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Customs Chopped top and stock trim? Got Pictures?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 59IMPALER, Apr 15, 2016.

  1. I chopped my '53 AFTER it was painted, didn't plan it that way, I just changed my vision mid-stream. I was able to save all the paint below the beltline, so all of the stock trim (emblems, handles, stainless), was still attached after the haircut. The Kustom Handbook says it would be better smoothed, but I ended up liking all the chrome against the black. Also, a lot of the original pieces are art to me. Has anybody else used this non traditional formula on your builds? DSC_0167 (2).JPG
  2. bscc50
    Joined: Nov 17, 2013
    Posts: 100

    from n.e.

    no pictures for you, but the chop looks really nice.
  3. Boatmark
    Joined: Jan 15, 2012
    Posts: 290


    I'd keep the trim, black looks its best (in my opinion) with the chrome to reflect.

    If you like it, keep it. What others think, or what "tradition" is, isn't really relevant - it's your car. Do what makes you happy.

  4. 504640
    Joined: Aug 8, 2011
    Posts: 518


    Sorry, no pictures either. I have seen earlier iron with a chop and virtually stock other wise except for stance and rolling stock. I have envisioned myself having a later car with a mild chop and stock trim. Just enough chop to make a person guess. Although your chop is more than subtle, the result is stunning. The retainment of the stock trim is refreshing. Just how much was cut, and are you still running a 6? Keep up the good work; your 210 is outstanding. That car did start as a sedan, rather than a coupe, didn't it?
  5. Phillips
    Joined: Oct 26, 2010
    Posts: 1,321


    It's probably a more common occurrence to be smoothed and chopped since people would have worked their way up to the chop by starting with nosing, decking, door handles etc. then finally taking the leap in to chopping.

    Doesn't matter either way, as your car rocks with the look you gave it!
  6. rattlesnakedaddy
    Joined: Aug 11, 2010
    Posts: 41


    I like how it looks as is, nice classic. Then, I think most cars look better with a few inches taken off the top, not much else needed.
  7. Barn Find
    Joined: Feb 2, 2013
    Posts: 2,317

    Barn Find
    from Missouri

    Yeah, that's sharp.
  8. arkiehotrods
    Joined: Mar 9, 2006
    Posts: 6,288


    I like '53-'54 Chevrolets with something shiny on the side, stock, modified stock, or something tasteful off another car. Your '53 looks great!

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G900A using H.A.M.B. mobile app
  9. It's a 210 2 dr sedan, with a '53 150 back window and 4" all the way around. I bought a no-drivetrain project, and I had a rebuilt '59 283 on a stand. Otherwise, a 235 would have been really cool. Thanks for all the kind words everybody!
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  10. BlueLodgeMason
    Joined: Apr 18, 2016
    Posts: 6


    That thing looks awesome! I wish my '53 looked like that!
  11. hfh
    Joined: Oct 22, 2012
    Posts: 295

    from Western MA

    Less is more. Nice job!
  12. clem
    Joined: Dec 20, 2006
    Posts: 3,225


    Black and chrome, - the best colour to paint a car. IMO
    Looks great as is.
    You could be starting a new trend.......
    Last edited: Apr 18, 2016
  13. 504640
    Joined: Aug 8, 2011
    Posts: 518


    Here is a 46 Ford coupe. The front sheet metal and trim is as it came from the factory, with the exception of the grill indentions being red.

    Attached Files:

  14. 50Fraud
    Joined: May 6, 2001
    Posts: 9,751


    Both of these came from the HAMB a while ago. I thought they were neat and unusual: Chop 53Plymouth.jpg

    Chop DeSoto.jpg

    ...and this one, while it has some trim removed, has a similar character because of its very conservative stance:
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  15. 504640
    Joined: Aug 8, 2011
    Posts: 518


    Good job Fraud! The Plymouth is awesome, with a great chop! The Desoto looks disproportionate, almost like it has been photoshopped. But what a great car and rare material to build from. The chop is a little to deep for practicality. The Belaire hardtop is the essence of practicality, in regards to it's stance. The car is definitely not overdone. I can't get enough of Moonglow clones, but this builder took effort not to have his car another Mooonglow clone. The absence of spots, lake pipes and skirts, and the deviation from blue or white, makes the Kustom unique and refreshing! I second your neat and unusual!
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  16. 504640
    Joined: Aug 8, 2011
    Posts: 518


    Here is one at the West Coast Custom's show, Santa Maria:
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