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Projects F100 To chop or not to chop that is the question!

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by tlmartin84, Jan 17, 2014.

  1. tlmartin84
    Joined: Jul 28, 2011
    Posts: 963

    from WV

    Well the time has come. Time to either chop this thing down, or weld it up and move on. Problem is I can't decide. Rational side says leave it alone, the wanna be cool side says CHOP it!

    The metal work and getting the windshield to fit doesn't worry me. My main concerns down the road are things like the headliner and rear upholstery. As of now you can buy those pieces straight off the shelf, If I go modifying this, I will have to do custom. SHOULD I LET THAT STOP ME??

    Since I have transplanted a top, the additional metal work will be minimal, mainly just sectioning the roof.....

    Here are some pictures of FRANKENSTEIN....

    What do you guys think???




  2. johnod
    Joined: Aug 18, 2009
    Posts: 778


    Always liked those trucks, if it were mine I don't think I'd chop it.
  3. 46chevy
    Joined: Jul 19, 2006
    Posts: 386

    from reeds,mo

    Chop it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  4. they look cool as built ..No Chop

  5. junkman8888
    Joined: Jan 28, 2009
    Posts: 861


    Greetings! You might as well chop it as the cab and doors are cut up anyway, but as always, have the windshield cut first, then cut the cab to fit the glass.
  6. Rob68
    Joined: Jun 16, 2011
    Posts: 495


    I say no. To me the look right with the factory hight. I've seen a few chopped and it doesn't look right.
  7. Frank32
    Joined: Feb 15, 2008
    Posts: 133


  8. nashster
    Joined: Nov 18, 2008
    Posts: 2

    from Pgh

    I agree with John. I would leave it stock. I do like certain cars and trucks chopped but these trucks just look out of proportion with the roof down.
  9. Geargoyle Curtis
    Joined: Nov 6, 2009
    Posts: 582

    Geargoyle Curtis

    I agree.
  10. Flathead Johnny
    Joined: Jul 26, 2011
    Posts: 744

    Flathead Johnny
    from MA

    please don't, i have a 56 F100.....I think trucks look funny chopped......leave it for the cars
  11. Billy
    Joined: Nov 4, 2004
    Posts: 70


    Times 3. It's not the work,it's the end result. They look killer the way Ford did them.
  12. banginona40
    Joined: Mar 5, 2007
    Posts: 768


    I wouldn't chop it. Everything else gets put out of proportion when you do. Ford did good on that one when the designed it. JMHOP
  13. second fiddle
    Joined: Jan 2, 2013
    Posts: 32

    second fiddle

  14. blowby
    Joined: Dec 27, 2012
    Posts: 8,506

    from Nicasio Ca

  15. lower the truck, not the top.
  16. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 28,933

    Jalopy Joker

    Joined: Oct 26, 2006
    Posts: 17

    from SO. CAL

    Leave it as is. Classic look. Chop a car when you finish the f100!

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  18. Landmule
    Joined: Apr 14, 2003
    Posts: 458


    I agree - chops on 56 F-100's can mess up the proportions.
  19. v8juice
    Joined: Dec 28, 2013
    Posts: 280


  20. tiredford
    Joined: Apr 6, 2009
    Posts: 558

    from Mo.

    I have seen people do this on the FTE site and the glass is a nightmare to make right. I would not do it.
  21. Imperial66
    Joined: Jul 16, 2012
    Posts: 76

    from NC

    IMHO, they are to fat and curvy for a chop. It makes them look squished.
  22. A 56 f100 is a perfect chop project. They look a lot better chopped, more proportional. It is like a T Model coupe, it just needs to have a lower lid.

    Take a couple off the top...
  23. willymakeit
    Joined: Apr 13, 2009
    Posts: 1,326


    Ok What are going to do,now that you have asked?
  24. OneBad56
    Joined: Dec 22, 2008
    Posts: 535


    I have yet to see one that is chopped and looks right. Most take too much out and the proportions are all off. If you were going to chop it, the most I would take out is an inch to an inch and half and that's a lot of work for a small amount.

    One chop that looked good was to only take the front pillars down a bit to bring the front top down to a better horizontal line or plane to make it the same as the rear.

    Now if you want to get rid of that "jockey" cap look, pancake the top and shave the drip rails. At the same time to keep everything in proportion, pie cut the hood, more in front than the back.

    Another trick I've seen done is to channel the front of the cab 1.5 inches by tipping it forward but that leads to a whole lot of other modifications to pull it off.
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2014
  25. Tacson
    Joined: Jul 14, 2006
    Posts: 845


    Dont Chop. If it was a slant cab I would say yes but not a 56'. No real noticeable gain by chopping.
  26. L. Eckart
    Joined: Jul 8, 2005
    Posts: 458

    L. Eckart

    Be careful on that windshield. I know a fellow who bought three new ones before he got one that made it through the cut to the glass without breaking and it was supposedly done by a glass pro.
  27. Ralphies54
    Joined: Dec 18, 2009
    Posts: 762


    Im going to say no even tho my 54 is chopped 5 inches. 56s look too good with the wrap around glass to mess with them. If you do decide to cut be aware that the glass is s nightmare. And if you have the talent to do the chop then don't let the headliner be the deciding factor, that will be a piece of cake compared to all else. Ralphie
  28. 55willys
    Joined: Dec 7, 2012
    Posts: 1,696


    Chop it! Then section it to get the proportions right. 1''- 2'' chop and 2 1/2''- 4'' section. And while you are at it etc. etc. etc. it never stops!
  29. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 31,286


    Yep, that is the only way to do one of those right. There used to be a 56 Effie floating around this area that was chopped that changed hands at least once a year because no one could get glass to fit or work in it due to the way it was chopped.

    I like chopped trucks obviously the a 56 Effie is the one truck I would never chop.

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