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Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by adavis, Feb 11, 2014.

  1. adavis
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    The '31 needed a haircut. I've known it needed to happen, but have been hesitant to actually do it. Well, last weekend the club got together along with Riley and Mike from Rockets Hot Rod Shop and we did the deed. The car rolled into the shop at about 5pm Friday night and was ready to go by 6am Sunday morning. We worked till 3am Friday night and then from 9am Saturday straight through till 6am Sunday. The only thing left to do is clean up the quarter and windshield moldings, cut down the new wood pieces around the quarter and back windows, and slap some paint on her. Its amazing what 3 inches will do. (oh wait.....that's what she said)

    Here's a before shot. She didn't look too bad from the side, but when you looked at her from behind it just wasn't right.
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    We rolled her in the shop and got to business.
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    First we welded in 1" square tubing for bracing in all directions.
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    Using a 3 inch piece of poster board, we taped off the area that would be removed and then painted it in white.
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    After reading an article in Rod and Custom we decided to try a staggered cut on the sail panels. According to the article, it helps with fit and structure. After it was all said and done I think we all agreed it really just meant more welding and finishing work, but it turned out nice.
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    Here she is, marked and ready for the hackin' to begin.

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    After CAREFULLY cutting along the lines with a small cutoff wheel I have a roadster! Wow, that picture really messes with the eyes....
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    But only for a minute. The first look at what will be......
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    Even though we were as careful as possible, the fit still needs work before it can be welded.

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    This is where the fun begins. It took about 10 times of "lift the top off.....file.....set it back on to check for fit......repeat."

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  2. adavis
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    After filing and filing and filing, the top went on for the last time......


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    Finally the welding can begin. We had two TIG machines so it went a little faster, but it was still a tedious job.......

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    And then, after hours of welding, hammering, and sanding this is what you end up with. You can't even tell these were two pieces of metal. Mike.....you're amazing.

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    And here's what she looks like after we cleaned up the tools and stood back. Dead on exactly what I wanted and in less than 48 hours. Its not just possible on TV.

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  3. Muttley
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    I love that car.
     
  4. Great job by all, looks fantastic.
     
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  5. The "patina" on that car is fucking amazing. Chop looks great too!
     
  6. tiredford
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    That looks good, most people chop them to much.
     
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  7. gnichols
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    Nice job. Nothing like buds / club projects to make your day, eh? Gary
     
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    48 hours and a top quality job! Amazing.
     
  10. brady1929
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    Beautiful chop
     
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  12. 343w
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    You can't mess with success! Perfect job, thanks for sharing.
     
  13. cody1958
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    Awesome car. Chop looks real good on it. Im liking it with the model a grille shell.
     
  14. TULSA
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    good looking car.
     
  15. 392modela
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    Looks perfect. Time to take her for a spin
     
  16. Excellent restraint! Three inches removed looks stunning!
     
  17. Very nice clean job, well done to all involved.

    Very impressive indeed.
     
  18. 3 was perfect.....hope mine turns out as well!
     
  19. 41 C28
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    That looks just right, not too much removed. You did the "stagger cut" would you do it that way again or just cut straight across?
     
  20. 345winder
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    looks baddass !
     
  21. JeffreyJames
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    This is so Awesome!!!!!! I love it.
     
  22. scrap metal 48
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  23. pumpman
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    Ya can't say enough about success, great job guys!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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  25. Lukydevl
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    Great Job fella's.. looks Bad ASS!!!!
     
  26. firerod
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    Wow! Looks awesome. Nice work.
     
  27. 392modela
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    What issue of r&c was that chop covered in
     
  28. 49ratfink
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    nice. it is always good to see an "A" with fenders.
     
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