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Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Dave Becker, Jun 5, 2015.

  1. Dave Becker
    Joined: May 28, 2015
    Posts: 14

    Dave Becker

    I'm looking for some advise on my 32 pickup it will be fender less I'm not going to channel it just chop it what's a good chop and still be able to keep a descent seat. I'm thinking of 4" chop? If I do 4" how much should I take out of the back window I don't like the mail slot look. I'm also looking to buy aftermarket steal dash and firewall any idea's who sells them? Thanks Dave
  2. Couple of questions. How big are you? Have you ever sat in one of these before?

    Space and ergonomics are relative. Some people are small and will tell you there's plenty of room, others will tell you the opposite (then you find out they're 500 lbs and 7 foot tall.)

    Reading between the lines I'd suggest spending a lot of time looking at similar build threads on this site. (search function)
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  3. RDP
    Joined: Dec 3, 2010
    Posts: 242

    from Kansas

    I channeled mine 3 inches and took out 5 on the roof. I haven't built my seat yet but it will be fairly close to the floor so I have plenty of head room. It will work for me and but I am 5' 11".
  4. Dave Becker
    Joined: May 28, 2015
    Posts: 14

    Dave Becker

    I'm 5'11 I know it's going to be tight that's one reason I'm not going to channel it just chop it.

  5. clem
    Joined: Dec 20, 2006
    Posts: 3,457


    image.jpg not answering your question, as I don't have a pickup, so wouldn't know. I prefer them with no chop. Here is some inspiration for you.....
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  6. clem
    Joined: Dec 20, 2006
    Posts: 3,457


    image.jpg .more inspiration by way of a frontal shot.....
  7. ^^^^^^^Perfect^^^^
  8. waxhead
    Joined: May 11, 2013
    Posts: 1,173

    from West Oz

    Doesn't get much better in my opinion :)
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  9. I have a Deuce pickup cab, sitting in my garage. Not exactly sure on the chop but I would have said 3-4 inches. I also have a friend Aussie Oldie here on the HAMB, who is building a 34 pickup at the moment with a similar chop.


    Anyway, I'm 6'1" and its going to be a hell of a squeeze getting it to work. It's not the headroom that is the main factor it's the angle of your leg, foot position, and pedal position that could make it a pain in the ass to drive. I would politely ask to sit in a few at the next show you attend if you haven't already done so.
    Last edited: Jun 6, 2015
  10. harpo1313
    Joined: Jan 4, 2008
    Posts: 2,301

    from wareham,ma

    Mock up a seat and measure from the top of your head to the roof ,subtract an inch and cut away .Myself ,i prefer a two inch chop on pu,s.
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  11. Dave Becker
    Joined: May 28, 2015
    Posts: 14

    Dave Becker

    Very nice blown hemi power plant how was that to squeeze in that's my next question I have a SBC with a 871 BDS and it's going to tight. I don't have a chassis yet just a cab and bed that I'm working on. Are you running the stock firewall that and a dash are my next perches.
  12. alchemy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2002
    Posts: 17,234


    I also think the best thing is to mock up the seat and see how much headroom you have, before you chop.

    Nobody makes a repro commercial dash. But there are a few repro firewalls out there.
  13. That's Aussie Oldie's pickup, the firewall is recessed to accommodate the Hemi. Mine is just a cab, and repro bed too. Although I do have a couple of pickup dashes. As far as firewall, there is a repro, but fit can be a bit suspect. I'm leaning towards a 33/34 firewall to gain a few valuable extra inches of legroom.
  14. krylon32
    Joined: Jan 29, 2006
    Posts: 7,494

    Alliance Vendor
    from Nebraska

    I chopped my first deuce PU 2.5, second 4 and my 3rd 3 and am starting another and going with another 3. I cut the top out of the tank and use it for a seat base and a place for the battery and most of the electrics, also a little storage. I do a 3 inch firm foam cushion with a 1.5 inch thick backrest. I'm 6.2 and shrinking and 260 and gaining and I fit. That said I'm not sure I would want to take off on a several thousand mile trip anymore.
  15. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 28,400


    Just wetsanded a '32 cab at work on Thrurday. It cane in with a chop and cowl extention. The cowl work wasn't done all that well IMO but the idea isn't all that bad if you need 4-6 inches more leg room. Bob
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  16. That's right, I had forgotten all about that one, seems like a very good idea, and simply to do. Thanks Bob !
  17. Okay, I'm 6'2" and rather thin. Mine is not channeled but it is chopped 3". I think the key to good ergonomics is what seat you plan to use. I narrowed a seat out of an '84 Ranger and it works well for me.

    CIMG1075.JPG CIMG1113.JPG
  18. ukgav
    Joined: Jun 16, 2008
    Posts: 317


    Here is my truck with around a 4 inch chop. I'm 5'10" and there is plenty of head room even with a helmet on. Height really isn't an issue unless you whack some serious height out of the roof. Legroom can be at a premium though. I did away with the stock tank and moved the seat right back against the rear of the cab. I'm pretty comfy in there but a taller guy maight struggle.
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  19. Dave Becker
    Joined: May 28, 2015
    Posts: 14

    Dave Becker

    This site is awesome you guys are a wealth of knowledge thanks guys for your impute.
  20. Alchemy is right. Before I chopped my 33 pickup I threw the seat in and sat on it while the neighbor kid measured the space between my head and the top. I wanted a heavy chop and was able to cut 5.5" even with a channel job. I'm 33atspeed.jpg 5'9" and still had room. 33tall.jpg
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  21. Here's a photo I was looking for earlier. This is what a 3" chop looks like head-on.
    CIMG1140 (640x480) (2).jpg
  22. Dave Becker
    Joined: May 28, 2015
    Posts: 14

    Dave Becker

    Let me know if you have a dash for sale Thanks Dave
  23. Dave Becker
    Joined: May 28, 2015
    Posts: 14

    Dave Becker

    Very nice this is the look Im going for Im going to run some wider back tires and a blown sbc is it possible to get your email address I have a few questions. Thanks Dave
  24. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 28,400


    I'll take some photos Tuesday and post them. The problem with this cab IMO was the lack of planning that gave it a Coke bottle dip in the center. If you could find a good body guy............ that could make the new section with a flat door jamb to firewall it would look much nicer. Bob
  25. Mart
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 4,495


    If it runs a heavy rake you might not want to chop it so much. If it is up and running you could tape off 3" at the top of the windshield and drive it, then 4" and so on. You can then decide what amount you would be comfortable with. People were generally a bit smaller in the 30s than they are now and those 32 cabs are pretty snug. Personally I would go for less chop rather than more but I am getting to be a boring old bastard.

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  26. Can anyone provide some stock window measurements .... front, side and back as a reference point please.
  27. My avatar is chopped 5", I would not go over 4". DSCN9468.JPG
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  28. Muttley
    Joined: Nov 30, 2003
    Posts: 18,460


    Because you don't want his to look as cool as yours?

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