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Old 06-11-2006, 05:46 AM
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Chopping a 49-52 Chevy Fleetline

I would very much like to chop my 50 Chevy Fleetline but of course have never done such a thing. Does anyone out there have pictures of this process? Like a recipe for cuts etc? I do not want to lose those fine lines but the top is way to high...
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on these cars, there is no real beltline to follow, and due to the curvature, they are a very hard chop, much more diffacult than the standard Model A chop. I have seen them chopped but if u havn't done a chop b4 don't attempt it, you will end up with a wacky looking runabout convertible if you screw up and more than likely, you would. I know with these, just like '49-'51 Mercs, require a lot of pie cuts and whatnot to make the chop right. I have a '51 Fleetline 4dr Deluxe that is approx 60% finished now, I'm doing a frame on and using original drivetrain.
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Since I posted this I found this site.. Actually...chopping a Fleetline like this might even be easier than a regular car.. You really just "drop" the top....Take a look. I talked to a friend this week and ended up buying another top with doors for parts. I think maybe I am just going to do it....wierd convertable or not.....
Also... I am going to Back to the 50s car show this weekend and the folks who chopped the car from this link are there.. who knows.. I might learn something.

http://50chevy.com/photos/choptops

I still very much welcome any pictures of cuts

Thank you
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Check out the HAMB tech articles

Check out this site they have all kinds of pictures and a few tech write ups on chopping.
http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=8
Click on the word THREAD at the top of the topics list and it will put all the posts in alphabetical order by subject!

Good luck!!! I can't wait to get my next project going.
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I went to HAMB... that is a cool site and yes....a good thread....

Ok. Now I am not one to "One-Up" someone...but... I spent most of the day at the Back to the 50's Car show.. I stood in the presense of the Master.. Gene Winfield was chopping a car as a workshop.. .. Oh man. He has done a few in his lifetime alright.. Awesome craftsman and old 50's hotrod dude... I say old because we are probably about the same age...

Pictures to come. Anyone else know of someone chopping a 50 Fleetline?
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