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#724934 - June 20th 2017 3:19 am No answers for roof chopping  
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I yanked the windshield to do the nose swap to a '79 nose.
Only glass left in the van is the front door windows that I plan to gut out before I have them blasted with the rest of the doors and the outside of the van. At this point I am toying with the idea of chopping her since I'm in the process of shaving all the handles, emblems, etc. Never having chopped anything before, I am wondering if the slice goes mid-way of the window area or is better down by a body line where the weld and warp are easier to hide.
Also wondering if this is carefully done with MIG and thin wire or done extremely slowly by TIG. Since there's so many places that are boxed-in there isn't much room to dolly and flatten welds to pull out the shrink. Do you just cool a lot with wet rags or something? I'd rather section the roof than bend in pillars and wonder how the windows will roll up. I figure I'll need to section from side to side for the taper between the rear doors and the body sides, but how does the windshield play in? I'm hoping the glass for the windshield can be cut down some and fit to the new opening. No way I'm running plexiglass in the front.

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#724983 - June 21st 2017 7:17 pm Re: No answers for roof chopping [Re: Fear]  
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think long and hard before you do a top chop...ive done a couple,and its not for amateurs......

#726466 - August 04th 2017 6:10 am Re: No answers for roof chopping [Re: Fear]  
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I've never done one, but I have seen plenty of chop projects for sale that 'just need glass' to finish..... apparently you need to plan well ahead to make sure you can get the glass cut properly to fit.

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