Tuesday, October 26, 2010
1982 Subaru Brat GL
Greetings Subaru Brat fans. Welcome to my blog devoted to my 1982 Subaru Brat. If you've found this page, you must be somewhat aware of how wonderful this vehicle is. It's a car, it's a truck, it's a brat! The most thoughtfully designed car of the 80's, the Subaru Brat is a great example of why Japan is awesome. It had the highest rating for fuel economy of any 4x4 ever sold in America at the time of it's introduction, but faced an overwhelming tariff on imported trucks. Creative thinkers thus installed jump seats into the bed making it a passenger vehicle and beat the letter of the law, and in doing so, multiplied it's awesomeness by 2.3, and still kept it's price in the value category of cars. I realized I needed a Brat, so I searched far and wide for months to find this beauty. A rust free Arizona Brat caught my attention and after some persistence with a less than reluctant seller for an out of state buyer, I got a ticket and bought the car. I spent the next 3 days driving from Tempe AZ up through California all the way back to Seattle. As this blog serves it purpose, it will chronicle the transformation of the Brat in it's current state to one of jaw dropping utility and comfort. While the exterior and drive train are in exceptional shape, it is a 30 year old car and in need of attention. The interior got baked pretty good and the seats need some recovering.
I'll take pictures of the work that I'm doing and plop them in here and try to write funny things to go along with them.