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Exhaust Manifold and Mid section out of alignment - Newbie

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Hi

I am a new starter; my daughters bought me the 1/24th General Lee by MPC. This is my first in about 23 years and even back then I wasn't that good. However, when I attached the engine in to the chassis that went fine but the exhaust manifold from the engine wasn't aligned to the rear part of the exhaust so I applied glue and lined them up. The glue slightly melted the plastic in its bonding process and because they weren’t aligned to start off with after a while they became out of alignment again but now stretching a little so the plastic exhaust doesn't look right.

Now I know the experienced amongst you are saying you should Have - WHAT? What should I have done? Please remember when answering this question I am a new starter and from the UK so we may not have the same shops, I can’t find a Forum like this one for the UK Market - Well done to you all for a fantastic forum.

Ta!

Harri

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Although I hope you appricated the gift, I would have NEVER bought this kit. It is honestly the WORST kit avalible. It is a tooling that is VERY, VERY old.

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Although I hope you appricated the gift, I would have NEVER bought this kit. It is honestly the WORST kit avalible. It is a tooling that is VERY, VERY old.

I am finding that have to do a lot of trimming and reshaping but I am enjoying it. What should I do when parts dont align up and there isn't room for clamps?

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Well, use some superglue. hold the parts in alignment and add a drop of glue. when it is dry paint over the white haze it will leave.

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If you have a mini-drill set and some stiff wire, you could drill into both the manifold and the mid-pipes, glue the wire into the manifolds, and then glue the mid-pipe to the manifolds over the wire (using the wire as an internal alignment pin, if you will).

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If you have a mini-drill set and some stiff wire, you could drill into both the manifold and the mid-pipes, glue the wire into the manifolds, and then glue the mid-pipe to the manifolds over the wire (using the wire as an internal alignment pin, if you will).

Superglue what a good idea, and pin vice drill will be the next addition to my tool box. I presume that is the type of drill you are referring to as appose to the electric multi tool type. Thanks

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Yes Shane, a pin vice and bit set is what I am referring to. Wonderful handy tools to have about.

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Thanks for that advice and for some models to aim at next, very informative and much appreciated.

All the best

Harri

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