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Hot Rods To chop or not to chop??? 1941 GMC

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by teamr2r, Mar 1, 2013.

  1. teamr2r
    Joined: Mar 1, 2013
    Posts: 2

    from TN

    Whats your vote? To chop or not to chop? Its channeled about 4 " and I have never chopped a top yet. I got some great tips from 2 friends: Luke and Ricky Brown. Just need some more feedback and TIPS!

    Please vote and post your tips!

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  2. alchemy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2002
    Posts: 17,009


    Not much harder to chop than that. You will have angle and pie cuts all over the thing before you're done. Unless your two friends are experienced, I'd pass on this for a first-timer.
  3. Fenders
    Joined: Sep 8, 2007
    Posts: 3,922


    All it takes is time, patience, and some thinking....

    What the hell, it's only metal, go for it.
  4. 53fordcustom
    Joined: Jan 3, 2011
    Posts: 412


    Less talk, more chop..

  5. The only way you learn is by doing it. Chop it!
  6. adam401
    Joined: Dec 27, 2007
    Posts: 2,457


    Needs a chop. Guess your gonna learn. Amongst other things Ive chopped 2 trucks and everybody does them about the same way. Alex Gambino posted a real good thread on chopping a pickup cab. You should look it up. Pictures tell the whole story. Just a tip I always strip the paint off the pillers, doo tops and areas of the roof to be split and arround the back window first, then mask off my cuts. Makes life easy. Cut that fucker up.
  7. I've always thought about doing one of those , but different kind of chop.
    About an inch wedge in the back to 0 at the wind shied, and just tip the posts back.
    Then rework the extra bulbously style roof to a more proportioned curve .
  8. 3R CRUZER
    Joined: Oct 7, 2011
    Posts: 12

    from Kerman Ca.

    Chop it. If you do chop it, how much of chop are thinking about?
  9. studeynut
    Joined: Mar 13, 2011
    Posts: 290


    I'd finish building the rest of the truck, then decide. You might like the overall look without the chop. You could then photoshop chop or just take a picture and use scissors to play with the look. I personally love chops but if you do it and don't like it, its very hard to undo.
  10. moparmuscle1
    Joined: Nov 15, 2012
    Posts: 85


    Sorry , Chop Chop
  11. mustang6147
    Joined: Feb 26, 2010
    Posts: 1,847

    from Kent, Ohio

    I have often thought about choppin mine, but am gonna do a sun visor first. Tough call but I would stay between 2 and 4 inches.
  12. b-bob
    Joined: Nov 4, 2008
    Posts: 1,097


    The job would be a lot easier with a second top to stretch it out.
    Would only require one weld across the top instead of two. Good luck.
  13. when in doubt, chop some out.
  14. pinkynoegg
    Joined: Dec 11, 2011
    Posts: 1,135


    Joined: Dec 16, 2011
    Posts: 591

    from Oregon

    Everyone needs more of 2 things in life: Chop and cowbell
  16. barrnone50
    Joined: Oct 24, 2010
    Posts: 562

    from texas

    My vote would be go to the Photo Shop Crew and let them do the chop chop!!
    Ask them to do what you would like to see.. They would make it happen. There is a lot of talent there and you could see for your self if it works..Man its your ride and you have the vision of what you are trying to make the truck look in the end. To Each their own!! will be looking a subscribed to see how you make out. Remember its your ride and build like you want..:D
  17. XXL__
    Joined: Dec 28, 2009
    Posts: 1,991


    Just think it through before you start cutting... and then cut!

  18. VoodooTwin
    Joined: Jul 13, 2011
    Posts: 3,455

    from Noo Yawk

    Chop the living shit out of it.
  19. fleet-master
    Joined: Sep 29, 2010
    Posts: 1,774


    when asking such a profound question...the answer is almost always : Chop It what are you waitin fer? Chop it hard
  20. 36couper
    Joined: Nov 20, 2002
    Posts: 2,012

    from ontario

    Unless you are 5' tall and legs like a 5 year old, don't chop it.
  21. Marcel8u
    Joined: Nov 21, 2012
    Posts: 62


    Chop it.........Chop it........Chop it........and some more chop
  22. 40FordGuy
    Joined: Mar 24, 2008
    Posts: 2,907


    What XXL said.

  23. If it's your first keep it mild. We did one at school. It was more complected than it looked. Are you running bed and fenders?
  24. When in doubt Chop it:cool: and paint it black:cool::cool:
  25. flynbrian48
    Joined: Mar 10, 2008
    Posts: 7,168


    Yeah, I like that idea, although you might be able to get a little more than in inch off the back. Leaning the posts back looks better, and would make the chop easier for a first time job.

  26. Wardog
    Joined: Jan 12, 2010
    Posts: 2,415


    I'd build it first and check your seating position, no point chopping it just to give yourself a sore neck. Then if you do chop it at least you have a finished chassis to hold the cab rigid.

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  27. What makes this chop a bit more difficult,is that when the top is cut and the amount removed from posts,you end up with the top [of windshield opening] being =WIDER=than the body below it....
    this is hardly never the case on a chop.
    Add to that the fact it is heavily reinforced around that windshield opening as well.
    THEN......All the inner "tin" needs cut to match and has all "clutch drive" screws holding it in place.....
    the windshield frame ,is of course the channel style which does not like to be bent much.....I've done these up to 6" and that is about all I wanted....its a little tough.
    study it all out well and thouroughly and do all the
    'figuring" before you cut.
    Last edited: Mar 2, 2013

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