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Nice weekend to chop a 34 5 window coupe.

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Kiwi Kev, Nov 14, 2009.

  1. My friend Greg is giving his 34 5w coupe a major rebuild. He built it from scratch and drove it for several years as a channeled, unchopped driver. So Cal guys may remember it by it's trunk lid consisting of inner skin only. His new plan is for 60's drag style with set back Chevy, radiator in the back with Moon tank and lexan filled grill shell. The all new chassis is from Duane at Kiwi Konnection in Bakersfield. He has 4 hole magnesium Halibrands for the rear. A radical chop was needed so guess what we are doing this weekend. Here are the pictures from Saturday



    We spent many hours messing with the doors to make them fit in the holes and getting the swages to line up. We cut the tops off and tacked the doors in the holes. Next we added bracing inside the body so nothing could move once the butchery begins.........



    A 5 1/5" chop was chosen so next came some careful studying of where to cut, then some masking tape lines and careful measuring followed. The area between the tape was getting removed. I have seen many methods to lay out a chop (dykem, spray paint etc) but tape always works quick and simple, flexible and accurate for me.
    Last edited: Nov 23, 2009
  2. Dat Dirty Rat
    Joined: Jan 15, 2003
    Posts: 3,504

    Dat Dirty Rat

    Nice start...cant wait to see this done..
  3. 41 Dave
    Joined: May 23, 2005
    Posts: 2,594

    41 Dave

    Kev, That is going to be one Mean Chopped '34 when you are done ! Looking forward to more updates.

    41 Dave
  4. hvychvy
    Joined: Jul 21, 2005
    Posts: 1,874


    Cool,can't wait to see some more progress pics!!

  5. Nice start!
    I know this is going to help me when i get to mine.keep the pix coming.
  6. n.z.rodder
    Joined: Nov 18, 2008
    Posts: 1,016


    Gee 5 1/5" is a brave amount, are you going to lay the screen back?
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    Posts are getting leaned back so we left them kinda long for now. Porta Band had them cut in about a minute each. 4 1/2" angle grinder with Walter Zip cutoff wheel made short work of everything else. those wheels are unreal. Cut this whole top off with one wheel and it not even half wore out.


    Greg looks pretty happy here, he was a little nervous before we began cutting.

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  8. Gotgas
    Joined: Jul 22, 2004
    Posts: 6,974

    from DFW USA

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  9. Next the remaining uncool parts were removed.....



    With new competition look. It is so exiting when you sit the top back on for the first look......


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  10. McFly
    Joined: Oct 10, 2001
    Posts: 1,168


    Awesome....keep em coming.
  11. The roof is moved all the way back, the B pillars will be cut free and moved forward. The cowl will be cut completely across so the posts can be laid back with no bumps at the bottom. There will be alot of cutting and tacking tomorrow.


    Sure hope I can figure this mess out:eek:

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  12. Gotgas.....Don't tease me with that car man! It's one of my 5 favorite hot rods of all time.
  13. hvychvy
    Joined: Jul 21, 2005
    Posts: 1,874


    Damn,I'd be a nervous wreck.:DCan't wait!!
  14. MengesTwinCustoms
    Joined: Oct 16, 2009
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  15. striper
    Joined: Mar 22, 2005
    Posts: 4,498


    Is it tomorrow there yet??????
  16. Looks good....I went for a little more conservative 3.5" cut on mine. Can't wait to see it [yours] with all the pieces back in place.

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  18. Cool! I'll be following this one-can't wait to see how it comes out.

    BTW, Kevin, with that much chop, you planning on using the rear garnish moulding? I need one for my '33. PM me if you want to sell it.
  19. Nasty chop....already looks better....keepm em comin Kev....

  20. Preacher
    Joined: Dec 23, 2002
    Posts: 1,956

    Member Emeritus

    NICE progress!
  21. brady1929
    Joined: Sep 30, 2006
    Posts: 8,628


    can't wait to see the finished chop
  22. More chop than I would have chosen, but I have to agree that it looks terrific.

    Here's one for ya.

    Circa 1955 on a photography class walk-around.
    On the west side of Catalina opposite the lawn that used to be in front of VHS auditorium.

    Used to see three guys in it fairly often, but most times two when the owner was picking up his girl friend.
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  23. LeadSledMerc
    Joined: Nov 29, 2003
    Posts: 4,106


    OK, it's tomorrow here on the right coast...can't wait to see more progress pics.:D

    That's a mean lookin chop you guys have goin there!:cool:
  24. 327-365hp
    Joined: Feb 5, 2006
    Posts: 5,418

    from Mass

    C'mon Kev, it's 6 am out there, get to work!!
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  25. E.C.
    Joined: Apr 7, 2007
    Posts: 556

    from Tx

    Fuckin Awesome!!!
  26. Hot Rods Ta Hell
    Joined: Apr 20, 2008
    Posts: 4,286

    Hot Rods Ta Hell

    Looks great so far Kev. I went 4" on my 34 5/w.

    Hey wait!!! You guys are doing fun stuff like choppin tops before you do tough work like installing the firewall and floor! Hope you got that body braced good and square.
  27. I love a heavily hammered '33-4s. :D
    Last edited: Nov 15, 2009
  28. 35mastr
    Joined: Oct 26, 2007
    Posts: 1,899

    from Norcal

    Kev,its 7:17 am here on our coast. lets see the progress.
  29. Royalshifter
    Joined: May 29, 2005
    Posts: 15,543

    from California

    Go Kev go.....gonna be sweet.
  30. dirtbag13
    Joined: Jun 16, 2008
    Posts: 2,540


    cant wait to see it done !

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