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Old 05-03-2004, 08:41 PM
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Help with 53 chev 2 dr sedan roof chop

Hi all, I have been doing some research on chopping the roof about 4 inces on my 53 150 2 dr sedan. If I hack out 4 inches out of the front posts, and then bring the roof back down, I will have to widen the roof to fit the posts right? some people are telling me to fit the car to the glass ( assuming I chop the windshield before the car) and some are telling me to chop the car, then chop the windshield. Has anyone done the 53-54 chev roof chop? Any idears?

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Old 05-04-2004, 12:53 AM
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First off, let me suggest a less dramatic chop. 4" is a little drastic and will give it a pancaked look. There are other alternative to keep from having to cut the glass at all. The best part is, if you get a rock chip, you get an original windshield and go on. Here is a picture of a '50 Caddy I did a couple years ago. It has been chopped 2.25" which is most we could go without cutting the windshield. The roof was moved forward to mate up with the A-pillars and the original rear glass was replaced with a donor from a '47 Packard sedan. The rear glass was leaned forward and sail panels were shaped to fill in the area which was once wrap around glass. As the old sayin' goes, a picture is worth a thousand words!

This shows the upper windshield channel removed. This is to gain the room needed to slide the windshield up into the roof cavity. Some thinking had to be done to make it work out, but mission accomplished! The glass is now glued in with urethane, just as new vehicles are and the original stainless trim was used to give it the right look.

In this view, notice that a section of the roof was cut out ans slid back 2" to make the quarter windows line up properly. They now work just as they did originally, but just don't roll up as far. Being a hardtop, it was crucial to make these line up properly for a good seal with minimal work. Also the Packard backlight frame is sitting in place and the masking paper is used to make a pattern for the sail panel. As it turned out, to look right, the Packard back glass had to be flipped upside down from it's original placement in the Packard. I guess you could say it 180 degrees out!!! ' with that mechanical lingo!!

Here is the finished product. Well, almost. The sideglass and trim isn't installed in this pic, but you get the idea of the area around the windshield.

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Old 05-04-2004, 08:29 AM
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great work Randy, hell thats the stuff I wish I could do, so I could teach the son cause he's wanting to be able to do that on cars & trucks as he refines his skill as a bodyman, which is what he wants to do after highschool. Which he aint half bad for just doing it in school. Straight A's & has painted about 10 cars & trucks this year alone. hell he must be doing something right since his shop teacher gives him the keys to the schools shops & lets him work in the shop after school. Once again GREAT work, & hell I do have a weakness for old Caddy's anyway.....joe
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