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RPU Update

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Detonator, Jun 26, 2006.

  1. Took my birthday off today and spent it bolting my rpu together. Here's where I was before I blew it apart for paint:

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    Here's where I am now:

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    My plan was for some sort of suede finish, but my original sheet metal was pretty straight and everything was coming together so I went for the shine. Hard to tell WHAT color it is in these photos, huh? It's a late 30's GMC truck brown.

    Here's the firewall -- I'm running swing pedals, so I needed to clear the engine and make room for them, too.

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  2. rustyparts
    Joined: Jan 3, 2005
    Posts: 702

    rustyparts
    Member
    from Clinton,Mt

    WOW! Thats looking bad ass!
     
  3. McFly
    Joined: Oct 10, 2001
    Posts: 1,143

    McFly
    Member
    from LA

    Bitchin'! I was looking for ya at the Father's Day show but didn't see your car, mine didn't make it either. More pics, quick!!!!
     
  4. nrfleming
    Joined: Nov 17, 2005
    Posts: 387

    nrfleming
    Member

    looks like you have quite the collection. what color are you going to paint the RPU?
     
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  5. LOL... that IS the color.
     
  6. Nekronomicon
    Joined: May 23, 2005
    Posts: 812

    Nekronomicon
    Member

    Looks unreal, and happy birthday.
     
  7. Flathead Youngin'
    Joined: Jan 10, 2005
    Posts: 3,531

    Flathead Youngin'
    Member

    sweet truck....love it!

    is that a skull shifter knob from chromed rat....

    nice details!
     
  8. Yep. Good eye!

    I'm trying to steer clear of the skull/devil/spider web thing and just keep it clean and simple -- but those shift knobs were way to well-done to pass up.
     
  9. repoguy
    Joined: Jul 27, 2002
    Posts: 2,087

    repoguy
    Member

    Dude, that thing is killer. One of my favorite RPU's.

    Please post lots of pics once it's painted.

    That 1st pic you posted is actually my screensaver on my home system, because I want to build something very similar.
     
  10. Flathead Youngin'
    Joined: Jan 10, 2005
    Posts: 3,531

    Flathead Youngin'
    Member

    hahaha....me too! every time i see MOST skull shifter knobs, i think "cheezey" BUT, i held Chromedrat's in my hand and I was sold.....feels good and isn't too over-done......the more is less thing, i guess

     
  11. klazurfer
    Joined: Nov 21, 2001
    Posts: 1,597

    klazurfer
    Member

    MOST EXCELLENT :) :) :)
    Klaz
     
  12. I see you are really making headway now man. I really like the color, very subtle just like the rest of the truck.

    I'm anxiious to see it all togeather again. Are you gonna leave the wheels the same color?

    Again, very nice piece.
     
  13. The wheels were the originals off a friend's '40 woodie. I p-coated them as close as I could get to the original maroon.
     
  14. 28chevrat
    Joined: Oct 11, 2005
    Posts: 323

    28chevrat
    Member

    looks great thanks for sharing.....
     
  15. striper
    Joined: Mar 22, 2005
    Posts: 4,432

    striper
    ALLIANCE MEMBER

    wot colour is on the woody? I need somethin like that for my 28.

    Pete
     
  16. continentaljohn
    Joined: Jul 24, 2002
    Posts: 3,270

    continentaljohn
    Member

    Cool looking truck and super clean build, looks great like it is !! With paint WOW!
     
  17. 3wLarry
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 11,129

    3wLarry
    Member
    from Owasso, Ok

    ...I like the subtle color combo...clean...
     
  18. Funny you asked -- I get comments all the time on the woodie color. It's a grey-green that's loosely based on a '46 Merc chip. PM me, I'll send you the PPG formula.

    3WL -- thanks for the props, your build-up was a real inspiration. The maroon and brown makes it kinda look like a restoration -- but wait till you see the seat covers (!)
     
  19. stan292
    Joined: Dec 6, 2002
    Posts: 857

    stan292
    Member

    A great look and beautiful work. Very nice!
     
  20. Nice work,nice truk,nice colors!

    Weld done bro looks gooder......Shiny
     
  21. motormaniac
    Joined: Oct 31, 2002
    Posts: 186

    motormaniac
    Member

    I would love to know what type of rivets you used on your fire wall. Any close up shots of both sides with rivets?

    Thanks,
    Motor
     
  22. Shiny -- Thanks man, those Canadian Merc truck hubcaps I got from you look real good on it.

    MM -- the rivets are actually rivets screws. Jim Benetiz (Rogue on the HAMB) had a bunch of 'em awhile back and I got them from him. There's a nut on one side and a little ridge on the back of the head that digs in and holds when you screw 'em down. They're just about long enough to mate two 16 ga panels, no thicker. I think they originally made them for gym lockers.

    Here it is before paint:

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  23. Rolf
    Joined: Jul 23, 2002
    Posts: 1,828

    Rolf
    Member

    You make it look simple, and that is not always...simple.

    Nice clean work, thanks for sharing.
     
  24. zibo
    Joined: Mar 17, 2002
    Posts: 2,344

    zibo
    Member
    from dago ca

    they use them for fender bolts too on early bicycles. TP aka zibo
     
  25. Retroline
    Joined: Aug 20, 2002
    Posts: 984

    Retroline
    Member

    Thanks for the update, I've been waiting for this. Your rp is one of my favourite HAMB rides.
    Color works too!
     
  26. SanDiegoJoe
    Joined: Apr 18, 2004
    Posts: 3,519

    SanDiegoJoe
    Member

    Wow, that brown is going to look great.
    - any chance of seeing some pix of the woodie in the background?

    Joe
     
  27. haring
    Joined: Aug 20, 2001
    Posts: 2,295

    haring
    Member

    Wow, that is really cool.

    I'll look forward to seeing it all together.
     
  28. krylon32
    Joined: Jan 29, 2006
    Posts: 3,304

    krylon32
    Alliance Vendor
    from Nebraska

    Love it. Just starting on my Brookville 32 RPU.
     
  29. That is sweet...Same with the woody, do you have a few pic's available to post?
     

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