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Chopped Channeled Custom 51 Chevy Fleetline Update 4-21

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  • From: Louisville, CO
Chopped Channeled Custom 51 Chevy Fleetline Update 4-21
Posted by maniacalmodeler on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 11:03 AM

It seems like most of my builds are either Ford, Lincoln, or Mercury. So I'm throwing a Chevy into the mix! Other than chopping the top, nothing too fancy with this one. Overall it will be a simple custom- lowered with fat whitewalls. I have some whitewall tires from The Modelhaus that I've had for a long time. I also have some fat bumpers that I've always wanted to use from the AMT parts- bumpers and grilles- so I will try to use those somehow. My main goal is to retain as much of the window moldings as possible- every top chop I have done I sand everything smooth- so this time I'm going to try to keep the details.

First I measued where the center of the roof is lengthwise and drew a line. Then I measured and drew a cut line for the rear window. Then I cut out the rear window using the back of my exacto knife.

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 11:07 AM

I like the plans you have laid out for this Thumbs Up. A clean and simple build.

I've never chopped a '51 Chevt fastback, so this will be educational for me.

I'll keep watching as you continue on.

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Posted by maniacalmodeler on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 11:12 AM

Next I measured and drew my cut lines for the roof and cut the roof off. I then drew my cut lines for the trunk and removed that as well. In hindsight I could have left the rear window and trunk as one piece, but I wasn't sure how to proceed- chopping a fastback style roof is a little different. After sanding all the cuts smooth I lined everthing up. My original plan was to line up the B-pillars, but I decided to move the roof forward instead. I was able to lessen the angle of the trunk line this way. Now my plan is to remove the B-pillars and make new ones. When lining up the A-pillars all that was needed was to slightly bend inwards the portion of the A-pillars attatched to the body. I also made relief cuts in the rear of the roof to slightly bend the C-pillars outward. So now there is no need to cut the roof in half to be able to line everything up.

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Posted by maniacalmodeler on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 11:17 AM

Next I glued the roof into place. Then glued the rear window and trunk together. Then glued that assembly into place and added scrap plastic to fill in the gaps. Now there is alot of filing and sanding ahead! Thanks for looking!

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Posted by maniacalmodeler on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 11:19 AM

Thanks, Dave! It's been somewhat challenging because I've never done this type of chop before. Overall it's my third top chop. But I stared at it long enough and hopefully I have a good plan!

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 12:39 PM

What a great clinic on chopping. I learned a bunch already Thumbs Up.

Love the wheels and tires. Are these the ones you'll keep? They look so right Yes.

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Posted by gbk1 on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 1:00 PM

maniacalmodeler

 
Beautiful profile and proportions. And I agree, the deep reversed chromies and wide whites suite it to a tee. I hope you tackle a B-pillar. I'm always so frustrated when builders go to all the trouble and care to execute a chop and then cop out and go the hardtop route. It solves a ton of problems, I'll admit, but, too often (although not always), it looks like a half measure. Anyway, I love the care and precision of your cuts. There's really no other way to get this quality of results. Are you using a saw or the back of a #11 blade?
 
Looking forward to more, more, more...!

Bernard Kron Keep On Buildin'

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Posted by rusty32rod on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 1:51 PM

   Very nice. i really like how the rear side windows still have a stock appearance in the corners. i've tried a couple top chops when i was younger, but was very unsuccessful. watching your work (as well as others on the forum) gives me a much better idea of how to do it correctly. thanks for sharing. i'll be following along.  

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Posted by maniacalmodeler on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 10:00 AM

Thank you, Dave, gbk1, and rusty32rod! These are the Modelhaus tires I'll be using and the rims are from the kit. I will have to trim the back sides of the rims. The roof was cut using my dremel tool and the rear window and trunk I used the back of my #11 hobby knife. I'm currently tackling the B-pillars. Thanks for looking!

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Posted by scalepeter on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 6:13 PM

That's a nice job on the top chop.  Looks awsome.  Will keep my eye on this.

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Posted by TATTOOTONY on Thursday, October 29, 2015 3:14 PM

Maniac... Im definitely subscribing to this thread I want to see the finish build!! Thumbs Up 

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Posted by maniacalmodeler on Monday, November 02, 2015 7:36 AM
Thank you scalepeter and TATOOTONY! I hope to have an update tomorrow. I'm almost done with the B-pillars. After that it's lots of sanding!
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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Monday, November 02, 2015 9:05 AM

I'm looking forward to the update tomorrow. I'm still watching Stick out tongue.

I love Mecum Auctions and Barrett/Jackson auctions.

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Posted by TarheelRick on Monday, November 02, 2015 9:29 AM

That is one beautiful chop job, very well executed and you didn't have to split the roof into pieces.  OK, is it tomorrow yet, I want to see more updates!

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Posted by maniacalmodeler on Tuesday, November 03, 2015 8:56 AM

Thank you Dave and TarheelRick! Really not much of an update. I repaired the gap on the windshield post by adding some plastic strip. I added more plastic to the trunk area and sanded that down. I then began work on the B-Pillars using some plastic strip. I measured and cut what I needed and sanded it to shape. I decided to add the door lines before gluing the B-Pillars in place. The plastic strip I chose was slightly too wide, so I measured the door line a little off center and marked it with some tape and engraved it with the back of a #11 blade. Then I sanded the outside edge to center the line. I then glued those into place. I'll probably have it in primer sometime today so I can see what needs work. Thanks for looking!

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Posted by maniacalmodeler on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 9:18 AM

I haven't been working on this too much over the previous week. I was hoping to get it primed last week but I wasn't happy with the vent window posts. So I cut them out and made new ones using some strip plastic. I think they look better and they look like they belong there. The old ones just weren't lining up. I also scribed the trunk lines. Hopefully this will be in primer with the next update. Thanks for looking!

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Posted by ModelDon on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 10:20 AM

Great body mod skills. A real clean chop job. 

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Posted by maniacalmodeler on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 11:35 AM
Thank you, ModelDon!
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Posted by TATTOOTONY on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 2:08 PM

maniacalmodeler
 I repaired the gap on the windshield post by adding some plastic strip. I added more plastic to the trunk area and sanded that down.

 maniacalmodeler .... let me start by saying I'm enjoy seeing this chop top transform without all the complicated measurements and steps! You make it look so easy... May I ask how exactly did you get the plastic into the gap, is wasn't just by glueing the strip directly on top of the gap was it? I'm asking because  I've never seen it done like this before and I'm intrigued.... 

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Posted by maniacalmodeler on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 6:04 PM

Thanks TATOOTONY! I like to use plastic strip and sometimes plastic round to fill the gaps. I don't always glue it right on top, but in this instance it was easier for me to shape the plastic that way- and it's even on both sides. So in this photo I was making the trunk line just a little bit wider. I then sanded it down with a coarse sanding bit on my dremel. For the gaps around the window I inserted plastic strip and sanded it with my dremel- it's much faster. And then everything was sanded smooth with various sanding sticks and sandpaper. I hope this helps you out. 

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Posted by TATTOOTONY on Thursday, November 12, 2015 9:07 AM

Thumbs Up Thanks maniacalmodeler that is a different technique I'll definitely try it some time soon... 

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Posted by maniacalmodeler on Monday, November 16, 2015 8:47 AM

Here it is after the first coat of primer. At this point very little filler will be needed. It's mostly sanding at this point. I need to touch up the panel lines and all the major body work will be done. Thanks for looking!

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Posted by 62pyro on Monday, November 16, 2015 4:11 PM
Nice,clean work.Looks great.

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Posted by TATTOOTONY on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 5:59 AM

Maniacalmodeler the chop and body work looks darn near flawless, can not wait to see the color choice that you will be laying down on it!! 

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Posted by maniacalmodeler on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 8:49 AM
Thank you, 62pyro and TATOOTONY!
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Posted by rigbuilder on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 3:46 PM

Oh man that is a great lookin chop. You should hinge that mile long trunk lid. Great work on this car so far. Keep us updated.

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Posted by maltsr on Saturday, December 26, 2015 3:32 PM

Thanks for the tutorial - it has given me confidence to attempt a similar chop using your techniques.

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Posted by gramps-xrds on Monday, December 28, 2015 12:15 AM

I did something similar many many yrs ago. It's a job gettin the chop right on those things. You're doin a great job so far.

Bill AKA Gramps
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Posted by TarheelRick on Thursday, February 04, 2016 10:00 AM

Any updates on this one?  Sure would like to see what you have done with it since Christmas.

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Posted by rustyroach on Saturday, February 06, 2016 6:47 PM

TarheelRick

Any updates on this one?  Sure would like to see what you have done with it since Christmas.

 

 

I second that. 

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