1971 Plymouth GTX
|Kit:||Monogram 1971 Plymouth GTX|
|Pros:||Great looking car, good suspension & lights|
|Cons:||General wear, broken rear suspension|
|Verdict:||Mild restoration or total rebuild needed|
It was love at first sight, I caught a somewhat beat-up Plymouth Satellite driving through town, and I followed after it for a little while just to see what the hell it was. This is the closest thing to it in a model form, with the GTX modifications. I find them a bit distracting but I guess at the time I just went with it.
Boy, that's sure BLUE. I don't think I ever used that color before or again so I learned my lesson there. On the positive side, it's a real clean paint job. The paint is holding up remarkably well. But crikey, it's really blue. After I initially wrote that part, I found a GTX on eBay in nearly this shade of blue going for upwards of $86,000. I feel a little better now.
The suspension is pretty well done in front, and less so in the rear. I carefully cut out the front suspension so it doesn't look too modified, and added fishing weights to the front end to make it compress easier. I used to jump this car from time to time and it always looked great. The rear suspension is pretty trashed, as all I really did to it was thin out the leafspring piece with an X-Acto. I need to design something better that will hold up under abuse.
There are 9 light bulbs installed, and 2 battery casings in the trunk. I'm rather impressed with my trunk job, since it snaps on and off just like a real battery case. The DIP switch in the engine bay actually matches the hideous blue so it doesn't stick out too much. I think I wired the switches backward (note the OFF label) but oh well. I'm pretty sure I goofed up the tail lights also, but I didn't have much to go on since the instructions weren't terribly descriptive and when I assembled it the Internet isn't what it is today.
The chrome is kinda messed up in places, and the wheels were never fully chromed in the first place. I guess that makes it look more like a rally car or something.