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Old 01-14-2003, 02:40 PM
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I am considering to attemp my first top chop on a pickup later this winter,and I am wondering if anyone has any step by step instructions on how to do so? I have never done this, so I would like to get as much info as possible before I start. I have been doing a little reading on the subject, but don't know if I have enough info. I would assume that once you screw it up it's typically pretty hard to correct. I have a "roof donor" from a truck exactly like mine. One thing I am concerned about is the fact that there are two small ( side by side )windows in the back of the cab, and was wondering if you generally cut through the center of the windows, or do the cut below or above the window???I thought I saw an article from HALLOWEEN KING a few weeks ago on this topic, but can't find anything now. Any info on this topic would be GREATLY appreciated. THANKS..... <img src="confused.gif" border="0">

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Old 01-14-2003, 06:19 PM
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If you want me to help I'm going to need a bit more information to go on. What kind of truck what year of truck how much do you want to lower the lid your bodywork abilities and available tools. Let me know and I'll be glad to help to the best of my ability without actually being there.

To answer your question on the rear windows its actually dependant on what your wanting to do with the rear window where you would cut it.I need to know what you want to do and what you want it to look like before I can tell you how you should go about it. You are definatly correct about the difficulty and results. If you are a ameture and have never done anything of this sort be exstremely carful because its not something to take lightly. Feel free to e-mail or PM me iof you wish, happy to do what I can.

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Old 01-15-2003, 04:27 AM
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Rule of thumb: Make the meatl meet the glass. Don't fit the glass to the metal.
The rest is body work.
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Hey Halloween King, I emailed you with some additional info,Just wondering if you recieved it yet. Let me know when you do. P.S. THANKS FOR YOUR TIME.
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Old 01-15-2003, 04:26 PM
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Yep I gots it man! I'm workin on it right now actually, might take me a few, I type with one hand

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dont do it

okay, so dont believe me. i have seen the articles in magazines on doing it and it boils down to "bondo is your friend". i have watched a bud in reno do the job on a number of vehicles. he is a panel pounder, and doesnt use any bondo. NOTHING IN THIS WORLD IS MORE TIME CONSUMING!! it's the hardest thing he does, and he had to spend 5 years as an apprentice to get there. if
you like bondo, then you can do it. if you dont. dont even think about it.

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HEY H.K.,,,,My wife says I'm the fastest two finger typer she knows......
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Good morning!!!!!! So is there a site on chopping tops? I think, Think i may have found an affordable Chevrolet 1953 C.O.E. $400.00 An i do want to chop that top. Should know about the C.O.E. in a week. If not ya just keep lookin. I would like to review and learn how the chop is done however. Thanks !
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Slider, COE's are ultra cool I'm actually try to do a vertual chop for Stautory grape with some pics he sent me. I'll do that and send them to both you and him if he doesn't mind, I also have a whole bunch of stuff I can send you.

SG I'm going to send you a e-mail in a few then get straight on the pictures for you. Cool stuff Alright scratch that, my account was overfilled so I had to delete your messages after I saved the pics to e-mail anyone. so to answer your question the pics are great and will help out a great deal. Also to get your photos in the album just go to the album page and click on "upload photos" and it will tell you what to do next.

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Got your message,,,,THANKS H.K. P.S. If you want to send anyone else my pictures to help them with their chop top, help yourself.THANKS AGAIN.
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I also would like a copy of the pics if possible and thanks in advance.
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Just chop it. if it looks like crap you have a truck thats a convertible. 1-2 years ago i bought a '46 plymouth(4 door) for $350, on my winter break i planned it one night the next day we cut the top off and the next day i tacked it together(3 in. chop) it's been sitting there ever since unfinished though(i've got a new project-1967 chevy pickup slammed short bed)my dad hit a deer with it so he gave it to me, needs hood and fan, then she'll be road worthy again. David
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You have to be optimistic. It won't look like crap if you take enough time. Remember the old saying " If you can't find the time to do it right the first time, when are you going to find the time to do it again". It would seem to me that it takes more patience than work. <img src="graemlins/nono.gif" border="0" alt="[nono]" /> <img src="graemlins/nono.gif" border="0" alt="[nono]" />
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Grape and all who wanted the shots please send me an e-mail with the subject CHOP TOP. My adress is in my profile.

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