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49-51 Merc, How much do you chop?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by ditcherx, Mar 6, 2011.

  1. mikes51
    Joined: Oct 4, 2001
    Posts: 2,195


    Thanks OneFineComet.

    What he said.

    At a show Mejia had his beautiful black Merc on display. It was painted but there was no headliner installed. All the builder types immediately walked up to the side windows and studied the roof (weld beads, etc.)

    I overheard someone who was sitting with Mejia asking "why are all those guys looking inside at the roof???"

    "To figure out how it was chopped"
  2. their is NO HOW MUCH...its your car and your driving it..i done a chop for a guy who wanted only a 2'' chop..after we cut it and spotted it in place..he came by and said it was too we added 1'' back..and he was very pleased with it..yea i know..crazy..but it was his car...
    but yes do your research before you is my old 49.. currently building a new one..good luck
  3. slddnmatt
    Joined: Mar 30, 2006
    Posts: 3,682


    yep mike your 51 is damn good looking!! ive always loved your chop on that one. the two tone always grabs me and keeps me staring at it! looks real classy! one of my favorites.
  4. low merc51
    Joined: Nov 20, 2010
    Posts: 227

    low merc51

    Look on my albums ,,both mercs are chopped 4" !!!!
  5. How big or should I say tall is your window opening? A friend from here was asking so I went and measured mine... My door window opening is a bit under 9 inches high.
  6. flamedabone
    Joined: Aug 3, 2001
    Posts: 4,945


    I agree...I'm kind of a connisour of 51 chops with 51 rear windows, they are EXTREMELY hard to get right and Mikes is one of the best.

    Matt, didn't you do a 51 with a 51 back window that I also like, or am I thinking of Mikes car???

  7. flamedabone
    Joined: Aug 3, 2001
    Posts: 4,945


    The original posted only posted once in two years and hasn't been here since September, but what the hell, we'll go on without him...

    Here is mine a touch over 4 in front and between 5 and 5 1/2 in the rear. ( I just kept nibbling till I liked it.) Looks kind of scary right here...


    Here she is done...


    See ya, -Abone.
  8. Normbc9
    Joined: Apr 20, 2011
    Posts: 1,122


    Maybe this will help you. It could answer a few questions.

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  9. ebfabman
    Joined: Mar 10, 2009
    Posts: 675


    Abone, you're merc is badazz. When I start hackin mine, I won't be surprised if it looks a lot like yours.
  10. SmoKerch
    Joined: May 23, 2011
    Posts: 123


    Like others have said, it's about getting the lines to flow.

    Yours looks great!
  11. twochops
    Joined: Feb 28, 2006
    Posts: 1,510


    Mild chop 3 inches ,straight posts.

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  12. The straight posts make this merc look so period correct!
  13. To my eye Sam Barris' 49 merc and the Wally Welch 50 merc have some of the best looking chops. both are conservative and have straight b pillars. Also the Bettancourt 49 had a really nice chop with slanted posts. I guess it's just a matter of personal taste. I would say they look best when everything flows and is in proportion, not squashed and flat like some. The greats didn't just cut the top to cut the top they did it to make the car flow more harmoniously. So many mercs and other cars are just cut without any regard to flow or bettering there appearance. I've seen some really bad chops and thought it would look better without a chop at all than that aborted looking mess of a chop. 49-51 mercs can look really great without a chop too. Dean's in Rebel without a cause comes to mind as does Jimmy Vaughn's 49. Both are very clean and very simple mild customs.
    Last edited: Jan 6, 2012
  14. enfieldjoe
    Joined: Jun 5, 2009
    Posts: 839

    from Eustis, FL

    My Merc has a mild chop with a 50 Merc rear window.

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