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Projects A Nice Stocker Gets The Axe- Chopping a 31 Desoto Coupe

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by jalopykid, Nov 12, 2013.

  1. jalopykid
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    A friend of mine recently picked up a partially restored 31 Desoto 3 window coupe that was in really really nice shape. To nice to cut up:D but it needed a hair cut. The door windows were just too tall. So he did some photoshopping and then called me up to see if I would like to do the deed. I haven't worked on many non-fords, but these old mopars are cool. I couldn't resist. The plan- 3" chop, but only 1.5" out of the back window.
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    The Plan:
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    Prepping:
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    No turning back:D
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    Test fitting.[​IMG]
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    Getting it put back together.
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  2. jalopykid
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    Weld, Hammer and Dolly…Weld, Hammer and Dolly…
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  4. willysgasser40
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    Great looking work !
     

  5. gwarren007
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    You made it look easy!
     
  6. scrap metal 48
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    Much improved look.. Nice chop job...
     
  7. Weasel
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    Good eye and perfectly proportioned - would like to see a 1932 de Soto grille shell on it....
     
  8. jalopykid
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    Thanks!
     
  9. jalopykid
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    Thanks!
     
  10. jalopykid
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    Thanks:D This one wasn't to bad. I have about 40 hours in it so far and hoping to finish it up on Saturday.
     
  11. notaford1
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    Great looking car!!!!! Nice Job !!!!!!!!!
     
  12. jalopykid
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    Thanks! Pedro did a lot of photoshop versions before I cut it. Further plans call for lowering blocks in the back, and 2-3 inch dropped axle in the front. He has a cool Edgy head for the 6 and its gonna get an overdrive tranny. Can't wait to see it back together:D
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  13. jalopykid
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    Thanks! I can't wait to roll it outside to get a better look at it. He might have one of those shells…I'll have to ask him.
     
  14. jalopykid
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    Thanks:D
     
  15. 60 Belair
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    Hey nice car chop looks great more pics please of the 6x2 set up with the scott style tops

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  16. Tman
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    That's for Pedro!?!?!? Very cool. You did an amazing chop there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  17. jalopykid
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    Yup! Pedro is a cool dude. Thanks for the compliment! Hope he likes it when he sees it:D
     
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  19. Bulletnose26
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    Very nice, clean work. Just the right amount of chop.
     
  20. Another example of one less of a very nice surviving piece of history that is forever altered and can never be true to originality again-and looks great chopped! :D Nicely proportioned and definitely improved the looks! Love those 'different' rods!
     
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  21. Nocero
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    Man that came out good! When I looked at the first un chopped pic I was thinking don't do it! It's perfect!, but you nailed it. Looks killer!!!
     
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  22. BigIron76
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    That looks so good man!! I thought about chopping my 46 coupe but there are so many curves i dont think i have the skill set. Nice work though!



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  23. Pete
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    It needs another 3 inches.....


    Pete-
     
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  24. jalopykid
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    Here is some more progress pics. The back is just about done...just a little bit more hammer and dollying. Just need to weld on the door tops and chop the moldings:D
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  25. Saxon
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    Looks great.
     
  26. Just right! Nice metal work.
     
  27. jalopykid
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    Thanks for all the compliments guys!
     
  28. Von MoPar
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    Mother MoPar will be pleased:)
     
  29. Man that looks great!!
     
  30. jalopykid
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    Thanks Chris! Too bad you're not closer… we could have your coupe back together in no time!
     
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