Went to an estate sale in town on Sunday to scope out an '01 Eldorado (sealed bids, top bid was $5100 on a car that would Blue Book for about $4200 plus it needed brakes, crank and O2 sensors and a fuel tank sending unit - FAIL); in a neighbor's driveway was this nice Mustang:
Looked at the other side, and the missing rocker trim revealed...
There must be a lot of different versions of that SOHC engine - I also have three sets of valve covers and none of them match yours:
Bottom ones were on an original issue AMT '68 Shelby engine I got from eBay. Note the #1 plug on the driver's side would be firing into the cam gear instead of the cylinder. Middle ones were on an unidentified mishmosh blown 427 that was in a "Here Comes the Judge" '57 T-bird (but probably originated elsewhere). Top ones were also in the "Judge" T-bird and I think they're original to the kit; I'll be using them on the Shelby engine since they look closest to correct, plus I have the breather caps for them. Now to find some kind of headers... maybe from a Revell gasser? Pat, what did you use?
1960 El Camino, thereby saving the sanity of anyone trying to make the old AMT kit look good Stock parts (including seat and door panels, this time) for the '40 Ford pickup, and while you're at it PLEASE finesse the fit of the body/fenders/hood/doors so we don't have to perform surgery to make them all line up Lincoln Zephyr coupe based on the Continental tool (I'd even suggest a '48 Continental to put that Pyro abortion out of its misery once and for all, but the ship has probably sailed on interest in that one) 1959 Ranchero based on the Skyliner tool And finally, correct wheelcovers for the '58 T-bird.
I remember the IMC buggy as being a pretty good kit; the one I had came with three back tires and one front, plus I dropped it and broke a rear axle so I never finished it. I recall trying to kitbash the remains with the old Pyro 1/20 VW to make a Baja Bug. (Might still be a workable idea if Pyro VWs weren't so rare now.) I still have the surfboard.
The Corvair got here this afternoon in perfect shape - the seller wrapped it like it was a Ming vase. Not much glue used; six antenna/mirror/spotlight holes to fill, and that's about it. Looks like an easy restoration!
Any James Ellroy fans here? Being a fan of L.A. noir, I got into his books after reading My Dark Places, his autobiography/investigation into his mother's 1958 murder, after I discovered that the events happened near where I lived - in fact, I'd driven past the scene of the crime in El Monte many times. Then I found out my boss's mother had worked with Ellroy's mother at Packard Bell in the mid-'50s, so I really got into reading all his works (just wish I'd read the L.A. trilogy in the correct order). After I ran out of Ellroy books (now I'm waiting for the sequel to Perfidia) I dug around for books I'd seen as movies to see what their full stories were like; thoroughly enjoyed The Caine Mutiny and Thomas Berger's Little Big Man and The Return of Little Big Man. Now for a change of pace, I'm going through the collected short stories of Mark Twain.