There are several Revell wheel and tire sets that I would happily buy by themselves. The big & little wide whites from the '29 pick-up pops to mind. Add the steelies with trim ring and center cap and I'd be a happy guy.
One thing at a time. 1. The million small pieces. Every one of them probably has a mold line that needs to be removed. If the part is going to be flat black or silver, I don't usually prime. If it's going to be body color, it gets primed. 2. Bottle and brush paints are for details only in my opinion. Near everything can and should be spray painted. Krylon has a nice line of flat paints that work great for interiors. 3. Nothing wrong with spray paints. Don't sweat it. 4. The cold. Here's what I have done. Fill a pot with hot tap water. Set the can of paint in the tap water for about ten minutes. Keep the plastic at room temp and set them up on a paper plate or something you can carry easliy. Remove the paint from the water, dry the can, and shake thoroughly. Grab the plastic, step outside, spray in a windless area. Step back inside and let the parts dry in a place where you can control the amount of dust at, room temperature. I'm in an apartment myself. I do have the benefit of an indoor spray booth, but I only use it for spraying bodies, everything else is outdoors. It's more challenging, but with proper planning, very do-able.
For 1/24 the SBC's from the Monogram '37 Fords are a perfect "crate engine". The Revell 32's have a very good looking small block Ford you could get from any catalog. The Revell Wagonrod (Chevy), and Phantom Deuce (Ford) each have a modern powerplant that might qualify. Also most any modern Mustang, Challenger or Camaro would have an engine you could likely buy through the aftermarket if you had deep enough pockets. 90's Corvettes with a tuned port ejection setup would work perhaps. Like JC said, any modern NASCAR kit would have a crate engine. And ........................... that's all I have to say about that.
Next years race will start Jan 1. The theme is yet to be decided. After this one ends on December 2, TFchronos (who will be running next years Cannonball) will put up a poll thread and we can decide on our theme. Hope to see you John.
Wow. I have to say that over the years we've seen some very cool and unusual builds. Guys like Zenrat and Lunajammer always seem to come up with something that makes you do a double take. But this year the creativity has been unpresidented and the build quality is top shelf. I'm very proud to be part of this group of builders. You guys rock.
You could source kits like the pro-street AMT 66 Nova, AMT '70 Super bee, Revell 67 Malibu. Revell 90 Mustang, AMT '69 GTX, AMT '67 Chevelle which feature a back halved non-tube chassis. Or for full tube chassis type racers, the Revell/Monogram Tbird, Beretta, Lincoln and Camaro.