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What is the best chop for a Model A Ford coupe?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 30FordNerd, Oct 8, 2012.

  1. Yeah I have to totally agree with Porknbeaner.
    I dont understand these type of questions.

    I like a decent chop and channeled look myself, like these examples.
    If your tall you really need to take that into consideration.
    "Best" however is really a matter of personal preference.
    At least you now have a variety of looks from which you can chose your version of "best", which is really the only one that matters.



    Last edited: Oct 8, 2012
  2. photo shop is a friend in these situations ask the guys on the photoshop thread to chop it a certain amount of inches till it looks perfect and find some with a similar chop or add the height to your seat and check for head room and visibility.

    4" looks great but there is no best chop
  3. Kevin Lee
    Joined: Nov 12, 2001
    Posts: 7,440

    Kevin Lee
    Super Moderator
    Staff Member

    Now you probably can't tell by the rest of it... but I'm not planning on re-installing the stock seat. I'm 6'+ and will have plenty of room.
    Last edited: Oct 8, 2012
  4. Fenders
    Joined: Sep 8, 2007
    Posts: 3,922


    Maybe that's why I think a channeled coupe can have more of a chop than a highboy...
    On a highboy, the frame adds to the visual lower section, and so makes the same chop look more extreme, and squashed.
    Remove the frame view by channeling, and you get closer to the golden ratio.
  5. 5 1/2" is perfect... that's just my opinion...

    no channel on deuce rails, but channeled just enough to cover the frame if you're running an A frame.

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  6. yea but is that a diesel engine or not that is the real question here.

    It is just a shame I got to sell my olds engine and hydro or I would still be trying to talk you into stuffing it in front of your firewall and shooting for the yahoo cup with me. ;)

    All that said I am real glad that you are getting back after it.
  7. Kirk Wilmes
    Joined: Aug 18, 2011
    Posts: 70

    Kirk Wilmes
    from Altus, OK

    Suck me Sideways. Now I REALLY want a Model A. Thanks a lot
  8. Atwater Mike
    Joined: May 31, 2002
    Posts: 10,639

    Atwater Mike

    Hi, guys... Actually, Benno, the term 'Gentleman's Chop' was coined by Dick Dean, (around 1980) when he chopped 'A' pillars 2" on a '53 Stude. (Dick surmised that the era was 'hat conscious', as styles for gentlemen went back then...'Fedora Friendly' cars allowed the wearing of hats whilst driving)
    He removed just enough to 'level' the top, not losing too much headroom: thus calling it a 'Gentleman's Chop'. The whole job was covered in Rod Action. Frankly, I thought it sounded more like an Ivy League haircut!

    Kevin's 'A' is well planned, and better executed. Gorgeous lines there, but more importantly, the frontal visibility. (you haven't lived until you try to see the overhead stoplights at an intersection thru the reduced height of an 'A' windshield with visor! Especially if it's raked!)

    I just keep going back to the pics of Kevin's coupe. Can't see enough of it! Astounding...
  9. xlr8er
    Joined: Jun 26, 2010
    Posts: 136


    Here's mine. It's been chopped 2". I couldn't do any more because of my size (6'6"/250lbs.). To be honest, even the 2" chop makes it less than comfy to drive... You short people get all the cool cars!!!

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  10. TexasSpeed
    Joined: Nov 2, 2009
    Posts: 4,618


    I swear this car tugs at my heart strings. Glad to hear there might be some progress to it soon.. Can't wait to see it moving under its power.

    I was unaware it was going to get a blown flathead. Killer.

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  11. _________________

    This car would be claustrophobic. Hard to see out of, making it dangerous. What happens is it causes states to change laws making it hard for all hot rodders. Something might look neat, but it has to be feasible.

  12. Well we could build everything to the NSRA's liking or we could just live life a little closer to the edge. Life is just so much sweeter close to the edge.
  13. davidh73750
    Joined: Apr 21, 2009
    Posts: 1,567


    This is a great thread. I got a line on coupe(maybe). Ive been wondering this too? chop? channel? or both? or just mild chop on deuce rails?. Like the looks of those early salt flat lakes cars but yes too much chop and not enough window visibility not good for the streets.
  14. Here´s some photos of mine showing both 3" and 4" on the same car. The two first pics are 3" chop but I wasn´t really pleased with the look so this weekend I took out another inch and I think it looks a lot better to me. Some friends told me not to do it but I just couldn´t stop my self . Remember its your car and it must please you´r eye otherwise you will hate the car.



    Here´s 4 inch.
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  15. Thanks for posting these photos, I have been waiting for a 3'' chop to emerge. I like it the best.


  16. Zykotec
    Joined: May 30, 2011
    Posts: 151


    The best way is to hold a piece of string next to the car, fold it in half, and make a line at 2/3ds of the height of the string held vertically. Perfect chop height in seconds :)
  17. Mine is 5", if I had it to do over I might have taken more out but at 5' 10" and the right seat it is comfortable.
  18. flthd31
    Joined: Aug 5, 2007
    Posts: 561


    Here's another 3 inch for ya

  19. bunker hill bullet
    Joined: Jan 16, 2007
    Posts: 48

    bunker hill bullet
    from indiana

    The original question was to look at the car and ask yourself if its chopped or not. 2 inches is "that" chop.

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  20. flthd31
    Joined: Aug 5, 2007
    Posts: 561


    Yes, 2 inch chop is about the most that might keep people guessing. Beyond 2 inches, most guys who have been in this hobby for a while will notice right away, epically if they're into Model A's. Here's a 2" chop we did on a Coupe a couple years ago (sorry, not HAMB friendly)

  21. rustednutz
    Joined: Nov 20, 2010
    Posts: 1,580

    from tulsa, ok

    I'm planning on a 3 1/2" chop and 4" channel on my 31 but will wait until I set the body on the frame with the channeling complete before I make a final decision. Thanks for all the pics guys, that helps those of us that are still undecided.
    Joined: Jun 3, 2005
    Posts: 8,222


    I like the 'ratio' idea, and it may be possible that many of the top designers of the day considered that in the more exclusive cars. I've never spec'd it out but it wouldn't surprise me to see that. Look at these to see what I mean:





  23. coopsdaddy
    Joined: Mar 7, 2007
    Posts: 883

    from oklahoma

    I think 6 plus,it's all in what you like and the work involved to make it work, mines chopped 5.5 but its going to get a little more.

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  24. sewman
    Joined: Jul 17, 2005
    Posts: 248

    from Toledo,Oh

    Mine's chopped & channelled 4" & 4",I'm 5'10" it's pretty tight in there.
  25. coopsdaddy
    Joined: Mar 7, 2007
    Posts: 883

    from oklahoma

    Dang upside down pics!
  26. upspirate
    Joined: Apr 15, 2012
    Posts: 2,277


    While I kinda like the 4-5" chop on a channeled fenderless car,I'm doing a 2-2 1/2" with a channel equal to the Model A frame height.

    I like that as it just takes the extra height out,but not too difficult to drive.....just pleasing to my eye.

    I also think that it makes a difference whether it's highboy,channeled,or full-fendered
  27. Doug B
    Joined: Feb 2, 2008
    Posts: 478

    Doug B

    I am in the 4" chop camp. This is a lousy 'photochop',but I think it will look good.

    In my simple-minded brain,I think about it like this: 3" chop is a nice '50's lookin hot rod. 4" chop is a more mean lookin '60's rod. 5" or more is for scaring women and little kids..:D

    On second thought, my photo chop looks closer to 5"... I may have to rethink this.....

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  28. Forddraggin
    Joined: Jul 15, 2011
    Posts: 302

    from Lebanon,TN

    8in.chop for sure is my flavor

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  29. My 2 cents.
    The stock height model a looks a little odd.
    2-3 inches looks proportioned correctly for the car.
    4 inches looks perfect for a hot rod.
    5 inches looks a little exagerated. May not stand up as trends come and go.
  30. Muttley
    Joined: Nov 30, 2003
    Posts: 18,456


    Any side shots of that?

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