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Joe Brienza's 1934 Ford Convertible of West Islip, New York was completed in 1958. The body was sectioned 4 inches.
Joaquin Arnett's 1934 Ford 3-window coupe of San Diego, California was completed in 1951. The body on Joaquin's coupe was chopped, fully fendered, un-channeled, sectioned and shortened.
John Vara's 1941 Ford Convertible was restyled by Barris Kustoms in 1948, featuring a sectioned body. John sold the car to Johnny Zaro of Maywood, California before the build was completed.
Jack Telnack's 1941 Mercury Convertible of Detroit, Michigan. The build was started in 1954 and completed in 1955. After the build was completed, Jay moved to California, attending the Art Center Design School. He sold the car in California in the latter part of the 1950s. Jay went on to become head designer at Ford Motor Company where he is credited for the Taurus and the Sable. Jay's Merc was both sectioned and channeled.
Milton Depuy's 1949 Ford of Cleveland, Ohio was restyled around 1956. Milton's Ford was sectioned 4 inches and fit with a 1951 Ford Victoria top.
Gary Overby's 1949 Ford of Tacoma, Washington was sectioned 5 inches in 1961.
Merton Peterson's 1950 Ford of San Diego, California was restyled by Carrol "Red Eye" Gentry of Styler's Custom Shop. The build was completed in 1953 and featured a 5 inch section job.
Hank Katzenmaler's 1951 Ford Tudor, of Dacatur, Illinois was built by its owner.
Ron Courtney's 1951 Ford of McMinnville, Oregon was restyled by Ron between 1954 and 1956. The car, known as the X-51, was sectioned 5 inches.
Wally Troy's 1953 Buick Convertible, The Troy Custom, was sectioned 9 inches Wally Troy of Springfield, Illinois. The build was completed in 1954.
Ray Russell's 1953 Ford convertible of Detroit, Michigan. Restyled in 1953, Ray's Ford featured a 7 inche sectioned body.
George Barris' 1955 Chevrolet truck, the Kopper Kart, was built as a promotion vehicle for Barris Kustoms of Lynwood, California. The build was completed in 1957. The body was sectioned 5 1/2 inches.
Vic Collins' 1955 Chevrolet truck of Rahway, New Jersey. Vic's truck is a clone of George Barris' 1955 Chevrolet truck, the Kopper Kart. Restyled by Customs by Flash and John Maurice, the build was started in 1999, and completed in 2008. The original Kopper Kart was according to the magazines sectioned 5 1/2 inches. This turned out to be too much, so John sectioned his Kopper Kart clone a little less then that.
Gene Boucher's 1956 Ford, The Marquis, was sectioned 6 inches by Bill Cushenbery of Cushenbery Custom Shop. The build took two and a half year to complete, and it made its debut in January of 1962.
Leroy Kemmerer's 1956 Mercury of Castro Valley, California. Leroy's Merc, also known as The Jade Idol, was restyled by Gene Winfield of Winfield's Custom Shop. The build was started in 1958, and completed in 1959. The Jade Idol was sectioned 4 inches, and it was the first car that Gene ever sectioned. The Jade Idol became an instant hit at car shows all over the US, and it was the car that helped Gene gain national recognition as a custom car builder.
Dave Stuckey's 1965 Pontiac Catalina of Wichita, Kansas was restyled in 1969. The car was Dave's personal driver, and it was sectioned 3 inches.

Body-section - to lower the body by cutting out a section of the body, then welding together the two halves.

The first car that legendary custom car builder Gene Winfield sectioned was Leroy Kemmerer's 1956 Mercury, The Jade Idol. The Jade Idol was started in 1958 and completed in 1959. The Jade Idol was sectioned 4 inches. When Gene sections a car, he use 4 inches as a standard. As everything has to come down, and it is the same amount of work, Gene feels that you might as well go as far as you can go in order to make it look cool.[1]

Sectioned Cars

Dave Stuckey's Lil' Coffin
Joaquin Arnett's 1934 Ford 3-Window Coupe
Joe Brienza's 1934 Ford Convertible - The Brienza Special
Ted Svendsen's 1934 Ford
Tommy Jamieson's 1937 Ford Pickup
Art Lehner's 1939 Ford - The Fadeaway Ford
Bill Cushenbery's 1940 Ford
Ralph Jilek's 1940 Ford
Ted Graziano's 1940 Ford Sport Custom
Joe Urritta's 1941 Ford
John Vara's 1941 Ford Convertible
Jack Telnack's 1941 Mercury Convertible
Pete Brock's 1946 Ford
Earl Wilson's 1947 Studebaker
Jack Crabbs' 1948 Buick - The Black Flame
Chuck Porter's 1949 Ford
Gary Overby's 1949 Ford
Milton Depuy's 1949 Ford
Bob Metz' 1950 Buick - XM105
Chris Clark's 1950 Chevrolet
Burt Hamrol's 1950 Ford Sedan
Don Britton's 1950 Ford
Master Welders' 1950 Ford Coupe
Merton Peterson's 1950 Ford
Richard Gregg's 1950 Ford
Ron Dunn's 1950 Ford Coupe
Jack Stewart's 1950 Oldsmobile - The Polynesian
Hank Katzenmaler's 1951 Ford Tudor
Ron Courtney's 1951 Ford - X-51
Ron Hart's 1951 Ford Club Coupe
John Foxley's 1952 Chevrolet
J.G. Schmidlapp's 1952 Oldsmobile Holiday 88
Wally Troy's 1953 Buick - The Troy Custom
Al Ayala's 1953 Ford F-100
Ray Russell's 1953 Ford Convertible
Milton Melton's 1954 Cadillac Eldorado - The Parisienne
The Old School Chevy
George Barris' 1955 Chevrolet Truck - The Kopper Kart
Vic Collins' 1955 Chevrolet Truck - The Kopper Kart Klone
Gene Boucher's 1956 Ford - The Marquis
Leroy Kemmerer's 1956 Mercury - The Jade Idol
Pat Mulligan's 1958 Chevrolet Impala
Dave Stuckey's 1965 Pontiac Catalina


  1. Legends of the Rod & Custom Hall of Fame - Gene Winfield - Sectioning the Jade Idol

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