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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Bcap55, Nov 26, 2018.

  1. Bcap55
    Joined: Oct 5, 2009
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    Bcap55
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    We've all been watching Flop's threads on how a master metalworker chops a 32 three window coupe, this thread will show how an amateur learns how to chop a top for the first time. I've always liked the looks of a chopped 32 Ford coupe. Thanks to people like Flop and others on the HAMB and the internet, I was able to gather enough information to feel confident that I could get it done. I found this site http://rideinsteel.com/update1.html that shows how they chopped a Brookville coupe. I used this as my guide. Let's get started.
    New coupe body, hot off the presses from Brookville
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    This is going to be a 2 1/2" chop which is conservative, but it will be easier for me to put everything back together and lined up. Also here in Pennsylvania they allow a minimum of 7" windshield height, and this will give me about 7 1/4". I'll be stretching the roof to line the A pillars up rather than leaning the posts.
    Here are the cut lines for the rear window. I measured carefully and found where the horizontal dimension of the window opening at the upper and lower cuts would match.
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    This is the outer skin piece that will be removed from the A pillar to give access to the inner structure to be cut. This was bigger than the 2 1/2" needed for the chop. With the larger piece removed I will be able to fully weld the inner structure after cutting.
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    Here is the the sale panel area that will be removed and reinstalled after the top is chopped.
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    Well that's a start, I'll be cutting some metal next starting with the rear window chop.
    I'll post more photos tomorrow. Stay tuned.
     
  2. indyjps
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    Hold my beer and watch this.

    Just foolin, looks like you got a plan, Ive never done one, post as much detail as you can
     
  3. Rickybop
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    I'll likely never have the chance to use the knowledge...at least on a '32 specifically...but I think I wanna watch this real close anyway. Looking forward to it.
     
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  4. brokedownbiker
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    +1 on what Rickybop said. I've always been interested in chops and how/where the cuts are made; half the time I can't figure why some cuts are done like they are but I learn a little more each time.
     
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  5. captain scarlet
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    Glued to this one :)


    Sent from my iPhone using H.A.M.B.
     
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  6. choptop40
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    That's not a chop....that's a scalping.....gonna be sweet
     
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  7. krylon32
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    Check out waldenspeedshop.com He's on part 16 of how to chop a top on a 3 window coupe. While much of what he's showing does not apply to your chop I think you will still find it interesting.
     
  8. continentaljohn
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    More then one way to skin a cat always great to see new ideas
     
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  9. DDDenny
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    I'll hold the pucker while you cut!
     
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  10. Hemi Joel
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    I'm for sure watching this! Good luck with it.
     
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  11. loudbang
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    Looks like you are going at your first chop in a first rate manner. :rolleyes:
     
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  12. Vics stuff
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    watching intensely , with beer in hand .
    Vic
     
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  13. brady1929
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    Good luck. Looking forward to this.
     
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  14. rd martin
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    You hold my beer! And you put this cork in my ass!!! Good luck with it, it's only metal.
     
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  15. jaw22w
    Joined: Mar 2, 2013
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    If that was me, never having done a chop, when I started cutting into that beautiful $20K Brookville body, my asshole would be so tight you couldn't drive a red hot spike in it.
     
  16. Happydaze
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    Tagging along here!

    Chris
     
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  17. Bcap55
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    Before I get started with more progress pictures I got to let everyone know that I finished the chop earlier this year. What I'm showing is a condensed version of a 10 month project. I'll be posting a lot of photos and showing details that needed to be addressed to get to an acceptable finish. There is to much to put into one nights post, so I will be updating with more progress pics every night for the rest of this week.
    Thanks for the link to the Walden videos Krylon, I don't think the videos were available back when I was working on my car. I'll still watch them and probably see things that would have helped.
    Ok more progress pics.
    I started with the rear window chop. I cut the spot welds holding the rear center section to the sail panels. I cut the window opening at the lower line. It was easier to cut the upper line with the piece off the car.
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    The time to take good measurements and proper planning paid off. The window opening lined up perfectly. Very little metal work was needed to true up the body lines. I clamped the pieces in place and tacked them together. I won't fully weld anything until most of the top is fit and tacked and looking good.
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    Here is the sail panel area cut out. No turning back now.
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  18. brigrat
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    If your gunna cut one cut a nice one!
     
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  19. Bcap55
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    That's exactly how I felt when I started this project. I would go out to the shop and circle the car like a shark with a die grinder and cutoff wheel for weeks until I got up the nerve to finally make the first cut. After the rear window fit so nice I stopped being nervous and just moved ahead one step at a time.
     
  20. brigrat
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    I sold a beautiful '36 3/W just because I wanted it chopped and didn't have the heart or "your size balls" to do it. Get her done before your balls shrivel up.........................................
     
  21. Nice work. I chopped a chopped coupe once.... Just saying.
     
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  22. mickeyc
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    It appears you have a well lit and nicely appointed shop to
    work in. I would think that would instill a good degree of
    confidence as well. The chop looks well planned and executed
    to the point shown. Good job!
     
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  23. Rickybop
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    The chop is already done?
    You mean...no more sitting on the edge of our seats?
    No more puckered sphincters?
    Still cool. Still watching.
     
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  24. HotRod-1
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    Trying to find the courage to do the same to my Brookville. Nice planning, nice cuts. Looks professional to me.
     
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  25. j hansen
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    Drinking beer and watching intensely,,,,subscribed. Skärmavbild 2018-11-28 kl. 17.17.41.png
     
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  26. Vics stuff
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    looking great so far
    Vic
     
  27. Bcap55
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    Bcap55
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    The first cut is the hardest. What helped me the most was seeing examples of other 32 Fords being chopped. The Ride In Steel website link I posted earlier really helped me understand the steps needed to chop a top. Be sure to look up all of Flops threads here on the HAMB, he has lots of great info to share. I printed all the photos from his posts and used them for reference all through this project.
    Just remember, that car ain't gonna chop itself. Good luck.
     
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  28. Bcap55
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    Abro 73 ? Is that the official HAMB watching beer of Sweden.
    Thanks for subscribing.
     
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  29. Bcap55
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    Ok let's do some more cutting. This is the area on the A pillar that needs to be removed to get to the inner structure.
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    Here is the inner structure and where I'll be making the 2 1/2" cuts.
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    Here are the cut lines at the door hinge area.
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    The big moment. Off with it's head!
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    The 2 1/2" have been cut out, and the top clamped back in place. Looks ok to me. From this point I worked mainly on lining up the A pillars, the windshield opening, the front door edge and the inner structure. The back of the roof section was dealt with after the cut for the roof stretch was made.
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  30. Mr48chev
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    This is getting interesting. I'd say that we can use some of the info on any chop we do on a somewhat similar body to get a better chop.
     
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