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AMT Chezoom Corvair Funny Car

Chezoom Corvair Funny Car Round 2
No. AMT 873/12
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: White, black, translucent red, clear
Scale: 1/25
MSRP: $24.99
Pros: Fun build; first reissue of this kit in 47 years
Cons: Instrument panel gap; some detail parts omitted
This kit is a marriage of the earlier chassis/engine of the AMT Barracuda Funny Car kit to the body of the AMT second-generation Corvair annual kits.

It's only been issued twice before, as the "Corvair Funny Car"; (#6757, 1967) and "Chezoom"(#157, 1968). This new kit is a direct reissue of the Chezoom kit with the normal Round 2 kit additions, including a second set of tampo-printed blueline vinyl drag racing slicks and a second windshield/backlight molded in translucent red.

AMT’s early Funny Car series kits have a somewhat low parts count, and sometimes omit parts such as the brake pedal and rear brakes, as is the case here. Noticeable draft angles on some parts, knockout marks (in this case, prominent on the interior floor), and plated parts tree mounting tabs in prominent/undesirable locations, are artifacts of 1960s kits engineering.

Some flash is present, though it’s less prominent than on many other kit reissues from this period. The only noticeable sink marks are on the front hood, but these are sandable without the need for fillers.

Although the AMT Barracuda kit has been merchandised as the Hurst “Hemi Under Glass” wheelstander, the tooling closely replicates the first Tom McEwen 1965 Barracuda midengine Funny Car. Builders wanting to add details to the chassis/engine should refer to the December 1965 Rod & Custom.

The engine is a somewhat generic Chrysler Hemi, mostly comprising the second-generation (1964-1971) McEwen car Hemi, but with a first-generation magneto/intake manifold configuration. The valve covers are shown upside-down in the instructions, but the mounting tabs correctly locate the parts. You’ll need to shorten the mounting tabs on the idler arm and crankshaft pulley of the supercharger drive belt.

The interior is also simple in its design, but in adapting the parts from the earlier Barracuda kit, the instrument panel does not line up with the body cowl/windshield, leaving a 1/8" gap. This can be addressed by fabricating a filler panel, or by using the translucent red windshield unit (although tinted windshields were not allowed by NHRA back then).

In a feature shared across most of AMT’s Funny Car Series, the front axle places the tires too far back in the body wheel openings. File the locating tabs on the spring and glue the axle 1/16 inch forward (toward the front).

The chassis pan/frame requires the builder to remove 7/16 inch off the rear edge, and (unmentioned in the kit instructions) narrow triangular sections will also need to be trimmed off the remaining rear edge on either end in order for the pan to fit into the narrower Corvair body.

Two-piece styrene front and rear tires can be assembled and painted to a correct appearance (as on the model pictured here), but the vinyl slicks are an alternative for the rear tires. Wait to install the wheelie bars until after you’ve assembled the chassis to the body.

I removed the door handles, vent windows, and badges (typical with 1960s Funny Car kits based on annual-kit bodies), and I painted the body with the spray-can horizontal painted fade technique demonstrated in the December 2011 Scale Auto.

This is a desirable reissue of a much-loved and hard-to-find kit. It’s relatively stress-free and easy to assemble, with a handsome finished appearance, and I recommend it accordingly


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