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AMT ‘40 Ford Sedan Gasser

AMT No. AMT1088/12
Molded Colors: White, clear
Scale: 1/25
MSRP: $31.95
Pros: Popular street rod body style, reasonably accurate body, straightforward assembly
Cons: Wire axles, lack of engine and chassis detail, a lot of flash
This kit’s origins date back to 1960 when AMT extended its “Trophy Series” with a 1940 Ford sedan to follow up the popular ’40 Ford coupe.

This reissue includes parts for a stock, street rod, or drag build, and two engines – a Ford flathead V8 or an Olds V8 with three carburetors or fuel injection. Options include nerf bars, fender skirts, roll bar, hood scoop, dropped front axle, and custom wheels with many tires. There’s also clear glass or transparent red.

The kit models some of the most noticeable differences between a ’39 and ’40 Deluxe sedan – the hood,  grille, headlights, and taillights. Different dashboards and other changes prevent this kit from building an accurate 1939 Deluxe. Deleting the vent windows, using the included floor shift, and removing the column shifter are easy fixes. 

Its one-piece body attaches to a combined fender and running board assembly with nice engraving. Mold lines around the headlights need addressing and there’s flash on nearly every single part.

Undersized door hinges and handles are molded with the body and the trunk handle is a separate plated piece. Side trimming is distinct enough to cover with metal foil. Both pairs of plated taillights need red paint on their lenses.

The tub-style interior has a rear seat molded in, faintly engraved door and side panel detail, and a two-piece front bench. The ’40 instrument panel engraving is fairly detailed, but small gauges make detail painting difficult.  

Its glass assembly includes the windshield, back, and rear side windows. A small plated piece acts as the center divider in the windshield and the ’40 gets vent windows

The Ford engine has the starter, exhaust manifolds, and crossover pipe molded with the block. The upper radiator hose is molded with the heads. 

The plated intake manifold includes a fuel pump, carb and air cleaner. The Olds V8 has separate heads, plated custom valve covers, and two intake options: detailed three carbs with plated air cleaners or fuel injection. The Olds has tubular exhaust but no mufflers or pipes for the street rod.

The basic chassis is a single molded piece including the frame, floorboards, fuel tank, lever arm shock absorber, muffler and tailpipe, and bumper brackets. The rear axle, spring, and driveshaft are a single piece. Choose either a stock front axle or a plated, dropped axle. The same wishbone radius rod assembly is used with either.

The only steering system part included is the cross-link molded as part of the wishbone assembly; there is no steering gear box or drag link.

Plating on the stock hub caps and trim rings is marred by the location of the attachment to the sprue.

I chose a Krylon color that appeared to be a reasonable match for Ford Feather Gray.  In doing some research, I found there were only two interior choices offered by Ford - a dark tan cloth or brown leather.

The instrument panel was painted to match the rest of the interior. On many hot rods the instrument panel is painted body color.

It’s good to have this kit back. With the exception of the tires, decals, and second set of glass, it appears to be identical to the previous issue. While not as detailed as newer kits, it still builds into a solid looking Ford.


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