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Technical 1953 Studebaker Commander Chop

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by Joey Sanford, Feb 14, 2020.

  1. Joey Sanford
    Joined: Feb 14, 2020
    Posts: 1

    Joey Sanford

    New to Studebakers, so looking for input. Anyone chop a 53 Studebaker Commander? I would like info on something more agressive than the gentleman's chop. Also would like to delete the vent windows. Any other common mods for these?
     
  2. 62SY4
    Joined: Oct 30, 2009
    Posts: 86

    62SY4
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    from Irwin, Pa

    No but it would be helpful to know if your Commander is a hardtop, coupe or sedan.
     
  3. Scrapin’Metal
    Joined: Mar 19, 2018
    Posts: 57

    Scrapin’Metal

    Wait.....do not cut that up unless it is needed. Leaning the windshield back or modifying the back window will alter the great lines of the car. Here is one the fiancée is working on.
     

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  4. Dick Stevens
    Joined: Aug 7, 2012
    Posts: 2,930

    Dick Stevens
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    Before chopping it, go to the photoshop thread and get them to chop one so you can actually see it and make sure just how much to chop it, or to leave it alone, your choice!
     
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  5. hot rust
    Joined: Sep 18, 2007
    Posts: 684

    hot rust
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    one that i've worked on with a friend for about 4 yrs now
     

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  6. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
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    think about what to do about front/rear glass - maybe do online search for Bonneville racers
     
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  7. Bill Rinaldi
    Joined: Mar 23, 2006
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    Bill Rinaldi
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    There was an article quite a few years ago, called the "Gentlemans Chop" I beleive Dick Dean did the chop and my mind (not necessaeily my memory) says it was in Rod and Custom Magazine. The Gist of the deal is the Studebaker, in this case a hardtop, has a taper that is high in the front and low in the back (stand back and look at the cars profile). What Dean did was chop the FRONT only and bring it down to level. I'll bet someone will remember the article and post it. Bill
     
  8. I saved this photo many years ago
    studehawk.jpg studehawk.jpg
     
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  9. aircap
    Joined: Mar 10, 2011
    Posts: 1,549

    aircap
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    The trick in keeping it sexy looking is not to flatten the roofline, and to keep that round curved top.
     
  10. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
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    Well one of my Best friends who had a 56 Hawk and a parts car that I sold for his wife used to use the term "radical" on anything with a hard chop or a rig with a blower or tunnel ram sticking though the hood. Anytime he said he had a photo of a "radical" ride I knew it was going to look like shit. Refer to post 8. Unless you are racing at Bonneville in a class that calls for it those hard chops on Stude coupes look goofy.
    I do like that Gentleman's chop that brings the front down just enough to make the door window tops square with the rest of the window though. I thought that was a fantastic idea when I saw it.
    Side note, I don't like trucks like mine with a hard chop either and mine has a 4 inch and my buddy's has a six inch chop.
     
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