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Old 11-16-2003, 10:16 PM
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Red face How much to cut

i decided to chop my 48 chevy pickup 5 inches how do i measure the front windsheild post to cut the 5 inches out of the post, on the back of the cab i measured 7 inches up from the top of the body line below the back window this will be the bottom cut. but i have been told on the front winsheild post i can not measure along the angle of the post beacause it will not actually give me 5 inches. what tools will i need and how should i go about this.

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Old 11-17-2003, 08:26 AM
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When I chop, I set the body as level as possible and measure from the floor. Remember when you come down with the top, it will also lengthen due to the angle of the windshield. It helps if you can draw a profile life size and kind of measure from that reference posted on the garage wall. That's what I did for my angle chop. There may be a way to mark off reference lines in tape on the door also...? Just suggestions- good luck!!
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Before you jump into this headfirst I would suggest doing a search online and finding some reference material. There are a ton of books and online sites that will give you the basic idea, the tools to use and how to get started. I think you need to get some background in welding and finish body work if you want this to turn out well and not look like a botch job.
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Old 11-17-2003, 10:41 AM
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just got Tex Smith's how to chop tops book from amazon.com...its an awesome resource, and well worth the $15

also, you might take a few pictures with your digital camera and figure out how much chop you want...

for example, here are a couple of different options for my 70 impala






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Shows what the wonderfull world of computers can do......
By the way...nice dents.
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ya..I was gonna have to replace the rear 1/4's anyway, plus I had to move the body from my parent's garage, to a garage 30 minutes from where I live..the trailer I had was too narrow for the fat impala, so I had to narrow it down a bit
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So you caved in the 1/4 panel to get it to fit on a trailer?! Why didn't you just sit it on there at an angle?
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Old 11-18-2003, 01:54 PM
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one of those incidents where hind sight cleared up after the beer went away....plus I was in a hurry cause my parents were pissed about the body being left in their garage for a long time
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