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Features The Chopped Convertible

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

  1. Jive-Bomber
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    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
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    The Clarkaiser Shop did some early chopped convertibles.

    (photos from Rik Hoving's Archives.)
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    Everyone knows Larry Ernst' Barris Chevy HT.
    But his Clarkaiser-built Ford was equally stunning....

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    ...And it still exists today!

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  4. flamingokid
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    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
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    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
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    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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    uncle Joes '49 chevy, 409 4 speed.......
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  8. Big Plan Dan
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    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
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    I have to agree with Big Plan Dan. A Carson tops beauty is perfection. Why take it off.


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  10. 57JoeFoMoPar
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    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
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    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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