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t coupes.... Chopped or not???

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by JimSibley, Sep 12, 2007.

  1. JimSibley
    Joined: Jan 21, 2004
    Posts: 3,397


    Im puttin together a t coupe and it got me thinkin. Who likes em tall and who likes em sliced? Im really kinda up in the air on weather or not to take 9 inches out of the 27 Im doin.
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  2. J Man
    Joined: Dec 11, 2003
    Posts: 4,132

    J Man
    from Angola, IN

    I like them tall.
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  3. slim53
    Joined: Apr 24, 2005
    Posts: 399


    A part of me really likes the east coast no chop, heavy channel thing, but they really ought to be chopped. I think 9" is excessive. 7" seems about right. At least if you want to see out decently. What else are planning for the car?

  4. hodaddyo
    Joined: Aug 8, 2006
    Posts: 279



    hey jim... this was mine. no chop, 6" channel, frame z'ed 8" and kicked 9" . it looked sort of cartoonish... so i think you maybe right to take a little off the top. keep us updated on the progress... i am always impressed w/ what you come up with.

    2 more weeks and the roadster should be done.

  5. 31aBoy
    Joined: Sep 17, 2006
    Posts: 640


    Never owned one, but I like em tall. I call it the "Goonie" look.
  6. JDW
    Joined: Jan 25, 2007
    Posts: 29

    from Upstate NY

    I like 'em tall - but a '27 isn't as tall as the earlier cars, but if you channel it, you might have to just to keep it in proportion
  7. pasadenahotrod
    Joined: Feb 13, 2007
    Posts: 11,776

    from Texas

    As with all cars and trucks just avoid the "bottom of the 5-car stack in the junkyard" look and it should be fine.
    If you do cut it keep in mind that you can retain lots of forward vision windshield height by shortening the header panel above the windshield.
  8. Gary DeVore
    Joined: May 18, 2006
    Posts: 27

    Gary DeVore

    I love the T Coupes but this day & age I think I would lower it (the body) down and find another top and RAISE the top about 4 inches. maybe tilt the top forward a little. I think the tall top is really neat on these cars.
  9. revkev6
    Joined: Jun 13, 2006
    Posts: 3,351

    from ma

    definitely chop with extreme prejudice!

    A little channel job looks good too.
  10. Capt. Zorro
    Joined: Nov 30, 2004
    Posts: 557

    Capt. Zorro

    As you can see on my previous post I like the fenderless T's with a chop. The full fendered look best without one.

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  11. drhotrodmd
    Joined: Nov 10, 2002
    Posts: 1,284


    Whack it the 9"



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  12. chazzin
    Joined: Oct 27, 2003
    Posts: 231

    from butler,ga

    they do look good chopped, but i'd go with the unchopped and channeled
  13. pan-dragger
    Joined: Sep 13, 2006
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  14. super plus
    Joined: Dec 14, 2006
    Posts: 566

    super plus

    Anybody have any pics of wedged T roofs
  15. billy6223
    Joined: Sep 7, 2007
    Posts: 17

    from Utah

    I had to go half way being 6'5 its like tryin to fit a dog turd into a matchbox...

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  16. Chopped and channeled.
  17. WhoDoYouFink
    Joined: Jan 29, 2007
    Posts: 391


    I say wedge chop it then also section it with a pie cut and the a mild channel. I think it was Rod & Custom that had a sick rendering of a T done in this manner. Real Big Daddy Roth style. Just my 2 cents! Good Luck with it and post some pics when you decide which way your going.
  18. epinut
    Joined: Jul 11, 2004
    Posts: 736


    7" out of this one, it says...
  19. chaddilac
    Joined: Mar 21, 2006
    Posts: 13,879


    that's more like 3"... stock windows on the T coupe are 18" on the side.. there's no way that window is 11".....
  20. chaddilac
    Joined: Mar 21, 2006
    Posts: 13,879


    ...and this is more like 12" or 13"!!! Wow I love that one!
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  21. joeycarpunk
    Joined: Jun 21, 2004
    Posts: 4,445

    from MN,USA

    Took eight out for a customer and it looked great, also narrowed the top windsheild header panel 2" to make it look right. Only took 5" out of the rear window and proportion-wise it looked right. I'll be doing my own coupe the same way in the future.
  22. Michael Pukash
    Joined: Mar 1, 2006
    Posts: 256

    Michael Pukash

    I,m taking 5" off the top of mine with no channel cause I live on a dirt road and don't want to high center!
  23. jonzcustomshop
    Joined: Jun 25, 2007
    Posts: 1,927


    I say leave it unchopped then buy a nice top hat to wear when you drive it. That 's why they were so tall from the factory. I would wear a top hat in mine, but I don't have windows or a top yet, it would just blow off....
    I like them both ways, so I think my only solution is to build another one and chop it.
  24. Ken Carvalho
    Joined: Dec 22, 2004
    Posts: 1,607

    Ken Carvalho

    <<<<<<---It aint worth it if it isn't AT LEAST 12" lower is it Jim???
  25. T-Time
    Joined: Jan 5, 2007
    Posts: 1,627

    from USA

    As a general rule, chopped T coupes suck. The chopped look works occasionally, but only very occasionally.
  26. Two words: Mercury Charlie. Translation: No chop.
  27. Gotgas
    Joined: Jul 22, 2004
    Posts: 6,987

    from DFW USA

  28. hammeredabone
    Joined: Apr 18, 2001
    Posts: 735


    Jim, I can't believe you would leave it stock height! Chop it! Chop it hard! Rack the a pillar while you are at it. Make the visor smaller and parallel with the body. Come on, you know you want to.
  29. Unchopped and channeled just enough to hide the frame, maybe a slight "Z" to get it lower; not only does it look good, but those things are tiny inside!
  30. Capt. Zorro
    Joined: Nov 30, 2004
    Posts: 557

    Capt. Zorro

    If you take out the package tray behind the seat there is quite a bit or room, it's just getting in and out that's tough on your head with a radical chop.

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