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Monogram 1937 Ford Sedan

Monogram 1937 Ford Sedan
1937 Ford Sedan
Monogram No. 85-0884
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: White, clear
Scale: 1/24
MSRP: $15.93
Pros: Nice interior and engine; body proportions look right
Cons: Wheel issues; some mold lines around edges and pillars
Through the years, the 1937 Ford Sedan has grown in popularity with the custom car and hot rod crowd. In response to its success, Monogram decided to reissue one of its favorites: its own 1/24 scale 1937 Ford.
The 17-piece engine builds without a hitch, and looks great when drenched with the chrome valve covers, carb, air cleaner top, and alternator.  

Add to that the chrome ignition box and brake master cylinder on the firewall, and the underhood area reaches show-car quality.  

The exhaust manifolds do look nice; however, I think they look a bit out of place on a performance engine. The rest of the exhaust system looks great, though.
The 17-piece chassis/suspension assembly also builds quite nicely, but I must warn you that to install the engine properly, you will have to trim the top of the transmission for it to fit into the box on the right frame crossmember.  

The front suspension is a bit tricky to assemble according to the instructions. I recommend installing the A-arms, tie rod, and spindles all at once.  

The Corvette rear suspension is a nice modern touch to the car, but I did have to bend the left traction bar down to achieve a proper fit.
Back end
The wheels are the biggest disappointment of the kit. They do look fine, but while they were still on the chrome tree, I did a double-take. The wheels have a distinct design; the five spokes curve toward the rear of the car, from the center out.  

The problem here is that the kit has two left-rear wheels. So you have a matching set of wheels on the left, but on the right, you have a left-rear where a right-rear should be.

The right-front wheel has no problems. This wheel issue was a major disappointment that I was not at all happy about.

The interior is nice, and keeps it simple. The door panels, rear seat, and dashboard attach to the inside of the body, and the two-piece front seats attach to the top of the underbody/fenders. I do like the modern-style steering wheel, but it would benefit from some chrome plating.

The body is my favorite portion of the model; its proportions look right, and the little chrome bits dress it up tastefully.  

There are two choices for running boards: smooth or vinyl; I chose the smooth, to continue the body color.  

However, there are mold lines that need to be removed around the lower edges of the fenders. There are also mold lines at the bottom of the A-pillars and C-pillars.  

Cleanup is also necessary on the taillight bezels; it looks as if the molds did not quite line up, which affects the appearance of the pieces. 
Front end
Add a black wash to bring out the grille detail, and attach the big chrome bumpers, and you’ve got a 1937 Ford street rod.  

I was planning to use the flame decals, but the angle of the strakes on the hood sides does not match that of the decals. I thought this would look odd, so I did not use them.

Monogram’s 1937 Ford definitely has its ups, but it also has its downs.  Experience, time, and patience are mostly what you will need to create yourself a nice custom.  

When I get my hands on another one, I can see a considerable chop, and slamming it to the ground.


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