Just because they can doesn't mean that they should. With the way people drive here in the K.C. Metro area, hard time keeping it between the painted lines, there would be a lot of body damage out there.
Great gasser for sure. The rear slicks look to be correct for the era your building, but your going to have a lot of sanding on the tire treads. It looks like the one was cast crooked or something. On your foiling, don't let it intimidate you. If I may suggest in addition to the other good advice on foiling. You are going to scribe the doors and tail gate. At that time also take a new #11 blade and outline all of the moldings before you even primer the body. The very fine detail lines start to go way as you add paint. This makes it difficult to find the edge of the molding after painting. I have even rescribed the moldings before trying to use chrome foil. This gives you an easier line to follow when you apply the foil. When doing something like the body side moldings take it one panel at a time. I'll do the front fender and then the door and so on. Be sure to stop the foil at door opening, this will help make the opening more real looking. Q-tips and the pointed ones like your wife or girlfriend gets at the makeup counter are great to work the foil into the contours of the moldings you're foiling.
As others have mentioned it's your model so build it your way. That said, if you're sold on the big chrome wheels and low profile tires you might look at removing the rear skirts and have the rear just slightly higher than the front. Have you thought of chroming the stock wheels and using wide or even narrow whitewalls ? you could also maybe photo shop your model with the rear wheel wells opened up to better show off the large chrome wheels you like. Wheels and tires really set the tone of a cars appearance. Look at other wheels you might have in your stash or in another kit you have and see what looks best to you. I like the flat black and the red interior. What I could see of the engine looked great and you did a nice job on the chassis and exhaust. I'd like to see how you finish this build.
Ron, You mentioned the interior. You might think about using the back seat out of the '67 Chevelle as a base to work from. Based on your success with this build I have started my own '67 El Camino build. Faced with the same problem with the interior I'm going to use the back seat out of the '67 and remove the arm rests and widen the seat as need be. I think you could do the same for your front seat and either get a resin casting of it for the back seat or see if anyone has a back seat left over from a Pro-Street build of the '67. Also the dash from the '67 has the optional Instrumentation and Tach. that is not in the '66. This will give you the option of building the wagon with or without that package.
I remember my father telling me of his first car. As the story went it was a new '41 Chevrolet tudoor. He felt that he was going to be drafted and wanted a new car before the war. Dad was a supply Sergeant in the Army and meet my mother while on leave. After they were married he was stationed at Ft Riley and later sent to Alaska and my mother was going back to stay with her folks so dad sold the Chevy to his commander. Dad was somewhat like the " Radar " character in the movie MASH. He got the Commander to loan him his car when he had liberty so he could visit Mom. After the war there was a new '46 Chevy tudoor that I only remember as being a dark Blue. I do remember very well going to pickup our new '49 Ford four door black sedan. I could stand on the floor in the front and just look over the dash board. We didn't think we need any " stinking seat" belts back then.
This is a very nice kit that almost falls together. At one time it was issued in a low rider version with air bags and a lot of other details. The factory air conditioning units hoses even line up as they should. With very little extra detailing you can build an outstanding looking model.
Your tail light conversion looks dead on. Since you're trying to stay with OEM type colors you might want to look at Auto Color Library.Com and Old Car Brochures. Com for color ideas. I like the looks of the Granada Gold on the 1:1, but I am prejudice because my '67 El Camino was that color. The Chevelle colors included a very dark blue metallic ( Danube Blue I believe ) and a light Blue metallic. They also had a dark Maroon with very little or no metallic in it. Another color you might look at is a very light Green metallic that was not very common but looked good on a body style that had a lot of trim on it.
Interesting, I had never heard of this prototype before. I remember a few of the Tiger roadsters with the 260 Ford engine available to the general public and recall seeing a few on the road. What I do remember was that it was a short lived project because of the Chrysler group bought all or part of the Roots group and they didn't like having a Ford engine in any of their products and the Tiger was dropped and the Alpine it was based upon stayed in production for a time. My be some one else has some additional and more accurate information on that. This La Mans project looks as if it could have been a real threat once they got the engine durability issues fixed. The rear body work looks big and bulky to my eye, but what really matters is if it would make the car faster.
Thank you for the input. The interior will be an additional challenge since the seat patterns are different. The '67 seat inserts had horizontal detailing and the '66 pattern was a vertical design. Your wagon and El Camino are outstanding. I really like the showroom look.
I believe that Ford offered the Kellsy Hays wire wheels as an option on the Thunderbird only. I would have to believe that Ford dealers would put them on anything else if you wanted to pay for it. The hub cap setup that Scott mentioned was a pretty common option on the Fairlanes of the day.