The flip-nose Datsun pickup does NOT use the same chassis as the '53 Ford pickup/'57 Chevy. The Datsun used the stock frame and suspension, and the engine was a small-block Chevy compared to the big-block in the '53/'57. The monster truck still used the stock Datsun frame but the stock suspension parts weren't included.
There's some butchery with the Matador; not with the custom but with the Allison sportsman version that came after the custom. The body was smoothed (door handles and scripts removed) and the chassis was messed with a bit.
The Revell '67 kits (Shahan Coronet, Sox & Martin GTX) will have the hood scoop, and the Dodge might have a set of Cragar wheels too. The '64 Hemi hood scoop can be altered to fit too (the rear edge has a reverse curve, to match the rear edge of the '64 hood).
The Bat Machine did include a complete "stock" version including the seats. The upholstery pattern in the '70 kits is likely unchanged from the MPC '69 because AMT had the promotional model deal that year. MPC's '70 hardtop looks slightly "starched and pressed" next to the AMT, but it's passable. AMT did a '70 convertible promotional model but no kit. The promo has the correct deck lid without the recess at the center. I'm pretty certain it has the "hardtop with the roof cut off" upper quarter panels and windshield frame like the MPC Bat Machine.
MPC's '70 Impala hardtop kit did have "SS" emblems, bucket seats, and a console. I'm not sure about the "Bat Machine" convertible kit. AMT's annual issue of the '70 hardtop had the bench seat and no "SS" emblem, but the box did refer to it as an SS.
There was an IMC Surf Buggy kit; it would appear that it was later modified into the Bugs Buggy, which is what was reissued. Doesn't look too bad, especially for eight bucks...but I'm watching my purchases lately, so I'll pass...
Anyone have a pic of what's in the 1/20 dune buggy box? I stopped at one store today, out of curiosity picked up one of those and it seemed awfully light and the contents seemed to have a lot of empty space, especially for a 1/20 scale kit. Checked another one, it seemed to be the same. I didn't buy one...last two weekends, I was at a local show and then NNL East offing some stuff in order to make some empty space and a few bucks...
The '63 Nova kits could be had for quite a long time, but the '65 Craftsman kit was always tough because people were buying them up, assembling them, and trying to palm them off as promotional models. There were no '64 Nova kits or promotionals. MPC '72 Dusters are tough now (built ones often have cut hoods) but '71s seem to turn up more often. That usually happens when a newly tooled version of a particular car turns up, whether the new one is better than the original or not. For example, I've got three or four really nice, clean, rebuildable '62 Impala convertibles that I bought after the AMT/Ertl convertible came out. I don't think I've got more than ten bucks in any of them. Same goes for '61 Impalas, both hardtops and convertibles. I even tripped over a couple of cheap '69 El Caminos after the '68 came out.
Just why would be a mystery for the ages, but obliterating the color name might be part of the buyout deal. Back when Duplicolor came in the cans without labels (everything was printed right on the can) the stores that carried the closeout cans apparently had to obliterate the Duplicolor brand name on the cans! I bought a bunch of cans back then (at Big Lots; Ollie's didn't exist, at least around here) and the name was knocked off of every can with what appeared to be a wire brush wheel. Those didn't have the colors named on the cans, but the code number on the sticker was visible (unless it had faded due to age). In most cases you'd know what make of car the color was for, but you'd have to find an older Duplicolor book to figure out what color you had, though.
I've got two unbuilt convertible kits; one I got from my older brother in '73 or '74. He got it from his wife's uncle who had it sitting in his closet since '64, so I know pretty much where it has been all these years. I can't remember where I got the other one. I pieced together a hardtop from a partial kit found on eBay, and another kit that apparently got cannibalized for a slot car back in the day. The body in the partial kit was painted, but none of the parts in either kit were ever assembled. I did have to buy a window unit from one of those eBay "break up a kit and sell the parts" vendors, but even overpaying for that piece I haven't got nearly as much in it as I would have if I'd found a complete one.
I was going to mention the "loading up" in the final years...a lot of these people refuse extra assignments or overtime for many years, then grab all they can in the last five years before retirement to pad the pension payment. In New York, public employees (including the politicians that never met a tax they didn't like) receive pensions exempt from New York State income tax.