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PostSubject: '40 Ford coupe   Thu 03 Sep 2015, 10:10 pm

An almost complete new kit that was in my care package.

I dug out from my display case of my favorites, a 2006 build that I wasn't completely happy about the chop. I  was (and still am) reluctant to eliminate the 'B' pillar and make a hard top. Just seems to be a cop out way to chop a top.  OK, at the time, I chose to just close in the rear quarter windows. Have never liked how it looked.
Anyway, I'm thinking to chop this one, leaving the 'B' pillars in. I also think I'll do a "Bonneville chop",  slanting the windshield for more visibility. I haven't decided yet if I'll section it some. And, MAY go skirted tail dragger.


Unlike my first one that had a 1 piece floor/frame, This kit has more pieces. Had a little fiddling to do with those X members.


And trying to get a small warp straightened.


Didn't have a good dropped axle, so I salvaged a front end out of a pickup truck, and removing the 40 front cross member, I'm fitting this in it's place.


I may have to do something with that frame X member after all that work getting it straight, because I found another Viper engine in the salvage.
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PostSubject: Re: '40 Ford coupe   Thu 03 Sep 2015, 11:22 pm

Hi Mr G,

I'm in...

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PostSubject: Re: '40 Ford coupe   Fri 04 Sep 2015, 12:03 am

Me too.
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PostSubject: Re: '40 Ford coupe   Fri 04 Sep 2015, 12:44 am


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PostSubject: Re: '40 Ford coupe   Fri 04 Sep 2015, 12:46 am

Great stuff Clay. popcorn
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PostSubject: Re: '40 Ford coupe   Fri 04 Sep 2015, 8:46 pm

Very nice work.

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PostSubject: Re: '40 Ford coupe   Fri 04 Sep 2015, 10:06 pm

Well, so much for their fancy schmancy cross over.

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PostSubject: Re: '40 Ford coupe   Fri 04 Sep 2015, 10:10 pm

Well if it don't work .... have it away and onwards and upwards.
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PostSubject: Re: '40 Ford coupe   Tue 08 Sep 2015, 5:17 pm

OK, I am backing down on this baby.

Sectioning may cause more problems with hood clearance that I  don't want to fight with. I already have to do some serious firewall work. And because it's looking so good, I may abandon the top chop. Lazy ol' man still has some work to do getting the tail down.
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PostSubject: Re: '40 Ford coupe   Tue 08 Sep 2015, 6:52 pm

I like the unchopped look of it.
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PostSubject: Re: '40 Ford coupe   Tue 08 Sep 2015, 9:25 pm

BIG BIG engine!  No wonder it will take more than a shoehorn to fit it in.  A modest chop might look good and offer "B" pillar options (vert. or slant).
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PostSubject: Re: '40 Ford coupe   Thu 10 Sep 2015, 10:03 am

She's up on 'er wheels with the engine installed.
I have never shaved the tops of the tires, before, to get clearance to drop a body, But fudging on out of sight stuff is not against my morals.
I have modified the Viper intakes and have them tucked behind the radiator.


Moderation is not really my thing either. When I chop a top, I leave no doubt that it has been chopped. I usually lay out my chop lines with 1/4 inch tape. So, I usually have a lot of wiggle room. Showing marvelous restraint, I'm using 1/16 inch tape to lay out the lines on this coupe.


With my chopped pieces laying around, it doesn't seem as easy as it used to to get them all aligned.

I keep seeing this , that I have lying over on the other table with the salvage stuff. Not exactly a confidence builder.

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PostSubject: Re: '40 Ford coupe   Thu 10 Sep 2015, 6:08 pm

LOL. No not a very pretty sight at all. 1/16 inch is a 1 1/2 inch chop in scale.
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PostSubject: Re: '40 Ford coupe   Thu 10 Sep 2015, 9:22 pm

Got the 'Road Kill' out to see if it was worth the effort compared to a stock height roof.
Not too bad.

Then I had to set them next to the more extreme chop.
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PostSubject: Re: '40 Ford coupe   Fri 11 Sep 2015, 6:33 pm

I would say perfect. Good choice, Clay.
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PostSubject: Re: '40 Ford coupe   Sun 13 Sep 2015, 12:12 am

Took a pretty good hunk out of the firewall.

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PostSubject: Re: '40 Ford coupe   Sun 13 Sep 2015, 6:11 pm

You want a big motor you gotta have a big engine bay.
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PostSubject: Re: '40 Ford coupe   Thu 17 Sep 2015, 6:51 pm

Got to set out in the studio today give my legs a rest! Two days on a ladder destroyed them for anything else !
Working on the body work, and cut down the inner door panels.
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PostSubject: Re: '40 Ford coupe   Thu 17 Sep 2015, 10:09 pm

It's coming along great Clay.

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PostSubject: Re: '40 Ford coupe   Thu 17 Sep 2015, 11:38 pm

Up a ladder?!  You are an inspiration to us all.  I like the "modest" chop.  Severe chops to me only make sense for Bonneville machines.  I would get claustrophobic in some of the cars I've seen.  Glad you're safely on the ground with the snakes and gators!
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PostSubject: Re: '40 Ford coupe   Fri 18 Sep 2015, 6:06 pm

Looking good Clay. The new roof on the green house looks good also. LOL
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PostSubject: Re: '40 Ford coupe   Fri 18 Sep 2015, 6:22 pm

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Looking good Clay. The new roof on the green house looks good also. LOL

Thanks.
Yeah, thanks for that too. 3 days later, I'm still feelin it !!!
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PostSubject: Re: '40 Ford coupe   Tue 22 Sep 2015, 12:32 am

Doin some final body sanding. Nosed the hood and shaved the trim. Then decided I ought to shave the belt moldings on the body.
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PostSubject: Re: '40 Ford coupe   Tue 22 Sep 2015, 12:59 am

looking good Clay. Maybe you should shave the drip rail too?

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PostSubject: Re: '40 Ford coupe   Tue 22 Sep 2015, 2:20 am

Skid wrote:
looking good Clay. Maybe you should shave the drip rail too?

Either way works, though I lean slightly to the 'leave in on' camp. It breaks up a large area of 'metal'

I'll shut up now & leave Clay to work his magic.

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