That is a super sweet 'WS23L9' , Steve ! You're right about those greens being common when these cars were new . Growing up as I did on the heart of the Whittier Boulevard cruising scene , I certainty recall how many cars ---Muscle and pedestrian alike --- were green . Matter of fact , the coveted Hi-Impact colours weren't nearly as common as one would believe ; why draw negative attention to one's self?
I seem to recall that AMT kits always had Michigan licence plates . It bothers me when I see incorrect California plates , especially vintage plates (1963-1969 , and 1970-1980). Take the Monogram 1971 Hemi'Cuda convertible.: its plates are1964-issue !
The '72 was ostensibly offered only as an annual , and is expensive IF one can find it . The tooling was obviously updated for the 1973 (ad seq ) annuals ; however , I am not certain how the 1971 tooling survived ; it was reissued in summer 1987 ( with contemporary custom wheels ) and remained in-production through c.1990 . Like I'd stated in .y original post : it would be great if the 'Runner was reissued with both 1971 and 1972 parts ! .)
I stand corrected regarding the placement of the dipstick. It wasn't until the 1970 model year that the' stick changed position , which coincides with the revised valve covets / addition of evapourative emissions controls . I will have to get me a couple of those MAD distributors .
That's a gorgeous Magnum , Steve ! Is that the kit distributor ? If so , how did you correct its position ? The way that Revell has it mounted is incorrect and is junky looking . Nice work on the overspray on the bellhousing! Now , at the risk of being "that guy" : shouldn't the dipstick and its tube be routed between the head and exhaust manifold ? Not knocking your work by any stretch , just basing my assertion upon seeing countless Chrysler big blocks over the years. Keep up the great work!
There's also the assumption that the lineworkers at Hamtramck, Los Angeles, et al. , read the buildsheet(s) ... or the mouldings weren't available when the car was built ... or the purchaser specified "delete" when the order was placed ( which likely equated to the dealer removing the mouldings upon delivery ). Could be that the blue beauty in that photo is an R/T clone . 'Stripe Delete' was V88' ( "V"=Vinyl (or paint in certain instances) , "8"= Location , followed by W , X , G , R , Y , or 8 ; the second 8 indicates "delete" , with the other letters indicating colour)
The made-in-Mexico F-bodies were pretty cool : no smog equipment and high-perf 318 V8 , and the Super Bee package ! The 1979 US model could be had with a 200 hp 360, with dual exhaust (2-into-1-into-2 , actually ; an artifact of the offset fuel tank ) . Not bad for '79 !
15" wheels were mandatory with the Hemi Package , at least 1969-1971 ( all literature that I've read also points to this being the case for '68 as well ) ..Chrysler didn't offer stylled wheels in 15" until the ill-fated Kelsey Hayes cast centre wheels of 1969 ( the infamous "recall wheels" ) , with 15" Rallye Wheels for 1970 . Deluxe wheel covers were the only option to the base hubcaps ; however , it is alleged that the dealers oft replaced the plain steelies with the 14" Road Wheels ( Commonly mistakenly called Magnum 500s ) .