A couple different BANGshifters actually put us onto Half Ass Kustoms on YouTube and their recently started series on chopping a top. In this case the willing victim happens to be a 1951 Dodge Crusader 4 Door, but the principles and tips and tricks would all work on pretty much anything. One thing I especially like about this chop, and the entire video series, is that neither is too fancy, but everything seems to be very effective. Now to be 100% honest, I’ve never chopped a top before. I’ve seen them done, but never been there for the whole process, so while I think I’ve got a good understanding on what needs to happen, I’m no expert. What’s cool is the fact that this particular project isn’t a show car, but rather a beater hot rod. The perfect kind to do a demo series on. If something doesn’t go quite right, he just cuts it back out and works it again. I like that, and I want to do this on my own round hot rod of some kind.
This series has 7 parts so far, and is all the way up to the filler application and finishing. There has been a lot of work that has gone into this one, and the commentary will make you laugh, but again I think you could do this yourself after watching this video and few others on YouTube.
Here are all 7 videos in the series.