Nice work on the 55 Andy, the red and white look good and I think it will do better in the final voting that a plain primer finish. Also, congrats on you Gearz/Revell contest win.
I've done a little more with the Dart. As I've mentioned before this kit came with no wheel backs and nothing from my parts box fit the JoHan tires so I tried to make some discs out of sheet plastic to act as wheel backing pieces. The first half dozen or so attempts didn't go so well and I only had 2 somewhat useable pieces. While talking to a very good friend of mine (von Zipper, aka Chris) he sugessted chucking some sheet plastic into my Dremel and turning it down to make the wheel backs. It worked pretty well once I got one down to the right size, ( I did make a couple that were too small at first).
With wheel backs made I could finally mock up the suspention and check wheelbase, ride height, wheel centering in the openings, and width of the Duster rearend I'm using. I'm sure you can guess where this is going by now.........Everything was off. The Duster rearend was an easy enough fix, just trimmed 1/16" off each end and the track width seemed about right. Wheelbase and centering in the openings are going to take a little more work. The Lindberg kit that I'm using for the chassis must be off a little as I measured the wheelbase at 118/119" (in scale), it should be 116".The rear wheels are placed too far rearward in their openings and need to move forward about 1.5-2mm. The front wheels are too far forward in their openings and need to move about 2mm rearward. This should give me a correct 116" wheelbase.
Anyway, here are the pics of where things are (incorrectly) at. I'll detail the modifications I'll be making to correct things in later posts, I already have an idea of how I'm going to tackle the problem.
I also mocked up the Max Wedge exhaust manifolds on the engine to see if they were going to give me a problem later down the line, everything seemed to fit there (we'll see if that is the case later in the build......much like last years Capri).