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Old 07-21-2008, 03:34 PM
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ChopTop Build Thread

Here it is, the Choptop Buildup Thread. The goal is to have it finished and at Ouray '10.

The Choptop as delivered by Hammer on 7-20-08... looking more than a little sad on the D44s.





The J20 that is donating the built D60s, the Howell injected 401, built 727 and twinsticked D300 (and other bits).



And finally the M715 that is donating the front clip and the bed for a matching trailer (ditto on the misc parts donation). This was actually in better shape than I was anticipating when I picked it up today but it will live on in the Choptop.



I don't know where to start at the moment, but I'll update as I go along.
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Old 07-21-2008, 04:01 PM
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Wow, can't wait to see some progress!
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Old 07-21-2008, 04:10 PM
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Very cool project, but that M715 is far too nice to part out!!

Why not look for a front clip somewhere else?
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Old 07-21-2008, 04:17 PM
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Very cool project, but that M715 is far too nice to part out!!

Why not look for a front clip somewhere else?

The rockers and cab floor are rusty, the tailgate is toast... the drivetrain is in multiple milkcrates (it came with two semi assembled engines, three transfer cases and no driveshafts).

It was $800 and less than an hour from home. The least expensive M715 fenders I found were $500 and had to be shipped.
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Old 07-21-2008, 06:07 PM
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(it came with two semi assembled engines, three transfer cases and no driveshafts).

I see... Didn't look that bad in the pic. Interested in selling an NP200 rear output?
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Old 07-21-2008, 06:18 PM
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I see... Didn't look that bad in the pic. Interested in selling an NP200 rear output?
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They never do.

I'll PM you on the output.
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Old 07-21-2008, 11:53 PM
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Glad it's finally there!
And yes, putting those puny tires and D44's under it makes it look rather pathetic. But at least they work fairly well as a roller.

I didn't see that M715 when I was dropping off the choptop. Was it inside or moved around somewhere else?

Either way, can't wait to see progress pictures!!!
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Old 07-22-2008, 12:36 AM
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Man that looks good. If ya want to sell the axles under it now just let me know cause im lookin for a spare set of narrow track 44s for my project.
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Old 07-22-2008, 07:18 AM
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Krek,

You are going to be one busy boy. Glad to see the Choptop will live on. Keep the updates coming.
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Old 07-22-2008, 08:26 AM
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Man that looks good. If ya want to sell the axles under it now just let me know cause im lookin for a spare set of narrow track 44s for my project.
Those are actually wide track axles from a '76 with flat top knuckles.
They look extra narrow because those are toyota rims with a lot of backspacing.

Krek has his work cut out for him, but after seeing his other projects, I know this will finally turn into the vehicle it was designed to be in the first place.
And I could never justify cutting the bed up for the changes I needed to do.
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Old 07-22-2008, 08:35 AM
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Glad you got that!! I tried but outta my range. Sucks to hear about the fenders..I got mine from a member here..bought and shipped for under $100 At least you got a whole M715 to play with!!!!

Can't wait to see this thing BUILT. It's freakin awesome
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Old 07-22-2008, 08:40 AM
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Man, that choptop has been around.

I am looking forward to finally seeing this thing completed. Looks like you have all of the ingrediants to make a hell of a choptop.

I am currently getting ready to start on its bigger brother, a full size crewcab M715.
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Old 07-22-2008, 06:35 PM
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I frickin love the look of that wag, always have. If I had a wag I'd do it similar to that.
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Old 07-22-2008, 06:42 PM
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can't wait to watch this one unfold!

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Old 08-27-2008, 08:20 AM
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I've been spending some time getting to know the ChopTop and mapping out a plan of action.

One of the early obstacles is the rear doors. The way they were cut to fit makes it difficult to seal up the door and keep the windows intact and functional.

Need some feedback from you guys. See the red primered tube door on the J10? I'm thinking about using those on the ChopTop and having matching tube doors fabricated for the rears.

This is going to be primarily a trailered trail rig. What do you think?
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Old 08-27-2008, 10:03 AM
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Sounds good. That should look cool. jmo, but I would think about making some vinyl snap on windows though to keep some of the rain out.
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Old 09-15-2008, 03:20 PM
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Not much to report but I did manage to get the paint removed today.

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Old 09-15-2008, 05:45 PM
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Looks different without the faded paint.

How did that rear glass get busted?

Sure glad you are taking this project over. Means it will get worked on like it should have before.
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Old 09-15-2008, 06:25 PM
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The guy that media blasted the body broke the window. Actually, he broke every window in it.

I told him that none of the glass was being re-used (I had already removed the windshield) and I guess that made them fair game.

However, the price was right at $200.

I wanted to make sure there wasn't any surprises under the various paints and getting the whole thing in a coat of primer/sealer should be a motivator.
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Old 09-16-2008, 02:13 PM
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Where does he get all those wonderful toys???
I don't know how I missed this one. Great project. I wish I had your shop as well.
You are pretty close by. I need to come down some day and take a look at your toys.
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