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RPU Update

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

  1. Detonator
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    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
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    WOW! Thats looking bad ass!
  3. McFly
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    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!!!!
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    looks like you have quite the collection. what color are you going to paint the RPU?
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  5. Detonator
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    LOL... that IS the color.
  6. Nekronomicon
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    Looks unreal, and happy birthday.
  7. Flathead Youngin'
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    sweet truck....love it!

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

    nice details!
  8. Detonator
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    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.
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    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'
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    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

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    MOST EXCELLENT :) :) :)
    Klaz
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    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. Detonator
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    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.
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    looks great thanks for sharing.....
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    wot colour is on the woody? I need somethin like that for my 28.

    Pete
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    Cool looking truck and super clean build, looks great like it is !! With paint WOW!
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    ...I like the subtle color combo...clean...
  19. Detonator
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    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 (!)
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    A great look and beautiful work. Very nice!
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    Nice work,nice truk,nice colors!

    Weld done bro looks gooder......Shiny
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    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,
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  23. Detonator
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    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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    You make it look simple, and that is not always...simple.

    Nice clean work, thanks for sharing.
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    they use them for fender bolts too on early bicycles. TP aka zibo
  26. Retroline
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    Thanks for the update, I've been waiting for this. Your rp is one of my favourite HAMB rides.
    Color works too!
  27. SanDiegoJoe
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    Wow, that brown is going to look great.
    - any chance of seeing some pix of the woodie in the background?

    Joe
  28. haring
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    Wow, that is really cool.

    I'll look forward to seeing it all together.
  29. krylon32
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    Love it. Just starting on my Brookville 32 RPU.
  30. Pickle
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    That is sweet...Same with the woody, do you have a few pic's available to post?

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