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Old 05-28-2017, 11:09 AM   #1
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anybody ever chop the top on an original 1932 ford roadster using all the original parts. thank you.
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Old 05-28-2017, 11:11 AM   #2
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No one on this site ever did that (recently, or will admit it). You should try your question on HAMB, https://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/

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Old 05-28-2017, 11:25 AM   #3
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hello, has anyone ever chopped the top on an original 1932 ford roadster using all the original top irons. can i use the original canvas. what did they do in the old days. also how do i lay sancions back thank you.
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Old 05-28-2017, 12:31 PM   #4
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Yes, I chopped my original irons.....the side irons from the hoops to the screen frame need lengthening....the top bows need narrowing slightly to prevent the " starving cow" effect when viewed from behind.The top irons were chopped bit by bit until I got the right look with a 3.25" chopped screen.the wooden bows were shortened and re shaped to suit.

Sorry no pictures as they are all in my old PC and I can't access them.The look I was after, and got was based on Mark Mortens stunning deuce on the HopUp poster.

Good luck and show us pictures if you get around to it.
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Can you show us some pictures of the top on the car?
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Old 01-06-2020, 03:26 PM   #6
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With the value of original 1932 parts (if they are in fact original), most folks would purchase the aftermarket top irons & windshield frame for chopping. Chopping original stuff is like throwing money away.
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Old 01-06-2020, 03:55 PM   #7
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Some years back they actually made a chopped top for a '32. If I remember right it was cut 2" and was sold by LeBaron-Bonney. I think Girtz Industries was the supplier. they also made repo bumpers. Girtz Industries still exists , but t does not appear that they are still doing old car parts. Might be worth a call though. Google "Girtz Industries" for the history of the company

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Old 01-06-2020, 05:22 PM   #8
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I just looked at Brookville's catalog and they show Model A parts but they MUST have '32 set ups too.

https://brookvilleroadster.com/store...ons-and-woods/
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Old 01-06-2020, 08:17 PM   #9
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For my avatar, I bought Repro 2" chopped windshield and stainless steel top irons and sold my originals. Wouldn't ever cut the originals. But I am not a patina guy so trying to make a car built today to look like it was built in the 40s was never in the plan.
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Simply cutting the main arm and lengthening the front arm will result in the irons fouling the door opening when lowered. See pix.


It is possible with a much more complex modification of the geometry to avoid fouling the door opening. See pix of my prototype mockup.


Yes, I am working on these (slowly). My intent is to offer them in standard black, deluxe polished stainless main arm/golden beryl upper works, or all polished stainless. Watch the "New Products" thread.


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Old 01-07-2020, 12:46 PM   #11
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