Okay, so here is the scoop: before I ever heard of the HAMB, before I'd ever been to a Stray Kat show. I had never seen a chopped '49-54 Chevy in person. I had been told my several people (including one who'd chopped dozens of cars) that you can't do it because of the curved glass. But I had seen photos of a couple chopped Chevies over the years so I knew that it was possible. I had been doing bodywork for rust repair since I was 14 but had never customized anything in any way. I desperately wanted a chopped '49-54 Chevy. I found one or two for sale, but couldn't even begin to afford to buy one. So I decided to do it myself. Bought two books with "chopping tops" in the title, dragged a solid '53 210 out of a farmer's field for $750, bought a sawsall and a super-cheap MIG welder at Sears, and did it. I did not document every single step of the process, but hopefully these photos give you an idea of what I did and how. As you can see, I did not just cut the top and lower it. I think it looks wrong when a car's top is narrow and the pillars lean in, so I kept the pillars at the factory angle and widened the top at the same time. This also allowed me to section the roof skin. I took just under an inch out of the skin toward the front, tapering back to several inches in front of the rear window. Personally I think this is the roof profile Chevy should have had at the time. Why am I posting this now? Two reasons: 1. It's a very different chop than most of the ones on the HAMB and someone might pick up some tips 2. It just occurred to me that I could - I've had the photos all this time and I hate to sound slow in the head but I only just realized that I could scan them and post them!