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Art & Inspiration Chopped Tops

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

  1. RockyMtnWay
    Joined: Jan 6, 2015
    Posts: 101


    Three inches, done thirty-four years ago.
    Note: pic from this past weekend in Nelson, BC.

  2. brigrat
    Joined: Nov 9, 2007
    Posts: 5,337

    from Wa.St.

    Pretty pitiful I know but all I got at the moment, the best Rod & Custom cover ever "Chopped Top Issue".
  3. Cliff Ramsdell
    Joined: Dec 27, 2004
    Posts: 1,247

    Cliff Ramsdell

    My 28 Tudor has a 3” chop, minivan seat that I made a new seat riser for that is just 3” shorter. Storage under the seat still but not as much.

    One man chop so I use the hoist.

    Moved it back a little but I can fit good at 6’2” and even sit in the back seat.

    Cliff Ramsdell
  4. Chopped my 49 COE 4 inches front and back, kept pillar angles stock. Took 2 inches above and below the rear window and kept it stock height. Vent windows reworked and operational. I had to quarter the roof and add strips lengthwise and widthwise. DSCF2189.JPG
  5. raymay
    Joined: Mar 2, 2008
    Posts: 2,384


    I liked the looks of some chopped vehicles but never thought I really wanted to own one. In the early 80's a friend had a solid Tennessee already chopped 37 Chevy Sedan that was for sale at a very reasonable price. I bought it with plans to do some work and make a flip to finance my other projects.
    Fast forward a few years and having the chopped sedan and 2 other 37 Chevy's for sale. A day after our 37 Delivery sold I returned home from work to find the chopped sedan pushed out of the barn. My Wife and kids used shoe polish and wrote "Lynn's Dream, Not For Sale".
    Like other builds the 37 became Family designed project. I added some mild body fabrication changes, suicide doors, power windows, AC and the Family picked a nice color combination. Our interior design made it functional and a comfortable fit. The car exceeded my expectations and was a joy to drive. Both kids also enjoyed it during their High School years and even drove it to their Proms.
    In 2000 the 37 was ready for a paint job, I was doing another build so we put the 37 up for sale at an event we attended in Reinbeck, NY. With some last minute hesitation we said goodbye to the chopped 37. A few years later I found the guy in Long Island we sold it to had repainted it the same color without the graphics and had since sold it to a couple in Connecticut.
    I decided to try contacting the current owner and posted a picture and request for information about the car on Craigslist in different Connecticut locations. After a couple years and several dead-end leads, I found the owner. We kept in touch and after another year or so in 2010, he expressed an interest in selling the car. I decided to at least pay him a visit and maybe see the car one last time. I took the 37 for a ride and immediately decided it was time to bring her home again where I continue to enjoy driving her.
    It may be time to do some freshening up since it still has some of the original parts I installed when I built it in the 80's. The Grandkids now enjoy riding in it when they visit and who knows maybe one day they will get to drive it.

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  6. morac41
    Joined: Jul 23, 2011
    Posts: 532


    Hi This is a 49 Caddy Fleetwood was a 4 door but it was so rusty and need major fabication to repair I decided to 2 door it and chop 4 1/2" front 5 " rear .... 49 cadillac aaaa.JPG
  7. ZZ Top Chop
    Joined: Aug 12, 2018
    Posts: 400

    ZZ Top Chop

    not this guy, I love it
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  8. Yeah, I like chopped tops too. My 34 Dodge delivery has a 3'' chop, and the A's are both chopped 6''. 371.jpg 121.jpg 20170704_182732.jpg
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  10. phelan9251
    Joined: Jan 17, 2016
    Posts: 26



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  11. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 25,517

    Jalopy Joker

    one already chopped - above San Francisco, CA 20190918_121705.jpg 20190918_121727.jpg
  12. If I recall correctly I took about 2" out of this.
  13. Jhon Kenedy
    Joined: Sep 19, 2019
    Posts: 1

    Jhon Kenedy

    Hi I`m Jhon K. Recently I have Attended Sidney`s Vintage Car Hotshot Festival. Here`s the picture

  14. My 32 Chevy on Essex rails back in 66 . DSC00208.JPG
  15. bbrroowwnn
    Joined: Aug 6, 2011
    Posts: 147

    from Drums PA

    2-1/2 inches on my 1929 dodge coupe pic.jpg
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    Just a little off the top. Can’t take the Merc through the drive thru...can’t get the soda cup through the side window.
  17. HotRod33
    Joined: Oct 5, 2008
    Posts: 2,372

    from MO

  18. jozef bochenek
    Joined: Mar 8, 2020
    Posts: 1

    jozef bochenek

    This is my '54 Ford Victoria. In the process of doing all the side windows now. I've never done them before but thankfully they are all flat. You fellas know the cost for Lexan VS Tempered glass?

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  19. brigrat
    Joined: Nov 9, 2007
    Posts: 5,337

    from Wa.St.

    To nice of a car to use Lexan……………………………….
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  20. About 7" in front. ......
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  21. rgdavid
    Joined: Feb 3, 2014
    Posts: 347


    Allways thought the ford capri would look mean with a 1.5 inch chop. The anglia needs chopping too.
  22. GeeRam
    Joined: Jun 9, 2007
    Posts: 394


    Not easy to chop an Anglebox because of the reverse sloping rear window....but it has been done.
    There's a couple 3-4@ chopped Anglia's in the UK.
    I seem to recall a couple of Capri's as well that had been chopped back in the day.
  23. Dick Stevens
    Joined: Aug 7, 2012
    Posts: 2,992

    Dick Stevens

    Lexan is much cheaper than glass but it scratches easily, but it would be a good pattern for getting the glass cut to replace it with! :D
  24. alfin32
    Joined: Jun 20, 2006
    Posts: 1,409

    from Essex, Ma.

  25. Splitbudaba
    Joined: Dec 30, 2014
    Posts: 422


    227013B2-1944-4674-B251-9159296B4CB6.jpeg Went with a 2.5” chop highboy, mainly because I am 6’3”, and sure like the headroom. Although I would have liked the look of a 4.5” chop!
    Last edited: Mar 8, 2020
  26. brigrat
    Joined: Nov 9, 2007
    Posts: 5,337

    from Wa.St.

    '34 Ford P/U, 4" chop the unconventional way!
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  27. flamedabone
    Joined: Aug 3, 2001
    Posts: 4,852


    This is 4.


    The Merc was 4 in the front and I don't know in the back. I just kept cutting and moving stuff until it was where it needed to be.



  28. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 25,517

    Jalopy Joker

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