This Patina'd Model T hot rod project came in for a top chop and roof insert to match the already shortened windshield frame the owner had for it. Our first step was to square up the body as much as possible from corner to corner and make sure it was level and securely mounted to the frame. Temporary bracing was welded in to make sure it stayed that way when the roof was cut free. Then, after ascertaining just how much to cut by measuring the windshield frame, we laid out the chop and began cutting. Care was taken to maintain a rear window size that was proportionate to the side windows, as merely cutting evenly on all four sides would have resulted in a mail slot rear window that would be very hard to see through. after cleaning up the cut seams, we started tacking the roof back on slowly and carefully to minimize warpage on the 94 year old sheet metal.
The window openings on the doors and quarter windows required significant reworking to flow back together properly, and the body required two relief cuts by the rear window to meet back up properly. After everything was securely tacked back together, the roof insert (from an early 1960's Ford Station Wagon ) was cut out large with the plasma cutter, then slowly cut down to size after being fit and squared up to the car. The Visor was massaged and blended into the roof. Then everything was finish welded, ground smooth, planished, and made as nice possible in bare metal as the car will stay patina'd and the owner has no immediate plans for paint.
We're currently mounting the pedals, steering column, steering box, and other necessities. I'll post an update about that soon.