Register now to get rid of these ads!

51 chevy chop

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by rexrogers, Apr 29, 2009.

  1. Ian Berky
    Joined: Nov 28, 2007
    Posts: 3,643

    Ian Berky
    Member

    Issue #43 , article " The art of the hot rod" , built by Donn Lowe.

    Beautiful right?

    Ian
     
  2. 52HardTop
    Joined: Jun 21, 2007
    Posts: 878

    52HardTop
    Member

    Yep Ian, it is beautiful. Man how can I not agree about that one. You can easily see the look of the original Hard Top even though the rear glass has been changed. Ya got to love the Pontiac trim too. I obviously jumped the gun here. It was disturbing to think a Bel Air was being changed so drastically. Guess I'm partial. Time for me to stand down and let rexrogers do his thing.
    Dom
     
  3. Ian Berky
    Joined: Nov 28, 2007
    Posts: 3,643

    Ian Berky
    Member

    Good man! LOL!! Hey Dom, this 51 is honestly my second favorite 49 52 custom chevy ever, right behind Jesus Valencia's 49 hardtop . Both very elegant and timeless!!
     
  4. 52HardTop
    Joined: Jun 21, 2007
    Posts: 878

    52HardTop
    Member

    I agree again! Jesus Valencias' 49 was another beautiful car. It's lines were perfect. The top flowed into the rear quarters like it was born that way. It's a shame he sold it. You know, you guys on the other coast have a touch when it comes to the customs. I am doing a 51 convertible right now. Believe it or not I have been looking to the winter, I must be nuts!, for some custom body mods to be done. It's been on my mind for a while. The trouble I have is finding a direction and going that way. There are so many outstanding kustoms out there. You want so much to use what they have used, yet you also want to be original. Drives a guy crazy!
    Dom
     
  5. Ian Berky
    Joined: Nov 28, 2007
    Posts: 3,643

    Ian Berky
    Member

    LOL! I cant wait to see you come up with! Your 52 is beautiful!! I LOVE CUSTOMS!! Later Dom!!

    Ian
     
  6. ALLEYKAT1951
    Joined: May 31, 2009
    Posts: 30

    ALLEYKAT1951
    Member
    from Arizona

  7. JOEHOODS
    Joined: Apr 21, 2009
    Posts: 154

    JOEHOODS
    Member

    Came out really good.....
     
  8. BadLuck
    Joined: Jan 7, 2006
    Posts: 3,056

    BadLuck
    Member

    Wow...I had decided I wasn't going to chop my hardtop.....then i see this! Great job...
     
  9. thewishartkid
    Joined: Jun 23, 2006
    Posts: 874

    thewishartkid
    Member

    As a big fan of chopped chevys!And the owner of a 50 hardtop! I must say SEDANS should be cut and the HARDTOPS should be left alone. The style of the hardtop cant be beat!!
     
  10. rexrogers
    Joined: Sep 18, 2007
    Posts: 1,033

    rexrogers
    Member

    The 51 that Don lowe built is a removable hardtop and it really is a well built car. the ART OF THE HOT ROD book has some good photos of the car. If mermory serves mee i belive that it is a 3" chop? I am still working on my roof section choosing a rear window is the next move before finishing the top.

    Rex
     
  11. BadLuck
    Joined: Jan 7, 2006
    Posts: 3,056

    BadLuck
    Member

    uh oh... got so excited seeing the first pics, i posted before seeing the pics of the 3 piece rear window gone...NOOOOOO!:eek:...dont get me wrong, the chop is still done very well, but losing the rear window just made it lose its "Hardtop-ness":(
     
  12. gasser eric
    Joined: Jun 2, 2009
    Posts: 23

    gasser eric
    Member
    from Lewisville

    That sure is slick!
     
  13. jonzcustomshop
    Joined: Jun 25, 2007
    Posts: 1,927

    jonzcustomshop
    Member

    kind of reminds me of what they did on the vasquez convertible...
     

    Attached Files:

    Last edited: Jun 12, 2009
  14. rexrogers
    Joined: Sep 18, 2007
    Posts: 1,033

    rexrogers
    Member

    It has been a while since i have worked on this car and thopught i should post an update the rear window take it or leave it the whole reason for the smaller back window is to allow the roof to be removable but not so small that you can't see out of you have to drive them.
    The rear glass is from a 41-48 ford and same with the tail lights the minus the roof work the car will be a fairly mild custom leaving alone alot of what Gm had intended just refine the points that are thier and not take away the cars origional heritage.

    Rex Rogers
    [​IMG]



    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]



    [​IMG]
     
  15. skyrodder
    Joined: May 7, 2005
    Posts: 1,924

    skyrodder
    Member

    It's comin out real nice. I like it!
     
  16. koolkemp
    Joined: May 7, 2004
    Posts: 6,007

    koolkemp
    Member

    [​IMG]


    Is the whole glass opening home made??Sure looks like it in this pic!
     
  17. rexrogers
    Joined: Sep 18, 2007
    Posts: 1,033

    rexrogers
    Member

    The rear panel was beaded with the pulmax machine. a lot less time than it would have been to use a orgional Ford panel.

    Rex
     
  18. Hubbcat
    Joined: Oct 15, 2002
    Posts: 561

    Hubbcat
    Member
    from Sweden

    looks familiar? haha
     
  19. Midwest Rodder
    Joined: Dec 7, 2008
    Posts: 1,768

    Midwest Rodder
    Member

  20. Hoptup Jalop
    Joined: Sep 29, 2004
    Posts: 1,118

    Hoptup Jalop
    Member

    what/how are you using to latch the top down bothe front and rear??? any detail shots ?? everything looks great!!!
     
    Last edited: Jan 15, 2010
  21. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 17,656

    49ratfink
    Member
    from California

    very cool. I like the Ford window

    what is that grey machine along the left hand side of the picture showing the shape of the rear window before you cut it out??
     
  22. blue collar guy
    Joined: Apr 14, 2004
    Posts: 1,068

    blue collar guy
    Member

    when I grow up I want a pulmax.
     
  23. mtlcutter
    Joined: Oct 6, 2007
    Posts: 364

    mtlcutter
    Member

    Really dig it. Been wanting to do a hard top conv. on a 50 something chevy truck. The lines are just right on this car.
     
  24. rexrogers
    Joined: Sep 18, 2007
    Posts: 1,033

    rexrogers
    Member

    The front uses the 51 chevy convetiable header and latch. at the c pillars thier are two over center latches, and the very rear has two more latches from a 32 deck lid latch. I will take and post a pictures of the today.

    Yesterday I made the rest of the inner structer for the rear wind checked the glass fit. and finished bracing the quater panels and cleanning the top edge up.

    The machine in the back ground is a Rotex punch the max capacity is 16 gauge steel and will punch 1/8" to 2" holes a real time saver in the shop.
     
  25. rexrogers
    Joined: Sep 18, 2007
    Posts: 1,033

    rexrogers
    Member

    Made some head way on the 51, the rain gutters are back on and the top latch is complete need to finish the side glass

    Rex

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
  26. jgang
    Joined: Feb 22, 2009
    Posts: 238

    jgang
    Member
    from hamburg ny

    i think the whole shootin match looks great. super cool. cant wait to see everything finished up
    regards
     
  27. WOW!!! looks killer, I will be watching this one....
     
  28. povertyflats
    Joined: Jan 8, 2007
    Posts: 8,247

    povertyflats
    Member
    from Missouri

  29. you executed that perfectly. So elegant.
     

Share This Page

Register now to get rid of these ads!

Archive

Copyright © 1995-2020 The Jalopy Journal: Steal our stuff, we'll kick your teeth in. Terms of Service. Privacy Policy.

Atomic Industry
Forum software by XenForo™ ©2010-2014 XenForo Ltd.