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I wanted a late 60s to early 70s period look, so I swapped out the kit tires and wheels for TorqThrust mags on the front with slot mags and Micky Thompson slicks on the rear.   I do wish that I'd set the seat and roll bar back a little, but I guess that with each kit we build, we have to find one thing that bothers us and keeps us humble.  This one was a two-fer though.  Between tweezers that refuse to keep hold of the door handles and uncooperative fat fingers, I managed to set the door handles too high.

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The front valance on the kit had a factory defect on it that looked like somebody had laid a hot bar or something across it, so that was not used.   The paint color was selected scientifically.   I didn't want the orange, red, or even the black that is currently very popular, so I selected several colors of paint that I found interesting, laid them out on a table, closed my eyes and moved them around, and with my eyes still closed, picked up a can, and that's the color I used; Testors 1642 Gloss Custom Gold Metal Flake.

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I did make a couple of minor alterations to the engine and chassis from the kit offering.

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I'm one of the few modelers that really don't get much into engines, with most of my kits just receiving basic engines from the box, and the hoods glued shut.  Once-in-awhile, I let loose and get serious in detailing.  This Dodge got full engine and chassis detail.   Here, Flo, one of the mechanics at Otto Ray Sing Classic Car Center inspects my work.

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