B-Real

For the B -Pillars we are continuing the process of strengthening and blending the area where we have removed material. The B-Pillar is tough because it is very easy to visually gauge if it is “off” or “crooked”. The process is simple enough, if care is taken and the steps are not rushed. If you […]

A-Pillars of Society

Now that I have my A-Pillar and upper door opening sufficiently strengthened with a “slug” inside of the metal cavity, we have to make these monstrosities look good cosmetically. As you can see in the first picture, there are a lot of body lines in the A-Pillar and none of them lined up when the […]

Hammer Time – Hammer Welding the Roof Seam on a Chop Top Pontiac Chieftian

With the roof filler piece tacked into place I have two main goals: 1) make the roof structure secure and safe and 2) make the seam as “seamless” as possible. First: Safety. Welding a roof back onto a car after cutting it off is a sketchy proposition; the last thing you want to happen is […]

A Little Morning Stretch

Now that we have determined the roof needs to be split laterally in order to align the b-pillars we have to get as many of the moving pieces locked into place as possible. I like to start from the front and go rearward. First, the A-pillars on the roof seem to be about 1” too […]

Bracing for Liftoff – Bracing the Body to Chop the Top

How to Chop the Top on a Custom 50’s Pontiac The first day of any major chop, channel or section project will surely see the largest turnout of “help”. Everyone you know will want to comer and be a part of something that could go one of two ways. First, they could say “I helped […]