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Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by cgc1958, Aug 22, 2017.

  1. cgc1958
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    We are constructing a removable hardtop for a 33 Ford. It started out with a Chevy roof (GASP!) that had been cut down by the customer and his buddy. At 1st glance it seemed like we could make it work fairly easily. We are altering this roof extensively and we are shaping a bunch of new panels for it. Not just to "make it work", but to make it look good. So this is our 33 Ford removable hardtop adventure! -Clark Gillie Customs
    -This was converted to a roadster, then was taken to Jimmy White at CCHR's & made to look as it does now. This is very nice work!!

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  3. duncan
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    Very nice.


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  4. Xman
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    WOW - Nice
     
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  5. Tim_with_a_T
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    Saw this on your other thread and was hoping you'd show what's up. Very nice!
     
  6. luckythirteenagogo
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    This looks like one of those jobs that you're glad is in someone else's shop, but I'd say you nailed it. Great job.

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  7. Cyclone Kevin
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    IMG_0964.PNG
    Dana Harvey started out with a 5W, This build was converted to a Roadster by Jimmy White's CCHR's. This was a great build several years back. Still looks great, Is it still owned by DH?

    Your shop is doing great job building that top.
    Keep the updates coming.
     
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  8. Thanks for that! The familiarity was bugging me but I just couldn't nail the connection.
     
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  9. cgc1958
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    Thanks!
    Thank you!
    Thanks so much!
    Thank you I appreciate it!
    Ha, I hear you on that one! Thanks!
    This is awesome, I was wondering who built it and owned it before. It's gorgeous, they did a great job! It's no longer owned by DH. Thank you for the info so that I can add it to the post! Much appreciated! IMG_2149.JPG IMG_2150.JPG
    More progress:
     
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  10. cactus1
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    Actually I believe that car started out as a 3W and was "roadstered" before Jimmy got ahold of it? They just made it awesome!
     
  11. cgc1958
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    Thanks for the info! I always want to give credit where credit is due!
     
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  12. sloppy jalopies
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    I have used the quarter to sail panel bead from '35-'36 trunkback sedans...
    almost perfect match to '33-'34 coupes... did 3 and 5 window bodies that were hogged out as stock cars...
    converts the semi vertical sail panel to the almost horizontal panel above the decklid...
    it is a bit wide left to right and as it curves around to the sides it gets thicker [taller] you must trim it as it does...
     
  13. Cyclone Kevin
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    Hi Cactus1,
    Jimmy and a group of us drove up to the Asphalt Invitational at the Holliday Bowl back in the early millennium. We all kept trading spots in the lead on the way up. When we stopped, Jimmy was shooting pix of my 34 roadster, he asked about some detail. IMG_0480.PNG
    I explained the differences. I inquired as to what he was building and it was then stated by JW that he and his body man were converting a 5 window to a Roadster for a customer of theirs.
    If one looks over the various styles of model 40 styled bodies, you'll note differences in most all of them. A 3 Windows door is significantly longer than a 5 window coupe, but a 5 window is most like a Roadster door in length.
    It makes for a natural conversion to a Roadster from a 5 window when the right body guys get ahold of one. (See Clark Bates Jack Morgan inspired build, it was also a 34 5 window in its past incarnation). IMG_1049.PNG
    Cgc1958, Great job on that top!!! Whats your addy, I'd love to pop in and see it in person.
     
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  14. I remember being at Circle City when that car was in there. The roadsterisation slicing and dicing had been done and the lead guy was mid-process. He was not there at the time. Apparently he was a bit flaky and would come and go ramdomly, causing some frustration with completion. His work was all around the door tops, the transition into the cowl and across under the windshield, catwalk etc.
     
  15. cgc1958
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    Thanks! Absolutely come by. Beautiful 34 Roadster you've got!! Our address is: 11435 Chandler Blvd. North Hollywood, CA 91601(818) 392-4233 We are open from 9-6 (but we usually work later). We keep our gate closed even when we are open to prevent stuff from walking away. It's best to call first since I have these pesky Oncology appointments I have to go to & Clark usually goes with me. That way we are here when you come by.
     
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  16. cretin
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    I know that car. I've been wondering how that top has been coming along.
     
  17. cgc1958
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    Yeah, he mentioned that he's friends with Troy. It's a lot of work, so it's taking longer than we had hoped. But it's better to get it right the first time!
    Here's more progress:
    It's at the ugly stage
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  18. Rice n Beans Garage
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    Excellent work and profile
     
  19. cgc1958
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    Thanks, it's rough right now. But it's coming along.

    Here's another pic: IMG_2163.JPG
     
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  20. dwollam
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    You metal fabbers are incredible! Nice work!

    Dave
     
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    Bad ass that's all, just bad ass!
     
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  25. Cyclone Kevin
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    The article was very informative, I'm really glad to see that build is still progressing over time, these cars really are never finished as each new care taker adds a little more to the mix. ;).
     
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  26. Pewsplace
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    Very well written article. I saw the car at the GNRS a few years ago and loved it. Nice metal shaping on the top. Anxious for the front post hook up photos.
     
  27. Tuck
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    Man this is really cool-
     
  28. Yeah, that's a make or break area. Minefield.
     
  29. Don't worry too much, not much Chevy left in that top.
    Very nice work!
     

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