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can this top be chopped?

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  • Member since
    January, 2019
  • From: Phillipsburg,NJ
can this top be chopped?
Posted by NewB71 on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 12:29 PM

I recently bought a '33 Willis panel truck and would like to know if it is possible to chop the top on this vehicle? If so could you provide instructions?

thanks

Bob

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    November, 2013
Posted by Daddy_O on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 8:07 AM
Sure, it can be done, but the odds of you getting detailed instructions are slim to none. You just gotta give it a go and ask for help along the way. It shouldn't be too different from the 32 chop instructions I sent you except you got more real estate to chop.
  • Member since
    January, 2019
  • From: Phillipsburg,NJ
Posted by NewB71 on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 5:14 PM

Thanks Daddy_O. The issue I have is this,cutting the front windshield posts is not a problem that I can see except it looks like I would have to cut the roof so that the posts would line up properly but if I made that cut I would destroy the top of the door lines. This is the problem I have. In pictures I've seen of a '33 Willys none of them had a chopped top. Might just as well lower the body and leave it at that. Sorry,but I don't remember getting any instructions from you.

Again thanks for the help.

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  • From: jacksonville fla
Posted by oldnslow on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 5:55 PM

Looks like you need to decide how much you want to chop the top first 

then cut the windshield posts 

the next cut would be on the sides of the van , then around the rear ( have to decide if you want to chop the rear window before cutting the back ) the cut might have to move up or down accordingly 

the the front posts need to be lined up and see how out of alignment the rear is

then cut accross the top toward the rear of the window opening and move the top back to allign with the rear

fill the gap with styrene strip and tack it all back together

then you have to address the width issue , is the top narrower than the bottom , if so you may have to split the roof from front to back , from the cut line

here are some pics I found on the net , it's a 37 ford van , but similar in shape

 

 

Robert Lightsey

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  • Member since
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  • From: Phillipsburg,NJ
Posted by NewB71 on Thursday, June 13, 2019 1:08 AM

Thanks for the reply and pics,big help.One question,would it be possible to chop just the front and leave the side and back alone?

Thanks again

  • Member since
    August, 2008
  • From: jacksonville fla
Posted by oldnslow on Thursday, June 13, 2019 6:01 AM

If you chop the front and not the back , you're going to have a step up in the body behind the chop line ,

if you do a wedge chop , that might fill the bill

 

 

Robert Lightsey

Lost in Paradise

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Posted by Daddy_O on Sunday, June 16, 2019 8:12 AM

I saw this one when I googled chopped 33 Willis panel truck. It looks like a partial chop with a really smooth step up, but I may be wrong. I love the look.

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    May, 2012
Posted by DocWatson on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 3:03 AM

Anything can be chopped, some just take more work than others. 
OldnSlows way of doing it sounds like a great way to do it. The only limit is how much work you want to do!
This is a 40 Ford I have had in the 'WIP' stage for a long time. As you can see it has a LONG way to go but the basic chop is not too hard.

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