The Jalopy Journal
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Three inches, done thirty-four years ago.
Note: pic from this past weekend in Nelson, BC.
Pretty pitiful I know but all I got at the moment, the best Rod & Custom cover ever "Chopped Top Issue".
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.
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.
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.
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 ....
not this guy, I love it
Yeah, I like chopped tops too. My 34 Dodge delivery has a 3'' chop, and the A's are both chopped 6''.
My 31 sedan, and the 29 coupe both have a 6" hair cut.
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one already chopped - above San Francisco, CA
If I recall correctly I took about 2" out of this.
Hi I`m Jhon K. Recently I have Attended Sidney`s Vintage Car Hotshot Festival. Here`s the picture
My 32 Chevy on Essex rails back in 66 .
2-1/2 inches on my 1929 dodge
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.
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. ,............... 4 inches out of my 33 pickup.... My dad chopped it in 1955... 5 1/2 inches out of the model a I'm working on
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