Chop Top 69

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 We are going to chop the top of the 69 Chevy. First you need to drill out the rivets and strip down your truck.

 


 Now we need to cut the roof off close to the body.

 


 Now trim down the posts and the rear of the cab. Keep taking a little off at a time until you get it as low as you want it. Now you can see that it isn't going to fit right.

 


 Because it doesn't fit we will need to split the roof in the center.

 


 Now we can use some Superglue to bond the rear section of the roof to the rear of the cab. This is just to hold it in place so we can get everything lined up right.

 


 Now put a piece of tape across the truck and place the front of the roof in place.

 


 Once you have it in place mix up some JB Weld or epoxy of your choice. With the truck upside down in the vice dab the JB Weld into the gap of the roof and on all the joints. Let it set up now. I use JB Kwik so that I wait less that an hour before I can do the first trim.

 


 With the tape off you can see that it is lined up like you want it.

 


 If it looks good go ahead and add more JB Weld to the outside of the joints and let it set up. I used a clear epoxy here so you can see the joints underneath.

 


 Now we need to trim the windows to fit, paint the back of the seat the color the truck will be, and do the wheels. I wanted to slam this one so I trimmed out the base so the wheels would fit inside the fenders and bonded tubing onto the base at the hight I wanted the wheels. Then I cut the axles, put a drop of superglue on the ends and slid them into the tubes. The secret to keep from glueing the wheels is to put a drop of oil in the hub and spin the wheel a couple times.

 


After some sanding to clean it up we will do a test fitting on the base. This is really starting to look like something. Time to put some paint on it. After it is painted you will need to use some glue to keep the windows in place. Do not use superglue on windows or chrome as it will fog the plastic.

 


 There it is, all painted up and ready to go. It wasn't as easy as most people first thought it would be but it was well worth the trouble. A bed cover on the back would really set this off nice but I'll leave that up to you.

I hope you had fun and learned a little something along the way. If you build one of these using my instructions please send me a picture of your finished truck so I can put it on my site.

Here are the project Chop Top 69 pictures.

 


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