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Cutting out body parts

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  • Member since
    March 2013
Cutting out body parts
Posted by ditdah54 on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 3:42 AM

I purchased a 78 Toyota pickup which has the hood attached to the fenders. I want to cut out the hood and reuse it. What is the best way to do it?

Thanks, Ed

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    December 2003
  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 10:43 AM

There are a number of ways of doing this;
- Using the back side of a #11 Exacto blade to repeatedly scribe the panel line. It's usually better to use an old blade with the tip broken off.
- Use a panel scriber to repeatedly scribe the panel line. Go easy and take your time, making long, easy, controlled pulls.
- A method that I haven't tried but have seen awesome results from is using dental floss. Saw through the plastic whilst carefully following the panel line.
- If the lines are straight, some will use the heel of a razor saw blade dragged backwards through the panel line.
- PE saw blades do a good job of scribing through plastic as well.

Whichever tool or method you use, go carefully making somewhat light, easy pulls. The thinner the blade or scriber tool, the cleaner the cutting job will be with the least amount of lost material at the panel seperation line. If you do find the panel gaps are too large after cleaning up the cut lines, some sheet styrene can be added to the edge of the hood and then sanded down to fit cleanly with a small gap. Also, don't fret if your scriber or cutter slips and gouges the body surface. These slips are easily repaired with a dab of body filler or primer applied with a brush. My favorite is Mr. Surfacer 1000 or 1500, which is a brushed on lacquer based primer, and very handy for small body repairs.

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Posted by ditdah54 on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 10:47 AM

Thank you Trevor.


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