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Features To chop or not

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by sponge, Jul 11, 2018.

  1. Desmodromic
    Joined: Sep 25, 2010
    Posts: 306


    Probably too late for this, but the roof looks kinda tall, relative to the body. If the rails were painted body color, it would add to the apparent height of the body, and improve the proportions. Maybe someone that has photoshop can try this for you.
  2. 1946caddy
    Joined: Dec 18, 2013
    Posts: 1,475

    from washington

    4" chop with a hood on it. :)
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  3. 0NE BAD 51 MERC
    Joined: Nov 12, 2010
    Posts: 970

    0NE BAD 51 MERC

    I like 2 to 2.5 , I am just glad you did not channel it. Good luck with what ever you choose! Larry
  4. Gasolinefed
    Joined: Apr 17, 2018
    Posts: 105

    from OR

    I'm usually in the personal choice category.. by that I try to pre design the entire car as best as possible before starting work,, that's partly where great cars come from imo... in doing such the car can look intentional and work together..

    That being said should you chop at this point? I probably would.. mild or not, just my thought.. some cars lend themselves to having a tall top and other don't.. but that's why I try to pre plan..;)

    The body and paint look nice from the picture but life's short, I'd probably chop a masterpiece ( painting ruined by the elite) if I thought I'd enjoy it more than the money from the sale..
    Last edited: Jul 12, 2018
  5. 3blapcam
    Joined: Jul 15, 2004
    Posts: 521

    from Austin, TX

    Are you going to do the chop yourself or have it done?

    I think it's odd that you don't know what you want out of the car you're halfway done building. That's usually a bad plan.

    Have you been in a chopped model A before? Have you ridden in a stock height model A? Where do you see yourself and your car?

    I've ridden in a Model A coupe w/ a 6" chop and that car has it all. The car lives here in Austin too, and you've probably seen it around as it's well publicized. But, the way you build it dictates the way people look at it, think about it, think about you, and dream about being in your shoes.

    IF you cut it yourself... here's your textbook:

  6. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 25,790


    I judge all 5Window chops by the look of the quarter windows. This one looks perfect. Bob

  7. a boner
    Joined: Dec 25, 2004
    Posts: 5,119

    a boner

    1. 32 frame
    2. Paint it on black on black!
    3. sbc
    4. don't chop the top
    5. join the crowd....chop it!
  8. Harms Way
    Joined: Nov 27, 2005
    Posts: 6,849

    Harms Way

    Who are you trying to please ?...... "Other people" or you ?.... What do YOU want ?.... It's your car, Build it to suit You !.... If your trying to please the crowd, Your ether......

    A. Building it for the wrong reasons.
    B. Building everybody else's car,... Not your own.

    What ever you really want, forge ahead with it,... Cause your NEVER going to please 100% of the crowd.
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  9. MAD 034
    Joined: Aug 30, 2011
    Posts: 771

    MAD 034
    from Washington

    No. Full height tops are the way to go!
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  10. akoutlaw
    Joined: May 13, 2010
    Posts: 722


    Chop it!
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  11. madfish
    Joined: Dec 9, 2006
    Posts: 981


  12. chargin03
    Joined: Jan 8, 2013
    Posts: 368


    No chop looks good.
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  13. Ride in one with a chopped top and then decide if it is comfortable for you. Be sure to ask yourself how far you would want to ride in it.

    Charlie Stephens
    Last edited: Jul 12, 2018
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  14. “Leave it alone” is what my mind says!! But then, one like this WILL be in MY garage one day...


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  15. mlagusis
    Joined: Oct 11, 2009
    Posts: 941


    I would leave it not chopped. I think Model A's look better un-chopped. I think the side rear windows look funny with a larger radius at the bottom and a smaller at the top of the window. When you chop them, it makes the rear side windows look upside down..
  16. anthony myrick
    Joined: Sep 4, 2009
    Posts: 4,365

    anthony myrick
    from al

    "you no chopida da car".......Chico Marx
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  17. Joe McGlynn
    Joined: Jul 14, 2016
    Posts: 80

    Joe McGlynn

    What if you chopped it and wedge sectioned the body, maybe 1.5 inches at the firewall tapering back to zero at the rear. That might give it a pretty neat stance. grill shell would be cut down too. Keep the wedge small so it's not obvious what you did, but it would accentuate the chassis rake and rubber rake.

    Just an idea. More coffee now.
  18. Blues4U
    Joined: Oct 1, 2015
    Posts: 3,710

    from So Cal

    Yep, like the bottom example in the post just above yours.
  19. Blues4U
    Joined: Oct 1, 2015
    Posts: 3,710

    from So Cal

    In this comparison the stock height example in the top is clearly the better looking old skool hot rod, there is no doubt about it. In comparison the bottom picture looks squashed and stupid. Something done by somebody trying too hard to make an impression on others. And like I posted above, I would normally be on the Chop It side of the argument in a thread like this. But this guy's A looks perfect like it is, he would be a fool to chop it. A couple of inches off the top would be OK, but the work involved to do it right would not be worth the result IMO. This particular A, the way it sits, the way it looks right now, is perfectly proportioned. I say leave it alone, get the rest done, and get it on the road ASAP.
  20. Jethro
    Joined: Mar 5, 2001
    Posts: 1,401


    OH MY!!!!!!!!!!!!....this car is burning a hole in my at first sight!
  21. cjtwigt
    Joined: Dec 23, 2017
    Posts: 87


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  22. krylon32
    Joined: Jan 29, 2006
    Posts: 5,866

    Alliance Vendor
    from Nebraska

    I agree, 3-4 inch chop says HOT ROD!
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  23. primed34
    Joined: Feb 3, 2007
    Posts: 925


    Just me but it looks pretty damn cool like it is.
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  24. 48stude
    Joined: Jul 31, 2004
    Posts: 1,013


    You know,it's really a good thing that we all have different taste. This place would get pretty boring if we all built the same car:) I'm enjoying the differences of opinions that we are sharing on this thread. Bill
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  25. czuch
    Joined: Sep 23, 2008
    Posts: 2,756

    from vail az

    Be different and unique. Just like all the Harley Pirates.
    Chop it so you can stand out in a crowd, and curse as you get in and out.
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  26. To be different and unique add 2 inches to the top. Don't laugh, I actually saw that done once.

    Charlie Stephens
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  27. Just do not under chop it! It is a Model A so 4-1/2" or 5". Nothing Less!
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  28. Chop it! and black on the frame!
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  29. toad611
    Joined: Jun 19, 2008
    Posts: 56

    from Tennessee

    Drove mine for a year stock height. When I decided to chop it I was going to go 4" but first I put 4" of masking tape across the top of my windshield and drove the car, had to hard of a time seeing out. Then I did 3" of tape and drove the car a couple weeks like that and it was fine. So we did a 3" chop.

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  30. adam401
    Joined: Dec 27, 2007
    Posts: 1,718


    What is this Fordbarn? Chop that fucker hard.

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