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Joe Handley

AMT 1966 Buick Wildcat

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Too much trouble changing the tool for AMT and MPC (though Johan ran their Caddy engines the same for years).

MPC was notorious for regurgitating their tools. The '73 Mustang kit has parts from the '66.

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Too much trouble changing the tool for AMT and MPC (though Johan ran their Caddy engines the same for years).

MPC was notorious for regurgitating their tools. The '73 Mustang kit has parts from the '66.

I don't remember MPC ever offering a '66 Mustang? Nor a '67 or '68. Did they?

Scott

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I don't remember MPC ever offering a '66 Mustang? Nor a '67 or '68. Did they?

Scott

I have seen eBay listings recently for 66, 67 and 68 Mustangs from MPC.

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Yes, fathers 'Cat was a 65.And NO it did Not have the twin-pod

type dash.

I remember it had the round Buick medallion in the center of the grill that only MT's 65

had.

My brother & I both got 66 Annuals of the 'Cat kit at a Hardware store on Chincoteague

Island, and were refering to dad's as either. We were corrected a few times that it was a 65.

I do remember it was Demo at what was then Powel Buick in Salisbury (Md.)

I am trying to find pictures of the car, but those are OLD to say the least and likely moved many times

from one storage closet to another without rhyme or reason, so....................................

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I'm working on restoring a "survivor" original annual '66 Wildcat I scored for $8 at the local toy show a couple months ago. Doing some research (I have an original showroom brochure), I discovered that not only are the nameplates not right for '66, the body side trim doesn't look like anything I've been able to find a picture of. 

Oh well, I'm driving on and laying my usual Snake-fu on the thing, just to get it on the shelf. Here's what it looked like when I started. I'm working with the original red paint, which was in much worse shape than the pics portray, but I'm saving just because it's a relic/survivor. 

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66Wildcat04.jpg.492c9ec68bf7bfbd337f357f1025de54.jpg

 

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The kit has GS moldings and in between those ribs there's supposed to be a red stripe. Good luck.

 

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I still have the '08 issue of this kit and know exactly where it's at, keep looking at it thinking I need to grab it and start doing something with it again.

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9 hours ago, ZTony8 said:

The kit has GS moldings and in between those ribs there's supposed to be a red stripe. Good luck.

 

Yeah, I figgered that out, but it looks like it has too many of them--three raised strips instead of two. Looks like the bottom one should be removed. But as I said, I'm driving on with what's here. I'll take a better look at "fixing" it if I ever get around to building one of my reissues. 

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15 hours ago, Snake45 said:

I'm working on restoring a "survivor" original annual '66 Wildcat I scored for $8 at the local toy show a couple months ago. Doing some research (I have an original showroom brochure), I discovered that not only are the nameplates not right for '66, the body side trim doesn't look like anything I've been able to find a picture of. 

Oh well, I'm driving on and laying my usual Snake-fu on the thing, just to get it on the shelf. Here's what it looked like when I started. I'm working with the original red paint, which was in much worse shape than the pics portray, but I'm saving just because it's a relic/survivor. 

66Wildcat02.jpg.4f09f9bd3c22f97b67500c06fbcffc0c.jpg

66Wildcat04.jpg.492c9ec68bf7bfbd337f357f1025de54.jpg

 

Wow, that's in incredible condition for an original issue, down to the intact hood ornament!

I built a reissue version from the "Customizing Series", probably around '88?  Sprayed it in Testors metallic blue with a white interior.  (Back then, when I did a white interior EVERYTHING got spayed Testors flat white, including dash and floor)  It's on my eventual rebuild list.

With the promo-style chassis, there's really not that many parts to blow apart and reassemble.  Wouldn't mind getting another one of these kits.  If you're building it box stock, it can be a quick and dirty slump buster.

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1 hour ago, Robberbaron said:

Wow, that's in incredible condition for an original issue, down to the intact hood ornament!

Ain't it the truth! I decided I just couldn't live with the hood ornament, so decided to break it off. But instead of just grabbing and yanking it, I wiggled and twisted it gently for a while, and would you believe it came out intact, stem and all, even though it had been tube-glued? :blink: I carefully saved it and am going to tape it to the back of the interior tub as a nice surprise for the next owner. 

Oh, I know it's an original (I thought it was a reissue when I bought it) because it's molded in white, and because the old-school tires have eaten into the wheel backs (though not into the chrome-plated wheel fronts). 

Was just reading that original '66 showroom book. These things had 126" wheelbases! :blink:

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If that's an original issue, wouldn't it have the old whitewall Firestone Supremes? Those are the later issue taller blackwall Firestones.

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The whitewalls are on the inside. 

I thought before the Firestone Supremes, AMT was using taller, thinner tires like these. I know most of the 1966s I bought back in the day had the Supremes, but I think some of the older Sting Rays I've bought have these tires, or something like them. 

This road ark needs all the tire diameter it can get. Firestone Supremes would get lost in its wheel caves. 

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Maybe so - I got this one at an LMMCC meeting last August:

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Not bad for seven bucks.

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Maybe mine's a Customizing Series reissue. It's molded in white. Was the CS Wildcat molded in white? I've got two more recent reissues, both molded in gray (IIRC--one might be light blue). I've been assuming it was original because it's white. 

Whatever. I'm having way more than $8 worth of fun with it. B)

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2 hours ago, Snake45 said:

Was the CS Wildcat molded in white? I've got two more recent reissues, both molded in gray (IIRC--one might be light blue). I've been assuming it was original because it's white. 

Whatever. I'm having way more than $8 worth of fun with it. B)

Mine was.

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