How to Chop Tops (Old Skool Skills): Techniques of the 50's Flames Scallops Panelling and Striping (How-To... (Wolfgang)) (How-To... (Wolfgang))

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Six Top Chop projects, fully illustrated and detailed from start to finish Includes design, cuts, finishes, tools, gas-weld sheet metal... Complete with professional advice and instructions throughout from practising Choppers Nothing defines a hot rod like a chopped top, and this title is a photo-intesive tour at the best way to lower the roof on your own project car. Over 300 phootgraphs document the start to finish chopping of six cars, form a Model T to a 1960 Oldsmobile. This inclidues a convertible top chop, a roof-filling sequence, and welding projects. Interviews with professionals explain not only the actual cutting, but all the other items that must be detrmined before the actual choppimg starts: how to reinforce the body, what to do about glass, where to position the cuts to minimise warpage and body work later, how to design the chop to start with. Whether you need help picking the right tool or deciding where to position the new seam, How To Chop Tops provides the how-to steps you need to chop a top, both old and new a valuable reference work for any hot rodder, custom builder and garage enthusiast!

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Description: Nothing defines a hot rod like a chopped top. How To Chop Tops takes a photo-intensive look at the best way to lower the roof on the project car in your garage. Over 300 images document the start to finish chopping of six cars, from a Model T Ford to a 1960 Oldsmobile. Also included is a convertible top chop, one roof-filling sequence and numerous welding sequences. Interviews with professionals help to explain not only the actual cutting, but all the other items that must be determined before the actual chopping starts. Planning the chop includes deciding how to reinforce the body, what to do about the glass, and where to position the cuts to minimize warpage and body work later. Whether you need help picking the right tool or deciding where to position the new seam, How to Chop Tops provides the how-to steps you need to chop a top on both new and old hot rods. --Pitstop

If you're thinking of undertaking a roof chop, it's an invaluable resource, laying out in deatil the various techniques and processes - both thoeretical and practicale - that every good chop should go through. The 15-page bok is devided into chapters, which between them cover the start-to-finish chops of a Model T coupe, Model A sedan ( including filling the roof), a '34 3-window coupe, '39 Plymouth four door, ' 41 convertibale, '60 Olds sedan and a Dodge Charger. In short, the majority of different roof styles you're likely to come across. Don't start a chop without reading this first. --Custom Car magazine, August 2008

If you're thinking of undertaking a roof chop, it's an invaluable resource, laying out in deatil the various techniques and processes - both thoeretical and practicale - that every good chop should go through. The 15-page bok is devided into chapters, which between them cover the start-to-finish chops of a Model T coupe, Model A sedan ( including filling the roof), a '34 3-window coupe, '39 Plymouth four door, ' 41 convertibale, '60 Olds sedan and a Dodge Charger. In short, the majority of different roof styles you're likely to come across. Don't start a chop without reading this first. --Custom Car magazine, August 2008

...starts with relatively easy vehicles, including a Model T and Model A, which have straightforward angular bodies. it progresses through more curvaceous mid to late Thirties to Sixties cars with large expanses of relatively flat panels. it requires bravery and skill to cut these up to avoid distortion. The use of hammers, dollies, sandbags, spoons and welding equipment is the same, whether you are lowering a roof or splicing a patch panel into a rusted fender. --Classic American, November, 2013

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People are as interesting in painting and customizing now, as they were when this material was first created, in the 1950s. Everyone wants to know how to do a flame job, or how to run a pair of pinstripes straight down the side of their car. In this book, George Barris explains how he and brother Sam did their custom painting and early flame jobs in the 1950s. No one can tell this story as well as George Barris, a fine photographer and the man who built many of the cars shown in the book.This book contains the photos form the 50's of cars that George and Sam Barris worked on, plus their commentary on the vehicles chosen, methods, tools, techniques, each project explained step-by-step. This volume contains first-person side-bars by legendary painters and builders like Dean Jeffries and Larry Watson, describing how they developed their talents and what it was like to customize cars in those days. Available for the first time in over ten years, there are four titles in this series: "Flames", "Scallops", "Panelling", "Striping" is the first of these, and bound to be welcomed by any car enthusiast as part of an invaluable reference library!

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