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This is a discussion on 914er's project "SPOILED BRAT" progress thread within the Engine Modifications forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; Matt, exceptional work my friend. I can't wait to see it one day....

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    I think since you are limited to engine bay width that instead of giving up, you should customize with one of these babies...

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    $15,000 motor in a $1000 car????
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    Quote Originally Posted by ninefourteener View Post
    $15,000 motor in a $1000 car????
    Well you could make it more than a $1000 car......

    And its not just a motor, thats a 500hp fuel injected Busa v8 that revs to like 11k rpm.
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    Big ass dent - done
    Rusty swiss-cheese fender - done
    Taillight area...... one more day

    So...... the fender... remember when I first started digging out the rust???:


    I know it may seem like I just patched a couple holes...... but take a look at the INSIDE fenderwell lip..... see how straight it is?? It wasn't like that before

    ................ and now:







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    BRAT History

    So I was reading this great thread, and I ran across this today on CNN.com, I thought it was fascinating. As you read about partway down you get some really interesting information on why the BRAT includes the very unique jump seat, etc.

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    By MATTHEW DOLAN ( Associated Press )
    BALTIMORE -- Several times a month, Transit Connect vans from a Ford Motor Co. factory in Turkey roll off a ship here shiny and new, rear side windows gleaming, back seats firmly bolted to the floor.

    Their first stop in America is a low-slung, brick warehouse where those same windows, never squeegeed at a gas station, and seats, never touched by human backsides, are promptly ripped out.

    The fabric is shredded, the steel parts are broken down, and everything is sent off along with the glass to be recycled.

    Why all the fuss and feathers? Blame the "chicken tax."

    The seats and windows are but dressing to help Ford navigate the wreckage of a 46-year-old trade spat. In the early 1960s, Europe put high tariffs on imported chicken, taking aim at rising U.S. sales to West Germany. President Johnson retaliated in 1963, in part by targeting German-made Volkswagens with a tax on imports of foreign-made trucks and commercial vans.

    The 1960s went the way of love beads and sitar records, but the chicken tax never died. Europe still has a tariff on imports of U.S. chicken, and the U.S. still hits delivery vans imported from overseas with a 25% tariff. American companies have to pay, too, which puts Ford in the weird position of circumventing U.S. trade rules that for years have protected U.S. auto makers' market for trucks.

    The company's wiggle room comes from the process of defining a delivery van. Customs officials check a bunch of features to determine whether a vehicle's primary purpose might be to move people instead. Since cargo doesn't need seats with seat belts or to look out the window, those items are on the list. So Ford ships all its Transit Connects with both, calls them "wagons" instead of "commercial vans." Installing and removing unneeded seats and windows costs the company hundreds of dollars per van, but the import tax falls dramatically, to 2.5 percent, saving thousands.

    Ford designed its squat Transit Connect, seen here in New York, to haul goods through tight urban streets and use less fuel than large vans.
    Customs officials won't discuss individual company's strategies, but Stephen Biegun, Ford's vice president for international governmental affairs, says the practice complies with the letter of the law. "We are free-traders, full stop," he says.

    Foreign auto makers have long crossed swords with the chicken tax. Toyota Motor Corp., Nissan Motor Co. and Honda Motor Co. took the straightforward route and built plants in the U.S.

    Subaru, owned by Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan, imported a small pickup in the 1980s called the Bi-drive Recreational All-terrain Transporter, or BRAT. But it wasn't a taxable truck, because it had two lawn-chair-like seats bolted to the open bed. (President Reagan owned a red one, according to Subaru.)
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    ^^^^That was a good read...where's the rest of the article? I'd like to read the whole thing.
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    its a nice car to drive, how many of you would like to own one? I might sell mine, moving and I have too many cars..

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    Wow^^^ holy SPAM Batman!! LOL

    Ok.... got to working on the tailgate finally. After this...... it's just the bed

    taillight is finished up.... not "perfectly" straight.... but it's as straight as I can get it with the tools (and skills) I have. Once the taillight is set in, you won't be able to see the slight imperfections of the taillight housing. already test-fitted it



    And of course..... raw "before" pictures. The rust isn't as bad as the wheelwells.... but apparently the PO ran into everything he could with this tailgate. Dented all to hell:















    ........... and of course.... back to the beginning.... stage 1.... tear down..... strip down.... grind out the rust...... strip off the emblems...... and that damn pinstriping has proven itself to be the biggest PITA to remove. You hit it with a sander, and it instantly turns to glue. Every bit of pinstriping on this car had to be taken down to the bare metal, because otherwise, it wouldn't all come off.

    anyway...... the beginning:
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    1978 Subaru BRAT-Thread: http://www.clubwrx.net/forums/engine...ss-thread.html
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    Now if you start painting this yourself, like a professional, only then will I be impressed.

    Did you say what color you are settling for?
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    Flat-black.... rat-rod style. Gloss black wheels and trim.

    "Brat-Rod????"

    Anyway... spraypainting it accomplishes 2 things:

    1. It seals in all the work. Primer is pourous, so leaving it exposed could cause issues.

    2. It looks "kinda" like what it will look like when I do get it professionally painted, so it gives me a rough idea if my bodywork is good enough, or if I need to keep working.
    2006 Subaru WRX-Thread: http://www.clubwrx.net/forums/showthread.php?t=165158
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    So..... it's been a couple weeks since I've posted up progress. I have the exterior of the tailgate about 95% done, but I was getting frustrated with it.

    I'll come back to it....... but the metal is curved.... and dented..... and I found that trying to "create" the natural curves proved more difficult than I thought. I'll get it..... just decided to work on something else...... like THE BED.

    Been cruising on this for about 2 weeks. Surprisingly there wasn't much rust at all. Some on the driver's side fenderwell, and one small spot on each of the sides near the tailgate. Otherwise, the metal was actually REALLY clean.

    But..... it all had to be sanded, prepped, primed, etc.

    And just to be sure it didn't rust again.... I went ahead and did a bedliner this afternoon. It won't be this shiny.... it's still wet.... but it looks REALLY good, and should protect it from Utah winters.





    This tailgate was SO bashed up with scratches.... it had to be taken down to the bare metal. No filler whatsoever though.


    The front of the bed was pretty much flawless.... all I had to do was sand, prime, and paint


    passenger wheelwell:


    and the driver side wheelwell....... you can still follow the metal stamping lines...... damn I'm good


    passenger side interior bed panel had to be taken down to bare metal as well.... LOTS of scratches


    same thing with the driver side panel and tailgate mini panel
    2006 Subaru WRX-Thread: http://www.clubwrx.net/forums/showthread.php?t=165158
    1978 Subaru BRAT-Thread: http://www.clubwrx.net/forums/engine...ss-thread.html
    2007 Subaru B9Tribeca Ltd (PSM)........1994 Subaru SVX LSi(SOLD)
    WRX 12 sec drag (vs. late model Camaro SS):http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lw0vWdD2cjU
    WRX track racing (catching a stg.2 WRX): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mELeSD1Mi08
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    ... ... and a couple hours later..... still not completely dry...

    .... I decided to clean up about 8 months of sanding dust, and 30 years of "funk" off the rear bed seats.

    and what the hell.... I went ahead and tacked the panels back in...... just 1 screw holding each of them..... but it's a good idea of what it will look like.

    If you recall..... I am missing one of the handles on one of my suicide seats.... so it looked "off". I'd LOVE to find a new seat bracket with the handle, ummmm.... except parts for this car are impossible.

    So..... I relocated them closer together, so it appears that the handle from the passenger side seat is being "shared" by both sides. The seats don't quite match the headrests.... but at least they are even and symmetrical..... at least until I can find an "extra" suicide seat from a 78 Brat - LOL





    2006 Subaru WRX-Thread: http://www.clubwrx.net/forums/showthread.php?t=165158
    1978 Subaru BRAT-Thread: http://www.clubwrx.net/forums/engine...ss-thread.html
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    WRX 12 sec drag (vs. late model Camaro SS):http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lw0vWdD2cjU
    WRX track racing (catching a stg.2 WRX): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mELeSD1Mi08
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