Friday, October 15, 2004

1937 Dodge Art Deco Ram Hood Ornament

CAPTURED - The elusive Ram hood ornament used by Dodge for commercial trucks in 1937. This hood ornament was used for 1936 & 1937 Dodge 1/2 Ton Trucks (also called "Commercial Cars") and for 1936 Dodge Cars. This Ram hood ornament features:
● A 2-Piece Head (a press-fit of 2 prongs extending from the head)
● A short, 4.5" base.
● Chromed, zinc-diecast (also called "pot metal")
● A rear "L" shaped mounting tang & forward set-screw mount.
● MoPar Part #651992 cast into the underside of the base.

Note: there are 2 nearly identical styles of hood ornament #651992:
● One has a CONCAVE arc at the front of the base (see photo).
● One has an OGEE (or slight "S") curve at the front of the base.
There are also very minor differences in the curl pattern of the mane on the lower neck. The CONCAVE version is more commonly found than the OGEE version, however both are correct for the year/makes described above. Either hood ornament found with intact horn points (sharp, pointed tips that curl away from the face) is highly desirable since typically the last 1/8" of the horn is often missing.

MoPar #651992 is very similar to the Ram of previous model years with mainly minor differences in the base. However, this 1936-37 Ram is quite different from the "Art Deco" Ram also used in 1937. The "Art Deco" Ram was used for 1937 & 1938 Dodge Cars and only 1938 Dodge 1/2 Ton Trucks. (Note: the "Art Deco" Ram comes in both a 6-3/8" and 8-1/2" long base version, depending on the vehicle model it was intended for).

Photos: MoPar part #651992.
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