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AMT 1966 Ford Fairlane GT/GTA

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fairlane
AMT No. AMT109/12
Molded Colors: Gray
Scale: 1/25
MSRP: $31.95
Pros: Tampo-printed tires, very little cleanup
Cons: Getting the stance just right
GTA2
GTA3
Ford’s Fairlane hit the streets in 1962 and was sold until 1970. Modeled here is the fifth-generation ’66 Fairlane, with a new body style meant to keep up with sleeker rivals like Pontiac’s GTO and the Dodge Coronet.

While the Fairlane was classified as a mid-size car, it came with the horsepower of a 390 cid big-block engine and could be ordered as a manual transmission “GT” model or an automatic “GTA.” They raced both at the dragstrip and around oval tracks.

Round2’s kitted AMT Ford Fairlane sports retro box art and more than 100 pieces with options for manual and automatic transmission builds.

There are plenty of exterior and interior colors, but I searched online for an example that looked more period-correct yet still had the appearance of a traditional muscle car. I kept the paint simple, opting for Testors Gloss Light Blue (TES-1208) and finished it with automotive clear. 

Start by assembling the V8 then pick either the automatic GTA version or the GT with the manual. Fit and finish of the powertrain turned out well, but faint signs where parts of the castings appear to be getting thin are evident.

The chassis comes next where the right and left inner fenders and firewall are pieced together first. Then, assemble the front springs with the spindles. Extra clean-up on the firewall where it meets the transmission tunnel on the chassis may be required. 

I was curious to see how the body fit with its chassis and inner fender wells in place. To let the glue thoroughly dry, I left the body on the chassis overnight to ensure the inner fender wells would line up.

Next, join the engine with the chassis and install the dual exhaust system. I drilled holes in the exhaust tips for a simple touch of detail.
I made a few changes to achieve a perfect stance by bringing the back end of the car up just enough and adding two small bits of square plastic stock to the rear frame where the rear of the leaf springs sits.

Make sure to trim the horns that mount to the radiator wall otherwise they’ll hit the front grille, push on the front bumper assembly, and intrude with the mounting points at the fenders.

Moving on to the simple interior, pay attention and pick the right gear shifter and pedals for the correct transmission. The interior was molded in gray and I left the seats and door panels as is.

I’d paint the wheel inserts a gunmetal finish or a hue to go with the body.

Side windows and the front and rear glass fall right into place, but mounting the front wheels and tires to their spindles appear off and stick out too far. To fix this I sanded down the inside of the wheels and rounded out the center hole so they’d sit inside the fenders.

Finally, install the necessary chrome pieces like the bumpers, taillights, and trim for the hood. Don’t forget to add the “GT” or “GTA” emblems too, again, double-checking what transmission you’ve picked.

I was happy with the kit’s overall appearance once finished. A high-school friend had a 1/1 Fairlane and now I have one I can display as a remembrance of him.        

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