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Back in Black! rpu build thread

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by dodgerodder, Apr 12, 2009.

  1. dodgerodder
    Joined: Feb 15, 2005
    Posts: 1,943


    Getting closer Chad! Hey man, how is the T coming along btw??

    Ha, I'm game, lets do it!! But, to by driving before Christmas we might need the Overhaulin' team. Hmm, or maybe Pimp my Ride:p:p

  2. farmer12
    Joined: Aug 28, 2006
    Posts: 7,717


    Great work Dan, this is one awesome car. Keep up the good work! Love the gold btw.
  3. dodgerodder
    Joined: Feb 15, 2005
    Posts: 1,943


    Well me & pops made some great progress in the past week or so. I took my intake to the machine shop to have them check it out. I wanted to be sure the the mounting surface that bolts to the heads was straight & flat.

    I am glad I did, because the intake did need a tiny cut to make it perfectly flat. They did a great job, the mounting surface looks beautiful!

    So with that done, we got the intake blasted, & epoxy primed & painted last weekend.

    And, today we got the intake bolted up. With the mounting surface machined, it lined up so nice with everything, what a difference. We got the carbs back on.

    Also got the pulleys on, the oil filter housing, oil fill tube & thermostat housing. It looks like a motor again, & boy I really like the way it looks in the gold.

    So, here's some pics as it sits. Merry Christmas everybody, thanks for looking!





  4. LeadSledMerc
    Joined: Nov 29, 2003
    Posts: 4,106


    WOW...that looks sooo awesome all back together in gold against the body...I can't wait to see it all back together!

    Nice job, Dan...and keep the updates coming!!!:cool:

    A very Merry Christmas to you and your family also.
  5. Lucky3
    Joined: Dec 9, 2009
    Posts: 652


    ^^^^^^^What he said !

  6. Dan........great thread and Car. Excellent build thread. Congrats on the award.
  7. llonning
    Joined: Nov 17, 2007
    Posts: 679


    Glad that you are getting it farther along.

    Merry Christmas!!!!!

  8. Wow!! That is going to look terrific against the firewall and body color. Great job.

    Have a Merry Christmas Dan!
  9. paco
    Joined: Oct 19, 2006
    Posts: 1,141

    from Atlanta

    Yo Dan ... looking good ... again.

    Tell your Pops & brother (along with yourself & familiy) I said Meryy Christmas & Happy New Year.

  10. dodgerodder
    Joined: Feb 15, 2005
    Posts: 1,943


    Keith, thanks a ton, I really appreciate that. Have a great Christmas bud

    Thank you L3

    Thanks man. Wow, those vids REALLY make me excite to drive it again, especially with the stronger motor

    You & me both haha. Len, have a great Christmas

    Thanks! I am really excited to see the car together, I really think it should look nice. Merry Christmas K

    What's up Paul? Thanks man, as always I appreciate. I'll tell the family, hope you & your family have a Merry Christmas
    Last edited: Dec 24, 2011
  11. Just when I thought your hot rod couldn't get any cooler you one upped it.
  12. mosimpson
    Joined: May 29, 2006
    Posts: 271


    Dan -
    Where exactly is the coil on the RPU? I don't see it anywhere on the firewall. Do you have any pic's that illustrate the mounted ignition coil?

  13. dodgerodder
    Joined: Feb 15, 2005
    Posts: 1,943


    Brian, thanks man! It'll be WAY cooler when I can drive it again haha

    Marc, if it will help I can get some pics of the coil mounted, I got it back on since we talked thru pm. Let me know if it'll help

  14. dodgerodder
    Joined: Feb 15, 2005
    Posts: 1,943


    Me & pops busted butt all weekend, we are getting there! Still some to go, but list is getting smaller!. Just got off work, back to the shop to get back to it-here's a teaser:D

  15. chaddilac
    Joined: Mar 21, 2006
    Posts: 13,867


    Dang nice Dan!!!!
  16. gnichols
    Joined: Mar 6, 2008
    Posts: 10,956

    from Tampa, FL

    Man O man. Sure looks nice. Any chance you'll be bring it up to the Tampa area for any reason? Or do I have to drive ALL the way down there to see it. Congrats. Gary
  17. Had a thought: Paint the wheels the same gold as the motor?
  18. Just went through the whole thread. Truck turned out great!
  19. scootermcrad
    Joined: Sep 20, 2005
    Posts: 12,372


    Looks great Dan! Happy New Year!
  20. striper
    Joined: Mar 22, 2005
    Posts: 4,498


    Sssshhhhh!!!!!.....stop it! No more suggestions.

    Oh, maybe one. Finish it and drive it.

    Looks good, Dan.
  21. langy
    Joined: Apr 27, 2006
    Posts: 5,735

    Member Emeritus

    About time you got this finished Dan, looks awesome, don't paint the wheels gold they look just fine & dandy as they are I reckon.

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  22. Jeff Norwell
    Joined: Aug 20, 2003
    Posts: 13,243

    Jeff Norwell
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  23. Great work Don and Dan.
  24. paco
    Joined: Oct 19, 2006
    Posts: 1,141

    from Atlanta

    Hey Dan ... looking great ... again.

  25. Brandi
    Joined: Sep 1, 2007
    Posts: 1,041


    And THAT is what dreams are made of.
  26. dodgerodder
    Joined: Feb 15, 2005
    Posts: 1,943


    Chad, thank you my friend, as always I appreciate!

    Gary, thanks man. I will definitely be @ Billetproof at Garlits in March. Are you gonna go? I'd love to check out your truck too, are you getting some good drive time?

    Dave, thank you. I forgot what the thing looked like assembled haha

    The thought did cross my mind Dr J. I'll drive it for a bit & see how I feel

    Thank you TF, I owe you about 1 hour of your life back:p

    Scott, what's up bud?? Thank man, Happy New Year back @ ya!
    This should be the year you get-r-dun man, lots of good times ahead

    Pete, my thoughts exactly. I have had enough of working on it to hold me for a while, I am super excited to be able to drive soon. How's your car coming along? The quick change will look kick-@ss

    You got that right Steve. By the time I'm done, you & Sue will be back to visit haha. You will get a ride next time, I promise:D

    Jeff, thanks a ton man, I really appreciate. Feels great to see it come back together

    Brian, I just caught up on your truck progress, really loving your truck

    Thank you Paul, 2nd time's a charm??:eek:

    Brandi, thank you. Funny you say that. I was sitting looking at the rpu last night, & I realized how much I love my damn car. No, it's definitely not perfect, but to me it means a ton, it is what I have always wanted. It really has me excited to get on the road & enjoy it

  27. That thing looks soooo good. That gold motor is the business! Go man Go!
  28. Wow looks great Dan. The new engine color is perfect. Really pops.
  29. dodgerodder
    Joined: Feb 15, 2005
    Posts: 1,943


    Well, me & pops got a ton done! Got the steering reassembled, brakes bled. Dash back in, seats in, top on.

    And, most importantly, got it fired up!! Thankfully all seems great, it really is running nice. Getting the rotating assembly balanced really did smooth it out too.

    After running it for a while, we got the tranny filled, & I was able to take a short drive around the block late last night-it ran GREAT! The car pulls SO much stronger than before, and sound much crisper than the last engine. I am really super excited.

    It was a late night, but worth it. I have a really busy week, so not a lot of time to finish up the loose ends til the weekend, but that's ok. I can sleep better now, can't wait to be able to drive it for real again.

    Thanks for following, I will post up a YouTube this weekend hopefully with the thing driving:D

  30. Skirv
    Joined: Jul 5, 2006
    Posts: 1,183


    Great news Dan......and it looks even better than the first time around if that's possible.

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