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Old 11-29-2005, 08:17 PM
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Choping Top

I want to chop the top on a Ford Ranger 84-88 like the old body kind.Want to cut the top 4'' or 5'' and thinking about adding a few inches to the cab to make it longer,need your help.

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I decided to go with a 5'' chop top might uses a EXT-CAB that would give me a little more leg room on the inside,still need some help.Have one cab now I'm looking one more before I start the top chop.I always like to have two truck and parts when I start on a project.
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The side and back glass are tempered as you may know and can not be cut. However, on your particular truck I think you could straighten out the runners and use flat glass in the doors. But do plan on this little obstacle.


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Rake the windshield back, and you can still use the OEM windshield, and MAYBE get away from cutting the top! May take reshaping the outer lip of the top of the door frame for gaps.

Cut the window channels out completely, and refab for straight glass OR
MAYBE You can reshape the door top so that the window doesn't roll up all the way, still utilizing oem glass.


There are millions of potential problems abnd hundreds of solutions when you know what your obstacles are.


Try it on paper first.
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Thank's for the help I can uses all I can get.
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If I remember right the cowl panel on this design is a weld on which would make sliding the windshield down a tough one but it still could be done with some creativity, this way your windshield mouldings hide the fact that the glass had been lowered. Keeping your windshield angle the same would require that the roof be longer though. If you did the windshield drop the doors would still require new glass as the top of the doors would still be longer than stock. The doors will need some donor metal to stretch the top of the window frame. The cab corners and rear of the roof could be cut and lowered straight down. Doesn't this design have drip rail? An extended cab roof skin would help to cap it all off once the corners are lowered. Think it out the best you can before you make any cuts. Bob
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A thought just hit me.....
When you are done, how much value to do feel it will add to the truck? Unlike the hotrod market, your market segment will be MUCH smaller. Meaning less demand for a product like that. Lower resale when you sell it. Eventually , you will. And you will invest TONS of hours and $ into it. Trust me. Not trying to discourage, but just get you past the "honeymoon phase".
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I know what you are saying but I like to have things diffence from anyone.If you get time check out my web site at
http://www.cardomain.com/ride/348219
You will see what I mean I built my own 4 bbl intake for a 2.8 Ford,I like to say I did it my way.All engine ,trans ,rearend and painting done my me.

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Rake the windshield back, and you can still use the OEM windshield, and MAYBE get away from cutting the top! May take reshaping the outer lip of the top of the door frame for gaps.

Cut the window channels out completely, and refab for straight glass OR
MAYBE You can reshape the door top so that the window doesn't roll up all the way, still utilizing oem glass.


There are millions of potential problems abnd hundreds of solutions when you know what your obstacles are.


Try it on paper first.
If I rake the windwhield back it will still seal up and want leak.I was thinking when I lay it back it would be a diffence and wouldn't seal ,Like I said I need all the help I can get,this is all new to me.
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