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#564585 - May 24th 2012 3:45 pm Re: "The Beast" is back..... [Re: wookee]
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Registered: April 14th 2003 12:00 pm
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plasma cutters are pretty nice.
I learned how to use an oxy acetylene torch very well.
If i was doing aluminum and stainless work like I used to do.
There would be one in my shop.

.....Wookee
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#564591 - May 24th 2012 4:08 pm Re: "The Beast" is back..... [Re: wookee]
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That is true, with the proper tools its easy to get carried away with the mods.
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#566497 - June 04th 2012 9:40 am Re: "The Beast" is back..... [Re: wookee]
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Ok it is now June.
Time to throw down and get serious working on the "Beast", to get ready for the road trip to the Nationals.
Broke my welder in Wednesday.I hope to get that back by the end of the week.
I have plenty of other projects to keep me busy.

Painted the underside of my dog house lid with Dupli Color Truck Bed Coating.



While I am at it I will also use the same stuff on the cab floor of the "Beast"



The late model snack tray will be recycled to fit the front of the dog house.

I have two seasons of road crud and over spray to clean out of the engine compartment.



Along with this stuff I also have a graduation party in Pa to make along with a local birthday party of a good friend the following weekend.....

Let the games begin.........LOL
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#566543 - June 04th 2012 2:41 pm Re: "The Beast" is back..... [Re: wookee]
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Love that truck bed liner Wookee, should do a good job of quieting down the road noise. You planning on carpet for the cab? I hate when my welder breaks! If i had one to break....
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#566656 - June 04th 2012 11:52 pm Re: "The Beast" is back..... [Re: wookee]
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Yes I will be installing carpet.
Not too sure if it will be done by the Nationals though.

a local street rod shop used spray on bed liner on the floors inside of the doors and on the underside of there customers cars .It made a huge difference sound wise.

I got to see some cars with age on them and the stuff hold up great over time.

.......Wookee
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#567274 - June 07th 2012 8:23 pm Re: "The Beast" is back..... [Re: wookee]
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Bedliner will seal the steel so that nothing will reach the surface underneath.

I plan to do this with my early as well, but no carpet up front.
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#570202 - June 22nd 2012 12:41 am Re: "The Beast" is back..... [Re: wookee]
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got some more metal work done on the scoop.







........Wookee
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#570206 - June 22nd 2012 1:42 am Re: "The Beast" is back..... [Re: wookee]
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cool. What is your reason for building this? Was the van getting hot?
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#570335 - June 22nd 2012 9:27 pm Re: "The Beast" is back..... [Re: wookee]
wookee Offline
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Just a little hotter than I feel comfortable running this engine during 90 to 100 degree days at 65 to 80 MPH......

Other Rarly owners claim a temp drop of better than ten degrees.After an installation of a scoop.

I have been driving the "Beast", belly pan less for the last couple of weeks.I have seen no real difference in the temps.
This tells me the factory design was not working.

.......Wookee
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#580321 - August 23rd 2012 8:38 am Re: "The Beast" is back..... [Re: wookee]
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Registered: April 14th 2003 12:00 pm
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Loc: Joppa Md. U.S.A.
I figured i would bring this thread up to the top again.
the scoop made a big difference in the operating temps of the "Beast' out and back from Md to Wisconsin.
On the hottest days running at 80 she never sent higher than 210.
There was a couple of stretches on the turn pike on the way home that the old girl was pegged at 90 between gas stops.
Yes I got beg enough stones to cruise my early at 80.
This is the longest road trip the "Beast" has been on to date.
The following pictures where taken by other photographers
This is huge complacent to me that my creation is worthy of there attention









I do enjoy taking the Early Van crew out for a cruise around the fair grounds at the "nationals"

This year I got to convoy out to the "Nationals" from ohio to Wisconsin with Vintage Chevy Van Club members along with a couple late model vans.
We had 9 vans in our convoy from 7 different states

.........Wookee
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