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Customs Chopping a Shoebox

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 51FordCoupe, Jun 14, 2013.

  1. 51FordCoupe
    Joined: Aug 26, 2012
    Posts: 14

    from NOVA

    Hey guys, what is the BALLPARK estimate for chopping a shoebox to (including repaint)? I'm assuming 15K +/- (?) if you consider fabrication labor, repaint, etc.

    How do the windows and window gasket/trim get resized?

    I also assume that the roof upholstery has to be redone/replaced as well.
  2. (1) Yes plus or minus some
    (2) More money
    (3) Yes
    That's kind of like asking the paint store to mix/match the color of your Red Paint over the Phone.
  3. Pinstriper40
    Joined: Sep 24, 2007
    Posts: 3,334


    It'll cost 15-20k if you have someone else do everything and repaint the car.

    They are trimmed to fit. Yes, a new headliner would be in order.
  4. 51FordCoupe
    Joined: Aug 26, 2012
    Posts: 14

    from NOVA

    Thanks guys.

    Understand that its a WAY open question. And yeh, someone else would be doing the work (Joe Smith in Richmond VA) since I sit in this d@mned cubicle M-F.

    Looks like the best way to have it done is buy someone's elses chopped car.

  5. I agree, It really Stinks that our Dollar Bill is only worth about .20 cents.
    The Wizzard
  6. coolbreeze1340
    Joined: Aug 18, 2009
    Posts: 1,342

    from Indiana

    15-20 seems a little high but $10,000 wouldn't be out of the realm. Would you just have the roof repainted or the entire car? Same color or new?
  7. Tell you what, I'd jump all over it for $15,000.... was I too quick to answer that? ha,ha..
    I think $10,000 is plenty, this is not a difficult chop.
  8. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 25,272

    Jalopy Joker

    do a search here on this subject, lots of info available. be sure to carefully to check out a chopped car For Sale. You should have someone that has done radical custom body work look at it for you too. yes, you definitely will save a lot of down time from beginning to end. possibly save some $ too. but, may not be exactly what you want. , before starting down this path find someone with a car like you are thinking about that will let you drive it. radical chops may look cool but, can be a challenge to drive.
  9. 4rod
    Joined: Feb 4, 2008
    Posts: 806


    10K is bout right, however, remember its gonna sit in a garage for'd have better luck gathering some hamb friendly guys to help you out in your own garage...only cost you a couple cases of beer...then tackle the paint later
  10. reverb2000
    Joined: Apr 17, 2005
    Posts: 440

    from Houston TX

    Chop is about 1k per inch.
    Paint, car in avg condition, 5k ish
    glass, rubber, modified trim etc, 15k is about right for the whole deal.
  11. geemann51
    Joined: Dec 16, 2001
    Posts: 2,119


    ..and if that's your car in your avatar, make sure you use someone who understands how to chop a coupe...
  12. reverb2000
    Joined: Apr 17, 2005
    Posts: 440

    from Houston TX

    didn't even notice your ya, I second that, ask questions and ask for pictures..also make sure and look at some chopped coupes...they are not everyones cup of tea
  13. woodiewagon46
    Joined: Mar 14, 2013
    Posts: 1,713

    from New York

    Rod and Custom is doing an article about this subject this month.
  14. motoandy
    Joined: Sep 19, 2007
    Posts: 3,292

    from MB, SC

    I like it as is if that is it in the avatar.
  15. if done properly you can just repaint the roof.....
    If the chop is not more than 4" a new stock headliner can be used , probably ruin the old one removing it....
    the main problem I see here is taking a finished car and taking it all apart to do what should have been done early in the cars build....that is where the most of your money will be spent,correcting the backwards order of things.....
  16. chevy54man
    Joined: Feb 7, 2013
    Posts: 1,684

    from NC

    Was thinking 10k was in the ballpark....but depending on area too it's done.
  17. flamedabone
    Joined: Aug 3, 2001
    Posts: 4,811


    Choprods is your man. Haul that shoebox to Missouri and let him handle it.

    Good luck, -Abone.
  18. fab32
    Joined: May 14, 2002
    Posts: 13,985

    Member Emeritus

  19. Hot Rods Ta Hell
    Joined: Apr 20, 2008
    Posts: 4,094

    Hot Rods Ta Hell

    But hey, starting with a finished car could/would be "traditional".;) Barris, Ayala, etc. took the torch to plenty of nearly new cars in the 50's.
    Nowadays, some guys (John D'Augustino) start with fully restored cars as a starting point for Customs.
  20. This is the second time Ive see this, ad I dont get where this comes from. So, a quality chop of 1inch is only a grand, but a 4 inch chop is 4K. What shop actually does it this way??????
  21. Kona Cruisers
    Joined: Feb 4, 2007
    Posts: 1,074

    Kona Cruisers

    Paint can be 10k, chop 3-5k, then glass and trim/ the headliner.. Its to open ended of a question. Lay out your expectations for the finished product to get a better answer.

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  22. This is a mystery to me as well..........
    I would assume its part of their:rolleyes: pyramid scheme pricing schedule and run like hell.
    Lots of folks here have done a lot of shoebox chops and for the most part the pricing "by the inch" would make no difference in the price.
    Does not make any at my shop......
    I even do the 4 doors for the same price as 2drs.:eek::cool:
    But then we all know I'm crazy like that......


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