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32 Ford 5 window perfect chop?

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

  1. dsiddons
    Joined: Mar 6, 2006
    Posts: 1,274

    from Indiana

    [​IMG] I put my foot in my mouth. They all are bad ass! I'm still chopping mine 4 or more..
  2. dsiddons
    Joined: Mar 6, 2006
    Posts: 1,274

    from Indiana

    That blue one has a nice chop.. The windows look perfect. Little curve..Nice!
  3. hotrd32
    Joined: May 16, 2007
    Posts: 3,398

    from WA

    Black paint with flex and Flat over....won't fade...

  4. AnimalAin
    Joined: Jul 20, 2002
    Posts: 3,416


    I love chopped coupes. Having said that, the first design constraint has to be how the pilot is going to fit into the car. A bitch'n looking hot rod that you can't fit in, see out of, or get into/out of is just a resale item for a buyer that is shorter than you. Figure out the cockpit fit and sight lines first, then chop the top if you want.
  5. Chance it
    Joined: Mar 26, 2009
    Posts: 89

    Chance it

    Oh yes CHOP IT!!! 4" Busby Coupe and this @ 5" ? What the heck 4.5 ;)
  6. Dirty Dug
    Joined: Jan 11, 2003
    Posts: 3,419

    Dirty Dug

    For those purist who wouldn't chop an unchopped 5-window I have a kit to raise it another 3" over stock. So, everywhere you go you'll have plenty of head room.
  7. I don't think it is really about being a purist or a restorer , the term "It takes a real man to cut one up" is not holding up so well when its cool to see one unchopped for a change , I never thought I would own a steel coupe but when I laid eyes on this coupe unchopped it was perfect in my eyes, fully fendered it looks great ,I would never consider a Highboy unchopped but that it personal preference once again and that is "Hot Roddin'"

  8. dsiddons
    Joined: Mar 6, 2006
    Posts: 1,274

    from Indiana

    Now thats funny!
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  10. Dirty2
    Joined: Jun 13, 2004
    Posts: 8,904


    5 1/2

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  11. SinisterCustom
    Joined: Feb 18, 2004
    Posts: 8,253


    '32 5W's NEED to be chopped..........

  12. Gasser 57
    Joined: Feb 13, 2007
    Posts: 764

    Gasser 57
    from New Jersey

    While I do dig a lot of the chopped ones i've seen, were it mine, the perfect chop would be no chop at all. I don't think I could put the saw to one of Henry's deuce's that survived unchopped all these years.
    clem likes this.
  13. I totaly agree. mine will remain unchopped also
  14. clearly the winner hands down!!!
    Last edited: Aug 15, 2009
  15. Duece's wild
    Joined: Jul 12, 2009
    Posts: 58

    Duece's wild

    Here's a thought. What if you sold your 5 window body. I know you could get top dollar for it Then bought a fiberglass chopped 5 window. With the extra money you made, you could spend the remainder on paint, engine, etc. Last week a family friend sold a basketcase 5 window for 60 g's. Thats how rare your car is.
  16. then he would have a replica '32! Nothing wrong with cutting rare or expensive cars.
  17. Duece's wild
    Joined: Jul 12, 2009
    Posts: 58

    Duece's wild

    Why not? Frontal lobotomies are cool too!
  18. sorry, i did not realize the h.a.m.b. Was a restorers forum.
  19. xderelict
    Joined: Jul 30, 2006
    Posts: 2,477



  20. Contrary to popular belief,,every body doesn't read your magazine or want a chopped car,,,I have owned several over the years,,,so maybe I am a restorer also. :D HRP
  21. Kona Cruisers
    Joined: Feb 4, 2007
    Posts: 1,069

    Kona Cruisers

    right click... set as desk top....
  22. Kilroy
    Joined: Aug 2, 2001
    Posts: 3,198

    from Austin, TX

    That rootbeer car with the 5" chop does look bitchin...

    But remember, it's channeled...

    5" on a hi-boy would look wierd...

    So I'd say around 2.5" on a Hi-Boy... And on a Channeled car, 5"...

    And that's for traditional rods... Like Kevin says, the rest of the setup has a lot to say about the chop...
  23. fuel pump
    Joined: Nov 4, 2001
    Posts: 3,614

    fuel pump
    from Caro,MI

    I left mine unchopped and happy I did:
    snopeks garage likes this.
  24. nice!!!!!
  25. Duece's wild
    Joined: Jul 12, 2009
    Posts: 58

    Duece's wild

    I'm not a restorer, I own a hiboy with a smf. a 48 ford convertible with a 383, and others. My next build will be a 27 Ford tub with a 350 chevy. I live in the Bayarea where some guys have more money than God, and they do pay top dollar for unmolested Fords.
  26. fab32
    Joined: May 14, 2002
    Posts: 13,988

    Member Emeritus

    Having a '32 5w for over 35 years and never building it I've got a lot of "time in grade" looking at chopped and unchopped ones. This is my take after looking at (and sitting in) about a hundred '32 5w's:

    1. full fendered..............................2" chop
    2. highboy....................................4" chop (minimum)

    Of course 4' looks great on any of them and that's what I was intending on doing to mine. However, being tall from the waist up and relatively short legs for my height my "research" tells me the coupe will get a 3 1/2" chop and retain the fenders. If I don't build it the next caretaker can start with a clean slate.:)

  27. My Coupe is cut 3 1/2". It looks very proportional when you are around it.

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  28. Duece's wild
    Joined: Jul 12, 2009
    Posts: 58

    Duece's wild

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

    from sask

    Thanks, 5 window Johnnie for kicking in your opinion here. I've been a fan of that car of yours after first seeing it in the rod mags. Great work here. Those early hemis sure are smooth, efficient running engines. How's yours running these days? I sure appreciate everyone's input on this topic.
  30. JimSibley
    Joined: Jan 21, 2004
    Posts: 2,993


    Im with kilroy. Mine is chopped 5 and it is channeled 4. If I were to leave it high I would have done it 3 or less.

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