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Customs Chopping a 1952 ford F1

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 66gmc, Feb 18, 2017.

  1. crashfarmer
    Joined: Apr 4, 2006
    Posts: 1,274

    from Iowa

    Great work so far, glad you could save the old truck from destruction. :)
  2. zzford
    Joined: May 5, 2005
    Posts: 1,823


    No need to apologize for going sbc. Great motors and fit well in most anything. They have always been my first choice.
  3. Gearhead Graphics
    Joined: Oct 4, 2008
    Posts: 3,692

    Gearhead Graphics
    from Denver Co

    What a score and I LOVE the work youre doing on it. Wishing you were closer to me and still trying to pawn it off dirt cheap. Those tucks lend themselves to being Kustoms so well!
  4. Blue One
    Joined: Feb 6, 2010
    Posts: 10,810

    Blue One
    from Alberta

    o_O The metalwork you have done so far makes it far too nice to just primer and then sit outside to rust.
  5. anthony myrick
    Joined: Sep 4, 2009
    Posts: 6,632

    anthony myrick

    love these trucks
    excellent work and nice save
    here are a couple of my favorite f!s
    f1.jpg f1 2.jpg
  6. VTjunk
    Joined: Jul 5, 2013
    Posts: 286


    Awesome work, chop is spot on!
    List it now, bet you won't have it week.
  7. Fedcospeed
    Joined: Aug 17, 2008
    Posts: 2,011


  8. Fortunateson
    Joined: Apr 30, 2012
    Posts: 3,549


    I even tried giving it away for a couple hundred bucks and people still didn't want it.

    OK, you can give it to me for "a couple of hundred bucks"! I'll pick it up in the spring.

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  9. I chopped my 49 COE 4 inches front and back. Quartered the roof like you did and kept all the stock pillar angles. I had a second roof to cut up for the splice pieces. I have the smaller rear window being the 48-50 size, but I took 2 inches above and 2 inches below, keeping the rear window stock size. Ended up being about the same height as the new side window height. I think 4 inches is a good look for these 48-52 Ford truck cabs. I still have plenty of interior headroom.
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  10. buzz4041
    Joined: Nov 14, 2008
    Posts: 278

    from Texas

    Good job getting that beauty.
  11. oh hecks yes & lovely chop work
  12. eberhama
    Joined: Dec 19, 2003
    Posts: 673


    I've got some bad news for you...I think you might be an expert. Damn fine work all around, and a nice save.
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  13. 66gmc
    Joined: Dec 4, 2005
    Posts: 578


    So here is where I left off on this. 2 years ago I got sick of this one taking up space in the garage so I pulled an all nighter, welded the hell out of the roof, slapped some primer on it and dumped it outside to rust...actually it was only supposed to sit outside for a couple months...but a couple months turned into 2 years....
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  14. 66gmc
    Joined: Dec 4, 2005
    Posts: 578


    Fast forward to last month I decided the most responsible thing to do during a global pandemic would be to drag this thing back in the garage and finish the chop.

    I decided to start beating the roof skin back into submission. This was a daunting task seeing as how I have no idea what the hell Im doing, and also I didnt do myself any favors by welding the crap out of the roof 2 years ago...
    These pictures are the results of many many hours of barbaric hammering, the drivers side and center is more or less ironed out, where the passenger side is still being finessed
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  15. Lloyd's paint & glass
    Joined: Nov 16, 2019
    Posts: 3,248

    Lloyd's paint & glass

    Back in the saddle again! Hell yeah brother ;) never say die... :D
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  16. 66gmc
    Joined: Dec 4, 2005
    Posts: 578


    Just a couple before photos of the roof, its hard to show in pictures, but the roof was quite badly creased and caved in.

    Next photos are the roof skin completed, the dark spot in the center is still the remnants of the cheap primer that I'm too lazy to sand and morale are running low!
    007.jpg 008.jpg 20200502_211858_resized.jpg 20200502_211934_resized.jpg 20200502_211853_resized.jpg 20200502_211753_resized.jpg
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  17. 66gmc
    Joined: Dec 4, 2005
    Posts: 578


    Got the back window opening barbecued in. I think I only took 1.5" out of the back window, I also drilled out the spot welds and removed the inner brace to make it easier to planish out the welds and fix all the dents.
    Also got the passenger back corner of the cab finished out, still have a long ways to go getting the lower back window area smoothed out
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  18. 66gmc
    Joined: Dec 4, 2005
    Posts: 578


    View attachment 4697447 20200524_212416_resized.jpg 20200524_212314_resized.jpg 20200524_212528_resized.jpg
    Making the back window area somewhat presentable was getting pretty tedious, so this weekend I went for some instant gratification and finished the last of the welding and splicing on the passenger door top, also got the missing driprail piece put back in, and started getting the front edge of the roof pulled straight...
    This is where I'm at now, hopefully I can get some more done this week, there is still a mountain of work left to get this chop done. Hopefully all the time I've wasted on this science experiment is worthwhile, when this truck was sitting outside I had people stop and tell me that I had completely ruined this truck by chopping it haha.
  19. 1Nimrod
    Joined: Dec 11, 2018
    Posts: 232


    Keep On Trucking Brother

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  20. razoo lew
    Joined: Apr 11, 2017
    Posts: 433

    razoo lew
    from Calgary

    Looks great. Damned fine pandemic distraction.
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  21. catdad49
    Joined: Sep 25, 2005
    Posts: 4,503


    Keep "ruining" it, I think you're on to something! You are a Craftsman, what other mods do you have in mind?
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  22. MO54Frank
    Joined: Apr 1, 2019
    Posts: 389


    It seems every state and province handles auto titles, registration and licensing differently. In Illinois there is a process for a Bonded Title. There are also Salvage and Rebuilt Titles. They also have a Junking Certificate and once a car/truck gets one of them it cannot be sold, only parted out.
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  23. Onemansjunk
    Joined: Nov 30, 2008
    Posts: 171

    from Modesto,CA

    Yup- First you saved it—Then you ruined it—then it’s cool as Fuck—Then it’s all Fucked up—

    Sent from my iPad using The H.A.M.B. mobile app
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  24. 40FORDPU
    Joined: Mar 15, 2009
    Posts: 2,944

    from Yelm, Wa
    1. Northwest HAMBers

    I like your truck..your work is outstanding.
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  25. Great job on the smoothing out and metal finishing. I think the truck looks great chopped, but I'm a little biased.
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  26. indyjps
    Joined: Feb 21, 2007
    Posts: 3,991


    I like it, project that hangs around and gets some attention when youre bored.

    You're a meticulous metalman, I commend you. I woulda reached for the high build primer a while back. Lets see what else you have in mind, keep posting, when youre able to spend time on it.

    I have a 63 impala that hangs around, total backburner project.
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  27. 66gmc
    Joined: Dec 4, 2005
    Posts: 578


    Thanks for all the nice comments! I had plans to channel the cab a couple inches, pancake the hood, shave the front fender seam, build new running boards and build more rounded bed stake pockets similar to the ones on late 30s early 40s ford trucks. Unfortunately times are tough right now so it will be getting put up for sale once the chop is completed...if it doesn't sell, or things start picking up at my new job then I'll just keep it and continue tinkering away at it.
    Last edited: May 31, 2020
  28. 66gmc
    Joined: Dec 4, 2005
    Posts: 578


    Not much to report this week, I've been picking away at the back window area, hopefully I can sneak it past the Qc department. Now its time to get the inner back window bracing welded in.
    20200531_190907_resized.jpg 20200531_191019_resized.jpg

    Before I welded the back window in I had drilled out the spot welds holding the inner brace to the back window, this made it easier to hammer out all the dents, but I also wanted to keep the brace in 1 piece to make it easier to keep the 2 lower halves of the back window in alignment.
    because the back window opening is now wider I had to cut the corner braces off
    Here is the brace loosely mocked up inside the truck
    20200531_193357_resized.jpg the corner pieces will get moved out slightly and rewelded.

    So thats where its at now, hopefully this week I can get the inner all cleaned up and the back brace welded in, as well as finish up all the loose ends and final welding inside the rear of the cab. Then by the end of next weekend I'd like to have the drivers door top done...
  29. killbilly
    Joined: Mar 29, 2009
    Posts: 257


    Man you do some nice work! Whats that over in the corner? 34 chevy 5 window?
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