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Hot Rods Model A roof chop help !

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by v8paul, Feb 15, 2015.

  1. v8paul
    Joined: Dec 17, 2008
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    v8paul
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    from england

    Hi folks, I'm in the middle of chopping my roof 6 inches. Sorry for asking but I've tried searching and couldn't find the answer.

    Please can you help, I can't make a decision on the doors.

    Is it best to slice up the sides squash in the bottom and stretch out the top? If I go this way will the slight angle mess up the glass going up and down?

    Or does the whole top of the door need cutting and enlarging to get the glass channels to meet up ?

    The slicing up sides looks easiest !

    Looking at the channel with the door open...

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    Thank you for any advice
     
  2. Looks like it needed to be cut higher at the hinge area to match up. I don't know if ditching the upper hinge would cause the door to sag thou.
     
  3. HUGHES AUTOMOTIVE
    Joined: Jun 22, 2006
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    HUGHES AUTOMOTIVE
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    Line up the glass channel. The glass will not bend. You will need long slices to repair the misalignment. I can see a slice 4 inches above and 2 below to bring the parts into alignment.
     
  4. Kensey
    Joined: Sep 25, 2006
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    Kensey
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    from Pittsburgh

    Take a look at Flop's posts on here. He does a lot of step by step picts of his work. From what I gather, chopping these cars "right" is not a simple as most say. Before you do anything, check out Flop's picts. And keep asking question, this is a great site for help!
     
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  5. A Rodder
    Joined: Jul 13, 2008
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    Glass channel comment is spot on. The aftermarket window channel fuzzys are even thicker than stock and that amplifies that alignment.

    Line it up there, slice above and below and bring one half in and the other out.

    Look in my threads, I have two threads of chopping my coupes w pics.

    If you can find the pics, pm me and I'll send the link to my photobucket account with pics there.
     
  6. A Rodder
    Joined: Jul 13, 2008
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    Looks like yours!
     
  7. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
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    That car looks GREAT! Hope it keeps that look with a finished chop. I may even go work on my Fordor today, I'll need whatever tips you recieve on your door channel fit. Bob
     
  8. millersgarage
    Joined: Jun 23, 2009
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    as stated above, the most important part in ALL your window areas, it to keep that are straight and perfect. Make the rest of the body fit after the window channels are done.
    Remember to do this in the quarter and back glass areas too. I went thru many quarter glasses in my coupe due to misalignment.
     
  9. v8paul
    Joined: Dec 17, 2008
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    v8paul
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    from england

    Thanks for the great links... Wow wish I'd seen those earlier ! Love your car A Rodder !

    I'm still not sure though as I have a little less height to play with. So far mine looks like yours, which makes me feel I've done right so far !

    Plan is to keep it looking just as is... Though I have a Hemi to squeeze in yet.
     
  10. v8paul
    Joined: Dec 17, 2008
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    v8paul
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    from england

    Ok 'millersgarage' I thought as much. I'll stop and rethink what I'm doing, thanks !
     
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