an issue. There is a pipe of some kind located near the EGR that is attached by one end to the manifold, and from what I can see it seems like there is no way that the manifold can be removed without the pipe being removed. However, I read in a different thread that this pipe I am seeing may possibly be pressed in and therefore should be left alone. I've tried removing it but it will not budge. Would anybody here have any suggestions and/or know what it is that I need to do to completely take off an EA82 manifold? Thank you
  21. Thank you so much! I was able to source a EA82 manifold off of an ‘87 wagon, and I just bought a newly rebuilt hitachi carburetor. From what I’ve read in here, it seems like the Hitachi will be more of a headache compared to the Weber 32/36, but I wanted to be able to keep the engine bay looking stock with the blue Subaru air filter, I didn’t like the look of the Weber filter. I should probably be asking this in a separate thread, but since I’ll be going from a Carter-Weber to a Hitachi, will there be any additional steps I need to take to install it on the new manifold?
  22. Okay I see, the problem for me though is that I cannot find out exactly what I am looking for. I’m still trying to learn about this vehicle, especially since this is my first carbureted car. What would the intake for the carburetor look like?
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