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1932 Ford Chopped 4-Door Sedan Conversion

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On ‎5‎/‎24‎/‎2019 at 7:33 AM, DumpyDan said:

Thanks for showing step by step, very well executed.  This maybe the new standers we all have to come up to.  Nice work, great skills. B)

I agree with Dan

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On 5/28/2019 at 9:23 AM, Rocking Rodney Rat said:

Well done, ADL. And thanks for the back portion of the cast off body you sent me! -RRR

Thanks and anytime!

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Just saw this. I really like how the staggered chop works out. Thanks for sharing.

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Scan0002.thumb.jpg.7f1bab23f9d9a1116bb9aa5c16ad50c1.jpgHello Dennis.  Will the staggered chop work on a 32-34 5-window or 3-window coupe? Very nice work. Found an old issue of #11 of the little pages Kustom&Hot Rod Models mag. It features four of your builds.All worth checking out.

wmobie Walt O'Brien Green Mountains VT

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I have used the staggered chop on various bodies, it indeed works. You do have to do a bit of thinking it out in some applications.

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Alrighty, school is in session, and the hot rod master is teaching us how to build a hot rod!  Looking awesome as always Dennis!

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UPDATE!

After a round of sanding & primer followed by a round of filler, sanding and primer here is where the Fordor conversion is at. Just a couple of nit-picky things to address and the body will be ready to send to Ed at Drag City Casting where it will be reproduced in resin and available for public consumption.

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Really great work Dennis.

 

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Dennis, you nailed it!!!

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Posted (edited)

Dennis, I am in awe of your craftsmanship around the window openings!  I have been modelling forever and have a reasonable skill set but the biggest obstacle I come across to completing my chop top projects is getting all of ol' Henry's window mouldings back to perfect.  It seems like just one extra swipe of the file or sandpaper and you have a gouge or a groove or some mark that requires more putty and then you're back to square one.

So here you are with a car with no less than six windows and no less than eight posts and you have them looking absolutely flawless.  That is a skill that I will continue to dream of mastering.  My hat is off to you, sir, that is truly magnificent.

And, might I add, that is a very  fine chop.  We have a fair few chop top 4 doors here in Australia, simply because very few two door sedan anythings were sold pre-48. 1928, 29 Model A Tudors and 39/40 slopers are about the only ones I can think of.  Go to an Aussie rod run and you are bound to see at least one chopped 32 4 door and a maybe a few more chopped 33-34 four doors.

Cheers

Alan

Edited by alan barton
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Now that's a nice conversion, you don't see many fordors in scale, and even nicer with a top chop.

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On 6/27/2019 at 12:40 AM, alan barton said:

Dennis, I am in awe of your craftsmanship around the window openings!  I have been modelling forever and have a reasonable skill set but the biggest obstacle I come across to completing my chop top projects is getting all of ol' Henry's window mouldings back to perfect.  It seems like just one extra swipe of the file or sandpaper and you have a gouge or a groove or some mark that requires more putty and then you're back to square one.

So here you are with a car with no less than six windows and no less than eight posts and you have them looking absolutely flawless.  That is a skill that I will continue to dream of mastering.  My hat is off to you, sir, that is truly magnificent.

And, might I add, that is a very  fine chop.  We have a fair few chop top 4 doors here in Australia, simply because very few two door sedan anythings were sold pre-48. 1928, 29 Model A Tudors and 39/40 slopers are about the only ones I can think of.  Go to an Aussie rod run and you are bound to see at least one chopped 32 4 door and a maybe a few more chopped 33-34 four doors.

Cheers

Alan

Thanks so much for your nice comments, Alan!

This is, by far, the most extensive body modifications I've attempted to date and I'm no body-man! I've chopped other tops before but with the extra door posts and all those windows (and seams to make all those windows) it was very time consuming. I'm glad it's nearly finished!

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On 6/29/2019 at 2:50 AM, Cpt Tuttle said:

Now that's a nice conversion, you don't see many fordors in scale, and even nicer with a top chop.

Thank you!

There was a company, Hendrix, offering a '32 Fordor (2 actually, one AMT based and one Revell based) but it was stock roof. I'm not a huge fan of a stock roof '32 Fordor but I love them chopped. I hope this one is a good seller for my friends resin business because it's chopped and way more Hot Rod. 

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UPDATE!

I thought I should bring this one back to the top and let anyone know who's interested that this body is in the hands of my friend Ed at Drag City Casting and on-deck to mold. I imagine it should be available sometime in September 2019 (next month!). 

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Thar's really nice Dennis, meticulous as always. I should add that your in-progress shots look better than a lot of the finished work I've seen. 😁

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