Useless trivia: I had a 58 Fleetwood parts car years ago. There is no sheet metal behind those massive qtr panels. They are screwed on along the top and have a couple angled supports.at the bottom. Also the skirts are nearly as heavy as a cylinder head.
I would rather have a curbside with a spot on body (like an AMT craftsman) than a detailed kit with a proportion issue (Revell 69 Mustang) and other people would rather have the opposite. None of us are right or wrong. As an engineer that designs injection molded plastic parts that are tooled by some of the same tool builders that made AMT tooling in the 90's I can tell you that a new multi piece chassis tool is a way more costly than you think. A "simple" change like removing the exhaust from a chassis could easily cost tens of thousands. My vote would be to use that limited cash to restore "long lost" tools with missing parts of subjects we have not had in decades (like the 68 Coronet ).
Nice job on your Rustolem paint! Nice clean build. I built one of the pre-painted body versions about 10 years ago. I really like they way they look. I lowered the rear suspension and changed the wheels but built it stock otherwise.
I discovered a very nice Normatt Winnebago promo today at a local shop today. The body detail, color and decals are really nice. I think the only thing missing is the spare tire. It is 1/20 scale but it will look good pulling a 1/25 trailer and car. I have wanted one since I first saw on in the mid 80's at the Hillside Super Model Sunday show. Carmak
Love this build. Here is a picture of my 1:1 68 Coronet 500 convertible restoration in process. I took this exact car to prom 30 years ago. If is FF1 green with the original green top and a white/green bucket seat interior. I added a power bulge hood and wheels (not the ones shown in the picture) but the car will be otherwise stock with a 318/904 and all of the 500 trim. I have a small stash of MPC 68 & 69 R/T built kits that I got back in the early 80's that need to be restored. I wish someone would resin cast a better 1/25 grille assembly for the MPC 69. The original kit piece has always bothered me. Carmak
I am not 100% sure you could get a Grand Prix with a floor shift manual and without a console but I think it would be a safe bet. I know that both the Bonneville and the Catalina were built as floor shift manual without console configurations. The shifter boot is positioned so that the right edge of the boot frame is about 3" left of center of the transmission tunnel. You would want to bulid up a rectangular flat spot on the side ot the transmission tunnel that is the same height as the tunnel to repersent the transmission tunnel stamping that provides clearance for the shifter. Craig
A few tidbits of info and a confirmation. I owned a Tahiti Turquoise 65 GP that was a 389 4bl 4spd with console about 20 years ago. Also had a 2+2 with buckets, no console and the "Dearborn" 3spd on the floor and a 65 Bonneville 4spd bench seat car. Pontiac built some very harry full size cars back in the day. The 4spd console looks quite different than the automatic console. In full size cars the 389 and base 421 tri-powers came standard with the large single element air cleaner in 65, only the 376HP 421 came with the three open element air cleaners. In 66 all tri-powers had the three open element air cleaners. The open element air cleaners consisted of a lid and base (I have never seen other than chrome) a perforated steel inner support and a foam element fit over the inner support. Lastly the swirls in the metalic are the flow lines of the plastic as it is filling the mold. The plastic in this mold is injected in the middle of the passenger side rocker. They are nearly imposible to eliminate. The mold must be designed to minimize them. If you look carefully you will also be able to fine a "knit line" on every hole in the body (such as a window opening) on the side opposite of injection. Hope this helps. Carmak
I have my car for life. A 1968 Coronet 500 convertible. FF1 green with the original green top and a white bucket seat interior. Super reliable 318 under the hood. It's the same car I drove to prom in 1987. Carmak
I have a 68 HT and vert that I got at the Old Town Escorts swap meet in 85. They cost me $12 each. I have a 1:1 68 Coronet 500 vert but I can't get it's picture to upload. I would love to see a 68 Coronet reissued!
I just found an original issue 69 Thunderbird. It is missing the glass, tail lights and rear valance. If anyone out there used another body on their Allison Thunderbird I'd like your extra parts. Thanks. Carmak firstname.lastname@example.org