The Jalopy Journal
Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by Sledge, Mar 17, 2012.
Bob. Yep. This trick works good on 49-51 Mercs also.
So after the windshield was fully tacked in place I decided the to shave the drip rails off! Drip rails are great for hot rods but for an early style custom they just dont belong in my opinion. Plus these roofs just look so much better without them.
Then I cut out the back window. I left about 3" all the way around so there would be plenty of meat to work with.
After the back window and drip rails were out of the way I decided it was time to finally cut the roof off! I cut 6" out of the A-Pillar and 7" out of the back. The C-pillar is going to be modified and reshaped so I left the entire height of it for now. It looks much better as a convertible.
Even with all the hassle it'll be worth it and its still a really nice car. All that headache is just part of the game, I think out of the last 5 or 6 cars I've bought, only 1 went totally smooth with no snags. Nice work. Anyway at least she's home now, yo estoy mucho jealioso, viva Mexicali Merc.
Hell yeah !!!
Cool.Others cars in your garage look really good too.What a nice place.
I am envious of all the fun you are having. I love this part a of a project.Chop chop.
Oh boy, here we go...
So Kevan, on an unrelated note...what's the story with the 35/6 3w coupe I see lurking in the background? Yours / customers?
man this merc is going to be beautiful!
Yeah the 36 in the background is mine. Sort of a long term project I've been piecing together for years.
Now we're talking bro...i could'nt stand anymore that ugly stock roof...things are getting interesting at this point....just take your time and dont rush on the chop..
there are a number of chopped 39/40 Mercs that are messed up with the wrong roof and no flow....this has to be right ,but i sleep relaxed anyway with you takin care of the job...
still pushin to find some rear fenders,no luck yet...
keep the fun up...
So today was mostly trimming and fitting. The roof was on and off a few times but still needs a lot of work. I made some patterns off of my merc to get the same side window shape, so after I get the A-pillars set then I can reshape the C-pillars to have the same flow. But already a big improvement from the hideous stock top!
Perfect! So you're doing an exact copy of your chop then? It IS perfect, so...
Thanks Keith! Yeah that's what Reno wants so it's going to be nearly identical to mine. Plus it's been over 10 years since I chopped mine and I never took any pictures of the process, so it's kinda cool figuring it all out again.
Good stuff Kev!
You know you have a good attitude when "it's kinda cool figuring it all out again". Most people would be frustrated. Keep up the inspiring work!
Hopefully you still have the jigs for the framework for the door and quarter windows. The ones on your car look/fit great.
wow already looking way better!!!
Wow thats looking great!!
Now your cookin with gas!!!
Thanks for taking time to post pics & chop info.
x2! I am really excited about this thread. Can't wait to get started on mine. Are you going to leave the B-pillar or do the same side window treatment as yours?
Why do you make it look so easy when I know its not. Clean.
I can answer on this one...B pillars will be removed...since i liked Kevan's Merc for so many years and im still firm on my opinion stating that's is the best roofline out there along with the J.B. Merc ..but i still rather prefer Kev's style for my car a bit more cause is little more chopped and especially the rear flow is perfect to me...so ,hard to improve it so i want an identical chop ,flow and windows style...no brainer here..hard to improve perfection...
Also Rudy's Merc is something else (impressive car) but his goal was totally different...
Yeah,i tought exactly the same..focused and super clean when we know its not....mmm,experience or Miguel's jungle punch beverage positive effect???ah,ah,ah
Now i understand why he wanted to wait the chop after the Shifters 20th anniversary...i see
Sled - I hear ya, Kevan's roof treatment is hard to improve on.
Can't stop watching....looking great Kevan.
You make it look easy. Nice work!
Im in, fantastic thread and very good workmanship. Viva Miguel.
Kevan locking really good ,i must get me some time to start chopping my 39
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