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Features To chop or not

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

  1. redoxide
    Joined: Jul 7, 2002
    Posts: 403

    from Scotland

    only one way to settle this.. buy another 30 coupe body and chop it, then store it on a pallet and do a body swap when you feel fed up of the unchopped body. Then when your bored of the chopped top, refit the unchopped body . by this time someone will offer up another set of B rails and from all the bits we all gather and store under the bench you can build another chassis that's identical to the first, then drop the chopped body on that and have the best of both worlds.. Thats not as dumb as it sounds :)
  2. m.ralph
    Joined: Nov 6, 2009
    Posts: 457


    Here's my 32 Ford coupe after a 5.0 inch chop.

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  3. fuzzface
    Joined: Dec 7, 2006
    Posts: 1,171


    Chop it! Wait, Don't chop it! what the hell grow some balls, chop it! Well second thought Don't it looks great already. Ok, you can see I am on the fence with this one.

    I didn't read past the first page but maybe it was brought up already but I would consider a few things. First how tall are you? Will you fit in comfortably in a chopped car. This might limit how much you take out.

    another thing you need to consider, will you ever sell the car? If you might sell it, then don't get overly crazy on a wild chop. Too big a chop actually chops off your buyer market too. Mild chop might add but a wild chop will take it away in more ways then one.

    Never ever going to sell. then do what you actually want to it or desire too.

    Then there is the wild card involved. that is the wife or significant other. what is her opinion?. You need to keep her happy too unless she wants you to get rid of it then her opinion doesn't matter and you might want to get rid of her :)

    Sorry this is a hard call on this car. I like it as is but would like it just as much chopped.
  4. anthony myrick
    Joined: Sep 4, 2009
    Posts: 4,256

    anthony myrick
    from al

  5. Sweet & Low
    Joined: Feb 13, 2014
    Posts: 248

    Sweet & Low

    Your building a Hot Rod. Another vote for Chop It. That red deuce coupe comparison of before and after
    should shove you over the line. How Ever. Bottom line it's your car, do what you want to do.
  6. Blues4U
    Joined: Oct 1, 2015
    Posts: 3,545

    from So Cal

  7. You are building a car to drive (I hope), chopped cars look great when parked. Just be sure you have ridden in chopped cars for more than just around the block.

    Charlie Stephens
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2019
  8. Jiler115
    Joined: Jan 28, 2019
    Posts: 22


  9. sloppy jalopies
    Joined: Jun 29, 2015
    Posts: 2,918

    sloppy jalopies

    … go sponge go ! ...
    The more rigid the better when you chop the top...
    IMO... get it drivable... run a strip of masking tape across the w/s at the level of chop you want... drive it for...………. a few hours... that should let you know how hard to chop it...or if at all... my $0.02.
  10. 19Fordy
    Joined: May 17, 2003
    Posts: 6,314


    It all depends on how tall you are and what "period" hot rod
    you want to build. No chopping gives it that really old school 1930's , 1940's look.
    Chopping it moves it forward s couple of generations. For now, do as Rex suggested.
  11. a boner
    Joined: Dec 25, 2004
    Posts: 5,028

    a boner

    Most Model A sedans have the front seats moved back.....something that is somewhat restricted with a coupe. You are talking apples and oranges if you are talking about your sedan vs his coupe. Driving comfort includes seeing out the windshield without having to slouch down and stretching out your legs....unless you are really short.
  12. sloppy jalopies
    Joined: Jun 29, 2015
    Posts: 2,918

    sloppy jalopies

    1930 tudor door is 1.750" longer than the '30 coupe... and has 1" taller door window openings...
    tudor subfloor appears to be slightly wider too...
    but they both use the same windshield and visor...
  13. Russco
    Joined: Nov 27, 2005
    Posts: 4,048

    from Central IL

    Hard chop on Deuce rails should be a law. With the right seat, and mounting position/tilt they can be pretty comfortable. I’m 6’ and 250 and kept the package tray and seat riser, with a 4 1/2 chop, just changed to a minivan seat and it wasn’t too bad. Although on deuce rails I think 5”-6” chop looks best

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    Last edited: Feb 28, 2019

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