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    Thought I'd post up some pics of the RPU I'm working on. I looked and looked for a body and can't find anything. I had this cowl so I figured I'd do the best with what I had. with the cold weather coming on I am ready to stay in the garage. I've been playing with this thing for almost a month now and this is where I'm at.
    $123.00 for the cowl.




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    I went over in Ohio and bought a 24' stick of 2X4 steel for the frame. I went out in the garage and played with some of the stuff I bought but more than anything just sit and wondered how some things would go on it. This is not going to be something that everyone likes but it will be dependable, fast and fun to drive. More than anything it will be a form follows function rod. Stripped down RPU that will have a little salt flat flare, with a touch of early 60's show rods style. Sounds like two roads going in different directions doesn't it. We'll see how it turns out..
    Here's the bones and the axle I will be using. It was suppose to be a model A axle when I went to get it but turned out to be 37 to 41. I'm gonna use it anyway..Someone drilled small holes in it. I thought about opening up every other hole to a bigger size but after looking at it I'm not touching.


    I've always liked the look of the wide five rims so I snatched this front end up. I'll use everything but the axle. I paid $1oo bucks and another $1oo to have it shipped. It's not here yet but hopefully it will all be in usable shape.

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    I had some trouble getting my front end from the guy I bought it from and in the end the axle was cut and this is how I got 'em.
    I broke down the front end for a rebuild. I've never messed with king pins and heard all the horror stories about getting them loose. I guess I got lucky 'cause it was no big deal.


    You can see where that yahoo cut the axle. What a goof.
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    Took me a few minutes to figure out how to get the drum loose but I got it. The scary thing was when I took the cap off it was full of water. I poured it out and took it apart but there was nothing rusted inside. The bearings and spindle all looked bright and shiny. Not sure how they would look good with water sitting on them. The thought came to mind that the guy may have pour the water into the hub and screwed the cap back on but I hope he wouldn't be that dirty. The grease was clean and thick so I guessed it save all the bare metal parts.


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    I found a set of fully boxed rails with a sweep in the front. I mounted the cowl and used tubing to brace it.


    Then I started on the frame work for the body.



    I sat a block down in it to see where I wanted the front cross member.
    I also used the plazma cutter to get rid of those ugly brackets on the rails. See above pic :tongue:


    The stock front cross member was right on but it was a little thin so off it came.
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    I cleaned up the rails. I was going to use a 2X4 laying flat but I didn't like the look. I flipped it on it's end . It's stronger that way and it will give me another inch or more of a drop with it this way.


    The sweep messed me up a bit. The frame went up, leveled out and before cross member started back down. This left me with about 4 degrees the wrong way for my perch. I set the 2x4 at 7 degrees but the lean looked funny to me. I set it at 3 and will take the other 4 from my spring perch. Totle of 7 all togther. With the 2x4 laid back some I had to make a pie cut in the bottom and pull it shut.
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    Added a small gusset. Mostly for looks but it will help hold a little. The little hole will get welded shut but for now it's a great spot to ground the plazma or the welder.
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    I found this for sale. I had to have it.

    I'm going to run scooter style fender on the front. Alot of the older rodders used spare tire covers for fenders and I love the beadwork in the early 50's style covers. I snatched this one from the Nash and will be cutting it up.
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    I have my front engine mounts almost done. A little more shaping and metal finishing and they will be ready to paint.
    Used some paper to get the style I wanted.


    At least the broken jack came in handy for something.

    Transfer shape to metal.
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    Alot of grinding



    Tossed them on the drill press and shot a few holes through them.

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