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#1 ratnasty

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 04:26 PM

Hello all when I heard the Beswick GTO was being released I contacted John Greczula to let them know that the tailshaft of the transmission has been missing from the Pontiac motor since 1967.

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here is our e-mails:

Hi John , this is Chuck and I see you guys are bringing out the Beswick GTO funny car. You need to look at the motor and transmission. The trans is missing the complete tailshaft assemby and has been missing since the 1967 GTO flip top car with its full chassis . I just know alot of people we not happy when they got Burketts GTO and I'll bet it is still missing making the car unbuildable because the tailshaft rest on the crossmember . I have only found it in the Mr. Uswitchable kit. Here is a pic of the motor and trans from the Burkett kit . Please check on this and let me know what you find out as I will not be buying any unless this is fixed

Chuck

Hello Chuck,


We did indeed know about the problem. We are adding a new, albeit simple looking separate tailshaft part to the tooling to correct the issue. It looks similar to the tailshaft that's in the '72 MPC Connie Kalitta Bounty Hunter Mustang funny car kit and trust it will work well enough to make modelers happy with the kit.


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John Greczula
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Here is pic of what should have been in the kit, I have saved this from the Mr. Unswitchable so I can clean it up and cast me some
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Here is there replacement set up that is "good enough" for the modelers. I find it very weak and an insult to say "good enough". Maybe as modelers we are "good enough" to save our money and pass this kit by and maybe "good enough" will become "lets fix it right " . At 25.00 a pop for a kit "good enough "doesn't cut it. John and Tom if you are listening

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I hope what I wrote is "good enough"
Chuck

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 05:55 PM

Sounds "good enough" for me Chuck and even though I've known Arnie for a number of years, I don't think I"ll be buying that second rate kit myself.

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 06:58 PM

Sounds "good enough" for me Chuck and even though I've known Arnie for a number of years, I don't think I"ll be buying that second rate kit myself.

Do you know whether or not Mister Beswick shares the hobbiests' "passion" regarding this kit ? :lol:

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 06:58 PM

to tell the truth, i am pretty impressed that the guy even answered you back with that semi belligerent tone in your very poorly written communication. i also dont see where you are quoting "good enough" from...generally when something is in quote marks, it is directly quoted from an attributed source. in this case i dont see the source, presumably Mr Greczula.

Note that I have to agree with you on principle about the suitability of that piece and the addition to the latest re-issue. I just think maybe it could have been approached differently.

just sayin.

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 09:36 AM

For a tool this old, I am just glad they can re-issue it! This is a simple fix for those that want it more correct, but for the rest, it does not matter.

And honestly, once it sits on the shelf, who is really going to know or care?

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 10:52 AM

The kit engine depicts a 4-spd., NO funnycars of that era ran a 4-spd. Simple solution ; Saw the tranny off and replace it with a parts box Turbomatic (or Torqueflite as need be)

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 11:52 AM

(The kit engine depicts a 4-spd., NO funnycars of that era ran a 4-spd. Simple solution ; Saw the tranny off and replace it with a parts box Turbomatic (or Torqueflite as need be)

LOL, this makes me laugh, I am with you a million percent Wayne .................. I find that soooooooooooooooooooo many car model builders just settle instead of going that little bit extra to make it a more correct build. What ever floats ones boat I guess ???

Alan :)

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 03:54 PM

I just watched the Arnie Beswick CD and found out he ran a turbo 400 so I cut one of another engine and I'll use the motor from the 62 Pontiac Catalina

Chuck

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 04:37 PM

Wow that is lame ........ For a good enough , what has gotten into round2 they want big money for rehashed kits come on !