Those V-6s were basically racing Chevy small blacks with the rear cylinders lopped off. That's why the right rear and left front exhaust ports are close together like the center ports on a small block Chevy. Pistons, rods, valvetrain,etc., everything but the crank, cam, heads, intake, block, etc interchange. Made pretty good power and were reasonably reliable.
Compared to most of you guys, I really am cheap. I try never to pay more than 20 bucks for any 1/24 - 1/25 kit that is in current issue and with a Hobby Lobby discount coupon, much less. I buy bargains off of eBay and wait patiently for the best price. I had about 400 unbuilt kits at one time but sold about 150 over the last two years up until last year. The two most expensive kits I had purchased were the Revell 1/8 scale '32 Ford Hiboy Hot Rod and 1/8 scale '23 Big T bought new at Hobby Lobby with a coupon. That was until last year when I bought a Testors Lincon Mint 1/6 scale Harley-Davidson FLHRI Road King off eBay for $55.00 plus $20.00 shipping.
When I was in high school in 1980's, I was a member of the KEY (Kiwanis Educated Youth) club. We helped the local retirement home set up a white elephant sale and I purchased this kit for a dollar. It had never been built and still was mostly attached to the sprues. I built it and it worked as advertised. Unfortunately, it like almost all the models of my youth, failed to make all the moves I made over the years. Those kits built or unbuilt go for a pretty penny now.
I thought I give an update with an official count of what I haven't built with some pictures. I unboxed all my stash from storage and did an inventory. There are 241 unbuilt kits. 29 kits are started in one form or another. I will be putting many up for sale on eBay soon like I did last year. Here are some pictures three are not included two are the 1/8 scale Big T and Big Duece and an old Monogram Goin' Buggy dual body VW. The box of Bill Elliott kits are never to be sold either.
I used to live right up the road from Wilson, NC. There was a dirt track at the fairgrounds and we would get real barbecue from Parker's. Seems a shame those Chevys have gone to rot like that. I'm sure someone kept telling prospective buyers they were not for sale because they were going to be restored one day.
I sold about a hundred last year on eBay. I have a couple hundred built. I've lost, destroyed or gave away probably 200 more over the last 45 years. Finally, I have several hundred unbuilt, that need to be sorted for sale on eBay and figure out what I'll keep to build.