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Customs A Weekend CHOP on a '52 Ford

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Pinstriper40, Nov 21, 2022.

  1. Pinstriper40
    Joined: Sep 24, 2007
    Posts: 3,596


    Well folks, it was another one of those weekends, where I got the itchin' to make somethin' bitchin'...
    I headed down to Texas to the Dallas/Ft. Worth area in order to put my touch on a '52 Ford car. We had a great class and got a lot done!! Here are the results! Not too many people get these cars "right" when they chop 'em, but I think we did pretty good for 24 hours of work! IMG_20221119_084719.jpg IMG_20221118_185916.jpg IMG_20221119_144332.jpg IMG_20221119_203839.jpg IMG_20221119_203853.jpg IMG_20221120_160200.jpg IMG_20221120_160256.jpg IMG_20221120_160148.jpg IMG_20221120_173634.jpg
  2. guthriesmith
    Joined: Aug 17, 2006
    Posts: 7,825

    1. H.A.M.B. Chapel

    Looks great Joel! And, I agree that I have seen as many chops on those 52-54 Ford’s that aren’t right. I would call that one right. Looks like it will be a pretty kool car when done. :cool:
  3. Moedog07
    Joined: Apr 11, 2011
    Posts: 457


    Looks good to these eyes.
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  4. brady1929
    Joined: Sep 30, 2006
    Posts: 8,958


    Fantastic chop.
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  5. Budget36
    Joined: Nov 29, 2014
    Posts: 10,419


    That too does have a nice flow to it, and I’m not a custom guy at all, but do appreciate good work like that. Looks very drivable as well.
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  6. Looks fantastic!!

    when you say 24hours .

    is that 24 labour hours ? ( how many guys if so )

    or 2 days of work ?

    Either way great use of time looks awesome
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  7. Pinstriper40
    Joined: Sep 24, 2007
    Posts: 3,596


    Thank you! He's got the right ideas for it! He says he's selling a couple projects in order to finish this one faster!

    Thank you!

    Thanks again!!
    Yes, that's one thing I keep in mind. Proportion, visibility, and of course style!

    2 days of work totalling 24 hours with 15 guys working on it. Probably 120 labor hours total.
  8. panhead_pete
    Joined: Feb 22, 2006
    Posts: 3,305


    Thanks Joel, looks great. In the pic below the top back of the door has been radiased. Just wondering why that is done and how that area will be finished?
  9. greaser 35
    Joined: Feb 15, 2010
    Posts: 780

    greaser 35
    from FRANCE

    Kool !!! Look great !!!
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  10. Pinstriper40
    Joined: Sep 24, 2007
    Posts: 3,596


    The top corner in front has been radiused as well! The corner of the door is cut off, welded to the body, and a 3/4" strip welded perpendicular to it to finish it off. It's sole purpose is style!
  11. Acme45
    Joined: Sep 23, 2011
    Posts: 15


    Hey, I've been seeing your ads on FB! I'd be at your Topeka training, but I'll be in Houston. Boo.
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  12. tombstone
    Joined: Jan 15, 2006
    Posts: 443

    from sk.canada

    You boys got it right ‼️. The rear window/roof treatment is excellent. What did you use for the rear window ?
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  13. williebill
    Joined: Mar 1, 2004
    Posts: 3,084


    Very nice!
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    Joined: Dec 19, 2015
    Posts: 288

    from Canada

    Very nice!!
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  15. Absolutely one of the best chops I have seen on the '52-'54 Ford's. HRP
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  16. Pinstriper40
    Joined: Sep 24, 2007
    Posts: 3,596


    Keep an eye out on my chop class page on Facebook... There will be another class near Tulsa in May...

    Thank you! I had some good advice! We used a '59-51 Ford sedan rear window.

    Thanks a million!

    Thank you very much!

    Thanks a ton!
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  17. 57JoeFoMoPar
    Joined: Sep 14, 2004
    Posts: 5,633


    I have to admit, when I saw the post title I was a bit worried. I was even more concerned when I saw it was a post car.

    I have to say, this is one of the best looking chops I've seen on one of these. It's not cut too hard or dropped too much. The hard part with these is that with the sedan door, you really can't start flowing the roof down because it changes the angle of the door frame. The roof has to drop vertically. This is an excellent example where restraint pays off. The car is obviously chopped, and clearly has a more aggressive, sleek look about it. But it's not overly done or distasteful. Less is more here.

    The shoebox sedan rear window is a nice touch.

    Really nice work and I look forward to seeing more of this car.
  18. Looks good
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  19. Pinstriper40
    Joined: Sep 24, 2007
    Posts: 3,596


    Thank you! If you've been following my chops for awhile, you'll know that 95% of the time I practice restraint and try to make the roof as proportional as possible, usually I use the 2/3 to 2/3 principle.
    I know Casey plans on painting it an icy blue metallic hot rod flatz, I'm hoping it'll get a little bit of a Winfield fade at the bottom into some darker blue. We're planning on working together on a few design ideas, including on the interior.

    I'm glad ya dig it!
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  20. alanp561
    Joined: Oct 1, 2017
    Posts: 2,977


    How'd you come up with the sections behind the quarter windows? Did you fab them from scratch or visualize them in another body part? Either way, it really flows well.
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  21. Pinstriper40
    Joined: Sep 24, 2007
    Posts: 3,596


    They were made from 18g flat sheetmetal with a mallet, beater bag, and English wheel. Thank you!
  22. cabong
    Joined: Nov 29, 2005
    Posts: 784


    Several years back I bought a '53 business coupe which had been mildly customized. It had a nice flatty on board, so I couldn't pass it up, even though the work was rather stinky... I pulled the mill, and it is going into the once coupe, now convert that had been a project done by Valley Custom for Rod and Custom to illustrate the proper way to channel a '40..... Got that. Gary Emory has the custom and it awaits the engine. I gave the remains to a local car club, and after sitting for a couple years, it became a one night project. I stopped by during the melee, and it was amazing. There was nothing but beer and sparks flying. Due to unforeseen circumstances, it has been religated to the yard once again. They have not yet decided on the wrap rear window or the Merc. Either would work.... Sadly it sits... club52.jpg club52A.jpg club52A.jpg

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