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#21 Farmboy

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Posted 08 March 2010 - 02:47 PM

I'd taken enough deep breaths so it was time. In preparation for the chop I've removed the B pillars. I cut them super wide so I can have them to angle after the chop. Notice also I've opened the rear of the front wheel openings

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Here's the rough cut line i'm going to follow. I've already done the top cut.

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no turning back now.

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Here I've put the chopped top in position, made cut lines on either side of the window back to almost the trunk line. After bendng the rear section down to meet the chopped top, I marked how much of the side (sail?) panels need to be removed. I did this by removing a pie shape who's point is at the end of the previously cut lines back to the trunk. Look at the pic a few seconds and it beccomes clear.

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...and this is the chop showing the top and sides coaxed in to position with a well worn pair of needlenose pliers. I also bent the bottoms of the A pillars out ever so slightly to meet the uppers. It takes a while but going slow ensures no kinks in the bends.

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Total time about 90 minutes. Hope it was of interest. I'm sure there are other ways -- better ways -- but I think I'll get what I want without too much fuss. I'll be back when I have the chop smoothed in, or almost so. Comments and critiques welcome.

Edited by Farmboy, 08 March 2010 - 02:53 PM.


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Posted 09 March 2010 - 04:13 PM

I reinforced the cuts and splices with thin strips of styrene rather than just gluing the ends together. I filed just the smallest amount off the mating edges to allow the strips to friction fit between them and slathered on the tube glue. Solid.

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Here's a better view of the chop before the angled door frames.

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This shows the door frames. I had planned to use the originals I had sawn away...cut one of the too short so that idea went south. I did get lucky with a thin strip of styrene with two half-round's glued to it. I think it actually looks better than the kit stuff.

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Posted 09 March 2010 - 08:31 PM

Great work man that think looks awesome

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Posted 09 March 2010 - 09:02 PM

Great looking chop
Nice follow thru photos too.

Nice to watch how it's done..

#25 David G.

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Posted 10 March 2010 - 04:05 AM

It looks great and your progress photos make it look easy!

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Posted 10 March 2010 - 05:27 AM

Looking pretty good, Mike. I'm going to keep following your progress.

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Posted 11 March 2010 - 06:47 AM

GREGG!!!!!!! This one belongs in MCM; Farmboy, you've got a great build going...made me dig out my '51 kit (AMT T284) and find that '50 Ford front end. Got 'em on the workbench now. Thanks for all the pics, too.

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P.S. Had a '52 Chevy Deluxe 4-door in high school, black on the bottom and light green on top with red plaid seat covers inside. I loved driving that 'ole car around! It was stolen in 1969 and I never saw it again....man....

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Posted 11 March 2010 - 07:00 AM

I have this kit and have been contemplating how to chop it for years. Now you have answered my questions. The chop looks just right! You are right, there may be other, better ways but this is a way that I think I can accomplish. Thanks for all of the photos.

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Posted 12 March 2010 - 02:01 PM

Makes my Zona drool.........Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image

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Posted 12 March 2010 - 03:50 PM

B) :D :huh:

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Posted 12 March 2010 - 04:28 PM

You are doing a great job. there was an article in R&C a couple of years ago about chopping a real car like this and they did it almost exactly the same way you did the model. Your plastic strip welds look just like the welds on the real thing from the article.

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#32 Farmboy

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Posted 12 March 2010 - 04:29 PM

Here`s the primer queen in her first rough coat. Some finish sanding and the odd touch up and she`ll be ready for paint. I`ll be using the fender skirts and probably chrome wheels/moons that came with the kit. Thanx everybody for the kind words, glad the pics and the process (though I`m not really sure I did it all correctly) were of interest.

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As always, comments and critiques welcome.

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Posted 12 March 2010 - 04:39 PM

Incredible work, Mike! The chop is perfect! I would have been afraid to try it.
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Posted 12 March 2010 - 04:43 PM

That is looking sweet!! Only thing I can offer is maybe lower the bottom of the rear window opening a tad...say split the distance between the lower rear window edge and the trunk opening line. Would offer a more realistic window opening from the drivers view and not be a "mailslot". Just my 2 cents worth B)

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Posted 12 March 2010 - 04:58 PM

Looks killer and I think the chrome reverse and moons will go well with this look.

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Posted 12 March 2010 - 07:05 PM

All of the custom changes are coming together nicely!!

The chop looks very well done without being over done...

Keep up the GREAT work!!

Later,

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Posted 12 March 2010 - 09:06 PM

I say that's a perfect chopped top! Not too little and not too much. :D :)

#38 Farmboy

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Posted 13 March 2010 - 03:17 AM

The mockup. I'm thinking of staying with blackwalls depending on the color(s) I choose. Thanx again for your input and observations.

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Posted 13 March 2010 - 03:57 AM

Very nice work. Might have an extra-mean look if you added a windshield visor.

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Posted 13 March 2010 - 04:02 AM

wow, that's comong along nicely...

any thoughts on color?? heavy 'flake??