Chopping a ’50s car is a tremendous amount of work, and watching someone with an equally tremendous amount of talent like Larry Shoaf really makes it look easy. But don’t be deceived; this is a serious modification that takes a lot of thought and know-how. But having said that, if you work slowly and carefully and never allow any fit to be called “close enough” you can still chop a top at home with fairly minimal equipment. Basically a MIG welder, cut-off wheels, clamps, and basic measuring tools and a box load of patience is all that’s required to chop a top. Making all cuts in exactly the same location side to side and front to rear goes a long way to keeping things aligned and having several sets of helping hands is imperative for fitting the top to the car. Follow along with the photos and you just might be willing to tackle the job in your home shop. Regardless of whether you chop the top at home or have it done by a professional shop, it will definitely give your shoebox Ford a whole new attitude.