Yeah, that was me. I figured better not to make waves. But since you saw my post and answered, well, waves made!
But to get back to your comment about drawing in more casual modelers, Chuck...
Since this is an all-new kit, wouldn't it have been just as easy to get it right than to get it wrong? Seriously... the excuses about why they cut this corner and that corner and why they left out this part and that part just doesn't make sense when you're talking about a new kit and not a re-release. Why not just make the freakin' thing right and satisfy both the "casual" modeler and the "lunatic fringe?"
Philosophically, I'm bang-on your page, Harry. Pragmatically, I'm guessing it would have cost more to do the master patterns for the correct rear suspension and front axle than to recycle the previous patterns, to say nothing of the valve cover breathers, master cylinder, external door hinges, and other little bits m.i.a.
It seems they did it the cheapest way you could still call the tooling "new". Frankly I'm glad we got a new firewall, a TKO and such great new rubber out of the deal.