- Dremel Motor Tool
- Dremel Motor Tool Press
- Dremel Cutting Disk
- Car Jig
- Sandpaper 600 to 8000 grit
- Milliput Epoxy Putty (Fine)
First I built a car jig. This was pretty simple and straight forward. I needed a way to securely hold the car body while I was making the cuts to the top. This jig not only had to hold the car securely but I wanted the cuts to be square with the chassis. Therefore I cut two wood blocks ¾" thick approximately 2 ½ " X 6" then joined them together so they were exactly 90 degrees. They looked like an "L". On one of the wood blocks I attached an old T-Jet chassis with two small screws that went thru the two brush holes. I also drilled two larger holes in the block that held the chassis. These holes lined up with the chassis body screw holes. This would allow me to screw the body down to the chassis from the other side of the wood block. I made sure everything was as square. This means that all sides of the wood blocks were square, the blocks joined together were square, and that the chassis sides were square with the edges of the wood block. It is important that everything is square from the start that way when you start putting the top back together it will be much easier and the top pieces will line up. By using this jig I can flip the jig in almost any direction and in combination of positioning the Dremel either vertical or horizontal my cuts will be square with the chassis.
Channel first, section second, and chop last, it is important that you work from the ground up so to speak. Before I started thinking about chopping the top I knew I wanted to lower the body on the chassis (channeled). It is important that this was done first. That way when I attached the car to the chassis on the jig the car would be sitting on the chassis as it would normally. Then if you are considering sectioning the body of a car you would do that second and then lastly chop the top.
Where to make the horizontal cut
The next consideration is where to cut the top. Well that pretty much depends on the car but I do recommend that where ever you decide to make the horizontal cut if at all possible make it at the same height all the way around the top (front, back, and sides). This will help maintain a consistent finish height where the two ends of the top will meet in the middle. This should make for easier filling and sanding when joining the top back together.
When making the cuts on the top you should consider in what order you make the cuts. I chose to make the cut down the center of the top first. That way the remaining two pieces of the top were still connected to the car body which makes it easier to cut. You don’t have to worry about holding the pieces you can concentrate on just the cut.
Again, with all these cuts I have not changed the height position on the Dremel motor tool relative to the car so the horizontal cutting plane is the same height for every cut.