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#258839 - January 29th 2009 10:20 am How To Chop Vans Roof.
Dodges 3 Offline
Li'l Blue Wagon

Registered: June 09th 2006 12:00 pm
Posts: 6501
Loc: Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
I figured I'd start a thread for general info. to help out the newbie roof choppers. I for one am going to definitely this spring. I will be strating with my 86 Dodge shorty factory winder van. And Matchsticks van is also a factory winder van, so neither of us have to deal with the long, difficult welds. I'm also considering an angle chop on the 86, but leving the rear at full height.'

So lets everyone give some input, experiences, and other relative info.

I will be startig my own thread once I get underway, but figured this would be a great place to discuss cut lines, and what not.

CHOPPERS....FIRE UP YOUR SAW-Z-ALLS.....yay
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#259653 - February 02nd 2009 7:04 am Re: How To Chop Vans Roof. [Re: Dodges 3]
Dodges 3 Offline
Li'l Blue Wagon

Registered: June 09th 2006 12:00 pm
Posts: 6501
Loc: Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
I was hopin to see lots of general info here bt now. There is a big thaw heading for Ontario, for next weekend. And GF is having a grils only weekend. So I think I might pull the rear side winders out of my 91. I also have to yank the remaining stereo system.

I think I will post some cut lines ideas here, for your info. and comments. Just rememer I am going to be chopping a factory winder van.

Here is a PHOTOCHOPPED pic of what I'm leaning towards.

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1991 Dodge RamVan 318 Shorty with 2 Gullwings.
http://www.cardomain.com/ride/2673850
1982 Dodge Ram Maxi 1 ton
http://www.cardomain.com/ride/2940482
1986 Dodge RamVan shorty, with 318 and 4spd. STANDARD


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#259673 - February 02nd 2009 7:20 am Re: How To Chop Vans Roof. [Re: Dodges 3]
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Registered: October 25th 2001 12:00 pm
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Loc: Dayton, New Jersey, U.S.A.
You will need to pull all the glass cept for the door glass that rolls down. You can leave that for now. Just make sure you cut it before finishing the door frames. You may not be able to get it out after you shorten the door frame, cept with a BFH.
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#259677 - February 02nd 2009 7:22 am Re: How To Chop Vans Roof. [Re: Superbeast]
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That looks great Brad,good luck with it.
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#259684 - February 02nd 2009 7:31 am Re: How To Chop Vans Roof. [Re: newkirkinc1]
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Registered: June 09th 2006 12:00 pm
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Loc: Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
Originally Posted By: newkirkinc1
That looks great Brad,good luck with it.


Thanks Jim. I really want to start with my 86, but it is still sitting in driveway, waiting for spring. So I may aswell look into a few things with my 91.
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1991 Dodge RamVan 318 Shorty with 2 Gullwings.
http://www.cardomain.com/ride/2673850
1982 Dodge Ram Maxi 1 ton
http://www.cardomain.com/ride/2940482
1986 Dodge RamVan shorty, with 318 and 4spd. STANDARD


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#259686 - February 02nd 2009 7:32 am Re: How To Chop Vans Roof. [Re: Superbeast]
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Li'l Blue Wagon

Registered: June 09th 2006 12:00 pm
Posts: 6501
Loc: Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
Originally Posted By: Superbeast
You will need to pull all the glass cept for the door glass that rolls down. You can leave that for now. Just make sure you cut it before finishing the door frames. You may not be able to get it out after you shorten the door frame, cept with a BFH.


With this I have several rusty doors, which I will use for test fitting/cutting. Then when I have it right, I will cut the good doors. Same with the side gullwing door, as I have my original single rear for the side.
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1991 Dodge RamVan 318 Shorty with 2 Gullwings.
http://www.cardomain.com/ride/2673850
1982 Dodge Ram Maxi 1 ton
http://www.cardomain.com/ride/2940482
1986 Dodge RamVan shorty, with 318 and 4spd. STANDARD


Member of Rebelvanners Canada

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#259695 - February 02nd 2009 7:39 am Re: How To Chop Vans Roof. [Re: Dodges 3]
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Madman!


Registered: October 25th 2001 12:00 pm
Posts: 28121
Loc: Dayton, New Jersey, U.S.A.
As rare as the gullwings are you may want to save that and build a steel door for the side.

I'm working on getting together some really good info. I'll keep you posted.
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Ken Schwarz
Tricky Truckers, N.J.
Van Clan Plus One, Canada
Manse Vans, Finland
Rebel Vanners, N.J. "USA"
Toopa Sinner Tribe, N.C.

www.showvans.com

http://www.cardomain.com/ride/360991



"Coolness ALWAYS trumps comfort"

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#259697 - February 02nd 2009 7:43 am Re: How To Chop Vans Roof. [Re: Dodges 3]
Doc 2% of Canada, EH!!!! Offline
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Registered: June 10th 2003 12:00 pm
Posts: 12627
Loc: Burlington, On, Canada Eh !!!!
Originally Posted By: Dodges 3
I was hopin to see lots of general info here bt now. There is a big thaw heading for Ontario, for next weekend. And GF is having a grils only weekend. So I think I might pull the rear side winders out of my 91. I also have to yank the remaining stereo system.

I think I will post some cut lines ideas here, for your info. and comments. Just rememer I am going to be chopping a factory winder van.

Here is a PHOTOCHOPPED pic of what I'm leaning towards.



Where is your head going to fit Brad ??? When I had my Mid Cab Chopped, I could not drive it afterwards for more than 1 hour....

It is still up in the Great White North somewhere smile
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#259720 - February 02nd 2009 8:28 am Re: How To Chop Vans Roof. [Re: Doc 2% of Canada, EH!!!!]
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Li'l Blue Wagon

Registered: June 09th 2006 12:00 pm
Posts: 6501
Loc: Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
Originally Posted By: Doc 2% of Canada, EH!!!!
Originally Posted By: Dodges 3
I was hopin to see lots of general info here bt now. There is a big thaw heading for Ontario, for next weekend. And GF is having a grils only weekend. So I think I might pull the rear side winders out of my 91. I also have to yank the remaining stereo system.

I think I will post some cut lines ideas here, for your info. and comments. Just rememer I am going to be chopping a factory winder van.

Here is a PHOTOCHOPPED pic of what I'm leaning towards.



Where is your head going to fit Brad ??? When I had my Mid Cab Chopped, I could not drive it afterwards for more than 1 hour....

It is still up in the Great White North somewhere smile


Of course my plan is to also chop my seat bases. The visor, as seen in the photochop, may or may not stay on. It will be removed during roof removal.
_________________________
1991 Dodge RamVan 318 Shorty with 2 Gullwings.
http://www.cardomain.com/ride/2673850
1982 Dodge Ram Maxi 1 ton
http://www.cardomain.com/ride/2940482
1986 Dodge RamVan shorty, with 318 and 4spd. STANDARD


Member of Rebelvanners Canada

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#259721 - February 02nd 2009 8:30 am Re: How To Chop Vans Roof. [Re: Superbeast]
Dodges 3 Offline
Li'l Blue Wagon

Registered: June 09th 2006 12:00 pm
Posts: 6501
Loc: Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
Originally Posted By: Superbeast
As rare as the gullwings are you may want to save that and build a steel door for the side.

I'm working on getting together some really good info. I'll keep you posted.


I already have a steel door on the side. The original slider is still on the side, as you should know already. My f/g gullwing is on the rear. And I have my original single rear which will be going on the side, once the chop is underway, and cuts have been tested and completed on the exisiting side slider/gull.
_________________________
1991 Dodge RamVan 318 Shorty with 2 Gullwings.
http://www.cardomain.com/ride/2673850
1982 Dodge Ram Maxi 1 ton
http://www.cardomain.com/ride/2940482
1986 Dodge RamVan shorty, with 318 and 4spd. STANDARD


Member of Rebelvanners Canada

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