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Features To chop or not

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

  1. S/G 5607
    Joined: Jun 23, 2010
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    S/G 5607
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    from topeka, ks

    Unchopped looks great when the 32 rails are the same color as the body.
     
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  2. sloppy jalopies
    Joined: Jun 29, 2015
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    sloppy jalopies
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    We often chopped the '30-'31 coupes 5"... that let us chop it just under the top door hinge, removing it... we didn't need to mess with relocating it... the w/s post's taper won't need work either...
    we often trim and rotate the visor back a little [traffic lights]...
    i personally prefer the channeled look... like the early east coast hot rod / race cars...
    much easier and cheaper than chopping... my $0.02
     
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  3. 03GMCSonoma
    Joined: Jan 15, 2011
    Posts: 263

    03GMCSonoma
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    My concern would be headroom, therefore, I would not chop it. I'm building a '31 on '32 rails also and won't be chopping it.
     
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  4. ironandsteele
    Joined: Apr 25, 2006
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    ironandsteele
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    Came out bitchin.
     
  5. 363wcpe
    Joined: Nov 13, 2015
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    363wcpe

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  6. Hombre
    Joined: Aug 22, 2008
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    Hombre
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    Head room is seldom an issue with "just" a chop. I am 6'3" and my Model A is chopped a little over 6" I have no problem at all with Head Room. You will have to be creative with the seat placement that's for sure but a no chop for that reason is not a very good reason. Also red light's are now a challenge, but hey guys it's Hot Rodding there are supposed to be a few challenge's ever now and then. Now what I personally feel you cannot do is chop and channel, and be tall it just will not work. My Model A is on a modified Model A chassis, the 32 chassis are much more classy and look a lot better, I think, and I would never ever channel a 32 frame. Kind of defeats the purpose of the of using one in the first place.
     
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  7. nochop
    Joined: Nov 13, 2005
    Posts: 2,180

    nochop
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    from norcal

  8. grumpy65
    Joined: Dec 19, 2017
    Posts: 925

    grumpy65

    A personal 'top chop' of sorts............................
     
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  9. nochop
    Joined: Nov 13, 2005
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    nochop
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    from norcal

    As long as it’s not a man bun or mullet
     
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  10. grumpy65
    Joined: Dec 19, 2017
    Posts: 925

    grumpy65

    OT, not traditional, and downright offensive.........................:eek: :D:D:D
     
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  11. JJonesey
    Joined: Dec 13, 2011
    Posts: 71

    JJonesey
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    You have the benefit of searching through thousands of examples of what’s been done (or not done) to these cars. It just takes admitting to yourself what tickles your nether regions.
     
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  12. duecesteve
    Joined: Nov 3, 2010
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    Channel it dont chop !:)
     
  13. COCONUTS
    Joined: May 5, 2015
    Posts: 986

    COCONUTS

    Chop it if you want a hot rod.
     
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  14. Tim42
    Joined: Jul 8, 2019
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    Tim42

    Bitchin,
     
  15. CAHotRodBoy
    Joined: Apr 22, 2005
    Posts: 403

    CAHotRodBoy
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    Are we not hot rodders here? Chop it!
     
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  16. sloppy jalopies
    Joined: Jun 29, 2015
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    sloppy jalopies
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    2.5" channeled A over '32 rails leaves the reveal showing and gives the thing that hotrod look...
    $0.02
     
  17. akoutlaw
    Joined: May 13, 2010
    Posts: 921

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    IMHO; Chop it! :)
     
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  18. Non chop and I'm fine with it !!

    thumbnail_IMG_0138.jpg
     
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  19. 31hotrodguy
    Joined: Oct 29, 2013
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    Just an observation but the radius between the wheel wells and your tires is spot on! Somebody did a good job!


    Sent from my iPhone using The H.A.M.B. mobile app
     
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  20. Dangerousdan
    Joined: Apr 12, 2018
    Posts: 269

    Dangerousdan
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    from Arizona

    I don't know how to answer this blog. In the day when these cars were becoming a Hot Rod or kustom
    the cars I remember seeing chop at the flats or drags, The kustoms were few and far apart. Those that were chopped the owner had money. I have had both and now I drive a stock height 51' Mercury. I wont be chopping it. A reality.
     
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  21. DON PEZER
    Joined: Oct 24, 2019
    Posts: 7

    DON PEZER
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    from Taft, CA

    I'm gonna drive mine for a bit. But it will most likely be getting a chop.
    IMG_1480 coupe.jpg
     
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  22. 61SuperMonza
    Joined: Nov 16, 2020
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    Dont do it. Your ride is bad ass just the way its. Drive the shit out of that bad boy.
     
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  23. Hombre
    Joined: Aug 22, 2008
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    Hombre
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    "DO IT" It is bad ass now--it will be double bad ass with the chop.
     
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  24. 61SuperMonza
    Joined: Nov 16, 2020
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    61SuperMonza
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    DOUBLE DONT DO IT!!! LOL
     
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  25. deansrr
    Joined: Jul 20, 2011
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    deansrr
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    Decided not to Chop mine after sitting in some chopped ones, I like the extra headroom and being able to see more.
     
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