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1953 M-38A1 Mangum, KS $6700


This is missing the battery box lid (battery box?), but does have the indent on the passenger cowl. Note that both batteries are under the hood in tandem.

“’53 m38a1 jeep. new batteries – new starter – new brake -master cylinder -runs good -tires good.”

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3 Comments on “1953 M-38A1 Mangum, KS $6700

  1. John B

    Seems like a good place for a new military Jeep owner to ask a question.
    I have seen several A1s here with batteries under the hood and not in the battery box.
    Why would they do that?

  2. Barney Goodwin

    John – Probably cost. Many who buy these M-series Jeeps, whether M38, M38A1 or the 151 series, don;t realize what they are getting into cost-wise. The narrow batteries that go in the cowl box cost more. The box lid (missing here) is available – for $110. Often parts or all of the original electrical system are missing – perhaps even the battery cables to the cowl box. At least this one is still 24V. But a photo walk-around of this Jeep shows there are thousand of dollars worth of parts needed to bring it back to a military specimen . Unless one wants the challenge, it would be far more economical to buy one restored already, whether mechanical only, Motorpool or top show quality. $12 – 25K. The M38A1 is not a rare Jeep and are readily available at any level as are parts.

  3. David Eilers Post author


    Thanks for the explanation. I didn’t realize the M-38A1 batteries cost more (add that to the things-I-didn’t-know list, because I never had to know …).

    – Dave

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