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Projects Should I chop top or leave the Coupe alone

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by James Haram, Nov 16, 2019.

  1. James Haram
    Joined: Jan 2, 2015
    Posts: 20

    James Haram

    Thank y’all for the opinions, I have been back and forth for months on the decision. I think I am going to take the advice of drive it first and make the decision later.

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  2. Casey Riley
    Joined: Jun 27, 2018
    Posts: 510

    Casey Riley
    from Minnesota

    Chop it. It's already been under the knife a lot.
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  3. COOL ROD JAMES! If you feel the need to ask. You probably shouldn't. I have to crawl into mine, and then I have to roll out of it! I like chopped tops. But that's just me. { mine is 6'' } Ron............ 20180111_190426.jpg
  4. 1biggun
    Joined: Nov 13, 2019
    Posts: 19


    Leave it.
    Looks good now.

    You can always chop it later if you dont like it.
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  5. edcodesign
    Joined: Mar 30, 2007
    Posts: 4,169


    That makes sense, have a ball !
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  6. scrap metal 48
    Joined: Sep 6, 2009
    Posts: 6,075

    scrap metal 48

    Here's my vote... **clic pic** 100_3566.JPG
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  7. Chop it a little bit, stretch it a little bit, put a tapered reverse section
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  8. Cut that bitch up.

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  9. nochop
    Joined: Nov 13, 2005
    Posts: 2,128

    from norcal

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  10. clem
    Joined: Dec 20, 2006
    Posts: 3,409


    Funny, I thought the same when I looked at that pic, except that it needed to be chopped !
    You can build it chopped to suit you.
    Sitting in other people’s chopped cars doesn’t necessarily mean that they got it right, so is not a great benchmark for such a decision.
    Chop it about 4”...........
  11. dumprat
    Joined: Dec 27, 2006
    Posts: 3,124

    from b.c.

    Ya know these threads come up over and over again.

    There are only three reasons to leave the roof stock,

    1: you are a resto weenie peeking in to see what's going on.

    2: you are 6'9" tall and won't fit in it to drive it.

    3: you don't have the skills to get the chop finished.

    Saying they look better stock is paramount to admitting you wear women's underwear!
  12. LM14
    Joined: Dec 18, 2009
    Posts: 1,937

    Member Emeritus
    from Iowa

    I like chopped 5 window coupes. My '32 is a 3" chop.

    That said, I really like the looks of yours as it is. I vote no chop, enjoy and drive. If you drive it a year or 2 and are still wanting to chop it you could make it a winter project.

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  13. 41rodderz
    Joined: Sep 27, 2010
    Posts: 5,421

    from Oregon

    Maybe a Caddy style or oil bath but converted to air filter or maybe a twin snorkel.:cool: Either way you look like the cool kids now:)
  14. X-cpe
    Joined: Mar 9, 2018
    Posts: 1,192


    If you have to lower the seat for headroom, you are taking away leg room.
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  15. akoutlaw
    Joined: May 13, 2010
    Posts: 905


    I vote chop.
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  16. jimmy six
    Joined: Mar 21, 2006
    Posts: 9,507

    jimmy six

    I'd find a guy who chopped his, get his parts and add it to mine. Different is in:rolleyes:.
    All kidding aside advertise for a chopped one and trade. Theirs one unfinished chopped one just waiting who wants a stock one.
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  17. toml24
    Joined: Sep 23, 2009
    Posts: 1,620


    Please don't chop. But, if you really want a different look, try bending the frame at the firewall. That really will get people looking.
    1963-DW22-ascot-cars 48a-19a-13a.jpg
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  18. Ron Brown
    Joined: Jul 6, 2015
    Posts: 1,625

    Ron Brown

    Its not a coupe but it is chopped 2".....Im 5'10" and while seated have about 2" of head room....then again it is a soft top. B3FE43C5-A51B-4CBC-8BA4-0409504F1494.jpeg 24CAAF85-4B1F-4113-98C6-A320AA0EEE68.jpeg
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  19. You have it looking just right now. I was going to vote no chop since we are deciding for you. But then I saw the photochop of the chopped version. A 2" chop looks perfect, screams hot rod.
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  20. fourspd2quad
    Joined: Jul 6, 2006
    Posts: 778


    Nice car! It looks excellent as it is. I love unchopped coupes but either way you can't go wrong. If you do decide to chop it I would keep it mild.
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  21. first thot is the roof is too high, ...I'm thinkin a 2-3" cut would look "right"
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  22. derbydad276
    Joined: May 29, 2011
    Posts: 1,324


    Killer Stance ...leave it
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  23. Barn Hunter
    Joined: Feb 15, 2012
    Posts: 1,448

    Barn Hunter

    Leave it. Get it running and driving. Meet some other people with coupes chopped and not chopped. Try them on for size. You can always do it later. And as for resale, you're going to knock out some potential buyers - tall guys.
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  24. I agree with @OLSKOOL57 here, I may not give it a mega chop it is a highboy after all but I would drop it enough to take the boxy out of it.

    That said its your car and my opinion is just my opinion.

    Smooth ride by the way.
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  25. I would Leave it alone & Drive it for awhile so you can use to it
    and than Decide what you should do.?
    I have only Thing to say it Looks like a Standard Shift Car & You
    are NOT Running a Scatter Shield.

    Just my 3.5 cents

    Live Learn & Die a Fool
  26. 41rodderz
    Joined: Sep 27, 2010
    Posts: 5,421

    from Oregon

    So you are saying that Henry Ford was a resto-weenie , was 6'9", did not have the skills to get the chop finished and wore is wife's panties ? X millions ? Not a good visual of the man .:oops::p
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  27. dumprat
    Joined: Dec 27, 2006
    Posts: 3,124

    from b.c.

    Henry was building a production car not a hot rod....
  28. v8flat44
    Joined: Nov 13, 2017
    Posts: 790


    Leave it, the over all look & stance is GR8 !
  29. adam401
    Joined: Dec 27, 2007
    Posts: 2,458


  30. Cleveland Coupe
    Joined: Aug 16, 2008
    Posts: 71

    Cleveland Coupe

    I would chop it for sure....
    My A is chopped 3" and I am 5'10" with a Glide seat and I have plenty of head room.
    But, its yours and you can do what you want.
    Thank, Jay
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