Hey, that is a super cool build! I have my own 1960 Plymouth Airport Limo build still on the bench! Finish yours as you mentioned. It's a bit ornate to be a utility vehicle, but there are cars like that in limo fleets today! PS- Don't eat that hotdog, there's something funky about it!
I think everyone knows I am a big cheerleader of preserving ancient models built by folks in past eras. I also find it important to remember our friends who have passed by having one of their models. I have several on my shelves that were built by friends who are no longer with us. It makes me feel good to have something of theirs to remember them by. I have a slightly different view than many of those above. I find it important that we don't destroy unfinished models from our friends. We don't just throw them away or dump them out into a parts box. I wouldn't strip one down and rebuild it completely. But I would finish it, in their style and intent, as a tribute to them. I see those unfinished models as broken dreams, models that our friends had good intentions of finishing, but their lives were cut short before they had the time. A while back I had a friend that was rebuilding a diecast '55 Ford Ranch Wagon from a custom to a stock vehicle. We emailed back and forth about his progress, and I donated some parts for the effort. He was very cautious of showing his work at club meetings, but I prodded him to show me his progress. At a meeting he carefully pulled it from a box, showed it to me, and immediately put it back and out of sight. A few months later I learned that he had passed away. I was sad to lose a long time friend, but also sad that this model that was so important to him wasn't finished. I never stopped thinking about it. About a year later, Dave Burket told me that this fellow's widow called him, and he bought the collection. I told Dave about the unfinished Ranch Wagon and my desire to finish it in our friend's honor. He said he'd look. He called me a few days later and gave me the news that it was actually completed! He knew I'd want to have it, so we got together at our next club meeting and he handed it to me. At first he refused to take money, but I made him estimate what he paid for it, and reimbursed him. This model now sits proudly on my shelf as a momento to a friend. I would have been honored to finish it. It deserved to be finished. But I was very pleased that my friend did manage to complete his final model before he left us!
It all depends on the results you would like to achieve. If you are happy with mediocre results, soldier on! It's just a hobby. If you sincerely want a nice to superb finish, there are no short cuts. I'm not the best painter, but I do prime EVERYTHING. For nice results, one must clean up the body. That means sanding out imperfections, mold lines, ejector pins and filling in depressions with putty and such. For the life of me, I cannot see the result of this work in raw plastic, but the work I still needs to do is very evident with a coat of primer gray paint! I know a guy in the hobby who takes a kit body from the box, no prep at all and squirts hardware store spray paint on it. He puts no effort into his models, and at the same time is upset that he never places in contests. I try to explain this to him and he wants no part of it! His solution is that judges should view models from a distance. He thinks the hobby should lower it's standards to his build quality instead of working towards those standards to win an award. Don't be him!
I know a guy who is so obsessed with not building anything if it's not perfect, that I don't believe he's finished a model in the 30 years I know him! Don't be like him. On the other hand, I know guys who don't do any prep at all and squeeze hardware store spray paint on the bare plastic. It's a matter of 'to each his own'. I fall somewhere in the middle. I like to scratch build things and add details as a personal challenge. I saw how busy a 1:1 Volare was under the hood and took it as a challenge to see how much of it I could recreate in scale. I don't go overly crazy on a regular basis. I almost always wire engines and add a fuel line. I never add brake lines and such. I will swap in a full detail chassis for models with a one piece chassis. I like to build a nice model but I no longer focus on contests, I won't open doors and trunks anymore, I like to add surprising little details and enjoy making the little parts. It's easier than many folks think! I'm more into pleasing myself and the odd band of folks I call my friends.
Until Kris gets to casting a '69, your best bet is to set up an eBay Search Agent for them and keep your eyes open for a rebuildable junker. You will need the 1969 unique pieces like the body, hood, bumpers and interior. A repop 1970 kit can provide nearly everything else.
As Judge Judy says, "Ummm, is not a word!" The phrase, "To be honest..." AKA "To be perfectly honest..." is always followed by a lie. My new irking phrase is in car ads... "Low Mileage Lease"... they're hoping to make it sound nice, like "Low Mileage Car". But what it is an artificially low lease number because they know you will exceed the 8,000 miles a year and owe many thousand upon attempting to return the car. I don't lease, but I know a few folks who got caught up in this scam!
And here's one that drives me completely nutz... It's friggin $5 The dollar sign goes before the digit. I can understand someone from another country doing this since some currencies are expressed this way... but these guys are American born, American raised, have been in stores for most of their lives and they didn't notice $5!
On my stamp collectors board there was a whole thread on "My Bad". Yea, I don't like that one at all. It's a cop out from apologizing. And when people say "I'm all about..." and it's usually something far removed from what you think they're about! And any product with the word "Easy" in it's name seldom is easy.
It's more being part of an event, the camaraderie. And the challenge of seeing if you can indeed build a credible model in the 24 hour time span. There is nothing like working at midnight and knowing that there are 50 other people doing the very same thing. And giving a progress report with photos at 3am and three people instantly reply.
I don't know the packaging, but I'd be blaming the seller on this one. Unless it was in a solid box and that was literally squashed. Reminds me of the time I bought a Chrysler convertible built up and the seller sent it bare in a bubble mailer. Of course the windshield frame got creamed!