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Removing molded in parts

Q: I’m building AMT’s “Diamond in the Rough,” and I’ve finished the truck, trailer and stock version of the ’40 Ford Tudor. I’d like to build a third ’40 as a “barn find,” which leads to my question.

The chassis floor pan has the muffler and exhaust pipe molded in and I would like to remove them and it appears I have two options:
1. Use a Dremel rotary tool and sandpaper to remove the exhaust pipe and muffler.
2. Cut out the two floor board areas that have the front tailpipe section and hollow muffler and replace those sections with plastic, then carefully grind the back section of the tailpipe, leaving that mildly curved section intact, including the driveshaft well.

Do you have any thoughts?

-Rueben Plachy
via email


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