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Planning on doing a Chop-top. What tools should I invest in to do this. by hcforde
Started on: 05-21-2014 08:31 AM
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I am planning on doing a Chop-Top conversion on a fastback and a notchback. Yeah, ambitious! AND/OR crazy. To top it off, I want to do them simultaneously. I figure doing the same thing closely together will be more beneficial for my learning curve and productivity-wise rather than weeks apart. It seems like the biggest thing is the metal work. The measuring, cutting, measuring, welding, measuring, of the final metal. I have a welder, sawzall, pneumatic body saw, compressor etc the general stuff, but is there anything that is non-standard that would be beneficial to doing this. Would a body shop tool like this be of any real help http://www.harborfreight.co...pment-kit-44899.html My main concern is the metal and getting it right. I have done fiberglass before "years ago", I will also deal with the windows when I get there. I DO want the conversions to be close enough so when I deal with the windows they will work for both cars. Hence measurement seem to be the key component. I will deal with other body modifications at a later time.

Also, once you bend the windshield pillars back how do you get them to stay exactly where you want them to as you are welding them in place.

What do you use to make the measurements with so everything is in perfect symmetry. I am sure it has to be more accurate than using a yardstick.

I do have a chassis I am going to be using as practice before I start the real cars just to let you all know I am not totally nuts.

Any productive input is welcome, and thanks in advance
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A set of brass...somethings.
sawsall, grinder, and understanding wife.
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Do you have door glass?


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Originally posted by revin:

A set of brass...somethings.
sawsall, grinder, and understanding wife.


I have all those things.......BTW what is an "understanding wife"?

BTW Revin, are you going to be participating in the parade in Round Rock this year?

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1988 GT, Automatic, running - bought in Illinois and drove to Austin
1986 SE, 4 cyl, 5 speed running - Bought in California and drove to Austin
1988 GT, T-Top - non running - being restored
1986 GT, runs but clutch/issue - Chop-top candidate
1986 SE, runs, Automatic won't shift into gear - Chop-top candidate

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Do you have door glass?


Steve


NOPE, I saw a set for sale last year. I also talked with V8archie months ago and the supplier he had could no longer provide them because they changed machines. I am contemplating making a mold and doing some if necessary.

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1988 GT, Automatic, running - bought in Illinois and drove to Austin
1986 SE, 4 cyl, 5 speed running - Bought in California and drove to Austin
1988 GT, T-Top - non running - being restored
1986 GT, runs but clutch/issue - Chop-top candidate
1986 SE, runs, Automatic won't shift into gear - Chop-top candidate

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Originally posted by hcforde:
BTW Revin, are you going to be participating in the parade in Round Rock this year?


I would like to, but have not gotten a invite as of yet. I will look into it.

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A tack weld will hold the pillars in place. Get glass before you cut. You match the pillars to the glass, not the other way around.

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Originally posted by Custom2M4:

A tack weld will hold the pillars in place. Get glass before you cut. You match the pillars to the glass, not the other way around.



Glass first, That is very good to know. Logical once you think about it.
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