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  1. This was an amnesty build, I started it around 15 years ago and decided to finish it up recently. Nothing special, straight out of the box with decals and front wheels from the more modern issue of this kit.
  2. The AMT kit is the 73-79 body style. You just need to find the early grille from a resin caster. The AMT kit is also a Camper Special so the rear wheels are moved back another six inches from a normal long bed and it has tool box built into the passenger side of the bed. I believe Kris Morgan has a correct standard long bed in resin.
  3. I would love a first gen Ranger but I'd want it to be 1/24 scale for what I want to do with it.
  4. Is your build going to be period correct or a modified current day version? For a current day build the Revell motor from one of the 32 Ford kits is the way to go there are a bunch of intake options and a good automatic with overdrive. For a vintage build I would go with the 70s AMT Ford van transmission, it's a c6 with the correct small block Ford bellhousing. The Starsky & Hutch Torino is another option for small block automatic.
  5. That's what happens when you check by wikipedia.
  6. These came stock with either the baby straight six or a 260 v8, the six might be hard to find but a small Windsor block v8 should be easier.
  7. It wasn't awful, it was just not what you want a Firebird to be. The Firebird also has about 1k pounds on the Cavalier and was automatic. It was also about 16 years old with over 250k miles when I had it so it's good years were behind it.
  8. Are you wanting to buy one or do you have one and want to know if you should build it or not?
  9. The Monogram Fiero has a 1/24 scale 2.8 v6, that engine made the rounds in a ton of GM products and even a few non GMs. Early XJ Cherokees could have the GM 2.8 instead of the 4.0 straight six. I had a 2.8 in an 86 Firebird, it was pretty lackluster in such a heavy car but would be fun in a little pickup with a good tune. It will bolt to standard GM transmissions, I believe the Firebird had a 200R4.
  10. It's really going to depend on the paint, you'll have to test it to know for sure. One thing to consider if you gloss over it is you'll turn all your panel lines shiny which probably isn't the most desirable look.
  11. Steve's method yields the best looking results by far but there are other options for us mere mortals. Silver Sharpies and Molotow pens can give good results with some practice and easily wipe off with alcohol if you need to try again. Be careful with the alcohol around some paints though, test it before going after a visible area.
  12. Okay, so that explains this kit. Testors must have reissued the Gunze kit and the Italeri kit at different points.
  13. It's a great kit and all in all an easy build, that's why I was surprised when I got to a snag that far into it. I'm going to build at least one more, probably a 289 hipo road race version.
  14. The motor part is fairly easy to replicate because it's just a cylinder about a foot or so long and eight or ten inches around. Here is one with an adapter plate to bolt to a Turbo 350 transmission. For a more modern transaxle style setup here is the drive unit from a Tesla model S. This is how the battery pack is layed out in a Tesla, it sits in the floor to put its weight low in the car. In conversions of gas vehicles into EVs this battery pack is disassembled and put into more of a cube or rectangular shape that can be put into the car to keep the weight distribution close to the same. As you can guess be the picture of the engine there is plenty of extra room under the hood for the battery.
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