Saturday, March 15, 2014

Transmission swap




I'm trying to go from 4 speed to 5 and to do that with my 5speed 25 spline transmission, I need to swap in some 23 spline output shafts.  However, the 23 spline output shafts from my 4 speed are more or less 27mm and the ones from the turbo are 30mm.  Dang.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

GL10: Organ donor







I got a GL10 from a good friend, and today I removed everything I wanted.  I plan to use the 5 speed FT4WD transmission in my Brat, due to the taller gear ratio.  The 82 brat had a ridiculous low gearing, so it does not like to go 70.  They changed the gear ratio starting in 83, so I'm doing myself a favor.  It will be sweet to have full time 4wd, the car seems to accelerate and track better in 4wd, but because it was real 4wd I couldn't use it on dry pavement.  The FT4WD was made for pavement, and the best part, it has a vacuum operated locking center differential, so I can still have real 4wheel drive for off road.  Hooray!  Now I need to dispose of this car!  It was a shame to take it apart, it was in pretty good shape, but no paperwork and a crappy turbo engine mean it is going to a better place to let my Brat live a better life. 

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Subaru plaid seat recover



I'm finally getting around to seat rebuilding and recovering.  My skills at seat recovering have become acceptable on moped seats, so I'm going to give this a shot.  Speaking of shot, the foam in these seats is crap, so I'll be cutting new foam, which is going to make my usual method of making a pattern of the old seat cover less effective because the foam will be different.  I am trying to find a good plaid fabric to do the inserts with, I think I've got a hold of some on Ebay that should work out.  JoAnne's fabrics didn't have any that I liked, and we have no trim shop in Lafayette, so I might end up getting foam from JoAnne's.  The springs seem very springy still and look to be in good shape, I don't think I need to replace them, but I might add one or two more to help get rid of sag.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Bedliner for the Brat - Gator Guard PT1

Not much to write other than the bed of the Brat was getting pretty beat up from actual use, and any place the paint came off, rust formed almost instantly. So with the help of my father and father-in-law over the July 4th weekend, we spent a few hours sanding away any rust and priming it, filling in some holes with body filler, scuffing the entire bed with 80 grit, then cleaning with denatured alcohol. After some tedious masking, the bed was ready to be shot. I was using a two part epoxy liner called Gator Guard. So far, I'm very happy with it. We will see how well it holds up. Part two will show off the finished product. The last picture shows the first half of the bed finished.






Saturday, May 28, 2011

Illinois and back


The Brat's speedometer has been getting howlingly loud recently, and on my way back from Illinois is stopped working. I assume that either the cable has broken (unlikely) or that the little magnets that spin the needle have worn out from inadvertent contact with something. Either way, the quiet is nice now, but I would like to have my speedometer back. I suppose I'll take it open sometime this summer, but we have quite a bit coming up, so perhaps it will wait until later. I have also discovered what I think might be the source of my coolant leak. My wife noticed that there was a little tiny part of the windshield that was always fogged up right next to the dash. Upon inspection, it looks like a little bit of coolant is evaporating out of the dash onto the windshield. Must be the lines that run to the heater core, which never was that hot. When I pull the gauge cluster, I'll probably replace the coolant lines and clean out the heater core. I got some white bed liner that I intend to install in the Brat bed this weekend, I hope it will help protect it from rain and rust. I didn't want the black liner, but I'm not sold that the white will look good. We will find out!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Caddy & Brat


I'm starting to be seduced by the joy of Diesel. I love my Brat, so perhaps I should get a Caddy to help spread the miles around. Then all I need is a dodge rampage to complete the Trifecta.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Gas Springs


Got my snugtop even better now, the gas springs I ordered fit excellent, and are about the right weight. The hatch opens most of the way on its own, and you can raise it farther than it goes by itself, and it will stay. It makes it so much more useful. Funny story, when the Brat went to MAC track for the fist time, the gate was down and the hatch was propped open with a big stick. 3 people were sitting on the gait, and then two got up to leave, and one knocked the stick out by accident, causing the hatch handle to fall squarely on the head of the person seated in the middle. Which happened to be Ann Barrans. She was not a happy camper.