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Features The Chopped Convertible

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by Jive-Bomber, Feb 6, 2018.

  1. Jive-Bomber
    Joined: Aug 21, 2001
    Posts: 2,982


    Jive-Bomber submitted a new blog post:

    The Chopped Convertible


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  2. When you start with a true convertible, unlike a cut coupe or sedan, it's a bit easier.
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  3. 'Mo
    Joined: Sep 26, 2007
    Posts: 3,617


    The Clarkaiser Shop did some early chopped convertibles.

    (photos from Rik Hoving's Archives.)


    Everyone knows Larry Ernst' Barris Chevy HT.
    But his Clarkaiser-built Ford was equally stunning....


    ...And it still exists today!

    Last edited: Feb 6, 2018
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  4. flamingokid
    Joined: Jan 5, 2005
    Posts: 2,099


    A daunting task to say the least.When you chop the windshield, it moves forward.Then, getting the dimensions right and making it look good....time to call a professional.
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  5. eddie1
    Joined: Jul 27, 2006
    Posts: 539


    As far as I'm concerned, if you can drive with the top down what was the point of the convertible in the first place. Something not easily done with a Carson Top.
  6. patterg2003
    Joined: Sep 21, 2014
    Posts: 386


    I have seen some nice looking chopped convertibles. This is a couple pics of a 40 found the a HAMB and an article on the chopping a top that I may have got here as well.

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  7. tb33anda3rd
    Joined: Oct 8, 2010
    Posts: 12,240

    1. Connecticut HAMB'ers

    uncle Joes '49 chevy, 409 4 speed.......
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  8. Big Plan Dan
    Joined: Sep 16, 2015
    Posts: 92

    Big Plan Dan

    IMO, a really well done Carson top beats the look of any convertible (apologies to those I offend by this). The best word for one is "sexy". That white shoebox that Mo has posted looks like a whorehouse on wheels!
  9. SicSpeed
    Joined: Apr 23, 2014
    Posts: 535


    I have to agree with Big Plan Dan. A Carson tops beauty is perfection. Why take it off.

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  10. 57JoeFoMoPar
    Joined: Sep 14, 2004
    Posts: 3,959


    Rob Ida is finishing up a truly killer chopped 49 Merc convertible for Jack Kiely. Real mild car, Lincoln push buttons, not overly done, McCulloch blown flathead... really superb car.
  11. My'40 Chevy convert has been chopped for about 30 years. I did it myself and it goes up and down like a dream. I actually like it better with the top up though. I'll post a picture or two later from the desk top.
  12. CadMad
    Joined: Oct 20, 2012
    Posts: 406


    DD1B0EB8-3A52-4124-B6F4-190276169C6B.jpeg 39EA8FEA-F4B6-418C-BB0B-46D4B3D92945.jpeg There are so many variables to consider. I used the rear portion of a 46 Cadillac roof on my 39. Also I had to make the rear bows floating so it can all fold under the parade boot. I’m 6 foot two and the bow overhead is as low as I’d want to go. Subsequently roof has a bit more swoop than the classic padded top which is flatter. Sometimes form has to follow function.
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