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Hot Rods Chop top prices

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by iwanaflattie, Sep 15, 2019.

  1. Yeah im starting to love non chopped cabovers too.
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  2. Dusty roads
    Joined: Nov 29, 2016
    Posts: 119

    Dusty roads

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  3. Colonial Coupe
    Joined: Dec 22, 2010
    Posts: 74

    Colonial Coupe

    5 weeks times 40 hours sounds like 200 hours to me. But who only works 40 hours a week when doing one of these. The other thing is shops will not take on a job where a customer wants to do the finish welding, to good a chance on screwing up their reputation relying on someone else's skills. I've chopped a few but the 51 in my avatar is the last.
  4. 19Fordy
    Joined: May 17, 2003
    Posts: 6,815


    Colonial Coupe. You did a very nice chop on
    your 51. What you said is so true.
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  5. oldolds
    Joined: Oct 18, 2010
    Posts: 2,971


    While I have never done a complete top chop, I have participated in a few. Helped cut the top, Help lift the top off, Held a few pieces for welding, ect. Without helping I would have thought 200 hours was too much time. After helping I might think it is not enough. Just the thought of welding the circumference of the roof turns me off now. On that truck the roof will probably need to be cut in 4 pieces for a 2 inch chop. On that pick-up roof one lap around it would be like 12 feet of weld. So 12 feet of weld 1/4 inch at a time then let it cool will take how long? And there is much more welding besides that.
  6. chopolds
    Joined: Oct 22, 2001
    Posts: 5,743

    from howell, nj
    1. Kustom Painters

    I've done about 40+ chops. Each car is different. Same car, more or less inches in the chop-completely different. Extras like slanted B pillars, hardtop conversion, different back window...add lots of time! Slanted A pillars, decrowning... more time. What I'm saying is that custom work can only be priced fairly by time and material. Unless it's a super easy chop (model A) it's going to be all over the map in pricing. The area you live in also affects hourly rate, therefore overall cost.
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  7. Try Scott Guildner, he's in so cal does very good work and can get it in and out as needed. 818-709-2139
  8. Maybe it'll work out in the end...
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  9. choptop40
    Joined: Dec 23, 2009
    Posts: 3,584


    1000 dollars an inch is about correct...welding wire, gas , cut off wheels , etc..
  10. morac41
    Joined: Jul 23, 2011
    Posts: 532


    choptop40... Does that include interior garnish molds-resizing stainless windscreen and side trim molds.....dont see how charging by the inch has anything to do with about the same amount of work involved whatever the chop is...maybe I'm missing something?
  11. cornfieldcustoms
    Joined: Feb 2, 2008
    Posts: 862


    We do everything time and material no exeptions, if you needed a rough estimate it would say 160 hours. chopped and metal finished out. my labor rate is $100 per hour so that is $16000. The other people talking about hours and money really are not far off. Just remember you get what you pay for. i fix a lot of cars that the other guy said he could do it cheaper.
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  12. choptop40
    Joined: Dec 23, 2009
    Posts: 3,584


    yes , im thinking basic 2 door , no stainless , no vent windows , no glass,,,Guess i didnt realize a complete ready to go way off...
  13. anthony myrick
    Joined: Sep 4, 2009
    Posts: 5,830

    anthony myrick

    If ya trust your welding skills to finish, consider doing it all.
    Learned skills are priceless.
    Even if some of the tool investment is close to what you think the chop is worth.
    I have seen more bad chops than good.
    I have personally only been involved with one. The details are the hours. Garnish mountings, door fitment, window channels, and all the metal finish work.
    I knew a guy that would chop any 2 door for $500. It looked and fit like a $500 chop.
    I agree with others that those trucks look messed up with a heavy chop.
    Should be enough info here to formulate a plan.
  14. denis4x4
    Joined: Apr 23, 2005
    Posts: 3,489

    from Colorado

    When you talk to the owner about a job and then solicit a worker to do the job on the side, you and the worker are stealing from the owner!
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  15. anthony myrick
    Joined: Sep 4, 2009
    Posts: 5,830

    anthony myrick

    The work I did at home for my bosses friends and bosses customers always had the bosses blessings.
  16. Bill Rinaldi
    Joined: Mar 23, 2006
    Posts: 1,785

    Bill Rinaldi

    I'll throw my 2 dollars in. As an owner of an AD truck, I kinda pay attention to them. As Mr48chev pointed out, 2 -1/2" to 3" chop really looks "balanced". 150 to 200 hours is a pretty ligitamate answer. Don't lean the windshield pillars. ----------On a completely different, but related note. Back in the 50's there was a cartoon about chopping a 50 Merc. Guy has his Merc chopped, in primer, he receives his bill. $1000 to chop the top. He really complains and the shop owner says 'I'll rewrite the bill for you"------saw blades $1.00---gas and oxygen $3.00-----lead $8.00-----Primer$5.00----labor$350.00---total $367.00 -----knowing how to cut it, -------where to cut it, -----AND----- how to put it together,.... $633.00______Grand Total $1,000 "Any Questions" Bill Rinaldi
    Last edited: Oct 22, 2019

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