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The Brat is comin back from the dead!

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So I was out at the Wyotech campus looking to see if there were any parts I could use for my RX like a manual pedal cluster and I came across a Mazda truck, about mid-late 80's I believe. Anyways if some of you might recall, I stripped down my '78 Brat in hopes of channeling the body or chopping the body all to hell and drop it onto a truck frame to make a minitruck out of it (hehehe first minitrucked Brat). This got me all excited since the body is totally trashed from being a comp car for collision/refinishing BUT the frame is perfectly fine AND it has front disc brakes (something that was a MUST). So at the end of the phase, I will be bringing home a little Mazda truck to make my Brat come back to life. And no, it won't be a "lets drop the body onto the frame and make it look like we spent 5 minutes doing it". I will be basically cutting the whole body apart except for the outer sheetmetal and then making a rollcage on top of the frame in which will also support the sheetmetal of the body. I will be taking lots of pics when I start the project again since I have to get the RX running once more:banana:

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We want results!!! ;)

 

...and pics along the way... :cool:

 

Keep us updated

Glenn

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is the mazda close to the right length?

 

drop an rx7 rotary engine in it:brow: that thing would be a screamer with a five speed mt.lookin forward to pics

jon

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is the mazda close to the right length?

 

drop an rx7 rotary engine in it:brow: that thing would be a screamer with a five speed mt.lookin forward to pics

jon

 

Na can the 13b idea go 20BTT mate fully sick. :burnout:

That thing would be wicked

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yes the Mazda frame is close but its still a few inches too long SO when I C-nothc the frame for the rear axle to tuck up into, I'll be shortenting the frame at the same time as well.

 

I was thinking along the lines of a small block chevy motor for it;) I already got a turbo car so I want something that I can have fun in at the strip:D

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(hehehe first minitrucked Brat)

 

what constitutes a minitruck? i think garner has it pretty much covered, with a brat with lotsa hp, and lowered. and all that...

subaru built you a frame, its connected to the body... wtf?

i'll believe it when i see it, just like i said one year ago, when you started talkin about it.

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Well when I think of a minitruck, I think of full on air bag setup, four link, c-notched frame, etc. Now I COULD use the old suspension from the Brat which has NO aftermarket parts whatsoever, mod in an EA82 suspension which yes, is being done currently but still, not a lot of options for aftermarket parts, or cut the whole floorpan and bed floor out of my Brat, build me my own custom rollcage attached to the Mazda frame and basically bolt on all of the outer sheetmetal to it, kinda like a drag car. In the year that I have been planning this, I believe it can be done with some time (well, a lot of time, lol) and money. Since I'm doing all the work myself, the cost should stay pretty reasonable for the type of project I'm doing. Now you're gonna ask me why the hell I'm doing it. Well I'm doing it because I can and because no one else has done it before. I'm going past the point of modding the car, its gonna be a totally different car, period!

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