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32 Ford 5 window perfect chop?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by marfen, Aug 14, 2009.

  1. marfen
    Joined: Aug 14, 2009
    Posts: 348

    from sask

    Hi folks, just acquired an unchopped 5 window deuce highboy project, oem Ford body and frame. I'm going for a traditional fenderless look with early hemi /4spd power. It's got no hood or fenders and it probably isn't gonna get any either. I am really struggling with deciding how much to chop it? Figured I'd get some feedback from you folks. I've been thinking 3 1/2" all the way around lately. Any advice is greatly appreciated.
  2. couverkid
    Joined: Mar 30, 2007
    Posts: 1,123


    3 inches all around it is alot my car is 3 inch chop ,2.5 looks nice I think.
  3. Stevie Nash
    Joined: Oct 24, 2007
    Posts: 2,995

    Stevie Nash

    Have someone photoshop a couple different chops for you...
  4. Casey
    Joined: Nov 8, 2005
    Posts: 3,294

    Member Emeritus

    we took 3 1/2 out of mine if I were to do it again I would go 4 in front 3 1/2 in the back.

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  5. Casey
    Joined: Nov 8, 2005
    Posts: 3,294

    Member Emeritus

  6. soupt
    Joined: Nov 20, 2008
    Posts: 44


    Ask John how much he took out of his - it's still "the bitch'inest car in the Valley"
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  7. Chris Casny
    Joined: Mar 13, 2006
    Posts: 4,679

    Chris Casny

    I think 5" looks great
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  8. Dreddybear
    Joined: Mar 31, 2007
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  9. 39Truck
    Joined: Aug 20, 2007
    Posts: 260

    from Sweden

    I have one 5w with 4.3/4 inch chop thats nice and see the road more what i need:)
  10. dsiddons
    Joined: Mar 6, 2006
    Posts: 1,286

    from Indiana

    Now we are talkin!!! Holy Chit thats bad ass!!!
  11. OGNC
    Joined: May 13, 2003
    Posts: 1,194

    Member Emeritus

    I actually kinda like 5-windows unchopped. Maybe it is just me bet there is a black one from Houston that I saw recently that is unchopped running a hood but no fenders, tall skinny blackwalls and black steel wheels and the thing just looked perfect... You see so many chopped bodies that it is kinda refreshing to see one that is unchopped...
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  12. Mine was 3 1/2 inches and was just on perfect.
  13. Deuce Roadster
    Joined: Sep 8, 2002
    Posts: 9,520

    Deuce Roadster
    Member Emeritus

    As a 6 foot 2 inch tall ... senoir citizen :eek:
    I would NEVER chop a original 32 Ford coupe.


    I suggest you build the coupe, get it on the road and drive it some. Then, after driving it for a few months ... you want to chop it ... THEN CUT IT
    FYI ... my 3W is not real easy to see out of and it has not been cut.

    HAVE @ IT ... but I would never cut a coupe. Not enough room in them STOCK ... IMHO.
    Last edited: Aug 14, 2009
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  14. Deuce Roadster
    Joined: Sep 8, 2002
    Posts: 9,520

    Deuce Roadster
    Member Emeritus

    Like this one ??? :)

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  15. 2.5 is a nice looking chop. Not too much, but just enough.
  16. Kevin Lee
    Joined: Nov 12, 2001
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    Kevin Lee
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    There is no perfect chop. It is completely dependent on personal preference as well as the way the rest of the car is being built.
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  17. OGNC
    Joined: May 13, 2003
    Posts: 1,194

    Member Emeritus

    It had a little taller tire on the rear, a little shorter tire on the front, no caps or rings and a hood complete with hood sides. Other than those little differences it pretty much looked the same.

    Oh, and I think the interior was done in distressed brown leather instead of red...
  18. 29nash
    Joined: Nov 6, 2008
    Posts: 4,544

    from colorado

    It's my guess that no chop, channelled about 4 inches, would be perfect if you took a world-wide poll. Blind poll, with a dozen different chops, and question would be "Which do you like the best"?
  19. brady1929
    Joined: Sep 30, 2006
    Posts: 7,445

    from Mesa, Az

    my PROJECT is chopped 3 1/2 inches. i wish it were only 2 1/2 inches. i think 2 1/2 inches looks best.
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  20. Old-Soul
    Joined: Jun 16, 2007
    Posts: 3,337


  21. With everything getting chopped there must be a lot of leftover pieces that a guy could use to un-chop a too radical - for personal preference - chop.
  22. flatjack
    Joined: Feb 13, 2007
    Posts: 794


    The perfect chop as far as I am concerned is----ZERO. Mine will remain uncut.
  23. Big question, no intro.
  24. SinisterCustom
    Joined: Feb 18, 2004
    Posts: 8,253


    Another one to ponder......

  25. HotRodFreak
    Joined: Mar 25, 2005
    Posts: 1,933


    My first 5W deuce coupe was chopped 5" and I loved it!
    My last 5W was too pristene to whack.
    If you want mild that still looks like it came from Henry that way,
    I suggest doing a 2 1/4-2 1/2 inch slice.
  26. 327-365hp
    Joined: Feb 5, 2006
    Posts: 5,316

    from Mass

    Looks pretty damn good to me!
  27. Casey
    Joined: Nov 8, 2005
    Posts: 3,294

    Member Emeritus

    that`s funny, me and my dad carried all the pieces that we cut out of mine to some of the swap meets in California in the 80`s and wrote on the box

    " Un-Chop your top kit 1932 5 window coupe $1295.95 "

    it got some laughs and some confused looks hahaha I guess I finely threw them out ?

    and un-chop should not be a word :(
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  28. krylon32
    Joined: Jan 29, 2006
    Posts: 5,008

    Alliance Vendor
    from Nebraska

    Friend of mine ran his deuce 5 window with a 2 1/2 inch chop for the last 15 years, and is redoing the car and took another inch out for the new build, looks bitchin. My last one was wacked 4 and it also looked good.
  29. 327-365hp
    Joined: Feb 5, 2006
    Posts: 5,316

    from Mass

    The perfect chop to me is the Busby coupe...

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  30. Horsepower67
    Joined: Nov 15, 2006
    Posts: 535


    Actually, I think that's just the perfect 5W coupe. Period.

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