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Removing cast-in exhaust system detail

Q: Is there an easy way to remove cast-in exhaust system detail? I want to add a more-realistic muffler and pipes to my current build, but the molded detail has to go first. The model is an AMT/Ertl 1955 Chevy.

- Jason McDermott
Via E-mail

Ken: Unfortunately, Jason, the only way to get rid of the old exhaust system is to cut it out, which also means taking some of the floor pan with it.

Instead of simply grinding out the muffler and tailpipe, you may want to remove the entire floor pan - leaving only the frame rails - and build a completely new floor.

Depending on how comfortable you feel with such a scratchbuilding project, it's probably easier to build a floor than it would be to patch the holes created by grinding out some of the molded-in details. Remember, though, to document all of the underbody details that appear on the model, so you can duplicate them on the new pan.

But there is good news in this particular situation, and you may be in luck:

Because you mentioned you were working on an AMT/Ertl '55 Chevy, note that the frames on the Monogram '55 and the Revell '56 are pretty darn close to the AMT/Ertl '55. You may want to consider picking up one of those kits to use as a donor vehicle. It'll mean spending a few more dollars on your project, but it may save you time.


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