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Features To chop or not

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

  1. If your young or short, chop it. Old or tall, NO !
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  2. anthony myrick
    Joined: Sep 4, 2009
    Posts: 4,255

    anthony myrick
    from al

    ?el’nochopino? ....Spanish
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  3. Yes 28 & No 22, pretty even! But what do you like? You've got the picture that you took and the picture that is photoshopped, step up and be a man... make up your own mind!
    B.t.w., what color do you think that I should paint my wheels?
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  4. anthony myrick
    Joined: Sep 4, 2009
    Posts: 4,255

    anthony myrick
    from al

  5. rocknwrench
    Joined: Sep 24, 2017
    Posts: 19


    you said you couldnt make up your mind , si I say dont. Theyll still sell portaband blades 6 months from now.
  6. 3blapcam
    Joined: Jul 15, 2004
    Posts: 521

    from Austin, TX

    That made me laugh out loud... seriously.


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  7. clem
    Joined: Dec 20, 2006
    Posts: 2,311


    Won’t matter what you do,
    Leave it stock height,
    Mild chop,
    Severe chop,
    Every option will give a stunning car.

    Some cars look better chopped, some better stock height.
    But with yours, any way will work.

    If you want it easier to make a decision - don’t build such a nice car. :)

  8. KandN Kustoms
    Joined: Dec 15, 2008
    Posts: 178

    KandN Kustoms

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  9. anthony myrick
    Joined: Sep 4, 2009
    Posts: 4,255

    anthony myrick
    from al

    not chopping a model A is like pooping and not wiping

    just doesn't make sense

    I hope I get to chop the last one
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  10. If you do, just take 3/4" to 1" out of it. That will scratch some heads.
  11. banjorear
    Joined: Jul 30, 2004
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  12. 32partsguy
    Joined: Jul 16, 2012
    Posts: 54

    from DFW,Texas!

    I went 2" back in October. Wash at Open House 2017-4.jpg Wash Dec 2017-1.jpg
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  13. speedy pete
    Joined: Aug 26, 2005
    Posts: 72

    speedy pete

    Do what works best for you. Both your back and eye. 20141223_135327_zpsyrrfrpvm.JPG I went stock because of three back surgeries. I can't sit with my legs out straight.
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  14. GeeRam
    Joined: Jun 9, 2007
    Posts: 304


    This is exactly why my 32 3w is staying much as I'd prefer to chop it, I want to be able to drive it, and I simply wouldn't physically be able to if it was chopped (or channelled)

    So, chop it if you're short and/or young :cool:
  15. Chop it 5" that's the ticket for "A"'s
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  16. Hombre
    Joined: Aug 22, 2008
    Posts: 791


    I wasn't going to comment on the two posts above but I have changed my mind. I am neither young nor short. I am 6'3", I am 73 years old, and I weigh 300 lbs, so that makes me Old, Tall and Fat. I also have my share of physical problems, due to an injury while I was in the military I have very little deflection in my right leg, it just don't bend very far. Getting in and out was a problem, so I went looking for a solution. Fixed it to as I suicided the doors. This allowed me to set down butt first and slide back enough to get my leg in. My model A is chopped 6" and is very comfortable to drive. As a matter of fact it is a pleasure to drive, and I do that as much and as often as I possible can. Went to breakfast 67 miles (one way) this morning in it.

    These old blanket statements just don't always apply. If you don't want a chop then hell don't chop the thing. That is no reason to come up with reasons and excuses for why it won't work. It will work just got to get it done sometimes.
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  17. anthony myrick
    Joined: Sep 4, 2009
    Posts: 4,255

    anthony myrick
    from al

    if hotrods were supposed to be comfortable, guys would have raced couches and recliners back in the day
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  18. Barn Hunter
    Joined: Feb 15, 2012
    Posts: 928

    Barn Hunter

    Looks fine unchopped. I had a tudor chopped 5 1/2 inches.It looked awesome but you couldn't see traffic lights without hunching over and getting in and out was a pain...even with a quick release steering wheel. I've got a sedan delivery now, stock height.
  19. Only one problem with your argument, You have a Tudor, you would be totally screwed in a coupe. I have had both mainly because I had to get rid of the coupe body so I could fit into a tudor with the same chop and channel 3" / 3". The OP has a coupe so I'll stand by what I said.
  20. Blues4U
    Joined: Oct 1, 2015
    Posts: 3,532

    from So Cal

    All great looking cars, but none of them "better" than the OP's car looks with no chop. Different, for sure, but not better. With as good as this looks, as I posted before, he would be a fool to chop it.
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  21. artificer64
    Joined: Nov 26, 2011
    Posts: 39

    from maine

    I am with the two inch crowd. That's what I want for mine. IMG_20170513_191037_burst_01.jpg
  22. BamaMav
    Joined: Jun 19, 2011
    Posts: 3,047

    from Berry, AL

    Leave it unchopped, put a hood on it, then flame the hell out it with old style flames, not those real looking ones.
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  23. That car is 4 1/2” too tall
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  24. anthony myrick
    Joined: Sep 4, 2009
    Posts: 4,255

    anthony myrick
    from al

    Youdeg chopded un car ya?........Swedish
  25. belair
    Joined: Jul 10, 2006
    Posts: 7,991


    Give it a haircut. And paint the engine orange.
  26. -Brent-
    Joined: Nov 20, 2006
    Posts: 4,743


    Interesting how we're all different, isn't it? I think all three look better and it isn't because of the chop. ALL three have a stance and wheel/tire combo that looks right with the chop. This car doesn't.

    @Chris Casny left out THE best unchopped A coupe on a 32 chassis - period. It also happens to reside in that Austin neck of the woods.

    DW's Austin Mangler.jpg
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  27. pigfluxer
    Joined: Feb 15, 2006
    Posts: 207


    Chop it , but keep the metal cut out with the car always .
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  28. Blues4U
    Joined: Oct 1, 2015
    Posts: 3,532

    from So Cal

    I'm not into criticizing other people's cars on the forum, it's bad form. But since you brought it up as an example of the "best", it may just be the angle of the picture, but the radiator shell looks to be sitting about 2 - 3 inches too high, so if you follow the line from the cowl it hits the radiator shell about 2 - 3 inches down. And again, it might just be the angle of the picture, but the rear wheel doesn't look centered in the wheel well. Take a look at the OP's car again, he nailed both of those things. My apologies to the owner of the car, no offense intended. Just pointing out some things with the OP's car that help make it look as good as it does. And you do realize it is a project, right? Not a finished car. If there's one thing off, it's that the bottom rung of the hairpin should be parallel to the ground, this one is sloping down as it goes forward.

    Really, I'm not anti-chop at all, I usually would be on the "chop it" bandwagon. And I have no connection to the OP at all. I just think he's nailed the look just as it is.
  29. guy1unico
    Joined: Aug 30, 2006
    Posts: 701


    Big dumb move to chop it.
    There are enough of them around.
  30. Rustridden31
    Joined: Oct 9, 2003
    Posts: 223

    from Denver, CO

    Always chop, Always!

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