Richard Owl-Mirror
I joined this forum seeking advice for a DIY restoration project.
I just bought a 1978 Subaru Brat which runs good but, the body has several areas of Rust. I haven't begun doing any work as I'm waiting for warmer weather.
I've been watching several YouTube video's & I came across Secondchancegarage.
I thought I might be able to glean some info from others who have more experience than I do. After registering, I now see there aren't many members or any How-to conversations. If anyone can assist in teaching me some information on Body repair of rusted areas, I would be grateful. My intention is to first make the repairs of the rusted areas, then strip the entire truck body and repaint it.
As for the engine & transmission, they work well & don't appear to need any repairs at this time. Just the body needs tending to.
Thank-you in advance for any info you might pass along.
1979 Subaru Brat - A69L512372.jpg
I've been told, the only stupid question is the one not asked.
Living in Pennsylvania for most of my adult life and tending to keep vehicles forever I have been able to make observations on the subject.  The only permanent way to repair the rust is to replace the rusted panel if removable or cut out the rusted area and weld in new metal. Fiberglass or filler repair may work for a while if the car is not exposed to the weather, but in your case there probably would be enough flex to cause cracking. Your car does not appear as bad as many, I have not seen a Brat in years and recall when new they rusted rapidly. Good luck, Tom
Richard Owl-Mirror
Thanks Tom,
Yes, I've been watching a lot of YOUTUBE lately ;>}
Not ever having welded before, most video's recommend a Flux-core MIG welder.
They say it's the easiest type to learn on.
I have been pricing them & trying to get the most bang for a buck.
I found: Forney Easy Weld 299 125FC Flux Core Welder, 120-Volt, 125-Amp

Have any thought's on this model or type? I'm trying to stay around this price range since I have NO idea what I'm doing or how much I will use it.
There are others Below $ as well as above, naturally.
There isn't a lot of Rust, mostly small spots (nail head size) although there is Bondo in places & noticeable spots around the wheel wells.
Here in Montana, we don't use Salt.
Then again, we have a lot of washboard dirt roads ;>}
I've been told, the only stupid question is the one not asked.
I have not welded personally in over 50 years, but am lectured on welding constantly by my 16 year old grandson who is taking welding in V0-tech.  I took him and his dad over to a friend's welding shop.  The father asked about what welder to buy.  The long time welder advised him to buy a machine made by a major manufacturer from a local distributor who will have replacement parts and supplies when you need them so you are not left waiting in the middle of a job until parts ordered online arrive.