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Mark

Member Since 30 Mar 2006
Offline Last Active Oct 27 2014 02:40 PM
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In Topic: I'm looking for these Custom taillights.

27 October 2014 - 12:01 PM

There are also a couple of body color pieces that go onto the body, to allow the flat bezel to fit the body...


In Topic: Citation for suckiness

25 October 2014 - 07:11 AM

 I think it's awesome that the X car was Motor Trend (I believe) Car of the Year when it came out. Hmmm... eating a bit of crow, maybe? The article goes on about how awesome it is, but this was all written before any time had passed, and the weaknesses had manifested themselves. 

Motor Trend's "awards" seemed to be connected more closely to the amount of advertising sold to a particular manufacturer, as opposed to the perceived merits of the vehicle itself...


In Topic: Citation for suckiness

24 October 2014 - 12:29 PM

As much of a GM hater as I am, I wouldn't call the Cavalier a failure.  GM sold a mess of them, and in my area (where cars rust into oblivion) I still see plenty of them, even though the newest ones are now twelve years old.  It might have been Car & Driver that remarked that they "run poorly, longer than a lot of other cars run at all". 

My mom got fourteen years out of a Chevette...bought new towards the end of '81, replaced by a Dodge Neon in '95.  The Chevette stranded her three times in a row...three strikes, you're out.  Each time it was stupid little stuff, but the floor was starting to go away, so it wasn't worth throwing money at it by then.  She was happy with it overall, and got pretty good service out of it.  There were things that irritated me (oil filter directly over a crossmember, no cam bearings in the head-just metal on metal)...typical GM penny-pinching.

Another guy I knew bought a Chevette Scooter (the one with cardboard door panels, and no rear seat) when they first came out.  He put about 160,000 miles on it, and sold it to another guy I knew.  When she packed up and left him, she'd put another 100,000 on it by then, and took the car with her.

The midsize and fullsize GM cars with the V6 engines were the real failures.  Around here, the frames rotted behind the rear wheels where the tires threw slop on them every winter.  The V6 engines were overtaxed and not up to the job.  The guy who bought the Scooter brand new, later bought a Bonneville "G" (midsize) with the Buick V6...puked the engine with fewer than 50,000 miles.  The rebuild didn't last any longer.  He had a V8 put in after that, as did a lot of other people...


In Topic: Ghost Kits - Shown But Never Released

19 October 2014 - 04:02 AM

The side panel of the AMT '62 Corvair (and SMP '62 Valiant) Styline kits list the other kits in the series...at the bottom of the list is "El Camino".  Presumably this would have been a third issue of the 1960 kit with Stylizing parts added (there was a straight reissue of the original version in 1961).  Between production of promotional models, toy store frictions, and kits in '60 and '61, the El Camino tool was probably shot even at that point.

The Jo-Han 1969 kit "sell sheet" lists 1969 GTX and Cadillac convertibles, neither of which were produced.  The 1969 Auto World catalog lists the GTX convertible also, not a Roadrunner convertible as I had previously posted. 


In Topic: Garlits Wynnscharger

19 October 2014 - 02:59 AM

The reissue kit's box is actually a bit larger (taller) than the original.  Round 2 uses the same size box for AMT and MPC branded kits, while when they were competitors (back in the day) MPC used a box that wasn't as tall as AMT's.  The box bottom might be just a bit narrower because of the box top being double layer, though.  Some of the chrome trees had tabs added later to stick them in the vacuum plating chamber, which sometimes made them a tighter fit in the boxes. 

MPC did use a slightly bigger box for some kits (Open Road camper, '71 Chevy ramp truck) but the dragster kits were in the regular box.  The dragster chassis fits in, but diagonally.  I'm surprised the transfer got wrinkled.  The display in the Meyers Manx kit was put in the box without folding the large bottom section, unlike the original issue of that kit.