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#61 1972coronet

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Posted 23 November 2013 - 08:34 PM

"[T]he other [4.3 litre V6]  has an odd Quadrajet 4bbl induction, and was rated at 130hp [...]

" I remember the sheet metal shop my Dad worked for buying a few of those carbureted V6 trucks, 1/2 ton shortbed 2wd with the manual trans, very doggy performance."

California Emissions Package engine ? ( :angry: ) . whenever I hear "doggy performance" , I automatically think , Must be a California-spec engine !

Sounds like these carburetted 262's had the obscure "Dual-jet" ; they looked like the Qudrajet at first blush , but were actually a 2 Bbl !



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Posted 24 November 2013 - 12:42 PM

Those 4bbl trucks (RPO LB1)seem to be more of a fleet option, rather than emissions. The trucks I've seen were all in Illinois and Indiana. The Dual Jet, which is a very common carb, was used on the passenger car versions of the 4.3, as well as the earlier 229 V6, the Buick V6, the late production 292 inline 6, and 60 degree 2.8. You are right about it looking similar to a Quad, it's more or less a Quad split down the middle. Very familiar with them, as I have an S10 with one on it.

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Posted 28 November 2013 - 03:58 AM

My question is how did you get the chrome trim on the green/white pickup to look so good? I have been working on my 76 trying to get that same look for a while.

Edited by plasticfrog, 28 November 2013 - 04:00 AM.


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Posted 03 December 2013 - 04:42 PM

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Posted 03 December 2013 - 06:37 PM

The real Fall Guy truck had a tool box that opened from the side, at least so you could see. Actually, the "jump trucks" were mid-engined for better weight distribution and balance, so those were actually service access doors.

 

By the way, MPC didn't fall on hard times. They were purchased first by General Mills, then like AMT were purchased by the Ertl Co., which was sold to Kidde, International (better known for making fire extinguishers). The reason MPC was discontinued was because the MPC boxes were slightly larger than AMT and didn't fit in the packing carton. It was never more complicated than that.

 

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Posted 04 December 2013 - 02:37 AM

Most of the MPC boxes, yes, but the snap Blazer kit at least is the same size as AMT boxes. 



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Posted 17 December 2013 - 05:42 PM

Could be, I guess. Overall, though, the box size was the reason why MPC brand was discontinued at the time. My sources were Karen Sands and Tom Haverland, who were working in Ertl marketing at the time, and from John Mueller, who was a designer.

 

 

I did about 40 interviews with marketing and engineering people from the companies when I did Hot Rod Model Kits. They always had fun kinds of inside information. I wish we could have used all of the stories, but there wasn't room.

 

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Posted 18 December 2013 - 04:59 AM

In the end, though, you have to agree that discontinuing a marque simply because the boxes were a funny size is a bit ridiculous. But, if they didn't want to put any time/money into re-sizing the boxes...



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Posted 24 December 2013 - 06:55 AM

Great article and run down.

Maybe since they are in the process of reissuing some 80s TV stuff for kits we'll see them push out the Fall Guy truck again if they can.



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Posted 24 December 2013 - 09:32 AM

So I just now realized that in that picture Casey posted on 3 Dec, the kit pictured is actually the Monogram GMC...

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Posted 24 December 2013 - 01:18 PM

So I just now realized that in that picture Casey posted on 3 Dec, the kit pictured is actually the Monogram GMC...

I was wondering why they chose such a low photo angle...



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Posted 24 December 2013 - 05:55 PM

Axle trusses are the big giveaway. Plus the winch/skid plate at the front, the 78/79 GMC grille, dual tanks, lack of access panel on the bed, under-window cab trim... but it has the roll bar, bull bar, and wheels from the eventual Fall Guy kit. They must've had a lot of issues getting that kit produced as even the box art truck has the 81-82 Chevy grille.



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Posted 17 February 2014 - 04:16 PM

I just got my hands on an unbuilt '78 I bought it primarily for the Rally Wheels, which I am going to use on my '74 Impala Build. I am going to build this one right, detailing it out. 1978 was the first year I sold Chevies, so this kit means something to me. A delership I worked for had a loaded '80 Sportside, which was loaded to the hilt, except that it had the base wheels and tires. The Truck Manager said he ordered it that way, because they intended to do a tire and wheel swap. I plan to put a set of American 200-S Wheels on mine, with a lowered front suspension. I am also going to swap out the bench seat, a set if High-Back buckets like I had on an '81 Demo I had, which I called "The Cowboy de Ville". It was a loaded long bed C-10, with Factory Aluminum Wheels. I had 3 of them for demos. They were so cool and sold well.