Interesting bit of useless information from the photo after GM had redone the car. The Project X started out as a 210 model as seen in the old photos. It looks like when the car got redone they put the Bel Air trim on the top of the rear fenders, IE the chrome trim running along the top of the fin. I think the original build with the hood "gun sights" removed looks better also.
The "Snake" mentioned a red Dodge made me think of the song about "The Little Old Lady From Pasadena" in her shine red Super Stock Dodge. I think that Dodge used that song in a lot of their adds around 1962 thru 1964. That could be an easy build.
I will usually paint the headliner and door sills when I reach the primer stage but not the final sanding of the exterior body. After that dries I'll mask off the exposed interior and paint the interior of the body and inner fenders with a flat black where it will be seen and then masked . The wheel lip area and maybe areas around the bumpers that would be body colored are left uncovered. Then proceed with the body work and paint. After the exterior painting and clear is finished I'll remove the interior masking. There is usually a very thin ridge of paint around some window opening that has to be removed, but other than that it usually works well.
Great diorama. Its a little late now but Chevrolet also had a 4.3 Liter v-6 engine at that time. It was very much like a 350 or 5.7 Liter v-8 with the two front cylinders cut off. It was a very good torque engine and gave good gas mileage as well. I like all of the detail you put into the engine and under the hood. Very realistic.
Another of your beautiful Ford builds. As you pointed out this tooling is getting old and there is issues with the body and other parts. I'm impressed with the trim. It looks like Bare-Metal foil in the pictures.
Beautiful build. The Black paint looks very smooth. I have used my air brush of and on depending on what part I'm working on. My present project is a '67 El Camino and I painted it today using Tamiya TS-21 Gold straight from the can. Very happy with the finish. I still believe that you can get an excellent paint job from a quality spray paint with a little prep work and polishing afterwards. Your extra effort on the engine detailing really paid off.
Don't feel bad about the visor. I've been looking thru a light with a 4" magnifying glass in the middle for several years now. Between that and my bifocal glasses I some how get along. Getting older is only for the brave. Glad to find out what the exhaust hole was about. I'd just cut it out and run a smooth exhaust back how every you think looks best.
I have never built this kit since I have always thought the general body shape just didn't look right to me. You have a clean build going here, your paint looks very smooth and even and the engine looks better than I ever thought it would. I do have a question about the exhaust. From the picture of the chassis it looks like the exhaust has some sort of hole thru it as if there is a small resonator or something along side the gas tank and the spare tire well. This looks like it is something that's molded into the exhaust system so I'm just wondering if this is mentioned in the instructions or do you have an idea what they were trying to represent.