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Hot Rods Model A Coupe showing different chops

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by wex65, Mar 14, 2014.

  1. wex65
    Joined: Dec 19, 2012
    Posts: 1,100

    from WV

    So I decided to put together a gallery of sorts showing a Model A coupe at various levels of chop. I couldn't find a similar resource on HAMB and thought it might help those trying to make a decision, with images in order of severity.

    I tried to get shots that show cars at a similar angle, hope this helps...

    NO CHOP↓↓↓

    2 1/2 INCH↓↓↓

    3 INCH↓↓↓

    4 INCH↓↓↓

    4 1/2 INCH↓↓↓ This is my coupe

    5 1/2 INCH↓↓↓

    6 INCH↓↓↓

    7 1/2 INCH↓↓↓

    8 INCH↓↓↓
    Last edited: Mar 4, 2016
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  2. 3wLarry
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 12,804

    Member Emeritus
    from Owasso, Ok

    4" hands down looks best proportion-wise to my old eyes.
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  3. whtbaron
    Joined: Sep 12, 2012
    Posts: 571

    from manitoba

    Yea... I would be leaning towards the 3 to 4" chop as well. 8" is going to make it really hard to see traffic lights.
  4. flatheadfreakv8
    Joined: Jan 27, 2010
    Posts: 86


    4" looks the best

  5. scrap metal 48
    Joined: Sep 6, 2009
    Posts: 6,073

    scrap metal 48

    I like the 6" best, maybe 5".. A 4" chop is so common place anymore it almost looks like no chop.. I really like heavy chops but understand all the reasons against them.. I suppose you could always chop it 3or4", stand back and decide if you want to go more.. It really is a hard decision...
  6. big chops look cool but 4" is best to me. thanks for posting these up.
  7. patmanta
    Joined: May 10, 2011
    Posts: 3,598

    from Woburn, MA

    I think if you're going for 6 or more, you should probably be thinking about channeling as well. I think the deep chop starts making the body look a bit beefy on a hiboy. I don't dislike it personally, I just think that level of chop is best complimented by a shorter overall profile and perhaps a lower stance.

    I think this is a great post BTW.
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  8. ROADSTER1927
    Joined: Feb 14, 2009
    Posts: 2,824


    Thanks cool thread!
  9. Great idea for a thread. I lean toward the heavier chops myself, but they all look good, just a matter of preference for most. Thanks for posting these up. I think it's the first time I've ever seen the different heights side by side. Cool stuff.

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  10. 56shoebox
    Joined: Sep 14, 2011
    Posts: 1,106


    What is the stock window inside diameter height on an A, so some one can measure their chop?

    For instance, if someone were told their chop was one height but it doesn't match up to the photos here.
  11. Zombie 51
    Joined: Feb 18, 2009
    Posts: 283

    Zombie 51
    from New York

    Cool thread!! I just want to point out that some of the model As in the pictures are on '32 Chassis. That's going to make the proportions look different. I think they look great with the 32 frame and a heavier chop. With the stock frame, maybe a little less chop.
  12. Hellbentrodder
    Joined: Aug 10, 2010
    Posts: 124

    from Cotati

    Great thread! I love the heavier chops to look at but would do a 3 to 4 for myself. My dad has a '28 Tudor with 6" and looks great but not very comfortable to drive. And I am only 5'8".
  13. cederholm
    Joined: May 6, 2006
    Posts: 1,621


    Cool thread! I'm digging the 4".
  14. 34toddster
    Joined: Mar 28, 2006
    Posts: 1,481

    from Missouri

    A buddy chopped his 6 inches, big mistake and he is only 5 6 I could hardly get in and sit down without cocking my head sideways...6 4 I am.
  15. 69fury
    Joined: Feb 24, 2009
    Posts: 1,419


    Awesome idea! Someone should do a post like this for A's on 32rails, etc to show newbs like me common frame swaps.
  16. Metaltwister
    Joined: Jul 10, 2007
    Posts: 891


    Cool thread for us visual types... think this is going to take a front and center seat in my favorites! Thanks for posting this up and taking the time to do it. The only thing I would add is a stocker in the first pic so you could compare the first chop height :D Great Job!
    Last edited: Mar 14, 2014
  17. D-man313
    Joined: Mar 17, 2011
    Posts: 1,152


    Being young and short a heavy chop looks great! Like previously said, so many 4" chops have been done that it doesn't look chopped to me.

    A model a that I do will have a heavy chop and probably 32 rails. Also been said that it helps out proportion wise.

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  18. carcruse
    Joined: Aug 20, 2007
    Posts: 822


    31 Ford Indy 500.jpg Yep, 4" :D
    Last edited: Dec 1, 2018
  19. Very cool thread idea !!

    I just wish that "chop" was quantified by the amount left , or window heights instead of the amount thrown away.

    Always bugged me - all 4" chops are not equal when finished.
  20. Love that black coupe with the 7 inch chop I'm a short ass so would suit good lol
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  21. 41 C28
    Joined: Dec 17, 2005
    Posts: 1,772

    41 C28

    Great thread thanks for your effort.
  22. chopo
    Joined: Feb 20, 2006
    Posts: 1,253


    yep 4"

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  23. luckys8ba
    Joined: Oct 16, 2005
    Posts: 484


    ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1394837881.439396.jpg 6.5, man up!

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  24. luckys8ba- how tall are you?

    maybe other people could say how tall they are too! I want a nice chop on mine but want to drive comfortably
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  25. barett
    Joined: Jul 1, 2012
    Posts: 466

    from Taylor TX

    Here is a kind of before and after, on 5".... Wound up 5 1/4 with cuts.. Last picture is to reference the stance... Channeled 2" I like this thread as it is a tough decision...

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  26. blackT-Bird
    Joined: Mar 11, 2014
    Posts: 19

    from Bally, Pa

    Model A coupes just look so Bad Ass... it doesn't madder how much or less they are chopped.
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  27. Driveway builder
    Joined: Jan 17, 2013
    Posts: 484

    Driveway builder

    Here is mine if it helps on some one's decision. The first is a 3" chop I did when I built the car, than a yr later decided to take another 1 1/2 off to make it a 4 1/2 now. Also it is 4 1/2 channel.
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  28. scrap metal 48
    Joined: Sep 6, 2009
    Posts: 6,073

    scrap metal 48

    I like it^^^ better with the 4 1/2" chop...
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  29. legion
    Joined: Feb 16, 2014
    Posts: 41


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  30. 392modela
    Joined: Dec 11, 2013
    Posts: 480


    I love the look of 4 1/2

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