How to Un-chop a1932 Ford Tudor
Steve bought this `32 a few months ago, and when he got it home he just couldn`t live with the 3 1/2" + chop a previous owner has started.It was just too short and it had too little head room. The rear window looked like a mail slot and the windshield frame had been cut down so much that it would have been difficult to see out of. He is a little over 6', and needed a little more headroom than the car had at that height.
The pieces that were cut out when the car was chopped had long since been thrown away and rasing the top would mean fabricating all of the complicated compound curves. Choppng the top of the typical car usually involves marking the amount of material you want to remove, cutting out those pieces, and welding the remaning pieces back together. It sounds easy when you say it fast, but you know what I mean. Anyway, to un-chop a top all of the missing pieces have to be re-made. Here`s what is involved.
First , the car was stripped to locate the seams where the cuts were made.Then measurements were made to determine how much would be needed to bring the car to the correct height. One and one half inches would eventally be the distance it would be raised.
The cut was made and the top was supported all around with wooden blocks the thickhness of the new pieces, 2".
Metal was then temporarly welded inside the body to keep the top aligned with the lower portion of the body.
Then the pieces were placed inside and scribed to give an exact line for cutting.
The piece was then tacked into place and the other pieces were made.
These pieces were the easy ones to make, all the others took a lot of time.
Reinforcements were made for the windshield post, the door post were reinforced with the original wood.