As far as I remember looking at them they are the Same kit Minor differences in Decals only I also have the Penski Set less the Van body and some other parts of it And built an Original Separate Penski issue of the Nascar Way Back When!!!! Also the Same kit just different decals
For the Most part Yes all but the "Woody: issue Can be built Stock however, since this kit is based off the Coupe/Sedan, the tail lights are incorrect. Most Deliveres had One tail light on the left side. The Temporary Twin the the other mag showed how to correct the kit The builder used a second fuel filler tube as the tail light Evergreen or plastruct (or sprue) rod can be used inplace of the kit part Fill in the car tail lights in the rear fenders
It is posible we May some day see the Stock version of this Matador back!!!
The last 2 re-issues did include the Stock Hood and Grill, though only as a Nascar. I have Both issues, "Bobby Allison's Sportsman" and the Coca-Cola 75 Nascar . Bobby did drive the car in the Late Model/Busch series a couple years after retiring it from Cup compitition. Thus the labeling on the 2 issues.
Don't forget the Photo-etch Also from the New tooled kit
I was buyint the Regular, Pro-Shop & Coca-Cola issues at Toys R Us for $3,50 or so back then And They were NOT suppose to have the Pro-Shop issue!!!! Still have one, and 3-4 of the Coke issue And I got the 100th Anniversary Tin at Extra Clearance from Hobby Lobby I did not have enough cash, and was going to leave it, but Manager said to make it Half the ticket I said it was already Clearance priced, that floor person said they did not have correct clearance stickers but, still said drop it. So I took the kit home for $8.oo +tax!!
Changing the cab from a 1000 to a 900 is easy Minor trim differences only The chrome panel at the bottom front of the cab (where the front bumper mounts) is Painted not chrome and most 900's had paired lights in the upper bezel instead of the oval arrow's in the kit (and on 1000's)
as for cutting down tp an open cab, Do NOT cut the jump seat area sides level with the door windows. That area should match the height of the firewall/radiator cover section of the jumpseat interior piece
Lindberg's kit listed as 1/32 but smaller (1/35??1/37?) shows this
I read (I believe at the Scale Firehouse forums the old Aurora 1.32 Headlight bezels Sadly LONG out of production (--I have a few and could offer a set for resin casting) would be correct for the upper marker lights on the 900 I have also seen some simply glue 2 lenses to the kit piece
I believe the other noticable difference is the Eagle on the American LaFrance logo was a 1000 series original. Some late 900's may have gotten them, others had the added afterward