Curiosity about the tales I've heard about the monogram monkees mustang summoned a very reasonably priced example to my mailbox recently. As I also had an unbuilt '83/'84 ragtop here and some very sweet builds have surfaced lately, I thought a few contrast pics were in order, just to add to the kitbashers pool of knowledge here on the site.
The Monkees kit was obviously a transition kit using the '79-'86 interior and '83-'85 mechanical parts under the new for '87 body, thrown half-baked on the market to capitalize on their Monkees theme licence. It was molded in a funky swirled blue plastic to somewhat replicate the marbleized paint on the real car. The body had the necessary external updates but shared the engine bay with the earlier convertible body. Interior bucket and dash were also carried over.
5.0 litre 4v dual snorkel air cleaner equipped engine was also a straight reissue. Chrome shot contrast shows wheel difference and similar single exhaust. Chrome pony wheels and dual exhaust from later issue shown as well for contrast.
Here's a contrast of early and late chassis showing minor trimming on tail end and extra holes for dual exhaust mounting
The monkees kit is a very affordable alternative to the earlier '83 kit for those looking for the 5.0 parts and dash for backdating other Fox body kits.
Have any of you guys picked one up yet? I'm wondering if mine is an exception or part of a bad batch. Badly warped body and chrome tree very rough on one side making the front wheels unusable without stripping/replating/acladding. Ejector pin marks on the outer rim don't help either and judging by the box art, that may be endemic to this as the box art model has the rim painted black.