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Old 03-26-2007, 08:29 PM   #1
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Default Chopping The Top On a 49-Ford Truck Cab?

Any body have any insight, advice, pics, mistakes to avoid, on chopping a top on an 49 Ford F-1. Have the tools and metal skills(I hope) to do it, just want some advice from others who have dones this.....

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Old 03-26-2007, 08:53 PM   #2
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Default Re: Chopping The Top On a 49-Ford Truck Cab?

Hey,

I beleve Gene Winfield chopped a '49-'51 F-1, someone posted
pictures on the HAMB, maybe 1-2 weeks ago.
The F-1s have alota shape goin on in a small area, to get one to
flow and look good will require several step and releaf cuts.
There were no F-100 until 1953.

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Old 03-26-2007, 08:55 PM   #3
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Default Re: Chopping The Top On a 49-Ford Truck Cab?

My 50's been cut 3". If you want pic.s or whatever I'll tell you what I did wrong. PM me.
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Old 03-26-2007, 08:55 PM   #4
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Default Re: Chopping The Top On a 49-Ford Truck Cab?

It's an easy chop other then the roof skin has to be split. Got lucky on the one I did, found another cab and doors the was gone (rotted out on the bottom, used the front half of the roof and door frames, saved fabbing fillers and a weld seem. Lean the pillers in and you don't need to quarter the top.
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Old 03-26-2007, 09:14 PM   #5
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Default Re: Chopping The Top On a 49-Ford Truck Cab?

Hey,

If at all possible, don't quarter the top panel. Cut as large a section
as possible, from the middle of the roof. Cut and foreshorten the
header, cant rails, and the rear rail keeping your filler pieces to as
small and managable a size as possible. This will have the added
bonus of keeping most of your welds to the outer areas of the roof,
making them easier to hammer weld.

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Old 03-26-2007, 09:20 PM   #6
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Default Re: Chopping The Top On a 49-Ford Truck Cab?

I know a guy who cut the top sideways down the middle. just fucked it all up as far as I could see.

another buddy made a few relief cuts here and there and slanted the front post back a bit. everything lined up good. it 's a nice looking chop. there is no need to cut the top into 2 or 4 parts
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Old 03-26-2007, 09:51 PM   #7
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Default Re: Chopping The Top On a 49-Ford Truck Cab?

Thanks Guys for all the insight anybody have any pics, or how to articles with pics..,or links to how to articles. How about some actual pics of chopped F-1's
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Old 03-26-2007, 10:23 PM   #8
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Default Re: Chopping The Top On a 49-Ford Truck Cab?

On the one I did we took about 5 inches out (if my memory is working today) We started by marking centerline on the cab roof. Then we cut a big hole in the roof...maybe 2 x 2 1/2 feet...I basically cut at the apex of the edges of the roof. Then we quartered the roof and dropped everything down to where we wanted it and used a donor roof and doors to fill the gaps. Then we cut up a old roof section from a 40 merc (yea...my old leftovers) to get the compound curved filler piece for the big hole we cut originally. This is where the centerlines matter as we drew a centerline on the donor roof also and just lined it all up when we were filling the hole!
I just overlapped the metal,drew a line all around the patch piece and then cut the hole about 1 inch larger than the patch. Then when we welded it we left the overlap...this made a strong weld without much warpage and really takes very little filler.
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Old 03-27-2007, 05:44 AM   #9
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Default Re: Chopping The Top On a 49-Ford Truck Cab?

I've seen it where it people just cut all the way across the very front of the cab from driver to passenger side, then the A and B pillars allowing for the A pillars to be laid back a bit then cutting the section of roof that overlaps the front section, but I'm not sure how the compound curves line up right doing it this way. Anybody have a good how to article with pic's? Some one mentioned a Gene Winfield Article baut have not been able to find it..
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Old 03-27-2007, 06:20 AM   #10
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Default Re: Chopping The Top On a 49-Ford Truck Cab?

love it if you could send me some pics of your truck im working on a 52 what you using for drive train???
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Old 03-27-2007, 06:33 AM   #11
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Chopped my 51 around 35 years ago. Split in three pieces. Added about 3/4 inch over rear window. Added about 1 1/4 inch side to side. Gas welded it all, still drivin it........ Cut K-MEMBERS last year four pieces......OLDBEET
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Old 03-27-2007, 06:51 AM   #12
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Default Re: Chopping The Top On a 49-Ford Truck Cab?

Ron Covell has an excellent DVD on chopping and sectioning a Stude truck...should be close enough body style to help you with yours.
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Old 03-27-2007, 09:04 AM   #13
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Default Re: Chopping The Top On a 49-Ford Truck Cab?

I did my '51 a few years back, no cutting across the roof, just a little post tweeking.Chopped under the rear window to sort of even them up. 2 1/2 inches is all they need for a better looking truck but if you want the average joe to know its chopped then take as much as you need to.
I think the same year Chevy pick-up looks neater with a heavier chop. Just my 2 cents.
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Old 03-27-2007, 09:07 PM   #14
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Default Re: Chopping The Top On a 49-Ford Truck Cab?

anybody got insight on leaning the front posts back?
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Old 03-27-2007, 09:43 PM   #15
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Make sure you take lots of pics/notes and post them here. I'd like to do the same to mine one day.
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Old 03-27-2007, 09:46 PM   #16
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Default Re: Chopping The Top On a 49-Ford Truck Cab?

You didn't happen to buy more than one F-1 right?

I sold about four an couple of weeks ago...
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Old 03-27-2007, 11:20 PM   #17
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Default Re: Chopping The Top On a 49-Ford Truck Cab?

What Brewsir said!!! Oh and the windshield is only chopped 4" while the cab is chopped 5" that got rid of the fourhead.
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Old 03-28-2007, 12:36 PM   #18
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Default Re: Chopping The Top On a 49-Ford Truck Cab?

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anybody got insight on leaning the front posts back?
Yeah, when you do that, it always looks like the windsheild post are bent and it does not flow as well. Here's a few pics...
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Old 03-31-2007, 11:22 PM   #19
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Default Re: Chopping The Top On a 49-Ford Truck Cab?

I will post as I go along.... The truck is going the way of I quess an altered....No fenders, Bed, gonna build are own frame, rear Buggy spring, straights axle, gonna go old school style. Beg borrow, steal, swap parts...We are acceptting donations of parts(lol), anything that will fit, lets trade.... could use good doors......
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Old 03-31-2007, 11:38 PM   #20
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REmember your gonna need 4 doors or at least the tops of a second set. Good news is that all the big trucks have the same roofs and door tops. They seem to be easier to find for cutting up.
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