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Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by Faded Love Garage, Aug 28, 2018.

  1. Faded Love Garage
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    Just picked up this 40. Plans are to lower and chop it. Got my springs, drop axle, and shocks today, so I’m going to get started on that this week. Then it is going to Jesse Miller for a hair cut. I had Rik Hoving do a rendering of what we thought it should look like in the end. It’ll have some different caps, but this is definitely the look I’m going for. [​IMG]


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  2. spurgeonforge
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    Love the color.
     
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  3. UNCLECHET
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    Ford sure had some good designers back then! Not only the body but the whole car. I've got one and I just love driving it. You will too!
     
  4. junkman8888
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    The December issue of Street Rodder has an article on chopping the '40 Ford Sedan, worth taking a look. Good luck on your project.
     

  5. Stogy
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    Congratulations @Faded Love Garage on your new acquisition and it will be by conceptual design a stunner...look forward to following the journey.
     
  6. Mine is looking like this, although not a 40 (except for the doors):
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    Have fun.:)
     
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  7. alchemy
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    Wow X38, a sloped chop on a Sloper! That's quite an undertaking.

    I really respect Rik's designs, but I think the '40's rear side window in the rendering is a bit too short. Maybe shorten it about halfway between the art and stock.
     
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  8. Rikster
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    I like the slightly shortened rear window side window, to me it gives it a slightly more early Custom look, and it adds a bit more weight to the rear of the car making it an instant taildragger. The rear window shape developed like this when I worked on the chop on this version of the car, and it just looked right to me. But I wanted to see it with a bit longer rear side window... so here they are side by side. I did not go half way though. That left the rear side window actually longer than the door side window, which did not look good.

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  9. I think Rik got it right.
     
  10. alchemy
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    Rik, when you were modifying the photo, did you alter the arch of the top skin from stock? Or did you do any kind of split and stretch in the middle? Just wondering how the actual metalman is going to be able to get those gorgeous curves.

    (Sorry guys, I like the longer window)
     
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  11. Rikster
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    Alcemy,
    On this version, the one that was chosen, I dropped the top down at the B-pillar but more was taken out of the back than the front. Then to compensate for the length at the front, the windshield is laid back. And on this version I did stretch the whole roof in the center section so that the rear of the trunk will end at about stock position. You can get away not stretching the roof, but then the rear of the car needs to be moved forward several inches to be in line with the lowered top.
     
  12. straykatkustoms
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    You got my attention. I have a '39 Sedan that will be heading the kustom direction. Good luck and a very kool project. Not too many Sedans that I have liked chopped. If anyone can give you some good feedback it would be from Rikster. I was wondering if you chopped it not so much, maybe just cut the heavy out of the top. Please keep us posted...
     
  13. stanlow69
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    from red oak

    There`s a blue sedan(unchopped) with skirts and 3 duces on the Omaha Nebraska`s craigslist.
     
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  14. I love it, are you keeping the color? Looks good on it.
     
  15. alchemy
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    Yes, I like that stock color too. I also think it's cool to keep the door handles. A very early style custom, as if it was built when brand new.
     
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  16. I like the shorter window as well. Nice design work.
     
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  17. choptop40
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    Still some builder sedans out there , nice to start on a cherry one..in the long run it makes sense ....I think.....
     
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  18. I wish I was able to start with a nice one. Even a complete car would have been good. I started with someone else's leftovers :(

    Bare frame, bare shell, 39 body, 40 doors, 38 front (someone had done a cut and shut on the cowl,) fenders and running boards. A real bitza. So many times I'd wished I'd started with a complete car, but my time is free. Small consolation.

    FLG has the best start.
     
  19. Faded Love Garage
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    [​IMG][​IMG]
    Here’s a couple progress pics from Jesse Miller over at Miller Metal Works.


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  20. gonzo
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    Killer work. That's a tough chop to pull off.
     
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  21. captain scarlet
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    from Detroit

    Nice work. Looks great.


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  22. jim snow
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    Wow. That looks killer. From the look of the shop it's not their first time. Snowman
     
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  23. 'Mo
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    Looks really, really good!
    Extra inches for the FH, to move it along?
     
  24. rpent
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    We are in the process of chopping a 39 Zephyr sloper.Its currently posted on Hamb..tradional customs.take a look and tell me what you think...rpent.

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  25. rpent
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    Me to.check out my zephyr sloper in the process of a chop...longer rear window..its in HAMB traditional customs...rpent.

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  26. Faded Love Garage
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    Yessir.


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  27. patterg2003
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    Great work. The rear windows look right and suit the car perfectly.
     
  28. Nice, can't wait to see more.
     
  29. Faded Love Garage
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  30. Nice update. Love seeing how people approach things.
     

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