A Lit­tle off the Top

CHOP­PING THE TOP OF A ’51 CHEVY WITH HUB­CAP’S HOT ROD DE­SIGN

Street Trucks - - TECH -

YOU CAN’T SWING a dead cat with­out hit­ting a truck with airbags nowa­days, and body-drops are just as com­mon. But the one mod that al­most ev­ery­one wants to do, yet is rarely ac­tu­ally per­formed, is a chop top. Why? Be­cause it’s dif­fi­cult, daunt­ing even. It’s a quick way to ruin a truck, be­cause if you make a wrong cut or two, then you’ve got a ve­hi­cle that’s des­tined ei­ther for the scrap yard or life as a per­ma­nent con­vert­ible. But when it’s done right, it’s amaz­ing.

Nick Sin­ioris at Hub­cap’s Hot

Rod De­sign in Phoenix is a mas­ter of met­al­work. A quick tour around his shop reveals the amaz­ing stuff he’s ca­pa­ble of do­ing, and if you’re lucky enough to see his tools, then you’ll know he has the gear he needs to ac­com­plish any­thing he wants. Does he know how to chop a top? In­du­bitably. And as you saw a few is­sues back with our tech ar­ti­cle on putting a big back win­dow in a 1958 Chevro­let truck (ST April 2017, “Go Big,” pg. 84), he knows how to make things cool.

This par­tic­u­lar project fea­tures an early’50s Chevro­let truck. They were known as Ad­vanced De­sign back then, and 1947-55 (first se­ries) trucks have been a sta­ple of Amer­i­cana prac­ti­cally since their re­lease. Nick’s buddy came to him with a cab, two doors and in­struc­tions. Give it a clean chop, noth­ing rad­i­cal, no mail slots for win­dows; just a good clean roof job with a su­per-clean fin­ish. As usual, the re­sults were stun­ning.

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