Top Chops - Hot Rod Forum : Hotrodders Bulletin Board
Hotrodders.com -- Hot Rod Forum



Register FAQ Search Today's Posts Unanswered Posts Auto Escrow Insurance Auto Loans
Hot Rod Forum : Hotrodders Bulletin Board > Tech Help> Body - Exterior
User Name
Password
lost password?   |   register now

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 07-10-2002, 06:44 AM
New Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Richmond VA.
Posts: 20
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Post Top Chops

anyone out there in the central virginia area, with expirance choping a 60's car and know of some one to cut curved glass? The side glass is no problem just have new glass cut to pattern. But curved windshield and back glass is another problem.
Heck anyone anyplace Know someone who can cut curved glass?
[ July 10, 2002: Message edited by: clouddancer@attbi.com ]

[ July 10, 2002: Message edited by: clouddancer@attbi.com ]</p>

    Advertisement
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 07-11-2002, 05:30 PM
Mrfixmaster's Avatar
Member
 

Last journal entry: Red, my second T--Bucket
Last photo:
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Pawtucket Rhode Island
Posts: 181
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Post

I have read about people changing the angle of the windsheild (laying it back) when they chop the top, to keep from having to cut it. Haven't tried it myself YET, but would like to try a chop,channel, job next.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 07-15-2002, 06:39 AM
New Member
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: green bay wi
Posts: 15
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Post

when i was a kid (30 or 40 years ago ) i saw a curved windsheild cut down with a sand blasted a little bit at a time
talked to a guy 2 or 3 weekes ago with a chopped 55 chevy and he said they cut the windsheild with a sand blaster also
wish i could tell you more but glass and body work is not my strong point
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 07-15-2002, 10:04 AM
New Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Richmond VA.
Posts: 20
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Post

Changing the angle of the windshield does help lower the top and what I had planned was laying over the back window, but it would still need cut some.
Yes, sand blasting is the way to cut curved glass, a glass shop on the right coast can do the job but, it's $200 plus the cost of windshield at $180 + another $100 to ship. That is a bunch more than I want to pay and without the car to fit to, there is no grauntee that the glass would fit right. I'd like a local place(within 100 miles) that we could trailer the car to.
Another problem it seems no one makes the rear glass anymore and cutting without a spare to fall back on is scary.
Maybe, removing the whole top and replacing with a late model top and glass would a better idea?
Papabird
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 07-15-2002, 11:58 AM
Madd Syntst's Avatar
Returning American Maddman
 
Last photo:
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Boynton Beach, Fl
Age: 61
Posts: 444
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Post

I used to be into Lead Sleds big time, but I had to make a choice. I used to go to the junk yard with a tape measure and try to figure out what would look good on what. Maybe you could fit a late model windshield and go with aq carson top? just a think
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #6 (permalink)  
Old 07-17-2002, 02:30 PM
jniolon's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: hueytown, al. usa
Posts: 32
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Post

I've read where you can shorten glass with a belt sander... read several articles where mid 50 ford trucks were dropped two-three inches and they just ground the glass down with a belt sander and a steady hand... 'course I've also heard where they went through two or three windshields before they completed one good one

for what it's worth...

john
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #7 (permalink)  
Old 07-17-2002, 03:41 PM
beetle9's Avatar
Member
 
Last photo:
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: mich
Posts: 104
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Post

I am also searching for info on chopping tops. I plan to do my old 35 ford soon and am looking for info on the process of chopping a top. My glass is flat of course, so my primary search is for technique on addressing the actual chopping of the top. I once found (but later lost) a web site that took you all the way through the process with photos and step by step instructions. If anyone out there knows where it's located, please let me know. Or if you know of any helpful articles, I would appreciate it. Thanks
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #8 (permalink)  
Old 07-17-2002, 04:41 PM
willys36@aol.com's Avatar
Hotrodders.com Moderator
 
Last wiki edit: How to rebuild a Rochester Quadrajet 4MV carbureto...
Last journal entry: How to change auto shift timing on 200R4
Last photo:
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Bakersfield
Posts: 8,384
Wiki Edits: 21

Thanks: 1
Thanked 4 Times in 4 Posts
Post

Get a copy of "How to Chop Tops in 301 Photos", Motorbooks International, 729 Prospect Ave., P.O. Box 1, Osceola, WI, 54020-0001, 1-800-826-6600. Shows step by step how-to on chopping tops on a Model T, Model A, '34 Ford Coupe, '39 Plymouth 4-dr, '41 Ford Convert., '60 Olds Sedan, '66 Charger. Also filling a top in a old for soft top sedan. Should answer most of your questions.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #9 (permalink)  
Old 07-18-2002, 01:18 PM
jwcnj45's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Jersey Shore
Posts: 102
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Post

Another book you might get is Tex Smith's "How to Chop Tops". It's available from the Speedway Motors Catalog.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #10 (permalink)  
Old 07-18-2002, 03:15 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: east Tn
Posts: 32
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thumbs up

Hey Beetle9 just finish a 35 Ford can send pics if ya want some before and after. Let me know didn't do the chop but had a friend do it
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #11 (permalink)  
Old 07-18-2002, 07:34 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: michigan
Posts: 7
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Post

WE have chopped several 35 fords........slantbacks and coupes,,,,,,,,,,pictures are available on our website at http://fenderfat.com

[ July 18, 2002: Message edited by: fenderfat ]</p>
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #12 (permalink)  
Old 07-20-2002, 07:18 PM
Tom Tom is offline
Member
 
Join Date: May 2001
Location: agawam ma
Posts: 323
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Post

there is a shop in conneticut, manchester I think that cuts curved glass for chopped vehicles but I can't find the info, got it somewhere might be Manchester glass but not sure
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #13 (permalink)  
Old 07-26-2002, 04:46 AM
New Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Richmond VA.
Posts: 20
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Post

Thanks for all the input, I've decided not to chop for now, maybe later. So far a quickie engine trans swap has turned into a two year restomod. I can finally see this car back together. I just got all the seals and weathstrip,so now it's shoot the paint and reassemble the beast and drive.
Thanks again
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

Recent Body - Exterior posts with photos

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Hot Rod Forum : Hotrodders Bulletin Board forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name (usually not your first and last name), your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
"Basics of Basics" Sectioning a Body MARTINSR Body - Exterior 7 11-24-2008 12:04 PM
Conv. Top Material Choice ? ? Theresa Shank Interior 4 01-09-2008 06:27 PM
32 Ford 5W coup top shortload Body - Exterior 1 08-12-2007 11:08 AM
Convertible top help VWFan Interior 1 10-17-2004 01:34 PM
making a carson top for my Deuce revkev6 Interior 3 05-13-2004 07:05 PM


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:52 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0 PL2
Copyright Hotrodders.com 1999 - 2012. All Rights Reserved.