Sectioning removes height from the vehicle.
Instead of taking from the top, material is removed horizontally from the actual body. The top
half is then lowered and welded back onto the bottom half.
The purpose is to reduce the overall height of the bodywork of the car. Like a roof chop,
sectioning reduces a car’s frontal area, and reduces wind resistance.
Sectioning is the most serious of all body modifications. Proceed with caution. Once you have
cut half the car away, there is no going back.
On fat fendered hot rods, it is common to section the hood. A wedge section can be removed from the
sides of the hood, causing the hood to slope lower in front instead of riding flat.
For a smoother appearance, you can also section a variety of other pieces to pull them in closer to
To see a professional step-by-step severe sectioning job on a topless ’32 Ford, visit:
Thanks for reading this brief description of chopping, channeling and sectioning a hot rod.
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