September 22, 2015

Fully Restored 1978 Subaru Brat

Subaru Brat

Fully Restored 1978 Subaru Brat

This 4WD coupe utility produced by Japanese automaker Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI) under the Subaru Brand, as the picture is a Subaru Brat built in 1978. This car has been fully restored and rebuild engine. Never been sold in Japan, the Subaru Brat was made at the request of the President of Subaru of America, being developed in Japan based on the Subaru Leone then exported to Noth American, Australia and United Kingdom with any different name.

The pics as confirm, all looks so nice with straight shape, no dent and rust issue. Interior looks okey hope no something hidden, engine photos not so clearly here we left it to you if want him. It's one of nice 4WD coupe utility vehicle from Japan, 1978 Subaru Brat ready to go for $12500 location in Los Angeles California.

Details by owner
If you are looking at this you already know what a BRAT is. Nearly every-time I take it out, people stop me and ask about it. Or tell me they haven't seen one in 30 years! What you are looking at today is a restored 1978 Subaru Brat, fantastic condition almost entire truck has been restored. I purchased the truck from the original Owners son, with a broken motor. A valve had let go and shot out through the Passenger side head. Motor was completely rebuilt along with a huge list of other parts. I had my mechanic go front to back and replace or rebuild anything that was worn out or broken.
165,000 Miles on the Chassis
About 1,200 Miles on the Rebuilt Motor
The Truck was repainted by the original owner in 2005, fresh window rubber and glass was installed. The original side and rear sliding window are all in excellent condition. I would rate this Brat a 9 out of 10.
The entire engine bay has been coated in a protective coating to help prevent rust, along with the wheel wells and rear bed. The interior has been completely gone through. New carpets, new door panel coverings, new rear tray, new seat-belts, new headliner. The dash is cracked and has been covered with a fitted black carpet dash mat. The interior trim pieces have been color matched black to match the carpet and seats.

I've created a Flikr Album here:

This Brat is truly a great running example of the BRAT. Runs and drives perfectly, you could use this as a reliable mode of transportation. Lights, Engine, Brakes, Transmission, 4WD all work as they should.

It is equipped with an aftermarket Weber Carburetor, that I've adapted an original Subaru Air-cleaner to mate up to. Only the best care and parts have been used in bringing this Brat back to life. Below is a short list of all the work that was done to it, since being in my possession.

The list is pretty extensive, I'm sure there are some things here and there that I am forgetting but this is the bulk of it. All receipts and paperwork is available and will be shown to buyer.

Remove and replace Long Block. Consists of cylinder block fitted with pistons, rings, connecting rods, crankshaft and all bearings. Cylinder head and camshaft, includes clean and transfer fuel and electrical assemblies, engine mounts, manifolds, valve covers, oil pan and pump, water pump, clutch assembly and flywheel.
Rebuild Engine
Replace plugs
Replace rotor
Replace distributor cap
Remove and Rebuild front axles
Replace water pump
resurface flywheel
Replace thermostat
Fixed and Replaced Turn Signal Switch Assembly
Replace clutch, Exedy replacement clutch
Weld air pipe assembly
Replace belts
Remove original floor sound-deadening and replace with new sound-deadening material
Rebuild carburetor
Replace distributor wires
Repair and Repaint front passenger fender
Repair and Repaint Hood
Replace all hoses and belts
Replace fuel filter
Replace radiator cap
Replace gear oil
Replace water pump
Remove and Rebuild entire steering rack
Replace battery
Replace shift knob with original NOS knob
Replace broken passenger turn signal assembly
Replace incandescent bulbs with LED. (Rear turn signal, reverse lights, rear side marker lights, front fender side marker, front turn signal, front running light, all gauge cluster lights, and interior dome light)
Upgraded dual Hella Super-tone Horn system
Replaced accelerator cable
Replace engine mount
Replace Antenna
Replace interior seat belts
Black wrinkle Powder Coating front push bar, and rear roll bar
Upgraded headlight wiring
Cleaned and replaced internal cabin power fuse block
Custom Touch up paint ordered, and existing paint job touched up
Rear trailer hitch adjusted and secured
Install single DINN Alpine head unit
Replace under dash speaker
Install 2, 4 x 7 Speakers in custom boxes behind each seat
Install 40" LED light bar on rear roll bar
Restored and Installed Rear seats, with back rests, and original Seat belts
Custom made rear seat belt protective covers
Install brand new Catalytic converter
New 13" Wheel Trim Rings installed
Rear Color Matched High Rise Brat Topper
Brand new custom reproduction B.R.A.T. side decals
Refurbished original Jack and Jack Bar
Replace Coolant Overflow tank

Older Subaru's often suffer from rust and rot, this Truck is nearly rust free. I would say this is about as rust free as you can get these days. The underside is in great shape, typical light surface rust is here and there under the truck. I've tried to take a photo of the ONLY rust that I can see. Smaller than the diameter of a US Dime. When I sprayed the wheel wells, I tried to coat as much surface as possible, including up into the front fenders. They did not show signs of rust but I wanted to protect as much as I could.

If you would like to see my build thread, please click this link. I've chronicled everything from the day I bought it. With photos taken every step of the way.

Please feel free to post questions here or contact me via phone. Text or Voice is fine.

I reserve the right to end the auction early for any reason. I have this advertised in a few places so act quickly. Please note this is being sold with no guarantee or warranty. This Brat has been smoke FREE since I have owned it. I cannot speak about the previous owner but there is NO smell or traces of smoking in the Truck.

The Brat is located in Los Angeles California. I will be willing to work with a shipping company but you must secure you're own shipping. I will help you load it onto a trailer if you come pick it up. This is being sold as is, with no warranty.

This is about the best Brat I have ever come across. You will not find another Brat in this good of a condition. Typical Brats go for anywhere from $1000-3000, and those are fairly beat-up and rusting into the ground. I've watched as several nice Brats sell from between $11,000-13,500. Those High dollar Brat's did not have as much interior and engine work as this one has had done to it. (Something to keep in mind).