Not to mention (well , you did by stating that "[shares] nothing in common with the [prior generation] except the engines..." ) is that the 1980 models were the first year for the redesigned flairside bed .
I'm thinking about getting the Monogram 1970 Buick GS 455 kit , and am wondering about the most-recent reissue ; primarily , does it have decals for the gauges and other small parts ? Any-thing to look out for with respect to its construction (i.e. , any parts need massaged / tinkered with) ?
This kit dates back 37 years ( !! ) . I'm surprised at the lack of BFG's , as it seemed that MPC was using them almost exclusively starting in c.1982 (yes , this kit's been reissued since its 1978 debut) , correct or otherwise (e.g. , 1984 Corvette with BFG's ?!? No.Way.) If you don't want for those Motor Wheels Spyders (the custom wheels) , I'll gladly take 'em off your hands .
1969 Dart GTS with a 496" (440 based ; Kellogg NASCAR stroke crank) , Art Carr 727 with full manual valve body , 8.75" with 3.23 Sure Grip . An incredible thirst for 105+ octane Ethyl . That car was obnoxiously loud ! The tyres would bark , even if you "short-shifted" the trans . Parallel parking was no small feat , even with 14x5" steel wheels and 16:1 manual steering ! Best trip in that oxidised green cop stopper was to Fashion Island in Newport Beach ! Ritzy area , with hardly a car older than 3 years of age being seen ; the Dart stood out like a sore thumb ! HA HA HA !! The exhaust set-off every car alarm in the parking lot . My favourite way of launching that car was to brake-rev it against its 3,000 RPM converter , and then let-off the brake while nailing the loud pedal .
far fewer 1971's were built ; 11 total : 7 for U.S. destinations , 2 for Canadian consumption , and 2 exports to france . Surprisingly all of them are accounted for (!!) . The exports are special in that , aside from their export status , they were both the first one built ( GA4 Winchester Grey 4-speed ) and the last one built ( GW1 Sno-White automatic ) .
You really polished that outdated "organic compound" of a kit , Tulio ! This kit's origins date to 1967 , as an MPC 1968 Charger R/T annual . It was updated to 1969 cosmetics (new upholstery pattern ; new grille ; new tail lamps ; new side markers) , and again in 1970 ( new front fenders / bumper / grille ; and new upholstery pattern , if I remember correctly . New-for-1970 "Rallye Wheels" replaced the previous years' wheels) . I don't remember when the backlight ( colloquially , "Rear Window" ) was changed to the 500 / Daytona style , but it certainly stuck around during the Dukes of Hazzard era of c.1979 . I built one of the (dreadful) fast & furious "1970" kits for a friend about 12 years ago . I added the brake booster / master cylinder from the parts bin (to replace the incorrect 1966-style brake master cylinder) .
Generic manual transmission . Most common trans was the column-shift 727-A Loadflite ; the other , standard trans was the A-230 (Slant Six) or A-250 (V8) 3-speed column-shift "three-on-the-tree" . I *believe* that a floor-shift 4-speed was available in 1978 (perhaps as early as 1976) . Here's a link to factory literature , 1978 B-Van : http://www.hamtramck-historical.com/images/dealerships/DealershipDataBook/1978/78_Sportsman_0007.jpg
Traction bars were largely deemed a hindrance to the Torsion Bar suspension's action , and were thereby almost universally ignored . Some early (1960-1962) Stock-classes MoPars employed experimental use of rearward-facing traction bars with mixed results . Truly , Chrysler engineered the rear axle to sit off-centre on the springs (slightly-forward of centre) , and a pinion snubber (adjustable in some cases , though not from the factory) to aid in traction . The 8.75" rear is a stout piece . However , by 1966 , it was deemed incapable behind the then-new 426 Street Hemi ; durability from repeated hard acceleration (e.g. , "Supervised Acceleration Trials") was the concern . 1965 was the last model year for the 8.75" rear behind manual trans equipped high performance and maximum performance engines (440 four barrel , 440+6 , and 426 Hemi ), though it did live on as standard with the Torqueflite .