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    I have a '63 Wagonaire I bought for parts. Now I keep looking at it and thinking "boy, that would be cool with a 3 or 4 inch top chop". Does anybody of a good book which covers this in depth?

  • #2
    There are a lot of books covering this topic. A Goggle search should turn up more than you need. It would be a ton of work and if you chop it 4" it might look"cool" to some people, but actually driving it would not be so fun.

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    • #3
      I have a gutted '63 here you can have to make a "practice" cut on![] Free for the taking![:0]

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      • #4
        The big expense in this would be the glass. You'd need to check with your local DMV to see if plexy would be allowed or if you'd need custom tempered glass. The other issue is that while the top slider wouldn't really be effected, the vents assemblies on both sides would be a pain in the wallet. And remember, the tailgate only opens with the glass down, so the angle of the rear glass needs to remain similar.

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        • #5
          Is there something WRONG with the way it looks now? [:0]

          Wagonaires look perfectly proportioned to me! [^]

          At least they do not have doors that are too tall like an M Series Truck, or windows that are too low like a new Chrysler 300, roof too tall like a Model "T" Ford or something gross like that![xx(]

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          • #6
            wagonairedriver...don't let the "why" guys talk you out of it.

            I've helped chop a top many years ago. On one hand, it is a lot of work...on the other...you'd have a custom that [u]you</u> built! And that has a fair amount of cool factor...no matter what anyone says.

            As one of the others sorta said...don't go too far or looking up may be a problem.

            As for the glass. FIRST...find a glass shop that can cut your glass. It's a dieing art to be able to cut windshield glass and even more so on the tempered side glass...it has to be ground.

            ON THE OTHER HAND...I heard tell where (on a 60 Thunderbird) rather than have any glass actually cut...the glass was "channeled" down into the body so the owner didn't have to mess with trying to cut it. A bit more metal work but MUCH less worry about breaking glass.

            Go for it...go slow and have fun.

            Mike

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            • #7



              The glass is not a big issue. Except for the windshield it is all flat glass. Grinding down tempered is a ridiculous notion. Most likely it will overheat and explode. Flat LAMINATED glass is what to use. Yes, you will need to find an older established glass shop to do it. The windshield is a little more of an issue. But there are plenty of people out there doing custom work. Ask around.

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              • #8
                Posting myself as a "why" guy......
                Hey if a guy can chop a school bus top on Monster Nation, that spinoff of Monster Garage, and thrill the kids as they got off the full size school bus.....
                Why not??


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                • #9
                  I think a chopped-top Wagonaire would be pretty cool! [:0][8D]

                  I don't know how many times I've looked at our '64 and thought about how good it would look with the roof a little lower. A R2 with T10 would be pretty nice too, I think.



                  I say go for it and keep us posted on how it goes.

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                  '63 Daytona
                  Hazlehurst, GA


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                  • #10
                    quote: I don't know how many times I've looked at our '64 and thought about how good it would look with the roof a little lower.
                    I bet that your sister would love that, it would be harder for anyone to see her riding in it.


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                    • #11
                      Matt,

                      Can't you "photo-shop" it and get an idea of how it might look?
                      Just a thought. See you in August....so far the turn out looks great. Make sure to bring your truck. I'm gona' try to get the hot rod up there if I can do it without gettin' any tickets. Remember this.... If it ain't leakin', it must be empty.

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                      • #12
                        You're right Gary! But I think she'll still hide in the floorboards.

                        Dan, I'm not sure if I'll make it up to the meet or not. School starts that Friday (don't ask me why) and for me to leave after school, that's a long ways to go that late in the day. If I do go, I won't be taking the truck. My grandad said something about trailering the '51 Starlight up there, but that's not set in stone yet. Who knows though... I'd love to see the Challenger though!

                        Also, funny you should mention that! Right after my last post, I got busy on photoshop! [8D]

                        Stock Wagonaire; just an old station wagon. [)]


                        Slightly altered Wagonaire; one cool grocery-getter! (I couldn't help but lower it a bit too. )


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                        • #13
                          Matt,
                          That actually looks kinda' cool. I hate to hear that, but I know the feelin', I start back the Monday after the meet, drivin' the "looser-cruiser". Gota' have insurance some how, but the pay sure don't cut it, especially considering what you're responsible for.[:0] Oh well, it's my choice ain't it. Later.

                          Dan (cheese-box) Miller
                          Atlanta, GA

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                          • #14
                            Matt .. it needs Dubs!!!



                            Tom

                            quote:Originally posted by mbstude
                            Slightly altered Wagonaire; one cool grocery-getter! (I couldn't help but lower it a bit too. )
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                            • #15
                              Looks like a cool idea! I suppose that a small rake{ala dodge wagon} would be way to much work unless you could make it a two dr.sedan delivery. And then you wouldn't be able to see all the SMILES of people checkin'out your ride.LOL

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