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Hello: my very good friend is restoring a 38 Chevy pickup truck. He has been working on it for 20 years and is nowhere near finishing. I do not restore cars but I do build scale models and as gift I want to give him a scale model of his truck.

There are no kits commercially available. The closest I have got is a 1/24 scale 1937 die cast model from the Danbury mint. I am in the process of disassembling it so I can paint the cab and bed.

Are there any major external cosmetic changes between 1937 and 1938? They look very similar, however the die cast model has Gold trim on the the side details that I haven’t seen online. Any suggestions will be a great help. Thanks

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Maxbestfriend #1477575 Mon Dec 05 2022 02:13 AM
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While this post is not about building an actual truck Maxbestfriend is asking about differences in real world trucks of two similar years. Those members with ‘37-‘38 trucks please help this generous friend out.


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Maxbestfriend #1477579 Mon Dec 05 2022 02:38 AM
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The main difference between the 37 and 38 is the grill, a very important visual element. Search on this site for pictures of '38 trucks, like this;
https://www.stovebolt.com/ubbthread...97898/1938-chevrolet-1-2-ton-pickup.html

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Maxbestfriend #1477582 Mon Dec 05 2022 03:26 AM
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I have a 38 1 ton. I haven't been able to locate a model truck or car for '38. There is a '37 model car I bought and converted to a truck.
The grills are the main difference visually.


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Maxbestfriend #1477584 Mon Dec 05 2022 03:42 AM
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...working on it for 20 years and nowhere near finishing...


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Maxbestfriend #1477598 Mon Dec 05 2022 04:18 AM
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Check in the gallery--the old one on top of the page, not the gallery forum. There are a lot of both '37 and '38 trucks in there. You can look at a lot of pictures and see the differences in the two years. As mentioned, the grille is the main difference, but you can look and see for yourself.

The reason I said "not the new galley forum" is that there are only a couple in there so far.


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Maxbestfriend #1477602 Mon Dec 05 2022 04:25 AM
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If you're going to build a '38 out of a '37, you're going to have to custom make the grill, hood sides, and headlight mounts.

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1939 Packard Standard Eight Coupe (The Phantom)
1950 Chevrolet 3100 (Ol' Roy)
1956 Cadillac Coupe de Ville (The Bismarck)
1966 Oldsmobile Toronado (The Purple Knif)
1966 Ford Mustang (Little Red)
1964 Ford Galaxie 500 coupe
1979 Ford F-100
1976 Ford F-150 (Big Red)
1995 Ford F-150 (Newt)
Maxbestfriend #1477608 Mon Dec 05 2022 07:06 AM
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Otto is correct. grill is horizontal on a '38, look at pics of hood sides (three slats). bumpers actually had a major change as the '38 no longer wraps around the ends and has a center groove. add a external gas filler behind the passenger door.

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Otto Skorzeny #1477613 Mon Dec 05 2022 12:50 PM
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Originally Posted by Otto Skorzeny
If you're going to build a '38 out of a '37, you're going to have to custom make the grill, hood sides, and headlight mounts.
Times 3. Superficially those are the three main differences between the 37 and 38. Most people would never notice the headlight mounts but the grill and hood sides would be obvious.


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Maxbestfriend #1477632 Mon Dec 05 2022 03:47 PM
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Are we talking game-ending differences or just differences geeks like us see...? i.e., he asked for "major" differences ... define "major" ... For a gift model, would the effort involved be worth it or is close enough good enough?


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