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chopping the top on a 4dr desoto

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by kustomriv, Feb 18, 2005.

  1. kustomriv
    Joined: Oct 31, 2003
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    hay everyone


    Me and a friend of mine r fixing to chop a top on a 4 dr 50 desoto. Anyone have any tips or advice.

    thanks,
    Kustomriv
     
  2. shoebox72
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    Well if you fuck it up I'm sure it won't be a terrible loss of tin. LOL :eek:

    You could always cut the roof off. Someone on here has or had a 50ish Dodge sedan with the roof cut off & a chopped windshield that looked pretty cool
     
  3. DrJ
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    Chopping a top is a lot of work.
    The extra doors make it close to twice as much work if you do all the interior garnish moldings.
    If you're going to do all that, why not stretch the front door and two door it first?
    Or round up some two door doors and swap them on. Moe the B pillar back and cut the skin off the rear door and weld it in, easier than the chop is!
     
  4. Just remember,you can't cut the rear glass.



     

  5. merc-o-madness
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    if they have the same roofline as a dodge or a plymouth i would just whack the roof off completley, they really look good that way
     
  6. Brandy
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    Thats what I'm doing with my 58 Chev Biscuit. She's a 4 door originally, I cut her top off, welded the back doors shut, sectioned them, moved the post back and hung the bigger doors from a 2 door car. On the other hand, I have a DeSoto 4 door.......gonna take that sawz-all to her, make a con-vert outta her and drive the shit outta it. No terrible loss and she'll look loads better!
    x
    Brandy
     
  7. kustomriv
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    i got recruited into this project by the beautiful and charming owner of the DeSoto, Jenn.

    I was there to document the progress and serve the every whim of Mistress Jenn

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    kustomriv (Tim) consults with Jenn
     
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    [​IMG]the smell of burning carbon and fresh blood filled the air
     
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    our lady of the Sawz-all, Mistress Jenn
     
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    Savannah Crew: Andy, Jenn, Kustomriv(tim)
     
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    precision (HA!) cutting
     
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    mandatory cheesecake shot
     
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    who needs a plasma cutter!
     
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    "yeah, we can always fill that in.."
     
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    please pardon our progress
     
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    Kustomriv(tim) marking the peak for removal
     
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  24. shoebox72
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    Oh boy. I'm not trying to be negitive but you may have a problem. If I were doing that chop I would have cut the rear window out as a whole & leaned it forward as the rest of the top came down, not cut right through the opening.

    Maybe you guys have another plan for the back glass. I hope it goes well.

    Billy
     
  25. bowtie327
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    Brandy no longer has a four door Desoto, I do.:D
     
  26. attitudor
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    HAMB-member DeS's beautiful car, chopped and turned as a two-door.
     
  27. Brandy
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    Ahhhhhh that's mean, I'm still nursing the wounded heart!:D

    If you wanna chop the top on the 56 Josh, let me know and I'll help you do it properly....but let me know before I ditch that rear windshield!
    xxx
    Brandy
     
  28. T McG
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    Besides the back window issue, the one important rule is to square the car before cutting anything. This really comes into play with tire size and inflation. With that half flat rear tire, it will put a twist into the body that you will never get out once you weld it all back together. That is why you see so many chopped cars with broken windshields. You weld it together crooked, then put all the right tires on, install new body cushions, replace the springs, and wammo, big problems that will never go away!
     

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