Posted 09 March 2013 - 08:37 AM
Only the original annual kits (hardtop and convertible) and the 1968 reissue Daytona Sportsman include an engine and an opening hood. The Daytona Sportsman reissue can be built stock or custom. It was not altered from the annual except for the deletion of the working lights feature. The clear "light transfer" parts were still included. With the addition of two small bulbs and a battery box, the working light feature could be put back in.
The 1971 issue Modified Stocker is based on the annual/Daytona Sportsman. The alterations made to create the Modified Stocker are extensive and most likely irreversible.
The 1964 promotional models were produced from different tooling than was used for the kits, though many parts will interchange. The promotional model interior is simpler however, not having a separate rear seat like the full detail kits. The promo model was issued in unassembled form around 1967 as a Craftsman Series kit. The Blueprinter, Pro Shop, Millennium Series, and Model King '64 Galaxie kits are all based on the promo model. Being based on a promotional, it has no engine, opening hood, or optional parts.
After the Blueprinter issue but before the Pro Shop issue, the Galaxie was issued as a pre-assembled "retro promo". A number of changes were made, and several parts were retooled, most notably the wheel covers.
Model King commissioned reissues of both '64 Galaxies: the stock-only ex-promotional, and the Modified Stocker. The Modified Stocker has a number of parts "unblocked" in the tooling that were not included in its first issue (because the Modified Stocker did not need them). These include the stock air cleaner, stock oil pan, and stock wheel covers. The Modified Stocker reissue has the molded-in stock dual exhaust restored to the chassis also. This was done when AMT/Ertl first reissued the '63 Galaxie in the mid-Eighties (apparently the '63 and '64 used the same piece, and the exhaust was needed for the stock '63).
If you want chassis and engine detail that is like that in the annual kits, the Modified Stocker reissue has all of the parts plus the stock wheel covers from the annual kit. If you want upgraded detail, you may want to go with the chassis and engine from the newer '60 Starliner kit and make the changes needed to correct the differences between '60 and '64.