Every time you click on an "I agree" box, you're accepting whatever new terms they see fit to offer. Same thing with your online banking and credit card agreements...you're incrementally giving up rights. And, they browbeat you into a new agreement every time you sign up for an update or a new service. With online banking, they'll shoot you a revised agreement every so often, and if you don't accept the new terms then your access is blocked.
The '63 Galaxie was the big news in that series; it hadn't been out since '63 (the original annual kit) and was thought to have been long lost. The following year, the '63 Impala was a big deal. I remember talking to the AMT guy (John O'Neill) at the MCCA convention in Dayton. They had a display there, and were showing off the whitewall tires. The story he told was that they found the equipment AMT used to stamp the tires, but had to science it out because nobody was there from when it was last used. The stamping on the lettered side of the tire was something they couldn't prevent. At the time, the Firestone Supreme tire tooling hadn't turned up, and he (O'Neill) opined that it was lost, so they were using the tires they had.
Besides the display base (which was the one from the MPC 1/20 scale Indy Turbine car kit), the Prestige kits included printed whitewall tires. AMT hadn't included them since the mid-Seventies, and nobody else was doing them at that time. The thing was, they hadn't found the tooling for the Firestone Supreme tires so they were printing the whitewalls on Firestone Deluxe Champion tires which had raised lettering on one side. Nobody was making sure the non-lettered side got fed into the machine for printing, so only about half the tires were any good.
Both the Barracuda and Fleetside went from AMT to MPC for '68. If anyone knows why or how that happened, they've never said so. After going without for '68, AMT then created another Chevy Fleetside kit for 1969. Both kits have the same incorrect inner fenders in the engine compartment (they should look like the ones on the AMT Blazer/Jimmy body). AMT annual kits (except the '67, of course) had a big-block engine and molded-in dual exhaust on the chassis, the AMT '67 and '68-'72 MPC trucks had a small-block and single exhaust.
I like being able to fix (if not fix, at least diagnose) what's wrong with my vehicles. As for older cars being unreliable, people drove them cross-country back in the day. If they are maintained, they can still be used on a daily basis. No software needed. I'm intending to get back to doing that with my Fairlane, at least in the summer. In traffic, the non-power drum brakes work just fine. After a quick stop, I'm more worried about the modern, ABS, four-wheel-disc car behind me that has a driver with a phone in one hand and a cup of coffee in the other. No power steering...no problem. Radial tires make it steer more easily, and you remember to turn the large-diameter steering wheel when the car is moving...no power needed. You don't hear the tires howling and scrubbing on turns like some modern cars with poor steering geometry. I might check the pick-a-part yards to see if I can scare up a set of accessory brackets and pulleys to hang an A/C compressor on the engine. Then I can track down an under-dash unit (that's all that was available back then; no built-in units). A dual master cylinder would be a good idea too, and there are units that will virtually bolt right in. No power steering or brakes, but A/C. Parts availability is still good. Five or six years ago, I needed a new windshield and was able to get one. The side glass is flat, and can be cut by any shop that can get a template (or work with one that is supplied to them). A couple of years ago, I picked up a starter at Pep Boys. The girl at the counter rang it up ($26), did a double take, then checked with the guy at the counter in back where I got the starter. "I had to check that...I know what these usually sell for, I've never seen one that cheap". Back home in the driveway, reach in from the top to detach the cable, crawl underneath to get the bolts (I don't remember even jacking it up)...old one out, new one in in about fifteen minutes. Try that on some of the newer engines. If I remember right, the Northstar Cadillac engine had the starter under the intake manifold.
They may have been running it in Pro Stock at the time ('69 or '70). Some of the Super Stock Hemi cars (Darts and Barracudas) got retrimmed as 1969 cars, a couple of Darts even got reskinned as 1970 cars. As for the Barracuda kit, several casters offered '68 grille/header panel/taillight conversions for it years ago. The Miss Mighty Mopar issue body had 1968 side markers on it, as did the street machine issues after that, up until Ertl reworked it back to the stock '69 383 car.
I've seen a lot of what is available in late model vehicles...I just have no interest in any of it. That's why I'm still driving a 2004 truck. I don't see the need for a rear view camera, for example...just make the windows big enough to see out of, then turn your head and use the mirrors, like people used to do. There are times when the simpler way works better. That said, I should think about picking up a new vehicle before much more of this garbage becomes mandatory...
To use the hood top section, you'll probably have to leave the stacks off of the carbs. I'd build the engine without them, then do a test run to see if you can get them on. I'm guessing you'll have to choose between the stacks and the hood, though.
I've got a Tyco HO scale Bicentennial train set, a few extra railroad cars, a Tyco slot racing set, and a couple of crossover sections to cross the train track over the racing track (those were discontinued not long after I bought them, and always seemed to be hard to find). I've collected HO scale slot cars too...nothing rare or valuable, just trying to get one of each brand and type (Aurora, Tyco, Atlas, Bachmann, Lionel, etc). I never did get a Faller HO car. Got everything except a place to set it up! I've had the train track and race track set up on a 4' x 8' table...should try to find a place to set it up again.
There may have been a hardtop body available for the Monogram '41 Continental, but nothing for the Pyro/Lindberg '48. The kit dates back to the mid-Fifties...multiple piece body, unorthodox parts breakdown and assembly that doesn't lend itself to aftermarket conversions. Proportions are a bit off (short for 1/25 scale) but it's not bad compared to the Pyro/Lindberg Cord though. Just build it, make improvements wherever you can, and take it for what it is...a very early 1/25 scale kit.
The wheels (centers, at least) look like they are from the Aurora wheel parts pack. Aurora used a picture of that model in one of their ads, to showcase their products. The engine looks like the Aurora Ford parts pack engine also. Aurora did only three packs: the Ford engine, the wheels (which include one set of reversed rims plus a ton of different covers and centers), and a grille pack that included large grilles with different patterns (builder had to cut them to the needed size/shape). The engine pack sells for stupid money (why, I don't understand, because the engine isn't that accurate), the wheel and grill packs don't turn up as often but also don't seem to get as much interest. The top on that build is from a company called Monte; again those don't turn up often but when they do they should be reasonable. Monte sold three or four different roofs, all were molded in styrene.
Actually, you could use two of any T-bucket kit out there...by the time the body alterations are done, anything different about the Aurora body is pretty much obliterated. The wheels and engine are Aurora also, but from their parts packs (they made three). You'll also need the top that he used, which was an aftermarket item.