Just in case anyone is interested heres the story of my Chopt cab. Its mostly a historical thread but when Ive got it up to date I will show any work I'm currently doing on it.
Be warned, its an honest look back, some of is not pretty!
I guess the story started in 1986 when I got my green badge and became a London cabbie. Many hours looking at Fx4's (the only style of cab in London at the time) gave me plenty of opportunity to think about modifying one. To me, it was a 1950's design which was in plentiful supply, so why not do some hot rod type stuff to it? About 1995 ish I even wrote a letter to "The Gasser" mag giving my ideas and suggesting that the cab would make a good hot rod. Unsurprisingly, the following issue carried a letter telling me "to get a grip, we're into Hot Rods, not taxis". Well, I cant find that old magazine now, but I would love to thank whoever wrote that letter 'cos he made me even more determined to bring my ideas to fruition.
First of all though I was building my first rod, 32 roadster on taxi chassis. The idea of the chopped cab never went away though and I did that roof chop many times in my mind whilst working.
Eventually I bought a 1/24 scale plastic model of a taxi and did the chop. I still didnt think I would ever make a real version... back then I could hardly believe that I had finally got a rod of my own and had lots of fun with my 32.
But, in 2006 I went and bought this
I had already done the roof chop with scissors and selotape
The plan was to get the chop out of my system and simply use it with standard mechanicals as a cheap daily driver.