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What's to much chop on a 3w?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by JimSibley, Oct 31, 2014.

  1. JimSibley
    Joined: Jan 21, 2004
    Posts: 3,190


    I'm wondering
    Much chop is to much on a 32 ford 3w?

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  2. fleet-master
    Joined: Sep 29, 2010
    Posts: 1,770


    when you chop the roof clean off...thats too much chop....just kidding, Legally here we have to have 8in windscreen height as far as I recall, thats a mean chop though!
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  3. 7 inches on a 5 window, and the rear side windows look dumb if not shaped properly.
    Not sure about a 3 window.
    I think 6 is about as low as I'd go, unless it was a race car.

    Paul, my Hudson's windscreen is 280 ml at the corners, and 250 in the center. So about 12 and 14 inches.
  4. Yes, you're asking "When is the dumb point?"

    You know you'll get dozens of different answers to this.
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  5. tub1
    Joined: May 29, 2010
    Posts: 427

    from tasmania

    dare I say none
  6. 3wLarry
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 12,804

    Member Emeritus
    from Owasso, Ok

    Mine was 5" front and 4 1/2" rear with laid back A pillars. My personal opinion is anything more than that starts to look awkward. Also not a fan of a straight chop...i.e. 5" front/5" rear
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  7. Pewsplace
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
    Posts: 2,755


    Walden does a super nice job chopping the 3 windows. I am not sure how much he takes out but the cars looks right on the money to me and you can still drive them. Chop them too much – 6"-7" and you have a cartoon car. We have a windshield law also but I have never heard of anyone being stopped. There are lots of photos on here of some pretty radical chop jobs on three windows both 32's and model 40's.


    If you don't like this car, then you are not thinking straight. Refocus and climb aboard. (See Walden Speed Shop on Facebook.)
  8. I like 'em chopped between 2 and 3" but everyone has their own idea.
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  9. A Boner
    Joined: Dec 25, 2004
    Posts: 5,470

    A Boner

    If they look like they would be a pain in the ass to drive a lot, it's chopped too much.
  10. Too much...

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  11. thirtytwo
    Joined: Dec 19, 2003
    Posts: 2,623


    Tex smith wrote a chopping top book and he breaks down the artistic style into engineering numbers and talks about surface area % of roof to% of body , stance can play a big part also ...

    one car may look funny and the othe righteous with the same chop... Lots of variables , mine is 4" now I drove a 3" chopped 3w daily for over a year I wouldn't want to do that again more than 4"

    I agree with Larry , after 5 they start to look funny ... Too much wedge looks stupid also
  12. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 26,745


    I like the look of a tapered top to the side windows, that Walden 3Window in the above post looks good to me. Whatever it takes to make the A post a bit shorter than the rear. Bob
  13. Mine had about a 5 inch chop on it when I found it and I love it.....
  14. I chopped my own '34 sedan 3 1/2" and chopped two '34 3wndw coupes for friends. They all felt chopped, looked just right. Four looks really chopped and I agree when you get into 5" plus, its gets radical looking and the rest of the body can look dis-proportionit. Of course this is just my opinion. You'll get plenty more. Tim
  15. krylon32
    Joined: Jan 29, 2006
    Posts: 6,185

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    from Nebraska

    Mine is chopped 2.5 inch's but is full fendered. If I would have done it as a highboy I would have went 4.5in front and 4 in the back. I'm an old fart and a little conservative?
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  16. harleycontracter
    Joined: Aug 25, 2007
    Posts: 1,816


    I have about 6-6.5 and love it.
  17. verde742
    Joined: Aug 11, 2010
    Posts: 5,440


    pictures???????? please...
  18. manyolcars
    Joined: Mar 30, 2001
    Posts: 8,226


    In the 1950s and 60s, they always said 4" was the maximum for a street driven car
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  19. brady1929
    Joined: Sep 30, 2006
    Posts: 8,228


    Larry's 32 3w was perfect. So if I ever get one, that is what I will have.
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  20. But, is it a 3 window?
  21. JimSibley
    Joined: Jan 21, 2004
    Posts: 3,190


    I would love to see a 3w with more than 4 taken out. It seems like a lot, but I would like to it.

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  22. I like them chopped no more than this example. JW
  23. personally, i think that a straight chop on a 3W should stop at 4". a straight chop at 5" starts to look squished or something. the length of the door window gets out of proportion to its height. if you're gonna go 5 in the A pillar i think the angle chop like 3W Larry's is nails. the Walden chop is right on as well. the window and roof shape keep the car flowing or 'in-motion' and keep it from appearing 'blocky' with that much taken out of it.
  24. uncle buck
    Joined: Feb 13, 2007
    Posts: 1,575

    uncle buck

    No, his is a 5 window and I think it's chopped too much in my opinion.

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  25. scrap metal 48
    Joined: Sep 6, 2009
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    scrap metal 48

    I think all chops look good if they are straight chops not angled chops..
  26. Bart78
    Joined: May 11, 2011
    Posts: 717


    I like them channeled with a little or none. ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1414856069.025652.jpg

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  27. joeycarpunk
    Joined: Jun 21, 2004
    Posts: 4,440

    from MN,USA

    When you have to crawl in? Visually about 25% window to 75% body with exceptions. There is no right answer to this. It depends on the car how it's built and personal taste. It's like a woman asking if her butt looks too big.
  28. verde742
    Joined: Aug 11, 2010
    Posts: 5,440


    me Too ! and wish I had a '32....
  29. Pewsplace
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
    Posts: 2,755


    Here are few more examples of chopped coupes. Some stated above that stance has a lot to do with the look. I agree. Steadfast can make a Deuce look righteous with a perfect stance.

    Rolling Bones Style is the heavy hammered race car look.

    Steadfast style. I love this one with a perfect stance.

    Another nice example in bare metal.

    Laid back post is an alternative that some people prefer.

    This chop looks like the correct proportions for a 3 window.
    Jon Wright's, JHRS built, at the SO-CAL open house grabbed me right where it hurts. This RJ car is one bad dude.
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  30. harleycontracter
    Joined: Aug 25, 2007
    Posts: 1,816


    Here's a pic of my 6-6 1/2" chop photoMA31786583-0001.JPG

    Attached Files:

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