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Help, Chopping my 49 Merc...What to do?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by mmoreno0272, Aug 9, 2010.

  1. Im chopping my 49 merc and I narrowed it down to 2. Either a hard top chop or a slanted post top? The back window low or high? 4 in the front and 7 in the back? What do think is a great chop? Help me decide on what chop to go with.
  2. seventhirteen
    Joined: Sep 21, 2009
    Posts: 721

    from dago, ca

  3. slddnmatt
    Joined: Mar 30, 2006
    Posts: 3,682


    look at pics, pics, and more pics!!! a push back up the driveway is worth it to get in and pretend isnt it??:D
    Joined: Aug 16, 2007
    Posts: 1,222

    from Colorado

    Hard top is a ton of work but well worth it in the end.It opens the car up and you have better vision. Its nice driving with windows down.Ben there done that.Slanting the B piller post looks good also.

  5. patch
    Joined: Apr 16, 2008
    Posts: 87


    7 inch's in the back is way too much ... the back window is going to lay down too much and it'll be hard to make the roof flow smoothly through that area to the trunk lid ... I'd go 4 1/2 at the very most in the rear.
  6. flamedabone
    Joined: Aug 3, 2001
    Posts: 4,908


    My advise is to be REEEEAL sure what you are going to do before you do it. My Merc was the hardest chop I have ever done....I won't be doing another one any time soon.

    Remember, when you cut your roof and set all the stuff back together, it's gonna look like this:


    The hard part is getting it back together without it looking like shit. Definately get it either running or somewhere you can push it outside and stand waaaay back and get a look at it. Lots of chops look good in teh shop, but like ass on the road.


    Here is my finished product. A bit too hard a chop for some, but just about what I was looking for. Mine is 3" in the front and I don't know in the back. I just kept moving the window around and cutting untill I liked it.


    Hit the search button and study up..there is lots of good info around here. Actually, if I wanted one done, I would take it to slddnmatt, he's the man.

    Good luck, -Abone.
  7. banditomerc
    Joined: Dec 18, 2005
    Posts: 2,286


    Just make sure you can get a large drink thru the door
  8. Road Oiler
    Joined: May 31, 2010
    Posts: 146

    Road Oiler

    Abone, that is swwwweeeettttt!!!
  9. Heavens to Betsy! That last pic just about knocked me on my ass!
  10. propwash
    Joined: Jul 25, 2005
    Posts: 3,858

    from Las Vegas

    Abone...dagnabbit - that's exactly how I thought FoMoCo should have built them in the first place - stodgy old bastards.

    Beautiful job - thanks for sharing your craftsmanship.

  11. Mercuryland use to sell some pretty good "how to" videos on chopping 2 or 4 door '49-'51 Mercs. They are super long, but show just about every detail of the chop. I saw the one for 4 doors. He eliminates the dog leg on the rear door and slopes the rear window down. It flows nice and looks real clean.
  12. Oh......and flamedabone, that is one of the nicest Mercs. I've seen. That chop is dead on!!
  13. hot rust
    Joined: Sep 18, 2007
    Posts: 695

    hot rust

    to me the chop on the sam barris merc is what dreams are made of. love the straight B posts instead of slanting or doing away with them. just my .02
  14. mkilger
    Joined: Sep 4, 2009
    Posts: 424


    hay call me iam in Riverside lets chop it this weekend I can give you a hand, and have a few tops under me, worked at Dick Deans and have a shop I was in Berdo for a few years Kilgers kustom metal thanks 909-888-9045
  15. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 18,036

    from California

    I think anyone contemplating a 7" chop on a Merc should have the car confiscated by the gub-mint.
  16. '54Caddy
    Joined: Sep 11, 2009
    Posts: 929


    Nice chop Abone!!! I love it!
  17. chaos10meter
    Joined: Feb 21, 2007
    Posts: 2,191

    from PA.

    Here's 6-1/2 & 4-1/2 with a slanted post.

    Attached Files:

  18. UnIOnViLLEHauNT
    Joined: Jun 22, 2004
    Posts: 4,824


    I am not a huge fan of the slanted pillars or just moving the whole roof forward and ultimately shortening the quarter windows, so these two are identical chops. 4 3/4 at a pillar and 4 1/2 at C. The extra 1/4 inch ends up with the doortop parallel to the beltline more or less, I don't like that big wing window tiny quarter window look of the sloped chops. The b pillar was not moved back, rather the entire roof section above b pillar and quarter window was cut, slid the b pillar back and that made the quarter windows nice and long like stock length. Takes the thickness out of the C pillar kinda, and makes up some real estate with window instead of roof panel. IMO never move the back window forward (or up) on a Merc, they look twice as long, sleek and low with the long sultry roofline. Also, try and follow the contour of the drip rail as best you can with the roofline, a lot of Mercs I see have a big hump before the back window, usually when the rear window is moved up a lot, I think its done to avoid having to do all the extra paneling. Best of luck with the chop!



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