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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:


    Here's where I am now:




    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.


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

    from Clinton,Mt

    WOW! Thats looking bad ass!
  3. McFly
    Joined: Oct 10, 2001
    Posts: 1,163

    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


    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: 813


    Looks unreal, and happy birthday.
  7. Flathead Youngin'
    Joined: Jan 10, 2005
    Posts: 3,530

    Flathead Youngin'

    sweet 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: 2,086


    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: 3,530

    Flathead Youngin'
    Member 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: 1,596


    MOST EXCELLENT :) :) :)
  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: 322


    looks great thanks for sharing.....
  15. striper
    Joined: Mar 22, 2005
    Posts: 4,481


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

  16. continentaljohn
    Joined: Jul 24, 2002
    Posts: 3,675


    Cool looking truck and super clean build, looks great like it is !! With paint WOW!
  17. 3wLarry
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 12,812

    Member Emeritus
    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


    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


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

  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:

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


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

    Nice clean work, thanks for sharing.
  24. zibo
    Joined: Mar 17, 2002
    Posts: 2,350

    from dago ca

    they use them for fender bolts too on early bicycles. TP aka zibo
  25. Retroline
    Joined: Aug 20, 2002
    Posts: 1,042


    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: 3,520


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

  27. haring
    Joined: Aug 20, 2001
    Posts: 2,327


    Wow, that is really cool.

    I'll look forward to seeing it all together.
  28. krylon32
    Joined: Jan 29, 2006
    Posts: 4,712

    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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