Once again a series of tack welds connect the filler panel to the rear window and to the decklid area. At this point the roof is one with the body again.
After carefully calculating and marking the lower rear corners of the window, Delton Scott cuts the top and bottom ends off the window radius piece that we removed earlier.
Often this rear radius will have to be closed up by pie-cutting the piece and folding it closed, but in this case we managed to slightly rotate the stock radius in the rear window corner for a real factory look.
After tack-welding the window corner in place it was time to make a filler piece for the sail panel behind the window. First the opening was trimmed to a uniform shape that eliminated the sharp point at the top of the panel.
While the filler panel is small it does carry a compound curve. Scott uses the English wheel to form that curve, this same curve could be formed with a shot bag and mallet by the homebuilder.
After some careful fitting the final filler piece was tack-welded into the roof. Notice how well the panels fit and more importantly notice how few cuts were made to the roof.
We were pleased with the smooth flowing lines of the rear window area and after some final welding and sanding of the welds there will be nearly no filler required on the seams.
We couldn't be happier with the shape of the rear window. It is now shorter so it has a bit more of a coupe appearance and that rear corner radius is perfect. The small brace showing in the window is temporary.
The extended area between the decklid and the rear window visually lengthens our '51 Ford and while the rear window is still original size, it appears smaller on this angle.
With the top lowered, the team at Honest Charley Garage turned their attention to lowering the doorframes.
The basic cuts were made in the same places as the main roof cuts, this helps ensure symmetry between the upper door and the now lowered roof.
For the most part this top chop was a gentle operation with minimal force exerted, but sometimes there is just on substitute for a 2x4 and a hammer to move a post in 1/8 inch.
The window frame portion of the door was cut in the center to allow the front and rear pieces to align properly. Since we moved the B-pillar to the rear we will need to add a filler piece to the top of the door.
Remember those pieces you cut out of the B-pillar to lower the roof? Simply trim one of those to fit the void in the middle of the upper door.
The inside window molding were also cut to fit the new window opening, which means they too were lowered and extended to fit the opening.
The vent window will remain and be fully functional with the same foldout feature that was there in 1951.
The quarter window moldings were cut and the rear corner was massaged to match the new, reshaped window.
And here it is, a dramatically lower profile without employing a radical top chop. With just 2 inches removed from the front and 3-1/2 inches from the rear, the car takes on a smooth custom profile. This may cause a lot of folks to rethink the radical 5-inch chops.
Watch the guys over at Honest Charley Garage chop the roof here.
To see more videos covering the build of the 2013 AMSOIL/STREET RODDER Road Tour car, click here.