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Art & Inspiration Chopped Tops

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by HOTRODPRIMER, Aug 30, 2019.

  1. LM14
    Joined: Dec 18, 2009
    Posts: 1,935

    from Iowa

    Always wanted a chopped '32 5 window hiboy. Never considered another style when I started this project. The one I always wanted. 3" chopped, seems about right for me. Pictures were at the end of mock-up.

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  2. Great looking car, you should be proud. BigO
  3. Chavezk21
    Joined: Jan 3, 2013
    Posts: 632


    Mine that I am working on. 48.jpg
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  4. krylon32
    Joined: Jan 29, 2006
    Posts: 6,784

    Alliance Vendor
    from Nebraska

    I've had 3 chopped deuce pickups, a chopped deuce 3 window, 2 chopped deuce 5 windows More chopped 32 roadsters than I can count and 2 chopped deuce sedan highboys the favorite of which is now owned by Scott Lorenzini, wish I had that one back.
  5. choppedtudor
    Joined: Nov 28, 2009
    Posts: 671


    a little over 7" off the top...and I STILL got the windshield to swing out as it should. 000_0004[1].jpg 100_2282[1].jpg 000_0002[1].jpg
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  6. Chopped a 69 Beetle way back in the early 90's and it took me 4 months to get it right with all the curves they have. Roof was made out of 13 pieces and 3 roofs. Probably did it right because the car is still there (not mine since 1993). Learned a lot of it so hopefully my 39 Merc coupe will be the next one i will chop.
  7. -Brent-
    Joined: Nov 20, 2006
    Posts: 5,873


    HER, maybe it's YOU that needs to get chopped?!? :D
  8. error404
    Joined: Dec 11, 2012
    Posts: 279

    from CA

    my 33 Chevy, I'm told it has about a 5" chop, not sure exactly how much though as someone before me did the work.

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  9. ERROR404, I have that same truck cab sitting in the trees by my house, I could measure the windows for you if you'd like.
  10. Frank32
    Joined: Feb 15, 2008
    Posts: 132


    Love the chopped tops. my 56.. with a 6'' chop

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  11. It is sold but there was a delay in finances, it's been a while.
  12. error404
    Joined: Dec 11, 2012
    Posts: 279

    from CA

    I'd love to know how much it's chopped, thank you for offering, please do measure :) My rear window measures 4.5" tall, and the side windows are 10" tall.

    The bed has been shortened as well, I'm told it was shortened about a foot, which from looking at photos seems about right. If you have a bed, I wouldn't mind knowing how long they were from the factory. Mine measures 57" long the top rail.
  13. A few of mine 39 Ford tub, 40 P/U, and 51 Merc[​IMG]
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  14. anthony myrick
    Joined: Sep 4, 2009
    Posts: 6,615

    anthony myrick

  15. 39WILLZ
    Joined: Dec 13, 2009
    Posts: 273


  16. 39custom
    Joined: Mar 13, 2014
    Posts: 69


    Three inches off the top.
    Still have to figure out the top of the door frame among other things. IMG_2395.jpg
    Last edited: Sep 6, 2019
    Joined: May 5, 2015
    Posts: 763


    I did the something with a VW bug. I started off by chopping way too much, starting from the front windshield working my way back. I keep going down to the junk yard to obtain another roof (25 dollars per roof). After 4 trips/4 roofs the guy at the junkyard ask me what the hell I was doing. Puff out my chest and told him, chopping the top 6 inches, just like George Barris would of. Look at me with a big smile and said, like chopping an egg hun??
  18. jazz1
    Joined: Apr 30, 2011
    Posts: 1,482


    87A58607-D1F1-4B07-A31E-0FE6C1794A3D.jpeg I chopped cab of my avatar. Not difficult. You just have to take your time. It was a summer project just to see if I could
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  19. choptop40
    Joined: Dec 23, 2009
    Posts: 3,691


    51 Chrysler again , zoom in and you can see the unfinished welds. Bought it like this. Nice chop I must say
  20. choptop40
    Joined: Dec 23, 2009
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  21. Kan Kustom
    Joined: Jul 20, 2009
    Posts: 2,649

    Kan Kustom

    Chop a foot first, then chop the car. Not neccesarily in that order. Hey, a guys gotta do what a guys gotta do to be cool ! :cool:;)
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  22. John D's chopped 39 Merc
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  23. ERROR404, I measured my cab windows today. Mine was a flat bed, maybe 1 ton truck, but the cab should be the same. I took a picture of it, but when I went to download it to the computer, it was gone. Anyway here's what mine measures, side window, 15 3/4" tall, back window' 9 1/2", front windshield, 13 1/4".
  24. error404
    Joined: Dec 11, 2012
    Posts: 279

    from CA

    Hey, thanks for measuring! Right on :) Looks like it was cut about 5" or so. I do love the look of rides that are chopped way more, but man as it is right now it's almost to low for me, hah!

    Anyway, thanks for measure, I appreciate it :)
  25. It looks good. I'd like to build mine, but probably won't. Does yours still have wood in it?
  26. goldmountain
    Joined: Jun 12, 2016
    Posts: 2,437


    Your car .looks like it should be from Henry Gregor Felson's novel, " Street Rod".
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  27. chopolds
    Joined: Oct 22, 2001
    Posts: 5,854

    from howell, nj
    1. Kustom Painters

    I had the great opportunity to work for an old custom guy, in his body shop, back in the late 70's-80's. He was a great influence on me, and taught me a lot of the old custom tricks. I had been into street machine 55-57 Chevies, but I got the Kustom bug and bought a 55 Olds.98. Did a bunch of custom stuff to it, and was considering paint, when I removed all the stainless around the windshields The rear window had so much rot under it, I had to rethink. Might as well change the rear window to a 57 Olds, which I really liked, if I had to do that much work. Then came 'might as well cut the 'A' pillars while I'm at it, can't be too much more work!
    Took a couple weekends at John Pazsik's shop to cut the front, but almost 3 months to work out the rear windows. Cut the sheet emtal into 3 separate pieces, laid the center glass down where I wanted it, then cut the side ones into 3 pieces to match the new angle of the center glass. TONS of work, but I never regretted it. Back when chopping a car was rare, only Merc's and Shoebox Fords were being done, my Olds really stood out among the crowd! 55_Olds 010.jpg 55_Olds 013.jpg 55_Olds 015.jpg oldschop2 001.jpg oldschop3_w.jpg

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