AMT 1966 Ford Fairlaine 427 - GTA Model Car Kit
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AMT 1966 Ford Fairliane 427 / GTA Model Kit

 

amt 427 fairlane model car

Ford 427 Fairlane

 

AMT made two versions ofthe 1966 Ford Fairlane model kits. One is a GTA, with a 390 V8. The other one, shown here, is the 427 V8 offering. Both the 390 and the 427 are Ford FE engine blocks, so in that respect, especially in a model, they look nearly identical.

The 427 version model has some different parts, such as the "poverty caps" hub caps, steel wheels, a few different parts for the engine, and a different hood.

The kits build pretty much the same though.

I've built several of these kits, and they're good subjcts to make. Though it's a very tight tolerance to get the body, interior tub, and the chassis to all jive together and fit well.

Below is the 427 engine and manual transmission.

 

amt ford fairlane 427 engine

 

There were a couple of parts I didn't want to be chromed. Namely, the intake manifold and the Cobra style air cleaner. So I used Purple Cleaner to strip them of chrome.

 

stripping chrome off model parts

 

amt ford fairlane 427 engine

 

The body was painted Tamiya White. Note the special hood for this 427 version.

 

amt ford fairlane painted body white

 

The interior was painted red, probably a Tamiya color. I used the chome valve covers which I thought looked pretty good. The engine bay is a good example for the Fairlane.

 

amt ford fairlane interior and engine bay

 

The chassis was painted white to match the car. Different silver and metallic paints were used to acent the look.

 

amt ford fairlane chassis details

 

These AMT Fairlanes are good kits, but they were also offered as promo cars too at one tme. Which means you end up with a radiator support core that has two large cylinderical additions to it. On a promo car, those would be used to hold screws which helped the promo car stay together. Here they've been molded closed without screw holes, but are still ugly, and not very accurate.

 

amt ford fairlane old radiator support

 

I chose to use some sheet styrene and cut out my own.

 

amt ford fairlane radiator support cut from sheet plastic

 

amt ford fairlane radiator support fitted

 

amt ford fairlane 427 engine bay and engine

 

The finished model.

 

amt ford fairlane rear view

 

amt ford fairlane right side view

 

amt ford fairlane left side view

 

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