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1932 Ford top chopping question for the choppers

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Hot Rod Willys, Mar 10, 2013.

  1. Hot Rod Willys
    Joined: Nov 10, 2006
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    Hot Rod Willys
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    from Ohio

    When you chop the top on a 32 Ford, do you install the wood before or after you chop the top? My old wood is bad and have a new kit for my tudor. I am going to install the roof wood first but what about the others?
     
  2. tinmann
    Joined: Nov 11, 2005
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    tinmann
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    What's the plan for the new wood not fitting the lengthened roof skin after the chop? There may be enough wood to just redrill the two holes in the upper A pillar area.
     
  3. FINKSTR
    Joined: Oct 8, 2006
    Posts: 300

    FINKSTR
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    I removed all of the wood, chopped my top 3.2" then reinstalled the wood. My wood over the doors had to be repaired so I lengthened it the 3/4" the roof was stretched to allow the mate up in at the A & C posts. I had a new wood kit for aroubd the rear window and just shortened it the amount the car was chopped prior to installing it.
     
  4. I chopped my 2 door and did not install wood. I built a 1" steel frame work over the doors and rear window - with wood bolted to it for upholstery - then ran bows across the top from this frame work with wood attached again for the headliner. I use foam to seal the bows to the roof. Works fine and looks right.
     

  5. We chopped a Model A sedan and removed the wood,,fairly ease to shorten the wood. HRP
     
  6. krylon32
    Joined: Jan 29, 2006
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    krylon32
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    from Nebraska

    On the cars I've had chopped they always remove the wood and cut it down. Allows everything to be welded inside and out for a stronger top. My last couple of chops have been 2 doors with the front chopped 3.5, the center 3.25 and the back 3. Gives the top a nice wedge and the drip rail doesn't get humpy in the middle. They've leaned the front posts for a little racier look.
     
  7. 5Wcoupe
    Joined: Oct 2, 2007
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    5Wcoupe
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    from L.A., Ca.

    The wood in a '32 is not structural. It's only there for tacking upholstery.
    That said, I would mark the old wood along with the sheet metal, remove it, chop the top then use old wood as a template for the new wood.
     
  8. Hot Rod Willys
    Joined: Nov 10, 2006
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    Hot Rod Willys
    Member
    from Ohio

    Thanks for the replies, as for the roof insert. I have not decided if I was going to lenthen the roof or lay the A post back. I do agree that it should be chopped more in the front than the rear.
     

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