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Projects First Build: My 52 Chevy

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by Atomic_52, Sep 22, 2019.

  1. Atomic_52
    Joined: Sep 5, 2019
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    Atomic_52

    Good morning, picked up a 52 Chevy last week, spent yesterday cleaning it out and making some plans for the winter. I definitely want to chop it, but have to do some rust repair on floors and rockers first. Other than that gonna lower it, french the headlights, and change up the tail lights. Looking for insight from anyone, especially on the chop. I'm thinking of laying down the rear glass, but not sure how much to chop it. IMG_20190915_112115_808.jpeg IMG_20190921_161429.jpeg MVIMG_20190921_164759.jpeg

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  2. Here is the 52 done at the @Pinstriper40 class last time here in AZ
    The chop was about 3inches and back glass laid down.
    Gives you a idea..

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  3. If this is like you say, your first build, chopping the top of a '52 Chevy is really like jumping into the deep end of the pool and then learning to swim. I like your ambition.
     
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  4. Atomic_52
    Joined: Sep 5, 2019
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    Atomic_52

    I've got some buddies who've done a few, plus I've been doing body and fab work on other peoples stuff. This is just the first major build I've done for myself
     
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  5. RMONTY
    Joined: Jan 7, 2016
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    I'll be watching. I'm especially interested in how you address the windshield area. I am trying to figure out the best way to do the windshield on my project without making a bunch of pie cuts and leaning the pillars and doors in. I know it can be done, I am just gathering info before I break out the sawzall and cutting wheels.
     
  6. 0NE BAD 51 MERC
    Joined: Nov 12, 2010
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    Atomic. I see the old girl was last registered in Wisconsin . Are you from Wisconsin or near by? PM me if you are , I may have a few things gathering dust and rust in the barn and maybe an offer you can't turn down! Larry
     
  7. Lerenzo Rawson
    Joined: Jul 9, 2019
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    Lerenzo Rawson

    Atomic, this is a nice one! I just picked up a 50 pontiac about 2 weeks ago, can't wait to see how someone else does it. Good luck! I have a thread under Project Street Snail, if you can help me out any or i can help you just let me know! 20190916_175816.jpeg 20190916_175905.jpeg 20190908_171954.jpeg

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  8. Atomic_52
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    Atomic_52

    I am in Wisconsin, I live in Milwaukee

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  9. gsnort
    Joined: Feb 5, 2008
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    Good luck with your build. I obviously like the '52 Chevrolet since I own one. Naturally, as you can see, mine isn't chopped. Maybe in its next life, it will be.
     
  10. Atomic_52
    Joined: Sep 5, 2019
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    Atomic_52

    So I was cleaning out the car, and I found the original dealer badge. I did a little research on the dealership because I wanted to find out if the buildings still exist. Turns out this dealership was kind of a big deal back in the day. I guess they were a Yenko dealer, as well as doing dealer 427 swaps in Camaros and Nova's. IMG_20190921_164711.jpeg

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  11. 0NE BAD 51 MERC
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    They where the place to go for used muscle cars in the early 70's when I was in high school . Had them in indoor show rooms. My buddy got his 73 Z28 there when we graduated in 1973. Later it became Wilde Honda:( in the later 70's. Sad day. Larry
     
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  12. Atomic_52
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    Atomic_52

    Someone was telling me one of the buildings still exists, not sure if it's true or not.

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  13. 0NE BAD 51 MERC
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    The dealership was on Hwy18 , Born in Milwaukee ,grew up in Burlington, moved to Portage in 76 . Have not been in in that area of Waukesha in 30 years and even then things had change so much I could not tell where it was anymore. How much are you thinking of chopping it? What kind of end finish are you planning ? All new paint and interior, black suede driver? Let me know . I have some long forgotten projects and parts that may help you on your way. And I would rather pass them on than watch them rot. Larry
     
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  14. Hnstray
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    In my opinion, there are two basic top chop theories.........

    A. Thoughtfully done to actually improve the proportions of the vehicle that, in some cases, have people scratching there heads, asking "has that been chopped?". In this category, sometimes a bit more chop is needed, but it's really easy to take out too much. "I wish I had cut a bit more" is easier to live with than "I wish I had cut less" Restraint is the watchword.

    B. Radical chops that leave the car with "mail slots" for window openings and will never be a question as to 'if' it has been chopped. Unless one is building a Bonneville car, there is little to recommend extreme chops except for 'shock value'.

    A good example of A. is the Chevy coupe pictured in post #2. However, I also believe it's your car and you are free to do as you please.

    Ray
     
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  15. Atomic_52
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    Atomic_52

    I'm definitely not wanting to go radical. I'm a big believer in the phrase less is more. I want to go more in the direction of these cars
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  16. Atomic_52
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    Atomic_52

    It'll probably be a driver/work in progress for awhile. I do want to paint it once everything is finished
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  17. Atomic_52
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    Atomic_52

    What do you have for parts?
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  18. 0NE BAD 51 MERC
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    Sent you a pm. Larry
     
  19. Atomic_52
    Joined: Sep 5, 2019
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    Atomic_52

    So after some time off for a road trip with my wife, got back at it today. The previous owner had tacked on a new patch panel on the left quarter panel. He also had included the inner quarters for each side. However... He decided not to install it before replacing the outer quarter. So today I got the rocker lined up how I want it, and cut the quarter out and do some rust removal. Had to kind of stop there because I need to pick some sheet metal to make some patches.

    In the meantime, I pulled off the fender, shaved the trim holes and the antenna, and started to figure out how to remount the headlights for when I french them. IMG_20191014_112807.jpeg IMG_20191014_130631.jpeg

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