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Chopped 4 doors

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by '52mildkustom, May 13, 2011.

  1. Rot 'n Kustom
    Joined: Sep 24, 2004
    Posts: 1,999

    Rot 'n Kustom

    Here are some ideas for your your car. If you're going to customize your car, remember: the reason for chopping a top (or any other modification for that matter) is to improve the design. Make it FLOW!

    Early fifties Chrysler products are boxy, so just chopping the top can make them look squashed. I've taken your photo and made a series of alterations so you can see how each one affects the flow.

    1 - Stock
    2 - Simple shave: handles, gas filler, mirror, vent glass, and trim holes
    3 - Lengthen front doors to eliminate one shut line and thin the B-post
    4 - Move the rear of the C-pillar forward and lengthen the rear deck
    5 - Remove an inch or so from the roof crown

    I think these mods give the car a sleeker look. And you don't have to
    cut the front or rear glass. Lowering the car will help, too.

    What do you all think?

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  2. This will take a lot of work reshaping and softening the curve around the rear door window frame. These cars have a very angular roof line which is even more pronounced if you just do a straight chop - you´ll need to work on getting a smooth transition in that area. You´ll probably need a different kind of rear window too. Shoebox maybe? If you do a straight chop, it won´t look very much like my pic.
    I also added some chrome tothe sides, to take some visual depth out of the body. (Poor mans section job).

  3. Smooth Customs
    Joined: Apr 28, 2008
    Posts: 241

    Smooth Customs

    Did this 4 door 57 in 84?
    Still looking for other photos of it

  4. 1951Streamliner
    Joined: May 15, 2011
    Posts: 1,875

    from Reno, NV

    I tihnk this is the best suggestion so far!!!! ^^

    I think you should do that, but also move the front door back to the rear door to eliminate one of the vertical body lines.
  5. Rot 'n Kustom
    Joined: Sep 24, 2004
    Posts: 1,999

    Rot 'n Kustom

    James, I like your version. The spears and chrome definitely work with the design. The wide whites and sombreros are classy, too.

    I took your last update (hope you don't mind) and lengthened the wheelbase to put the center of the rear wheel in a diagonal with the center of the C-pillar.

    Easy in digital photo alteration, lots of work in real life!

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  6. Custom300Madman
    Joined: Jul 26, 2011
    Posts: 68

    from Houston

    Holy Smokes if you can find the other pictures I'll buy a couple of beers!
  7. theBRAIN 426
    Joined: Dec 3, 2009
    Posts: 15

    theBRAIN 426
    from Colorado

    look at my profile picture, thats my 49' 4 door plymouth thats been chopped!
    Joined: Aug 16, 2007
    Posts: 1,222

    from Colorado

    Depends on who is doing it.Yea sure if you are a hack that doesn't have a clue of what you are doing in the first place it will look stupid. This guy is not just jumping in and whacking away. He is doing research for what it will look like FIRST . Some guys try it and get in over there heads and end up with stupid chops .As long as he knows what he is in for - My vote is CHOP IT !
  9. robleticia
    Joined: Oct 15, 2007
    Posts: 2,497


    I would follow Brian on this chop, car look great. Got any more pics you can share?
  10. Dirty54
    Joined: Nov 30, 2010
    Posts: 247


    my chopped 4 door
  11. dirtydixon
    Joined: Aug 2, 2010
    Posts: 296


    I never saw this car before; it is bitchin.
  12. Smooth Customs
    Joined: Apr 28, 2008
    Posts: 241

    Smooth Customs

  13. I just ripped this off for fun at lunch here.
    You photoshop guys have some great ideas.
    Anything can look good with enough changes, the question is, how much of it all is the owner/builder willing to do.
    This sketch has a different grille treatment, different front bumper, that side trim shown earlier (poor man's section job) a lot of top work like raked A post, 4" + chop, different rear window, pancaked decklid and a "Cadzilla" like angle to the rear fenders with different tail lamps... not to forget the skirts...
  14. It´s uncanny how much that looks like my photoshop effort! And I see you had some fun and games reshaping the rear side windows. Top job on the chop.

  15. I drive a 2 door but I would buy a 4 door they can be very clean, I fell in love with a 56 the other day
  16. V8edmini
    Joined: Feb 23, 2011
    Posts: 21

    from Salina, ks

    Chop. Chop. Chop. Go for it. No one on here opinions should matter but yours. Unless they are paying for do it. I like being the unusual person
  17. hey if ya need an extra roof for parts lemme know, the roof on mine is comming completely off... gonna figure out what i am going to do with the windshield at a later date lol...
  18. i think chopped 4 doors look really cool also, more cartoonish and surreal..
  19. 48buickkid
    Joined: Dec 8, 2010
    Posts: 163


    4 doors are cheaper, easier to find, everbody always wants a 2 door when they're really impractical for hauling your friends in cause u always have to get our for people to get out of the back seat. chop that 4 door i would mine if it had a title and i could figure out how to do it and keep the roofline stock in form, chopping trim is a little intimidating as is the curved back glass and i like my wing windows
  20. deflaytedwayz
    Joined: Mar 18, 2011
    Posts: 69


    Here is another pic of the 52 buick

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  21. sixgun
    Joined: Feb 28, 2008
    Posts: 110

    from Portland

    I dig this buick. Here is my 51. still on hold unfortunately.[​IMG]
  22. more more door

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  23. BelAired
    Joined: Jul 5, 2011
    Posts: 17

    from Canada

    That is sick!
  24. fryguy
    Joined: Nov 26, 2005
    Posts: 1,234


    Very nice chop, flows well from the side. What are you using for a back window?

  25. That's gotta be about the best looking chopped 4 door I've seen!Can we see more pics?
  26. Forddraggin
    Joined: Jul 15, 2011
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  27. hooligankustoms
    Joined: Sep 24, 2010
    Posts: 3


    i say chop it ! if you wanna see some great 4door chops check out bo huffs site he has done a few and they look just as clean as a 2 door chop ,im in the middle of chopping my 4door 50 merc ,there is a few more cuts to do but not much more work realy
  28. A friend of mine chopped his 53 chevy 4 door and just completely got rid of the post. but now one of the rear doors doesnt work because the pillar is crooked. lol
    but getting rid of the pillar makes things really easy

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