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Old 08-02-2011, 11:26 AM   #1
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Default Slightly Chopped 1949-51 Ford Shoebox

I've seen all of the radically chopped 1949-51 Ford Shoeboxes, but has anyone ever just chopped an inch and a half or maybe just two inches? I ask this because I once saw a 1955 Chevy 210 Sedan that was chopped only 1 3/4", and the chop actually took that too-tall look out of the car while not dramatically changing the original lines of the factory style. I'd like to do that to my shoebox Ford and take away the high-top fade and turn it into just a flat-top if you catch my drift: make it easy on the eyes. Post a pic if you've seen it done this way.
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Old 08-02-2011, 01:31 PM   #2
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High-top fade:


Versus Flat-top:


Streamlined.
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Old 08-02-2011, 01:35 PM   #3
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Isn't there one for sale in the classifieds that was slightly chopped in the front only,and not at all in the back? Sounds odd,but the roof looked OK to me
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Old 08-02-2011, 01:45 PM   #5
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I believe what you are so poorly trying to describe is remving some of the "crown" from the roof.

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Old 08-02-2011, 02:11 PM   #6
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Whats that guys name that started thye thread with al;l tghe cars from Mexico? Theres shoebox coupe with the slightest cut Ive ever seen.
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Old 08-02-2011, 02:14 PM   #7
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Old 08-02-2011, 02:25 PM   #8
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Old 08-02-2011, 03:27 PM   #9
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Yeah....it took a little more off the top than what I wanted......
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Old 08-03-2011, 08:31 AM   #10
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I'm thinking maybe a 2 to 2 1/2 inch chop would give me the profile I want. Anybody have any pics of a mild chop like this?
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Old 08-03-2011, 11:03 AM   #11
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Brizio did a very mild chop on Eric Clapton's coupe...1.5" I believe...it looked nice, but made you scratch your head and wonder if it was even chopped. You'd have to know shoeboxes to tell- most people would walk right by not knowing it was chopped. I personally don't understand putting in the time and effort for such a subtle effect, but it's been done more than once. Eric Clapton's shoebox coupe sure is nice, though...they also extended the top of the decklid 5".
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Coupe dimensions are already pretty nice, a SLIGHT chop can look cool.

Sedans are hideous from the factory, they NEED at least a 4 inch haircut.

Just my 2 cents.

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Old 08-03-2011, 02:13 PM   #13
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Coupe dimensoin are already pretty nice, a SLIGHT chop can look cool.

Sedans are hideous from the factory, they NEED at least a 4 inch haircut.

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Old 08-03-2011, 03:53 PM   #14
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Here's my coupe with a slight 3in. slanted a pillar and a 4in. vertical rear chop. I wanted something mild too when I chopped it, along with the straight b pillar posts.
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Old 08-03-2011, 04:11 PM   #15
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I believe this was a 4 door and has been chopped about 2,5"?





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Old 08-03-2011, 04:26 PM   #16
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BobBleed (A.S.S.) is doing a 3.5 in. front, 4.0 in rear chop on my 51.
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Old 08-03-2011, 04:58 PM   #17
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I believe this was a 4 door and has been chopped about 2,5"?





That's perfect! Exactly what I'm after.
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Old 08-03-2011, 05:02 PM   #18
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Let me find the build thread..

Edit: http://www.rods-customs.com/forum/vi...hp?f=60&t=6715

It's in French.. Pictures are worth a 1000 words though.

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Old 08-05-2011, 02:55 PM   #19
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Coupe dimensions are already pretty nice, a SLIGHT chop can look cool.

Sedans are hideous from the factory, they NEED at least a 4 inch haircut.

Just my 2 cents.

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Old 08-17-2011, 10:40 PM   #20
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2 1/2 inch chop. Windshield laid back. If I were to do it again, Id take approx 3 3 1/4 out of the rear. It will give the door window a better look.


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